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When it comes to an item that you will be using to view something, quality is important. It’s also vital that the piece of equipment is a good fit physically with where you’re going to want to be using it. When it comes to finding the best projector screen for your own needs, these are just two of the factors that you’re going to need to take good account of before you begin to look at what’s available on the market. But, these are not the only things you’ll need to consider in order to make absolutely sure that your projector screen purchase is a successful one, that you can enjoy for many years.
You may be looking to buy the ideal projector screen for your office, or you might be looking for a great projector screen for a new home theater. There are even projector screens available that you can use safely outdoors, enhancing the versatility of this method of viewing all sorts of media at home or at work. Projector screens come in a full range of various sizes, and you’ll be confronted with many different designs when you start to look around for the best projector screen for you. Other considerations include things such as aspect ratio, screen colour, viewing angle, and the diagonal size of the projector screen. Some screens come on a tripod and some versions are even inflatable! Based on a multitude of factors, we found the Delux Screens 4K/8K Projector Screen to be the best all-around model that will suit a wide range of purposes!
We’ve scoured the market and we’ve gathered a great selection of different screens, which we’ve reviewed to make things quicker and easier for you. We’re also including a comprehensive buying guide in this article, which is intended to steer you through the ins and the outs of all things projector screen. We talk about and explain a lot of the main features you can expect to see and hear about when doing your research on projector screens, and we discuss some of the options and technology you’ll need to decide whether or not you need.
Extra features: covered by a 3-year warranty; spring tension technology prevents wrinkles; available in a range of sizes
This is a well put together projector screen and it has a few really nice touches that just put it head and shoulders above the other screens which are featured on this list. There’s a lot to like here and the Delux Screens Ambient Light Rejecting 4K/8K Ultra HDR Projector Screen is our Editor’s choice and the number one pick on our list of the eleven best projector screens for good reasons.
What you get here is a screen that’s been made for luxury home use and just begs to have quality movies and entertainment beamed onto its surface. One of the nice little touches here is that the Delux Screens Ambient Light Rejecting 4K/8K Ultra HDR Projector Screen has an aluminum frame with a lovely velvet coating which not only looks great, but also serves to absorb and disguise annoying projector overshoot, so that your viewing experience isn’t spoiled by niggly little things.
This is a permanent screen and with the high quality material used for the projection surface, you can pretty much say goodbye to those nasty wrinkles which can prove so time consuming and annoying with some other screens. This projector screen is fairly easy to install and comes with a range of fixings to suit most instances and situations.
There’s an impressive three year warranty with the Delux Screens Ambient Light Rejecting 4K/8K Ultra HDR Projector Screen and it has a very reassuring money back guarantee too, so if you’re unhappy with your purchase for any reason once it’s delivered, you can send it back for a full refund.
Extra features: 2-year warranty; lightweight collapsible frame and (detachable) T-legs, black-backed for a brighter image
This projector screen is a fully portable version which you can fold up and place in its own carry bag so that you’re able to easily transport it from place to place. This would be a good option to consider if you regularly travel between a vacation place and your home, or you want to take the screen on trips with you for commercial purposes.
The portable nature of this projector screen is not completely free from problems, however, and there can be issues with the screen developing deep creases in transit, which may affect the quality of your viewing experience. Because this screen is designed to fold up, it is prone to showing the folds when it’s being used, so this is definitely not the projector screen for anyone who is shy of a few creases or likes to watch their movies on a completely smooth surface.
The fully collapsible nature of the Elite Screens Yard Master Plus Series will suit a lot of buyers out there, though, and the general quality of the materials used are good.
This projector screen is reasonably light in weight for when you need to lug it around and the Elite Screens Yard Master Plus Series also offers a relatively reassuring two year warranty. Elite’ customer service process is also said to be very good, so there is plenty of cause for peace of mind when you elect to buy this projector screen.
Extra features: edge-free design; AcousticPro UHD material for acoustic transparency; dense synthetic weave
The Elite Screens Aeon AUHD Series screen is basically, and for all intents and purposes, the Rolls Royce of home projector screens. The main reason that this screen doesn’t sit right at the very top of this list is that it costs quite a lot to buy. Even so, and even with such a cost involved, many people out there with the budget will be very tempted to buy the Elite Screens Aeon AUHD Series screen, because it really has some of the best features available on the market and it’s a very nice projector screen indeed.
