What's the right projector screen for you?
The whole point of purchasing a projector is to be able to project images and videos onto a larger screen and hopefully for those images to be of excellent quality. There are many things to consider when buying new projector screens, but first of all it is advisable to purchase a projector first. It is better to fit the screen to the projector than the other way round, especially if the screen is to be custom made.
Your choice of projector will also depend on what you are hoping to use the projector for. If you will be using the screen with computer projectors, then a screen in 4:3 ratio will probably serve you best, whereas if you will be implementing a screen with home theater projectors, then a 16:9 screen will allow you to get the most from HDTV and DVD projections.
Projector screens use special materials that are designed to enhance the quality of the images that are projected onto them. Some screens are designed to give clearer images in rooms where there is much ambient light whereas others are designed specifically for blacked out rooms. The viewing angles of the screen will also influence which type of screen surface is best for your needs, so try to have a good idea about how you will set up the room before buying a projector. Most screens come in front or rear projection designs, although front projectors are by far the most common due to space issues.
Types of Projector Screens
There are basically four types of projector screens, although there are many models and sizes. The four groups are portable screens, manual screens, electric screens and fixed frame screens. As a general rule, the cost of the screens increases throughout the four groups.
Portable screens are the type you should choose if you need to take your projector with you, for instance, during out of town office presentations.
Manual screens are the most economical and again there are many choices, including floor standing, wall mounted, ceiling mounted and tripod mounted screens. All represent good value for money, and if the look or elegance of the screen is not your primary concern, then this is most likely to be your best option, particularly for home use.
Electric screens are usually only found at the top end of the price spectrum and are often elegant and slick, both aesthetically and in their functions. Fixed frame screens are ideal for larger frames (for instance, and 8x5m screen), and stretch the fabric tightly across a permanent frame.
Fixed frame screens are ideal for large public venues.
The cost of projector screens can be anything from around $100 for a base entry manual frame, probably mounted on a tripod to many thousands of dollars for huge fixed frame screens. A useful guide to buying projector screens can be found at Projector People.com.