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ELITE PROAV WHITEBOARDSCREEN THIN EDGE CLR® 2 SERIES REVIEW - Page 2

Posted on June 26, 2021 by Philip Boyle

DESIGN

To start with, I want to say that this is a beautifully designed screen. The ultra-thin, black, aluminum bezel that frames the screen is sleek but strong. A good-looking screen may not be the number one concern in education and business, but when you walk into a classroom, lecture hall, meeting room, or boardroom and see this screen hanging on the wall, it will make a positive visual impact.

The CLR 2 screen coating is matte and absorbs about 60% of unwanted ambient light, so it doesn't distract viewers by reflecting light at them when the projector is turned off. 

PICTURE QUALITY

In a dark room:

I tested the WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR 2 Series using the Optoma CinemaX P2 ultra-short-throw projector. The resulting performance in a dark room was a bright, vibrant image. In addition, I thought the screen displayed outstanding picture quality. 

One of the things that I noticed when watching my demo content and taking pictures was a slight darkening of the image as you looked at the screen’s outer edges. It’s not that you could not see the picture, but it was darker the farther out you got. This effect was much more noticeable in my camera images, but it was still somewhat visible to the naked eye. The bottom line is when it comes to screen material, the CLR 2 coating does an exceptional job displaying a projected image.

Off-access viewing in the WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR 2 Series is impressive. In a classroom or meeting room, attendees will have an excellent picture even when viewing off access because of the screen’s 160-degree viewing angle.

With some ambient light

This screen is a champ when dealing with uncontrolled ambient light. It does far better than any other screen that I have reviewed to date. This projector will not disappoint in the classroom or boardroom. For my testing, I used two sources of ambient light. First, I opened the door to the outside to the right and opposite side of my lab. I took photos on a sunny afternoon in San Diego.

The second source was a large window to the left of the screen through my office door. My walls and ceiling are white and parchment, so they reflect a lot of light. As you can see in the images below, some of them show the effects of light fade, but none were unviewable. What I found interesting is that with some of the demo content, the light fade reduced the dimming effect around the edge of the screen, and the images became more visible.

Aside from a few exceptions shown below with my comments, there were no hot spots or unviewable images on this screen. It performed beyond my expectation, even with uncontrolled ambient light filling the room.

You could never get the picture quality that this screen provides with a typical whiteboard or even a specialty-made, matte white whiteboard screen. The WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR2 Series provided outstanding picture quality in every test I threw at it. These screens will give you exceptional picture quality in almost any environment. In addition, Elite developed a high-density foam eraser and a special cleaner required to clean the screens. They remove dry erase marker shadow and keep the VersaWhite coating in tip-top shape.

WHITEBOARD PERFORMANCE

Elite didn't want to produce another whiteboard; they wanted to make a better whiteboard. What I'm saying is that Elite built a better mousetrap. You can write on the screen using standard whiteboard markers, and Elite includes a pair. 

The whiteboard function offers excellent readability, even off-access or in the back of the room. Combining a top-notch projection screen with a whiteboard saves money and real estate in the classroom or meeting room. This combination also makes for better collaboration and education.

CONCLUSION

The WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR2 Series are marvelous screens; they’re also better whiteboards. This Elite ProAV screen improves contrast while reducing reflections from uncontrolled ambient light sources. In a completely dark room, this screen can hold its own against other pro screens. Additionally, in a room with uncontrollable ambient light sources, the screen maintains a highly viewable image, excellent viewing angles, and unbelievable light absorption to provide the best possible picture regardless of the environment. 

The WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR 2 Series offers excellent build quality and design. The CLR 2 coating is scratch-resistant, designed to survive rigorous education and corporate environments. If you put this screen in your collaboration space, not only will you be thrilled, so will your students or employees. My advice is to get it now! 

You can purchase the WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR 2 Series directly from Elite’s online store or several authorized Elite dealers/resellers. If you have a tabletop ultra-short-throw or short-throw projector and you are looking for a high-quality ceiling light rejecting screen that doubles as an impressive whiteboard, check out the WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR 2 Series at the Elite ProAV website.

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