When everything's folded, the whole assembly weighs just 4.1 kilogrammes. Reaching 160 degrees, the viewing angle is wide enough to prevent the image from flickering or looking washed out when viewed from the side.
The frame is not corrosion-resistant.
Stretching 120 inches, the Vamvo VA-01 is aimed at large crowds, making the viewing experience more immersive even when the screen is shared among 20+ people. The ropes and the ground stakes supplied with the screen will enable the legs to resist tough winds.
Floor (frame with legs included)
120 inches (16:9 screen ratio)
Black borders, foldable frame and legs, storage bag, ground stakes and ropes included
271.8 x 180.3 x 43.2 cm
The screen is made from opaque, anti-reflective PVC, beautifully receiving the projected media and delivering vibrant visuals that do not look muted even when there's some ambient lighting. It is compatible with 4K Ultra HD, Active 3D, and HDR video.
The black borders are pretty wide.
The M100XWH will accommodate home use about as well as classrooms and office conference rooms. Pushing the viewing angle 180 degrees, this screen works especially great with large group settings, including business meetings and viewing angles.
Wall, ceiling (mounting hardware included)
100 inches (16:9 screen ratio)
Black borders, roll-up design, auto-locking mechanism, built-in pull-down lanyard
237.5 x 151.4 x 9.1 cm
The curtain is excellent at resisting wrinkles and creases. To go with double-sided tape, ropes, and nails, the package includes 16 hooks, so you can set up this screen almost anywhere. The curtain supports both front and rear projection.
The adhesive on the hooks is not very strong.
Low-end screens usually make the picture look subdued or muted. Despite sharing the price bracket with these screens, the ELEPHAS H100B is nothing like that. Adopting natural polyester fabric, the screen ensures minimum transparency, displaying a bright and saturated picture.
Wall (mounting hardware included)
100 inches (16:9 screen ratio)
Black borders, storage bag
231.1 x 134.6 x 1 cm
Making the black borders as narrow as possible without exposing the screen, this model makes the frame less intrusive, meaning that the on-screen action will look more immersive. The fabric that the curtain is made from is pretty thick and plenty durable.
The screen's not wrinkle-free.
Shipped with nails, hooks, ropes, and double-sided tape, the Mebios Portable Projector Screen can be suspended indoors and outdoors. Also, the curtain is made more compact. Shaving off ~5-10 centimetres of width and height, the screen will be able to fit even relatively small flats.
Wall (mounting hardware included)
100 inches (16:9 screen ratio)
Black borders, storage bag
227 x 130 x 1 cm
Aside from the usual deal, the screen is compatible with short-throw models as well. The photosensitive fabric prevents light scattering, making the colours look more saturated. The fabric's also quite thick, so the objects behind the curtain will not be visible.
The screen is difficult to fit in the storage bag.
The VANKYO PS04 is a low-end screen that can tussle with much more expensive curtains. Made from premium polyester, the screen is stretchy but, featuring reinforced edges, also quite durable, so you can fold and unfold the screen as much as necessary knowing that it will be fine.
Wall (mounting hardware included)
100 inches (16:9 screen ratio)
Black borders, storage bag
~230 x 130 x 1 cm
The Vamvo VA-01 does not compromise. Whilst the screen is not perfect, the parts that play the most important roles have been polished to the max. Starting with mounting, the model comes armed with two tripod stands serving as legs on its frame. These stands are lightweight, foldable, and stable. They're not difficult to set up and just as easy to take down. Using these legs, you can set the screen anywhere outdoors, from the garden to some camping place 100+ kilometres away from home. Generally speaking, the entire assembly will usually take about 5 minutes, including unfolding the screen, the stands, and setting everything up.
The carry box that comes with this model measures ~56 x 35.5 x 10 centimetres, enabling decent storage and transportation (not necessarily what we would describe as hand-held but also not quite the opposite case). With the two legs, the entire package weighs ~4 kilogrammes, so lugging this projector screen around should not feel like you're carrying three full grocery bags.
Again, the screen's not perfect. First, the VA-01 is using a foldable curtain. As always, long-term folding can cause serious creases. Choosing between creases and practicality, the people behind this product chose practicality, which makes sense, but that also means you'll start seeing occasional wrinkles down the road. This is not some objective downside though, more like preference. An objective downside would be the screen's frame not being corrosion-resistant, so make sure you're not storing the unit somewhere humid.
Looking at the specs, the screen stretches 120 inches, enabling the most immersive viewing experience and making the screen more suitable for larger crowds. Of course, size-wise, the curtain follows suit. At 271.8 x 180.3 x 43.2 centimetres, this is not the most compact model, but you cannot increase the screen's diagonal without also increasing its size, so this is where we land. We also land at the ground stakes and ropes that come with this screen, making sure that the stands can combat the toughest winds. Back to the specs though, the viewing angle reaches 160 degrees, which works great with the screen's anti-glare treatment, reducing flickering and making the visuals crisp and precise.
Long story short, the Vamvo VA-01 turns any outdoor space into a proper cinema, so unfold the curtain, set up the frame, and enjoy the show.
|Last updated price||£139.99|
Choose the Height
The AmazonBasics M100XWH are seldom quite as basic as the company's private label brand suggests and this screen is no exception to the rule that we've just made up. Whilst the differences between this model and more middling projector screens are not huge, the little details that separate them add up, making a noticeable difference when push comes to shove.
