Projector Reviews

ELITE PROAV WHITEBOARDSCREEN THIN EDGE CLR® 2 SERIES REVIEW

Elite Screens is one of the leading projection screen manufacturers in the industry. Based in the USA, their products are available worldwide. Elite produces a wide range of screens for home theater owners, educational institutions, and a multitude of corporate users. Elite’s mission is simple: make cinema-quality projection screens for projector owners at practically any budget without compromising quality. 

A good projection system should consist of both a projector and a screen. Even at the most competitive prices, the screen you choose should not be more expensive than a quality projector. Elite Screens feels that one of its key roles is matching customers with screens that will fulfill each buyer’s requirements at a fair price. 

Elite accomplishes this by mass-producing superior products in the most popular sizes and aspect ratios. In addition, these products use various formats that accommodate any environment, from integrated high-tech performance to portable, cost-effective solutions.

 Elite ProAV® is a division of Elite Screens designing and building screens for business and education customers. Elite ProAV makes a wide range of commercial-grade projector screens, such as its WhiteBoardScreen™ Thin Edge CLR® 2 (Ceiling Light Rejecting®) Series, designed to meet multiple needs of its customers. The WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge VersaWhite Series combination whiteboard and the screen is a dual-purpose product combining two large products into one—simultaneously saving space and providing a more collaborative experience in class and meeting rooms.

As if creating this dual-purpose product wasn’t enough, Elite ProAV has also built a better whiteboard and a better projection screen in the process. Their certified products, which are compatible with building codes and a wide variety of programs, also include warranties and trained professionals available to assist installers every step of the way.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Designed for collaborative classrooms, boardrooms, conference rooms, and training facilities
  • Combines a projection screen and dry erase board into one product
  • Scratch-resistant laminate coating
  • Compatible with tabletop ultra-short throw and short-throw projectors only
  • Included mounts permit wood stud installation with horizontal adjustment
  • CLR® 2 laminate coating absorbs 85% of overhead lighting
  • Improves brightness, color saturation, and contrast in rooms with uncontrolled ambient light
  • 160-degree viewing angle (80-degree L/R)
  • The micro-filter structure allows for tabletop mounted ultra and short-throw projectors
  • 4K/8K Ultra HD (High Definition) Ready, smooth, non-textured surface
  • ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) Certified for accurate color reproduction
  • Available screen sizes and aspect ratios:
    • 90” at a 16:10 aspect ratio
    • 97” at a 16:9 aspect ratio
    • 107” at a 2:1 aspect ratio
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty

OVERVIEW

The WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR2 Series screens function as high-performance projector screens and dry erase writing surfaces. Elite’s scratch-resistant laminate coating allows the WhiteBoardScreen to outperform conventional whiteboards by providing superb color temperature and image brightness without glare. In addition, there is an ultra-thin aluminum black frame protecting the edges of the WhiteBoardScreen while enhancing perceived visual contrast and maximizing the projection/writing area.

The WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR2 Series is available in three sizes: 90-inches, 97-inches, and 107-inches. 

Compared with a matte white screen, the CLR2 optical surface material is designed to provide a noticeable boost in contrast when used in a room with uncontrolled ambient light. In addition, ceiling light rejecting screens, such as the WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR2 Series, are designed for ultra-short throw and short-throw projectors. By comparison, using a tabletop or overhead-mounted standard-throw projector will result in a dark image because much of the projected and ambient light will be filtered out.

WhiteBoardScreen Thin Edge CLR2 Series screens are designed to do more than just reject ambient light that might wash out the projected image. Instead, the CLR 2 screen absorbs most ambient light, including that from the ceiling lights, while reflecting projector light toward the viewer. This light control results in better color, contrast, and brightness of the projected image. Therefore, a CLR2 coated screen lets you use your projector almost any time of the day, regardless of uncontrolled ambient light. 

PACKAGING AND ASSEMBLY

I’ve assembled many projector screens over my 20 years in the tech industry. My experience ranges from large-venue screens at Sundance to giant rear-projection concert screens and designing and implementing museum and retail projection solutions. What all these events had in common was that building the screen was a giant pain in the butt. So when my editor asked me to review some screens, a cold shiver went down my back.

Imagine my surprise when a 5’ x 9’ x 6” box arrived at my lab. I quickly realized this wasn’t going to be the traumatic experience I had feared. 

The truth is that it took me longer to unpack and discard the packing materials than it did to set up the screen. Elite included just about everything I needed except for a level and screwdriver. Fortunately, I have plenty of both. 

After attaching mounting brackets to the wall by myself, I got some help to hang the whiteboard screen. Truthfully, I probably could have lifted the screen onto the brackets, but I didn’t want to risk damaging it. 

It had to be the quickest screen setup that I’ve done in my entire career. This beast’s only downside was that I didn’t have enough room in my recycling bins for all the cardboard packing it was shipped in.

It’s to Elite ProAV’s credit that they made the overall setup so easy by eliminating the most painful part, the screen assembly. No little buttons. I didn’t have to stretch material and snap it onto a frame. Instead, I completed my measurements, leveled and attached the hardware, and hung the screen in less than 15 minutes. It might take you a bit longer as I’ve been doing this kind of stuff for more than twenty years, but it should still be a relatively quick process.