Best Projector Screens

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 29, 2017
Many of us like watching movies with home projectors. The walls are not the best option for watching, and here the special projector screens come in handy. We have reviewed 5 best projector screens to help you find the one you need. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type / Design
Installation
Screen Tech Specs
Screen material / type
Features
 
PROS
The motor works quietly, being energy-efficient. RJ45 input port allows you to connect the screen to 3rd party control systems. The flame retardant materials meet NFPA 701 Standards.
CONS
The power cord is somewhat short.
OUR VERDICT
This high-quality projector screen with a wide viewing angle will let you enjoy the video content in the sharpest resolutions like 4K Ultra HD video and Active 3D.
detailed parameters
Type / Design
Permanent / Pull-down (motorized)
Installation
Wall/ceiling installation with screws and anchors
Screen Tech Specs

Diagonal: 110-inch (from 84" to 180") 

Aspect ratio: 16:9 

Viewing angle: 180° 

Gain: 1.1

Screen material / type
MaxWhite™ (multi-layer, cross-array coating with a matte white reflective compound) / Matte
Features
Extra Drop, Built-in 12-volt trigger port for Drop/Rise operation, Infrared (IR) remote, Detachable 3-way wall switch
PROS
The screen has a large diagonal and can be easily unfastened. The screen gets inflated within a few minutes.
CONS
The fan is a bit noisy.
OUR VERDICT
This screen projector is the best choice for outdoor use by families or groups of friends as it includes the yard stakes for reliable fixation on the ground. So, it works really well even in windy weather.
detailed parameters
Type / Design
Portable / Inflatable
Installation
Floor installation, self-inflation
Screen Tech Specs

Diagonal: ~ 144-inch 

Aspect ratio: 16:9 

Viewing angle: 160° 

Gain: 1.1

Screen material / type
Textured white vinyl / Matte
Features
Tethers and yard stakes are included, Fan and bag for easy setup and storage
PROS
The triangle structure provides excellent stability, hence, the screen can be installed almost anywhere. The entire package easily fits a car trunk. The pipes are made of aluminum, so they are pretty light.
CONS
The screen is unsuitable for rear projection.
OUR VERDICT
JaeilPLM outdoor movie screen will be opportune for camping and outdoor activities thanks to its compact and simple design. The installation without any tools takes just 15-20 minutes .
detailed parameters
Type / Design
Portable / Triangular demountable
Installation
Floor installation with connecting tubes
Screen Tech Specs

Diagonal: 100-inch

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Viewing angle: 160°

Gain: 1.1

Screen material / type
High-quality PVC material / Matte
Features
The carrying bag is included, The stand can be used as a hanger
PROS
The steel body is scratch-resistant. The screen rolls back automatically once you drag it down with the handle. The smooth and lightproof screen surface provides a great picture.
CONS
The screen is rather heavy, so it may be difficult to carry.
OUR VERDICT
A great product for use in conference halls and large auditoriums. Besides, the screen may be used as a home theater that can be fixed in any position.
detailed parameters
Type / Design
Permanent / Pull-down (manual)
Installation
Wall/ceiling installation with brackets
Screen Tech Specs

Diagonal: 119-inch

Aspect ratio: 1:1

Viewing angle: 160°

Gain: 1.1

Screen material / type
White fabric / Matte
Features
Extra Drop, Self-Lock Device, Anti-static and anti-acid fabric prevents dust accumulation and mildew growth, The black backed screen material eliminates light penetration
PROS
The screen is compatible with most of LED, LC, and DLP projectors. Its height is easy to adjust thanks to the foldable design. It can be cleaned with soap and water.
CONS
The screen is not suitable for wide-screen image.
OUR VERDICT
VIVO is a decent projector screen that will be at hand for effective everyday use. It is great for making presentations as well as for home watching.
detailed parameters
Type / Design
Portable / Pull-down demountable
Installation
Floor installation with a foldable tripod
Screen Tech Specs

Diagonal: 84-inch

Aspect ratio: 4:3

Viewing angle: 120°

Gain: 1.1

Screen material / type
A high-quality white multilayer fabric / Matte
Features
Extra Drop, Locking handle and telescopic pole for height adjustment, Black backing to avoid light penetration

What is a Projector Screen?

A projector screen is an essential thing for making presentations or watching movies displayed by a projector. Today there is a wide variety of projector screens of various configurations and capabilities. We present 5 best projector screens as well as their key characteristics.

If you are interested in projection equipment, we advise reading our home theater projectors reviews.

What Features to Compare

Type and Design

When you look for a projector screen, you should determine its type and design first. All projector screens may be divided into permanent and portable. You should know the place and conditions where projector screen will be used. If you are going to use the screen in one place only, look for permanent models. But if you are going to move the screen during presentations in lecture rooms or offices, you should consider portable models. Note that projector screens have different design and size. The permanent models are generally retractable and must be mounted on walls or ceilings with screws or anchors. Besides, the permanent screens may be retracted manually or mechanically with electric motors. As for portable projector screens, the situation is much simpler. Portable screens feature adjustable stands or foldable frames of various shapes. The assembly and installation of portable screens can be done within 10 minutes. It is worth noting that inflatable projector screens are available on the market as well.

