If getting a projector is a step in the right direction, deciding on a projector screen lights the way, and the better the screen, the more you’ll see. With recent technological developments, options in size, functionality and accessories are only increasing. And keeping track is important, as the material and size of your projector screen have a substantial impact on the projection. With this guide, you can narrow down your search with recommendations to suit every need.
To optimise your projection, consider the projector screen options first. Two factors matter most: the type of screen and the screen material. Here is a condensed breakdown of the key elements.
1. Types of Projector Screens
The first thing that can help narrow your search is choosing between a portable and a permanent projector screen. Within these two categories, there are a few more types to consider that affect installation and quality.
Portable Projector Screen
For an on-the-go presentation set up, you can’t go wrong with a tripod screen. The size and weight index makes it more than suitable for travelling, and it only takes minutes to assemble. Its screen ratio and height are also adjustable to the size of the audience and content. Keep it safe and neatly packed with a nifty carry bag.
Permanent Projector Screen Options
For a fixed location, such as a classroom, conference room or a movie theatre, the range of permanent projector screens offer more variations than its portable counterpart. Installation usually takes more time as the fixture is set into a wall or ceiling. First off, let’s make the distinction between a manual screen and an electric screen.
Manual Projector Screen
Quite simply, to open a manual projector screen, you pull down the attached hook or string on one side of the screen. Whether you opt for a wall or ceiling mount, this function is generally hassle-free and easily rolls back into its casing after release.
Electric Projector Screen
The remote-controlled electric screen is ideal for a big scale conference room, auditorium or lecture hall where the screen may be out of physical reach. What makes this option attractive is the size possibility without obstructing the aesthetic or functionality of the room. These tend to be heavy and require a complex electric installation, but you’ll find them well worth the effort and cost in the long term.
Fixed Frame Projector Screen
Ideal for movie theatres or locations that don’t need to function in any other capacity, like a conference hall, the fixed-frame screen requires a similar installation to a large picture frame. With the bracket-hung solution, all you need to do is dim the lights and press play.
2. Projector Screen Materials
Three things to consider concerning your projector screen is gain, viewing angle and canvas colour. The gain of the fabric will determine how bright the projected image will be, while the viewing angle will determine the width of the optimal viewing range. The colour will affect the contrast of the image. For these reasons, it’s vital to assess the installation setting properly, keeping light and seating constraints in mind. For more detail on these, click here.