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Cottage casual — with just a touch of tech

Yeah, sure, cottage life is supposed to be unplugged. And for the most part, it is. But the Man of the House (MOTH) and I do love to watch movies on a lazy evening or rainy afternoon in the summer. In winter, watching hockey is a family event.

So the whole crew was delighted when I took delivery of a tester unit of Samsung’s new QLED TV Q7F for the cottage.

It’s part of a series unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. Here’s why it’s note-worthy: new “metal Quantum Dot material” delivers very saturated, true colour, regardless of how light or dark the scene is, or whether it’s being viewed being played in a brightly lit or darkened room.  MOTH, who has a degree in film, thinks it’s rave-worthy. Set up was superbly simple, he says, adding that when high-speed comes to the cottage, we can take advantage of smart features. We also treated him to a soundbar, adding to our multimedia options. The Qled also solves pet design peeves — cable clutter, clumsy wall mounts and bulky box accessories — with a single, transparent connection cable through which all devices connect, and a no-gap wall-mount that’s easy to fit flush to a wall.

We set it atop an electric fireplace console from Dimplex, which — when sliding door panels are closed — looks like a carefully-chosen piece made of distressed wood and vintage hardware executed in the finish du jour — black metal.  Stacked drawers on either side hide remotes, tech accessories, and instruction books.

Speaking of cool technology, the firebox can be operated by remote control — and with just a wave of a hand. In winter, I’ll use the unit to help warm the space.  In summer, I can enjoy the fire feature without the heat.

So while tuning out for a while is a good thing, it also turns out that a little tech can actually add to rest and relaxation.

Both Dimplex and Samsung supplied product for this project. Neither reviewed or approved this post. I own the opinions. All photos by Darren Lum.

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