You may recall that the first time you ever saw a projector screen was in the classroom at school. However technology has come a long way since the days of the noisy and extremely annoying screens of many years ago. There is now a huge variety of projector screens in the marketplace and they can be used for many different purposes and occasions. When deciding on the best type of screen for you, there are many important decisions to make. You will have to look at the type of screen you want, the size of screen, the screen format display and even how to select the correct screen surface.
There are numerous screen types for you to choose from:
Electric projector screens allow you to use a remote control or inline switch to raise and lower the screen. The most common place to see these types of screen will usually be in offices and especially in the boardroom. They can hang from the ceiling or be mounted onto a wall and allow you to effortlessly lift and lower the screen with the touch of a button. Without doubt the electrical models are the easiest Projector Screens to use.
Manual projector screens are the ones we became used to seeing at school or in the office. Simply pull down the screen from the ceiling, or once again, from where it is mounted on the wall. The majority of manual models provide a controlled screen return, which allows you to easily return the screen into its carrying case. These provide affordability and ease of use.
Portable or tripod screens are very easy to set up and move around. These types of screen, once again, were an integral part of the furniture in many classrooms and have often been used by people making presentations, on the move, at numerous locations. The more modern versions of these Projector Screens have a scissor support mechanism which allows for one-touch raising and lowering.
Fixed frame screens are typically used for home theatres and again in meeting rooms. These are very similar to the large screens you see at the cinema and are fixed to wall and ready for the immediate use of a projector.
You have many different sizes of projector screens to choose from and it is unwise just to “go with the biggest”. Your screen should be suited to the audience who are going to view it and not so much the size of the room. A basic rule that many follow is that the width of the screen should be approximately 15%-20% of the distance that viewers will have to sit from the screen. This will make it far easier to view images and read text without putting undue stress and pressure on your eyes. It is also recommended that the bottom of the screen should be an absolute minimum of 3 foot from the floor. This is something you will have to take into consideration with Projector Screens that hang from the ceiling.
There are 4 main screen formats you can choose from:
The final decision you need to make about a projector screen is the surface. This will very much depend on the type of lighting you have in the room within which you wish to use the screen. Is the lighting controlled with no ambient lighting? Or will you have to deal with ambient lighting from a window. You will also have to consider the seating arrangements of the room in which you will use your screen. If you have a very wide seating area, this may cause people at either end to have trouble viewing the images on screen. The favored screen surface in offices and a business environment tends to be white or matt white. Whereas the grey screen material is proving to extremely popular for the home theater.