Once you buy a projector, you’ll need to find a suitable projector screen that works best with your room size, ambient light, and projector luminosity,
to optimize the picture quality for an enhanced visual experience.
The resources and information from this page, we hope these articles will help you make the best screen related decisions.
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Projector Screen Reviews
Optoma UHD65 4K Home Theater Projector Review
Optoma's new UHD65 home theater projector, is one of two new models sporting the first Texas Instruments 4K UHD chip, and targeting home users. The >>
Ricoh PJ WXL4540 Short Throw Projector Review
Ricoh is an established manufacturer of business and classroom class projectors and they offer models using DLP and LCD technology.
Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Laser, True 4K, Home Theater Projector Review
The Sony VPL-VZ1000ES is a 4K ultra short throw home theater projector. It is one serious projector, which claims 2500 lumens, at a hefty $24,995 list >>
Optoma ZW300UST Projector Review
The Optoma ZW300UST is a business/education installation projector claiming 3,200 lumens, with WXGA resolution, DLP technology, and a laser light engine >>
Epson PowerLite 680 Projector Review
The Epson PowerLite 680 is an ultra-short throw installation projector for classrooms and conference rooms, with 3LCD projection technology, XGA resolution >>
BenQ CH100 Portable Business Projector Review
The BenQ CH100 is a slick, small, HD resolution, DLP portable business projector with an LED light engine, claiming 1,000 lumens. The lamp-free quality >>
Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review
The Epson LS10500 laser projector is ready for prime time in your theater. Replacing the older LS10000 - one of the first 1080p projectors that could >>
Casio XJ-UT351WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
The Casio XJ-UT351WN is a rare breed, as it is an ultra short throw projector (UST) that uses a solid state light engine - LED and laser combination >>
Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review
The Acer H7550ST is a powerful little short throw, single chip DLP home entertainment projector. Claiming 3,000 lumens, it is a pretty decent bright room >>
Sony LaserLite VPL-PHZ10 Laser Projector Review
The WUXGA resolution VPL-PHZ10 projector is one of Sony’s two newest laser projectors. These LaserLite models are billed as the first affordable laser >>
NEC NP-ME331W Portable Projector Review
The NEC NP-ME331W is one of four similar models in NEC’s ME-series of portable projectors intended for business or education applications. The NP- >>
The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector – Review
The Epson Pro Cinema 4040 is perhaps the most overlooked "breakthrough" home theater projector available today. I'm not saying that it is the best >>
Stewart Deluxe Wallscreen Fixed Frame Screen Review
Stewart Filmscreen has been around for more than 70 years and operates from their home base in Torrance, California. They started off supplying projection >>
Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review
The Home Cinema 3700 is one of three projectors launched in September 2016, replacing the older 3000 series. There are significant improvements. Because >>
Projector Screen Reviews Reviews
Choosing the Right Projector Screen
Ambient light, room size, and projector specifications, determine the type of projector screen that will work best for your needs. You can choose from a front projection screen – wall mounted or portable – to a fancy rear projection screen that manual or electric versions. If you are in a classroom, mounting the projector screen over the front whiteboard, would work best. A home theater system would also require mounting, however business projector systems are used for presentations, etc., that require more portability.
Tensioned or Non-tensioned Manual Projector Screens
These are common setups because they are the most inexpensive alternative. Manual projector screens pull down like a window shade when needed and flip back up between uses. Manufacturers have created tensioned models to enhance picture quality and solve the issue of bends and folds in non-tensioned screens. There is a manual screen case, Controlled Screen Return, that stops the projector screen from rolling back too quickly.
Article on Projector Screen Terminology:
Advice and factors in deciding which projector screen is right for you.
Types of Projector Screen Fabric
Let’s define the two most important terms that screen fabric directly effects.
Screen gain is the measure of light reflectivity. A gain of 1.0 is the industry standard; 1.2 is 20% higher reflectivity.
Projector screen viewing angle is a measure of quality picture from the center of the screen to the far right and far left of the projection. Color distorts, and light dims, and a certain point on the angle on the viewing axis. Movie theaters are designed to give everyone the same picture quality no matter where they are seated.
Gray or White
High contrast gray screens mean that whites are less bright, and blacks are closer to actual black. Grey screens depend on sufficient projector luminosity, but reflect less room light than white screens which make them more effective in rooms with ambient light coming from other sources than the projector. There is an obvious advancement in picture quality from gray screens in rooms that are completely darkened.
As gain, or light reflectivity, increases, viewing angle decreases, so understanding the room your projector will be setup in is very important to determine the material your projector screen will be made out of.
For an in depth understand on the topics of touched on here, I’ve included the articles below:
Article on Projector Screen Quality
An intro to choosing a quality projector screen. Article by Stewart Filmscreen.
Frames, Borders and Trim. Make sure you order the right projector screen. The right dimensions are just the beginning. This article will help you understand what many of your choices are.
Plain matte surface projector screens, high contrast screens (gray and white), and high contrast screens. Which will work best in your home theater?
How to choose the appropriate screen size?
There are three basic formats:
- Square – square screen are usually used for presentation and lower quality picture. 1:1 Ratio.
- Video Format – video format screens are a 4:3 ratio for standard television and computer monitor aspect ratio, and used for fullscreen and widescreen view.
- HDTV – HDTV screens have a 16:9 width to height ratio and are the only real option for optimal hi-definition picture quality for you home theater system.
Here’s how to compute height and width dimensions of a projector screen from the diagonal dimension, and how to calculate diagonal and height starting with projector screen width.
Buying your projector screen
Do not compromise on a screen after putting your investment in to the projector; this would be selling yourself short like buying an HDTV, without connecting the cable through HDMI.
When ordering a projector screen, most screens are “special order”. Get it right the first time to avoid large restocking fees. You’ll want to remember to figure in the width of the frames, and other key factors, or you’ll pay the price…