One of the nicest things about the excellent Elite Screens Aeon AUHD Series screen is that the materials used to construct it are of the highest quality available. This is a permanent projector screen, with a fixed frame, and the aluminum used in the construction of the frame is of an extremely high grade. This not only conveys a real feel of quality; it makes the frame rigid and strong.
The quality of the materials here extends to giving the Elite Screens Aeon AUHD Series screen it’s greatest attribute, and that is the fact you can watch this screen in any ambient lighting conditions. This screen looks more like a gigantic TV when used in daylight and that’s a great feature to have when you want to use it and not be stumbling around in the dark when you want to get refreshments.
Extra features: tensioning rod system assembly is quick and reduces wrinkles; heavy duty beveled aluminum frame
The next projector screen on our list of the eleven best projector screens is the Silver Ticket Products STR-169120-WAB screen, and it’s at fourth on our list because it offers some great features that a lot of people are going to be impressed by when they look around for the best option out there. This screen has a relatively usable viewing angle of 160-degrees and it will fair well in many different rooms and configurations.
One of the nicest features of this Silver Ticket Products screen is that it’s fully geared up for use with front mounted speakers as part of a complete surround sound home theater set up. It is made of material which allows the sound from front mounted speakers to penetrate the screen and treach the viewer, without impacting on the overall quality of the sound from the system or the audio experience offered by it.
The look of the Silver Ticket Products STR-169120-WAB screen is nicely finished off with a layer of high quality velvet material, which gives the impression not just that the manufacturer decided to go the extra yard to make this a good looking item, but also serves to frame the picture well and alleviate small concerns to do with overshoot of the projection – saving time and much niggly adjustment.
Overall, the Silver Ticket STR-169120-WAB screen is a good one, and the price is going to suit a lot of home theater enthusiasts too.
Extra features: 3-layered black backed screen; comes with remote control
The next screen on our list is the very practical Homegear HD Motorized Projector Screen. This is a relatively basic projector screen, but it will suit a lot of people on a middle of the road budget and it has a lot of features going for it too. What you don’t get here is complete luxury or something that is going to wow your guests just with its great looks, but for something that’s usually only going to get noticed in the dark, a lot of potential buyers are going to be able to look such issues with aesthetics and see the technical attributes instead.
The Homegear HD Motorized Projector Screen is a true retractable screen and the business of getting the screen in and out of its housing is done by a motor. One of the nicest features of the motor is that it doesn’t sound like a Harley starting up and the operation is smooth and quiet. The motor also has plenty of power and the screen is lowered and raised automatically with no hitches or snags and in no time at all. This makes the Homegear HD Motorized Projector Screen a great option for locations which need to be used for more than one purpose. This projector screen can even be mounted in the same position as your TV and rolled up and down when needed – this may even save you the cost of buying a whole new set of furniture for viewing home cinema, and it’ll certainly save you the cost of having to keep a complete room for the purpose of watching movies.
What makes it stand out?
Great for dual purpose spaces
Reasonable cost option for home cinema on a budget
Extra features: comes with a standing legs and carry bag; black-backed for extra brightness
In at number six on our list of the eleven best projector screens, and sitting back smack in the middle of the running is the Silver Ticket Products STO-169180 screen. This screen has the main attraction of being made from materials which enable it to be used wither inside the house, or in an outdoor setting if the need arises. As a multi-purpose projector screen, this is going to be the best option available for a lot of people. The versatility of it’s construction means that this could be the best projector screen for someone in a commercial capacity who needs to show presentations or even films and video in many different settings and environments whilst on the move, because it’s also a freely standing projector screen. This is certainly going to save you – whether in a home setting or for commercial use – from having to keep two screens, and indeed from having to bear the cost of buying two screens.
If you are in the business of traveling around with your projector screen and you need it for a commercial application, or if you just want to be able to use the screen while on vacation as well as at home, this is a great option because it comes with its very own carrying bag, which makes it portable and handy for either use. This is a great screen for anyone on the go, and you can use it inside or outside too, so a lot of buyers will love this.