Screen Tech Specs

The technical specifications of projector screens must be considered too as they are vital for image quality and comfort of watching. It is important to pick the screen of a needed diagonal to suit the place where it will be used. The screen diagonal can be chosen according to the following rule - the screen width should not exceed 1/2 of the distance to the first row and should be more than 1/6 of the distance to the last row. Note that the distance between the screen bottom and floor should be at least 50 inches. Once you determine the diagonal, proceed to the screen format. The aspect ratio should be chosen according to the videos you are going to watch. If you are looking for a screen to watch movies, you should pick 16:9 aspect ratio as it is common for most Hollywood films. If you need a screen for presentations, it’s better to choose 4:3 aspect ratio. The universal 1:1 aspect ratio also exists and allows projecting the image in either horizontal or vertical orientation. The viewing angle is also worth your attention. The top screens may have angles up to 180°. The wider is the angle, the less is the image distortion. The gain is one more important parameter that characterizes the ratio of brightness to the light reflection. You should also pay attention to the screen material and coating. The screens generally have matte and glossy coatings. The matte coatings are suitable for outdoor use and rooms with different lighting. This screen yields no glares, and the image is seen well at different angles. Keep in mind that projector must yield sufficient brightness for a matte screen, otherwise, the image will be dull. As for the glossy screens, they provide rich and contrast image. However, it should be noted that such a screen may glare and is more appropriate for use as a home theater in dark rooms. The projector screens are commonly made of textile fabric or vinyl that is easy to clean.

Features

Lastly, we would like to examine the extra features. A lot of projector screens boasts black edging called Extra Drop. The black edging absorbs the sunlight and prevents its reflection. Some fixed projector screens can be equipped with motors that pull them up and down automatically via remote controls. The frames of portable screens may be used as hangers as they often have hooks. Many projector screens come with bags for comfortable transportation. Also, a lot of models feature special handles that allow for quick rolling-up. Some portable screens may have foldable tripods with automatic locks for quick adjustment of height. The permanent projector screens may feature special black backing to prevent the light penetration and improve the image quality. The last but not the least, inflatable projector screens are generally fitted with fans to facilitate installation.

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Elite Screens 4K Home Theater Electric Motorized

Type and Design

Elite projector screen is the permanent pull-down screen that will deliver a quality image displayed by your projector. The screen is retractable and is equipped with an electric motor for easy rolling-up. The motor comes with a remote control, so you can regulate the screen, staying at a distance. The screen should be mounted on a wall or ceiling and comes with wood screws and drywall anchors. The sturdy design and long-lasting materials make this screen extremely durable.

Screen Tech Specs

This projector screen by Elite Screens has quite a big diagonal that amounts to 110". Such a big screen provides a comfortable viewing in the range up to 12 feet. So the screen will be great for big groups of people. You can also choose between the models with 84", 100", 106", 125", 128", 150", and 180" diagonal. The aspect ratio is 16: 9, hence the screen is perfect for modern wide-screen videos. It should be noted that the screen maintains such cutting-edge video formats as Active 3D and 4K Ultra HD. The wide viewing angle of 180° will let you see the image clearly from any side. The screen gain is 1.1, and it evidences a high quality of the image. As for material, the screen is made of MaxWhite™ multi-layer material coated with a matte white reflective compound. Thus, the screen may be used in rooms with different light conditions. What's more, you can wash the screen with a soap and water and save money on detergents.

Features

The screen comes with black side edges and wide top edge that provides a high contrast and depth, serving as a background. The screen comes ready-to-install, so you will save your time on the assembly. The electric motor is one more distinguishing feature of this screen. The motor comes with remote control, so you will be able to retract or extend the screen distantly. It is worth to mention that the motor is pretty quiet, thus it won't bother you during the watching. Additionally, the motor is energy-saving, so it will save your money on electricity bills.

Elite Screens 4K Home Theater Electric Motorized
Elite Screens 4K Home Theater Electric Motorized
 

Gemmy 39127-32 Deluxe Outdoor Inflatable Movie Screen

Type and Design

Gemmy 39127-32 is a portable projector screen that can be relocated without too many efforts. The screen consists of the inflatable body and the textured vinyl fabric that is fastened to the body with tethers. The screen gets inflated easily with a designated fan and is installed on the floor afterwards. The fan blows the screen up within a few minutes, so you can quickly get a convenient assistant to arrange home theater in your backyard.

