How to Pick the Best Projector Screen to Meet Your Needs.

How to Pick the Best Projector Screen to Meet Your Needs.

Some Nigerians are reluctant to invest in buying a projector screen because they believe their white wall or piece of cloth can serve the purpose. If you fall in this category or you are unsure of those vital things to consider when trying to select the best projector screen, this piece is for you.

Major Points to Consider When Picking the Best Projector Screen.

Identifying the Purpose

Any action you take should begin with ‘why’. This helps you get clarity of purpose and make better decisions. Now that we’ve established that fact, the big question is, ‘why do you want to get a projector screen?’ A projector screen is a highly valuable asset if you are frequently involved in any sort of presentation, be it for entertainment, education, business, or even recreation. You also need to decide if you’ll be using it indoors or outdoor. Note that depending on the type of projector screen you buy, you can use it for more than one purpose. 

Type of Projector Screen

Obviously, there are various types of the projector screen. Let’s briefly look at some of the most used types. Starting with the tripod screen, this is one of the most popular types and it’s used preferably for outdoor purposes. Its portable nature makes it far easier to carry around unlike the other types and it comes with a carrier bag for transporting it around. Placed on a three-legged tripod, it doesn’t require any skills or technical effort to set it up before use. Simply pull it out of the rolled-up base and hook it to the top of the tripod stand. Next is the motorised screen which is used in a more permanent setting. It is mounted on a wall or ceiling in an indoor space like a seminar room, training hall, classroom, etc. This type of screen can be hidden when not in use and the drop-down feature is controlled by remote control, wall switch, etc and this is possible to be in control of the projector screen size.

Unlike the motorised screen, the manual screen requires the user to manually pull down the screen with a cord rather than it responding to some form of control. They are often cheaper than the latter. A folding screen is another interesting screen type that is built to be detached from its frame. This means that one can fold it up nicely after use. Some other interesting screen types include the tabletop screen, floor screen, fixed-frame, etc. 

Projector Screen Size and Positioning

This is another very important point of consideration if you desire to buy the best projector screen. Projector screens come in different sizes which are measured diagonally like television and computer screens. Before selecting any screen size, your first assignment is to check the highest resolution of your projector then search online to find out the most compatible aspect ratio. It is very important that your screen matches the native aspect ratio of your projector. Some of the most popular aspect ratio available are 16:9 with 90” diagonal, 16:9 with 80” diagonal, 4:3 with 50” diagonal, 16:10 with 15.4” diagonal, and more.

You should position your screens high enough to ensure all your viewers can see what you are displaying. Ideally, you should make it four feet away from the ground and not too close to the side edge of the wall. You want to ensure that with your projector screen your viewers enjoy a beautiful viewing experience especially if they’ll be watching for extended durations. With the right projector screen size, you can prevent situations where images fall out of the screen or don’t fit in properly. Also, the distance between the projector and the screen is also something to consider.

Screen Material 

The material used in manufacturing the projector screen must be of high quality, look durable and easy to clean. You should pay particular attention to the frame, material used for the white surface, tensioning, and stand (if any). Some projector screens are better off with what is called ‘tension’. This tension keeps the fabric in place and prevents it from excessive movements while in use. 

Some other things you should consider include your budget and preferred brand. As with everything else, there’s always a cheaper option which might not really be an advisable choice if you seek to use it long-term. Do a market survey before settling for any. If you have no idea which brands to go with, you can check out customer reviews on online stores or ask trusted users of projector screens for their recommendations. You might also want to consider that large projector screens with high resolution will save you the cost of acquiring a bigger television set in your home.

Here’s an option for those who might not be able to afford the best projector screen at this time. You can transform a wall in your house into an accent wall and with the use of special paints for wall projection, you can get the same effect as a projector screen. Some of the most common paints for this purpose are Digital Image Ultra White Screen Paint (for white projector screens), Screen Paint (for grey screens), Paint on Screen S1 (for silver screens).

We hope this article was helpful and by now you must have realised that using your bare white wall for projection would deprive you of the high reflectivity and brighter picture quality you can enjoy with a projector screen or a specially painted wall for projection. You can also get yourself a portable projector with a tripod on