Extra features: 2-year warranty; black-backed screen for better image quality; comes with stand legs and carry bag
In the next position on this list of the eleven best projector screens on the market, we have the Visual Apex ProjectoScreen 132HD screen, and this is going to attract many people looking to find excellent value for money without compromising on too much quality.
This screen is another fully portable screen and it comes supplied with everything you will ever need to assemble and erect, disassemble, and transport the screen from place to place. You get a really nice carrying bag with the Visual Apex ProjectoScreen 132HD and the frame is of a sturdy enough quality to make sure you’re not ever going to have a disaster in that department.
Obviously, the nature of this screen makes it another brilliant option for anyone who is in a commercial venture which needs the ability to show material or presentations in different places. It would really suit someone in the audio/vision business really well, although that’s not to say it isn’t suited to home use.
This screen seems to work well in all conditions and there is now an added reason to consider the Visual Apex ProjectoScreen 132HD, which is that the manufacturers have decided recently to also offer this projector screen in a new rear screen version.
Overall, you can’t really go too far wrong with the excellent Visual Apex ProjectoScreen 132HD screen, and it’s testament to the quality of screens on this list that it doesn’t get closer to the top. It’s excellent value for money and a real quality item.
Extra features: quick installation – inflates in 2 minutes; comes with a carry bag; removable screen for easy cleaning
We’re moving into the inflatable projector screen universe now and this is the EasyGo Products Inflatable Mega Movie Screen, but it’s very far from being an option which is full of hot air! Inflatable projector screens are a really great idea and they fill a gap in the projector screen market that other screens just can’t. You can use these great screens anywhere – on the beach, in the backyard, inside the house, or anywhere else you can think of. They’re easy when it comes to getting them set up and ready to view on, and they’re portable for moving around between events. Inflatable screens are an option that many may not have thought of before, but they provide a lot of flexibility and indeed, they take a lot of the fiddly activity away from a viewing experience which the rigid screens present.
The EasyGo Products Inflatable Mega Movie Screen comes with everything you will ever need in order to be able to set the thing up, move the thing around and view movies and entertainment in any setting – indoor or outdoor. You get a great carrying bag, for moving the screen, a very good quality air blower, for inflating the screen and keeping it inflated during viewings, and it even comes with pegs with which you can secure the screen for breezier conditions outdoors. All in all, this will be a great choice for many people, and it doesn’t cost the earth either.
Extra features: black-backed for better image quality; built-in mounting
Ok, so next up on the list is a very low technology option that’s going to suit just about any budget you can muster up. The only cheaper way to get a projector screen is probably going to be to paint a wall. The VIVO Pull Down Projector Screen is an almost faultless entry in the budget projector screen market. It’s a retractable screen, which makes it amazingly handy for dual purpose situations, and although this screen doesn’t feature a motorized movement, the operation to retract and pull down manually is as smooth as can be, so you won’t have any problems there at all.
The VIVO Pull Down Projector Screen has a nice modern and clean look about it and it will sit will in many rooms or locations. The cost and the style of this projector screen make it very universal in terms of its appeal and you can imagine this screen being well received and well used in settings as diverse as classrooms, offices and even home theater situations.
If you want all of the bells and whistles that the most expensive projector screens offer, then the VIVO Pull Down Projector Screen is definitely not going to be your cup of tea, but if you want to avoid paying a dozen times the cost and you can live with a low-tech projector screen solution, then you may have just found your perfect match.
Extra features: quick and easy 5-minute set up; 1-year warranty; comes with tripod legs stand
The penultimate review on our list of the best eleven projector screens we could find is the Vamvo Projector Screen. This is another cheap projector screen and the Vamvo is also rated for both indoor and outdoor use, so it’s important to not set your expectations too high with this screen. This is a budget option which offers a user the ability to use the screen in almost any setting or environment, and the manufacturer has managed to do that for very little cost.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Vamvo projector screen is that the material used is of a very heavy duty quality, which is a great start. The screen doesn’t look cheap at all, and it displays a picture well enough. Where the screen may frustrate some buyers is when it comes to creasing and waves. They’re almost unavoidable with this projector screen and that’s largely due to what is probably the worst feature of the Vamvo screen.