Screen Tech Specs

Despite a peculiar design, this portable screen has one of the biggest diagonals that amounts to about 144". Such a considerable size makes the screen perfect for watching your favorite movies, sporting events or cartoons as well as for playing video games. The aspect ratio is 16:9, so it's great for wide-screen films and images. The screen's viewing angle is 160º and it will deliver cool image regardless of your position. The high quality of the image is largely provided by textured white vinyl that eliminates glare.

Features

The features of Gemmy 39127-32 Deluxe Outdoor Inflatable Movie Screen include nonstandard installation performed through the self-inflation. What is more, the screen comes with tethers and yard stakes that will help you to keep the screen in place. As a result, you will have an opportunity to install the screen and enjoy films even in windy weather. In addition, the package includes a bag for easy carrying and storage of screen when it is not in use. Great!

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Gemmy 39127-32 Deluxe Outdoor Inflatable Movie Screen
Gemmy 39127-32 Deluxe Outdoor Inflatable Movie Screen
 

JaeilPLM Flicker-free Portable Outdoor Projection Screen

Type and Design

The JaeilPLM screen is a portable screen that is easy to move and transport even in a car trunk. The design features a lot of elements that seem to complicate the assembly. Yet, the practice shows the opposite; the mounting takes about 10-15 minutes. Once assembled, the screen presents a triangle construction that boasts an excellent stability. It should be noted that the lower tubes can be attached to the ground so as to improve the steadiness.

Screen Tech Specs

JaeilPLM Flicker-free Portable Outdoor Projection Screen has a pretty big diagonal amounting to 100". Therefore, the screen will be great for big families or groups of friends. The aspect ratio of the screen is 16:9, so you can enjoy watching latest Hollywood movies and shows. The screen is fabricated from a high-quality PVC material with a matted surface to prevent glaring. In sum, this screen can provide a comfortable movie watching in different lighting.

Features

This projector screen boasts durability and strength of its aluminum tubular frame that is fitted with hooks that may serve as hangers at campsites. Such a design is very convenient and handy. The screen comes with the special bag with carrying handles to hold all elements, including the screen itself. JaeilPLM will be optimal for watching shows and movies in the open air on camping grounds or home backyards.

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JaeilPLM Flicker-free Portable Outdoor Projection Screen
JaeilPLM Flicker-free Portable Outdoor Projection Screen
JaeilPLM Flicker-free Portable Outdoor Projection Screen
 

Best Choice Products Manual Projection Screen

Type and Design

This projector screen by Best Choice Products can be referred to permanent models. It should be mounted indoors only, for example, in school and university lecture rooms or conference halls. The screen features the metal housing that must be fixed on walls or ceilings. The screen is mounted with special mounting brackets included in the supply package. Note that you should retract the screen manually. But it's no a big deal!

Screen Tech Specs

Best Choice Products Manual Projection Screen has a 119" diagonal that will be great for watching movies in a family circle. Such a large diagonal is also suitable for making presentations for a big audience. The aspect ratio of the screen is 1:1, what means that the screen is square. Such a shape is quite versatile since the screen is suitable both for horizontal and vertical images. It should be noted that the screen is great for diagrams, layouts, and various tutorials. The viewing angle of the screen is 160°, so the image will be vivid even if you look at the screen from the side. The 1.1 gain provides a bright and clear image whatever you watch.

Features

The Extra Drop is the main feature of this screen, as it provides better sharpness and contrast of the image and extra space on the screen. The special loop handle is located on the screen bottom and helps you to recess the screen and adjust its height conveniently. The special anti-static and anti-acid screen coating will prevent accumulation of dust and formation of mildew. The black backing under the coating excludes penetration of light for better projection.

Best Choice Products Manual Projection Screen
Best Choice Products Manual Projection Screen
 

VIVO Portable Projector Screen

Type and Design

VIVO is classified as a portable projector screen that is easy to relocate to any place you need. Its construction is demountable; the screen is fixed on foldable tripod thanks to the designated metal loop. To get the screen ready for work, you should unfold the tripod, pull the screen down and hang it over. When you don't need the screen, just retract it and remove it from the tripod. A perfect projector tool for your presentations!

Screen Tech Specs

VIVO Portable Projector Screen has a 84" diagonal that will come in handy for presentations or movie watching. The aspect ratio is 4:3 which is perfect for documents, tables, and diagrams or projection of HDTV. A viewing angle of 120° will let you enjoy the image on the screen from the side without any distortions. A high quality of the image is provided by 1.1 gain. Finally, the screen shows a great performance in any lighting conditions thanks to the white multilayer surface matted for the elimination of glares.

Features

VIVO Portable Projector Screen features the Extra Drop black edging to provide a sharp and bright image. The locking handle and a telescopic pole will let you adjust the screen height with ease. Moreover, the special black backing of the screen is another feature that contributes to the image quality and provides an opaque background. This backing protects the screen from penetration of light, improving the image contrast.

VIVO Portable Projector Screen
VIVO Portable Projector Screen
 
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