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Samsung The Premiere LSP7T Projector Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 13, 2024 at 10:37 am
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 03, 2024 at 11:09 am

The Samsung The Premiere LSP7T is a 4k HDR Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector. It's meant to be installed very close to the wall it's projecting to as it's capable of projecting on large surfaces from a very short distance: it projects a 90" image at a distance of 9.3" and up to 120" at 16.3". The projector has digital Keystone correction technology to help eliminate trapezoid effects if installed off-center or at an angle. The projector uses a laser light source with a lamp life of at least 20000 hours. It comes with Samsung's Tizen OS smart interface, is compatible with the Bixby and Amazon Alexa voice assistants, and is fully cast capable. Its three HDMI 2.0 ports are each capable of outputting 4k @ 60Hz, and it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an Auto Game Mode for gaming. Finally, it has a 30W 2.2ch speaker system.

Our Verdict

6.7 Movies

The Samsung LSP7T is alright for watching movies. Its native contrast and brightness are okay, so it's at its best in dim rooms or any room with subtle lighting. Unfortunately, the projector's color accuracy before calibration is sub-par, but it's significantly improved with calibration. It has a wide color gamut, but it's just not bright enough to make them pop.

Pros
  • UST capabilities allow the projector to be placed very close to the wall.
  • Full suite of connectivity features like a smart OS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
  • Very accurate after calibration.
Cons
  • Sub-par color accuracy prior to calibration.
  • Image quality is functional but unimpressive.
  • 6.7 Movies
  1. Updated Apr 03, 2024: Mentioned the newly reviewed Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 in the Brightness section of this review. We also added links to some of our recommendations in the Compared To Other Projectors section.
  2. Updated Mar 18, 2024: We mentioned the newly-reviewed Formovie THEATER in the Compared To Other Projectors section of this review.
  3. Updated Feb 13, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the Samsung LSP7T. The projector has a higher-end model, The Samsung The Premiere LSP9T. The LSP9T has several notable advantages over the LSP7T, as it has a triple laser light source and is capable of projecting unto a bigger 130" surface. It can project at an even shorter distance than the LSP7T can, as low as 4.4" when projecting a 100" image, or 9.4" when projecting a 130" image. It also has a better speaker system than the cheaper model.

Compared To Other Projectors

The Samsung LSP7T doesn't offer good value for the money. Its best trait, its wide color gamut, can't fully be taken advantage of due to the projector's relatively low brightness. There are other options when it comes to Ultra Short Throw projectors: the Hisense PX1-PRO and Formovie THEATER are brighter and have better contrast for a similar price, while the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300, while limited to a 1080p resolution, is much brighter and has far superior pre-calibration accuracy for a far lower cost.

Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 is much better than the Samsung LSP7T. They're both Ultra Short Throw projectors, but you can place the Epson closer to the screen or wall than the Samsung. The Epson is much brighter, with better contrast than the Samsung. The Epson is also much more accurate out-of-the-box, although the Samsung has more calibration options, so it looks better than the Epson after some tweaking. The Samsung also has a wider color gamut, but it's not bright enough to really make colors pop.

Samsung The Freestyle 2nd Gen

The Samsung The Freestyle 2nd Gen and the Samsung The Premiere LSP7T are very different products. The Freestyle 2nd Gen is a small portable projector with full auto keystone image correction and a tilting stand, letting you easily adjust the projection angle. The Premiere LSP7T is a huge Ultra Short Throw projector with no automatic image correction features, so it's not meant for you to move it around. The Premiere is also much brighter than The Freestyle, although The Freestyle is the more accurate product.

Hisense PX1-PRO

The Hisense PX1-PRO is better than the Samsung The Premiere LSP7T. The Hisense is brighter, has better contrast, and is more accurate pre and post-calibration. Outside of the Samsung projector's sleeker visual design, there isn't much reason to choose it over the Hisense.

XGIMI AURA

The Samsung The Premiere LSP7T and the XGIMI AURA are similar projectors. They're both Ultra Short Throw projectors, so they can project very large images from a very short distance. The XGIMI has significantly better contrast and looks much better in a dark room. Still, the Samsung has a wider color gamut, and while both projectors have inaccurate colors out-of-the-box, the Samsung's colors are much more accurate than the XGIMI's after calibration.

Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 is better than the Samsung The Premiere LSP7T. The Epson is limited to 1080p, while the Samsung is a 4k projector with pixel shift. Still, the Epson makes up for it with a vastly brighter image, has better contrast, and is extremely accurate without needing to be calibrated. It's also more versatile as it can project on more screen sizes and at a shorter distance than the Samsung.

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Test Results

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Design
4.0
Design
Portability
Height 5.1" (13.0 cm)
Width 20.9" (53.1 cm)
Depth 13.4" (34.0 cm)
Weight
20.0 lbs (9.1 kg)

The Samsung LSP7T isn't meant to be portable as it's big and heavy and lacks an integrated battery, so you need to plug it in. The projector lacks auto keystone correction, so you'll need to adjust the screen geometry manually, and it also doesn't have autofocus. It has an integrated 2.2 speaker system, so you won't need to worry about connecting it to a soundbar if you move it.

Design
Projector Technology
Imaging Technology
DLP
Light Source
Laser
Resolution
Pixel Shift 4k
Aspect Ratio
16 : 9
Minimum Throw Ratio
0.25
Maximum Throw Ratio
0.25

The Samsung SP LSP7TFAXZA uses a laser light source, which requires no maintenance and will last for 20,000 hours or more. This means you likely won't ever have to worry about replacing its light source. It's an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, capable of projecting an image on a 90" screen at a distance of 9.7" up to a 120" screen at a distance of 16.3". The projector doesn't do true 4k as it uses pixel shifting to create a higher resolution image. This offers better quality than 1080p but doesn't look as good as native 4k.

Picture Quality
6.5
Picture Quality
Brightness
White Light Output
913 lm
Color Light Output
707 lm
Brightness Uniformity
82%
Screen Brightness
87 cd/m²

This projector has okay brightness and decent brightness uniformity. It's capable enough for a dark room, but it looks washed out when a few lights are on. Unfortunately, the projector isn't bright enough to make its colors pop even with its wide color gamut. For a much brighter Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, check out the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 instead.

6.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
119 : 1

The Samsung LSP7T's contrast is okay. It looks fine in a dark room, but its blacks aren't deep or inky.

5.7
Picture Quality
Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
5.08
Color dE
4.24
Gamma
1.99
Color Temperature
6,333 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The projector has inadequate color accuracy out of the box. Its white balance is completely off, with all primary colors being overrepresented in shades of gray. The projector's too bright in all scenes. Its color accuracy is sub-par, especially so when it comes to cyans as they veer towards green. Thankfully, the color temperature is fantastic.

8.5
Picture Quality
Post-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
0.83
Color dE
3.17
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6,518 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Picture Mode
Movie

The projector has full color calibration and 10-point white balance calibration, and it's vastly more accurate after adjusting these settings. Sadly, cyans are still green-ish, but other colors are much more accurate. After calibration, the projector's white balance and color temperature are nearly perfect, and its gamma is almost exactly on target.

8.3
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Rec. 709 xy
99.47%
Rec. 709 uv
98.40%
Rec. 2020 xy
62.76%
Rec. 2020 uv
69.75%

The Samsung LSP7T has a very wide color gamut. It covers nearly the entirety of the Rec. 709 color space used with SDR content, and it does an okay job with the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

Features
Features
Inputs & Connectivity
HDMI
3
ARC/eARC
Yes (eARC)
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Data Ports
1

This projector has three HDMI 2.0 ports, one of which doubles as the eARC port. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

Features
Smart Features & Sound
Smart OS
Tizen
Cast Capable
Yes
Speaker(s)
Yes

The Samsung The Premiere LSP7T has Samsung's popular Tizen smart OS with full casting support, so you can share your phone or laptop screen directly to the projector. Overall, the interface is very smooth and has a ton of apps. The projector has a 30W 2.2 speaker system with a subwoofer.

Features
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Remote control
  • 2x AA batteries
  • User documentation