The Vamvo’s most inferior and disappointing feature, and the feature which makes this screen a very wrinkle prone effort, is the frame. This is completely inadequate on the Vamvo projector screen. All of the elements which make up the frame look under engineered, but the worst part of the construction is definitely the cross beam at the top which is very undersized and makes the whole screen sag terribly – causing the screen to have many wrinkles. Don’t expect too much from the Vamvo.
Extra features: auto-locking design; 3-layer black-backed screen
The last projector screen on our list today and by no means a screen you should overlook, is the ZUEDA Manual Pull Down Projector Screen. This is a simple enough projector screen and there certainly are not any fancy bells and whistles, or lots of high technology going on with the design of this screen.
What you get for your (not too many) dollars with the ZUEDA Manual Pull Down Projector Screen is a very usable projector screen option which is very easy to accommodate, due to its handy retractable mechanism, which can be adjusted to many different heights and rolls right up and out of your way for when you’re not using it.
The design of this projector screen is also very easy to look at, it isn’t at all loud or obtrusive and it will sit in most professional environments or in any home with any décor, without looking out of place in the slightest.
The ZUEDA Manual Pull Down Projector Screen is going to be a very viable option for someone who want projection ability, without a silly price tag, and doesn’t mind the lack of thrills and spills. It’s a great projector for the home, the office or even for an educational environment, such as a school classroom.
Although not packed with features and plain to look at, all in all, the ZUEDA Manual Pull Down Projector Screen is going to be a great screen for a lot of people and places, so make sure to consider it if your budget is tight.
Why are we impressed?
Easy to install
What negatives must you be aware of?
Things to Consider
In the following guide, we intend to try to make the complete process of finding and owning the right projector screen an easier one – and that’s whether you need it for commercial use, or you just want to sit down and spend quality entertainment time at the weekend with those who are nearest and dearest to you. We’re going to look at most of the features of projector screens which will dictate whether or not you make a successful purchase, and we’ll try to break them down so as to maximize your chances of getting it all right.
Benefits of having a top-quality projector screen
The better the quality of your projector screen, the longer it will last and hold up to the use of kids or teens, and the better the quality of image you’ll be able to display on it. As with nearly everything, quality is very relative and the more you spend, the better you’ll generally tend to get. However, there are bargains available, and even if your budget is slightly low, you should be able to find a great projector screen if you pay close attention to our buying guide and our reviews.
Features to consider when choosing a projector screen
When you’re looking to find a great projector screen, there is a lot to consider. Just like any new buy, you’ll be met with a wall of confusing information and a heck of a lot of technical aspects and features which differentiate one projector screen from another. We realize that this can take a lot of the fun out of making a purchase and we’d like to help you out and try to make the process a fun one again. There are a lot of different projector screens available today, at a lot of differing price points and to varying degrees of quality and build.
Making a purchase for home entertainment is all about finding the best technology fit for you and your family. If you’re looking to find a projector screen for work or business purposes – perhaps you need a projector screen on which to show presentations, or short promotional films about your work, for example – then the decision will be an extremely important one, and may be the difference between revenue or losses, because being able to present in good quality is a vital part of conducting any business.
Overall, there are many considerations you need to bear in mind when you’re looking for a great projector screen to buy. We’ll go into detail on all of the features you need to keep in mind below.
Projector screens, like television sets, are generally measured in terms of their diagonal length, so be very careful when you’re deciding which projector screen best suits the space you intend to site it in. The measurement you’ll usually see refers to the length of the screen from corner to corner, so both the length and width of the screen will actually be a lesser measurement than that. Again, take your time and get your purchase right first time.
Aspect ratio of a projector screen refers to the ratio of the length to the width and is usually displayed like so: 4:3
The greater of the figures where aspect ratio is being stated will refer to the width across, or left to right, of the longest side of the screen and the smaller figure generally relates to the length that the projector screen hangs down from top to bottom.
Viewing angle is something that is very important to consider when you’re looking to buy a new projector screen.
