When it comes down to it – a choice of Microsoft, Google or agnostic environments. Given you can cast from Microsoft or Android, then Flip may be the most economical way.
GadgetGuy’s take. Samsung Flip could be an integral part of your boardroom
This was not an easy review although it was very easy to use. There are so many features and things it can do. But in the end, it comes down to importing an image, annotating, drawing and exporting the finished product.
If Samsung’s goal was a lower cost, straightforward, don’t even have to read the manual device than it succeeded. Therefore, it can ignore my strong advice to run collaboration software.
If you have a lazy $4,400, it is a valuable addition to the corporate boardroom. It fulfils a specific need as is but with a variety of add-ons could do so much more.
- Probably worth the extra $879 for the stand if only for moveability (note it is 1023 (D) x 1611 (H) x 991 (W) x 31.7kg and fill fit through a standard door)
- Makes it very easy to use portrait or landscape mode
- HDMI, USB or Cast flexibility
- Works very well with any Android 8.x or later
- Cast adds reciprocal touch to Android and Windows
- Very keenly priced
- Very simple to use – foolproof although printer, email and NAS setup need some technical knowledge.
- Would have liked Bluetooth if only for adding BT speakers
- No camera/microphone for teleconferencing although you can use a USB camera/mic with a Windows PC r standalone unit like the Logitech Rally and cast to the screen
- Limited pressure sensitivity so it is not an artist’s tool
- The default output is PDF. Would have liked JPEG as well
- No remote collaboration facility – you need to be on the same Wi-Fi network (may be software upgradable).
- Nits brightness is adequate for collaboration – fit for the purpose. But it lacks the punchy saturated colours we expect from a 4K TV
The key here is fit for purpose. Make sure you have the right use case.
- Overall: 4 out of 5
- Features: 4 out of 5 – for the price it is fully featured and you can add more functionality relatively economically
- Value for Money: 4 out of 5 – It is significantly less than direct competitors
- Performance: 4 out of 5 – Fit for purpose. InGlass is very responsive
- Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – No need to read the manual.
- Design: 4 out of 5 – Its big and probably best with the optional stand if only for mobility
Post review note
After we had finished the review, a new firmware update gave additional functionality (most not fully tested).
- Microsoft Office support: Open documents from Microsoft Office including PowerPoint and word, and PDF files.
- Automatic updates over the network: Stay up to date with the latest features for Flip automatically with wireless over-the-network upgrades.
- Standard Directory Services: New LDAP functionality connects company user databases directly to the Flip to make sharing notes with the whole team a breeze.
- Enhanced Security: Improved wireless secure connectivity keeps files safe, and a new feature allows for regular deletion of files.
- Import images in full-screen mode: Think game plans, blueprints, team calendars and more,
- Flip now allows users to import images in full-screen.
- Create stylish and professional signage: New lock-screen feature allows annotation-lock and holding screen to display hand-drawn promotional signage.
- Screen-saver feature makes your Flip feel at home: Customisable screen-saver feature allows users to make Flip right at home with company branding
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