The angle can have big implications which can either make or break the success of your purchase if you’re not careful.
Where this factor might affect you, and indeed where viewing angle may become a very big problem for you if you don’t take it into account, is if the layout of the place you intend to use your new projector screen, or if the room you need to site it in is not very deep – but it is a relatively wide space. This is because viewing angle refers to where you can be situated and still effectively view an image, or moving images on the projector screen. Just like computer monitors, TV’s and mobile phones, projector screens are made of different materials and fibers – and not all of them can be viewed from certain distances to the left or the right of center of the screen. Plan well where you intend to site your own projector screen and take this into account before buying.
This refers to how reflective the screen material is. A screen with a gain measurement of greater than 1.0 infers that the image projected back off of the surface is brighter than the image being projected at the surface. For example; a projector screen with a gain of 1.5 will project back the light 1.5x brighter than the light being projected at the screen.
Front vs. rear projection
Some screens are designed to be used with a front projector, and some are designed to be used with a projector situated at the rear.
It’s very important to buy the right type of screen for your own projector, or if you’re buying in the opposite order, to then make sure you get the right projector to suit your new screen.
Some screens are designed to be used with both rear and forward projector systems, such as the Visual Apex ProjectoScreen 132HD, but be careful to find the screen to suit your needs. The best screen for your projector type is always the screen designed to be used with that specific mode of projection, so always check it a screen is front, rear or both.
Always try to buy the screen that best matches your own skills and aptitude. Not all screens are quick and easy to install so try to stay within the parameters of your own ability when you buy, or budget to pay someone who professionally installs projector screens. The EasyGo Products Inflatable Mega Movie Screen is incredibly easy to install, as it inflates in just 2 minutes.
Fabric and stand materials
If strength is important to you and your projector is to be a standing type, then go for the most robust materials and build you can find. Factors with fabric can dictate how the projector screen performs for things like ambient light sensitivity, reflective qualities, viewing angle – and even how easily the screen develops wrinkles, as well as how much time you’ll likely spend getting rid of them. For exterior screens, the material has to be waterproof, and hopefully mold proof too. Choose wisely.
Overall dimensions and weight
This is going to matter most to you depending on three main factors. The first is if you intend to use your projector screen outdoors. You’ll need an adequate weight if that’s the case, in order to prevent the projector screen from moving around, or worse yet shifting completely, in a breeze.
The second consideration here, and it’s an important one if it applies to you, is if you are going to need to use your brand new projector screen in a multi-purpose area. If that is the case, and it could just be that you’re a bit pressed for space at home or in the office is you want this for business use, you ideally don’t want the new projector screen to weigh too much, because that can make things a real pain when it comes to time to putting the projector screen away between uses, so take that into account before you make a decision and buy. This won’t matter so much if you’re looking to find the a fixed projector screen, but it’ll be a big concern if your home or office demands the best retractable projector screen you can find.
Thirdly, and this is also a very important point. Make sure that the projector screen you purchase will fit in the space you intend to provide for it – easily. Not only does your new projector screen need to fit, fully erected, in the room or space you have for it, but you’ll need to be able to freely move around it so as not to cause it any damage.
Acoustic transparency is a concept relating to maintaining acoustic fidelity as sound passes through the screen material.
A screen manufactured from the correct material will easily and freely allow sound from speakers positioned behind the screen to penetrate the material without distortion, maximizing a viewer’s enjoyment and accentuating their listening experience.
This may be something you want to pay closer attention to if you’re looking for the best home theater projector screen and you have speakers situated at the front of the room for that reason. In fact, when you’re trying to source the best projector screen for a home theater, acoustic transparency could well be a massive factor for you. Be careful to find the best acoustically transparent projector screen if that’s your situation – a great option is the Silver Ticket Products STR-169120-WAB screen.
Ambient light rejection
The best projector screen for bright room conditions, where you have no means to block out unwanted light will be an ambient light rejection (ALR) projector screen. These are screens which utilize special materials developed for this purpose and a screen of this type will be the best projector screen for ambient light problems and situations, every time.
It’s extremely important that you look only at ALR screens if you intend to use your projector and your projector screen in a space where controlling levels of ambient light will be either difficult or impossible. There are many instances where this can be the case, so don’t take ambient lighting levels for granted and be very sure to check your requirements before you commit to buying a projector screen. The Elite Screens Aeon AUHD Series screen works exceptionally well in ambient light.
How to install a projector screen at home
Most of the projector screens we’ve looked at within this guide are easy to assemble and you should follow the manufacturers guidelines fully when you do so, if that’s the type of projector screen you have bought. In the case of concealed and more permanently installed projector screens, you may be able to do the job yourself – and gain, it’s very important you follow all of the guidelines which the manufacturer provides if you do this, but also check for hazards and on local regulations and codes which may apply to the installation, depending on where you are. Only assemble or install a projector screen if you’re sure you can safely do so.
One of the handiest tips for removing wrinkles from a projector screen is to get out your standard domestic hair dryer. If you’re very careful and you keep the hair dryer at least 6 inches from the fabric of the screen, slowly moving it around to avoid heat building up in any one specific place, then in not too much time, you’ll begin to see some improvements. You can use the hair dryer diffuser to further alleviate the danger of localized heat building up.
Another option for wrinkles is a clothes steamer. Be similarly careful and you can achieve great results in this way.
If the wrinkles in your projector screen are extremely stubborn, another hack available to you is to turn to the trusty household iron. If you’re careful to use a low temperature setting on the iron, and you make absolutely sure to keep some waste fabric between the iron and the screen, you can accomplish amazing results using this technique. You must remember to keep the temperature right down, and the waste cloth is vitally important. The household iron method of removing wrinkles from a projector screen should only ever be applied to the rear of the screen itself, because a domestic iron gets very hot indeed, even on the lowest setting available to you. Please use the appropriate level of caution if you’re going to attempt to use this technique.
The success you have with any of the above techniques and tips will vary massively dependent on the type of material your own projector screen model is made from. These heat techniques will not work on plastic projector screen types, so be very cautious when you’re assessing your own projector screen, and proceed with extreme care is heat is deemed appropriate.
If you’re in any doubt, simply leaving your projector screen to hang in its natural state can sometimes remove wrinkles and save you a lot of time and effort with other tricks and techniques, so that’s always the best place to start.
While it’s completely normal for wrinkles and waves to form in a projector screen when it hasn’t been in use for a long time, there are things that you can do to minimize the risk of wrinkles appearing and to cut down on efforts required to keep your new projector screen in the best of condition. The best way to stop unwanted wrinkles from occurring is to make good and sure that when you roll the screen up between movie viewings, you roll it up as tightly as possible.
Although projector screen paint can be a more affordable option in certain circumstances and a means to view if your budget is ridiculously low, such paints won’t often won’t provide the image quality of a well-made projector screen, put together with quality materials and expertise. The same tends to go for fabrics, because you’ll invariably find they’re designed for people who have very little money to spend, so they’re not a good enough quality to properly display images.
So, we’ve had a very thorough look at the wide world of projector screens and in our list of the best eleven, there was a clear winner. The Delux Screens Ambient Light Rejecting 4K/8K Projector Screen is a great all around buy if you’re looking for a new projector screen for home or for office purposes. It does many of the things you’ll need from a great projector screen and it’s a great value purchase that is going to keep a lot of buyers happy for a lot of viewings and events.
On our list of the eleven best projector screens, there could only be one winner, but the projector screen which occupies second place on the list is by no means a loser. The Elite Screens Yard Master 2 is another quality projector screen and a heck of a lot of buyers are going to favor the features on the Elite Screens above the features on our number one pick. This projector screen also serves as a really good option for either home or work purposes, it’s attractive and easy to accommodate.
So, last but in no possible way least, was the third pick on our list of the eleven best projector screens we could find on the market, and it’s the Elite Screens Aeon AUHD Series which, as with our top tow placed screens, is going to do the job for a lot of the people out there. This projector screen will certainly tick a lot of boxes with folks who want to find an affordable and quality option on which to view movies, present business information, or just make an area where younger kids can watch cartoons and have some fun.
No matter which projector screen you buy, and what you want to use it for, we hope we’ve helped to make your purchase a successful one!