Right off the bat, the screen's most impressive attribute is the integrated pull-down lanyard. Using this lanyard, you can retract the entire curtain or choose the part that should be retracted and the part that should stay put. In other words, you can adjust the screen's height, which is not something that the product's competition is usually offering. What's more, there's an automatic locking mechanism that prevents the screen from unfolding fully 'till you use the lanyard. Also, the same lanyard lets you roll the curtain up the same way you retract it, so you'll be able to hide the screen within seconds.
Where things get a little hairy is with the borders. Compared to its direct competition, the black borders on this screen are pretty wide, making the projected media a little less immersive. This is an unfortunate mishap since, aside from facilitating presentations, promotional content, and similar tasks, this screen is more than suitable for viewing films and playing games.
Pull-Down Projector Screen
What makes the screen so suitable for films and games? Well, the 180-degree viewing angle certainly comes to mind first. Stretching the viewing angle so wide, the screen can easily accommodate large group settings, from business meetings to viewing parties. Likewise, the screen works with 4K Ultra HD, Active 3D, and HDR video, fitting the highest-quality content. But what really tips the scales in favour of films and games is the high-grade, anti-reflective PVC that the curtain is made from, making the on-screen action look vibrant, dynamic, and clean. Speaking of, you can wipe the screen clean with a damp cloth without worrying about removing its anti-reflective coating.
From an installation perspective, the above-mentioned pull-down lanyard can be mounted onto walls or suspended from ceilings using the provided hardware. The instructions manual that's also supplied with the package should let you easily set everything up within a few minutes without consulting with Google.
Bottom line, the AmazonBasics M100XWH will be able to fit office conference rooms, classrooms, and home screening rooms alike, aiding both business and entertainment.
|Last updated price||£79.99|
When you start approaching projector screen around 20-25 quid, you start looking at models that cut important corners. We're not blaming them though - you cannot compete with screens that cost at least three times more without making certain sacrifices. So, the question here is not whether the model makes sacrifices, it is whether the model makes the right sacrifices. And, from what we can tell, the ELEPHAS H100B makes almost all the right sacrifices. First things first, this screen is double-sided, supporting both front and rear projection. Between its double-sided construction and the hardware that's shipped with it, the screen will be able to suit camping, home use, classroom training, conference room presentations, even semi-public display.
The hardware that we're talking about here includes nails, hooks, ropes, and double-sided tape, meaning that you can install the screen practically anywhere, as long as you have some support system. However, keep in mind that the adhesive layer on the stickers that the hooks come with is not very strong, so we would not recommend stretching the curtain too much.
Now that we've approached the curtain though, made from natural polyester fabric, the curtain is thick and smooth, preventing creases and wrinkles even in long-term folding cases. To add more, the fabric enables minimum transparency, making sure that the projected visuals remain sharp, bright, and vivid.
Despite coming at a low-end price, the curtain features pretty narrow borders, making the frame around the on-screen visuals less intrusive. Furthermore, the edges are reinforced, so you can stretch the screen as much as you want (as long as you're not relying on the aforementioned hooks) without worrying about the fabric tearing or ripping apart.
On the specs' front, the screen's diagonal measures 100 inches (16:9 screen ratio), which is standard these days. From the size angle, the model measures 231.1 x 134.6 x 1 centimetres, which's also nothing unusual. What is a little unusual where low-end projector screens are concerned is the 3D support that this curtain is offering.
Apart from that, this is a pretty ordinary package, including the storage bag that you receive with the screen. To give you the gist, if you only have 20-25 quid to spare and want a projector screen that can deliver excellent-looking visuals, the ELEPHAS H100B will not leave you disappointed.
|Last updated price||£18.99|
Mebios 100 inch
Enabling Extreme Off-Axis Positioning
The Mebios Portable Projector Screen has its moments, both good and bad. Since the good moments outweigh and outnumber the bad ones, we'll start with the latter. Even though the people behind it are making the opposite claim, the curtain is not very good at preventing wrinkles, leaving an occasional crease when folded or compressed.
There are multiple good moments pertaining to the screen but we will begin with the overall package instead. Including double-sided tape, hooks, ropes, and nails, the screen can be attached onto walls or removed anytime. You can even suspend the curtain somewhere outdoors, assuming that you have the right support structure.
Going down the list of advantages, the unfolded screen measures 227 x 130 x 1 centimeres, which is a little more compact than its 100-inch peers. Whilst the difference is usually negligible, with 5-10 centimetres width-wise and 5-15 centimetres height-wise, there are flats/houses, conference rooms, and classrooms where these centimetres can prove critical.
What can also prove critical is the 160-degree viewing angle that the screen supports, enabling even extreme off-axis positioning. In other words, you can sit at the side and still enjoy saturated imagery that does not look muted or subdued. Contributing to the same cause, the black borders on the curtain have been scaled down, meaning that the frame's less intrusive and the visuals appear come immersive.
Thick and Durable Polyester Fabric
Setting aside the details that we've outlined and highlighted above, the screen is pretty middling, which is not an insult when you put its budget price point into perspective first. The polyester fabric that the curtain's made from is not necessarily opaque but also not transparent, so as long as the ambient lighting is minimal, the projected media will look pretty bright. The edges have not been reinforced here but the fabric is thick and pretty durable, which means you won't have to be especially careful with it. The storage bag that comes with the screen is also middling, getting the job done but not necessarily the bag that you would feel inclined to use elsewhere.
All things considered, the Mebios Portable Projector Screen meets and exceeds the bare minimum requirements that people have regarding projector screens, a commendable feat given its low-end disposition. Provided you don't mind ironing out wrinkles every now and then, this screen will give you your money's worth.
|Last updated price||£22.49|
Uniform Light Diffusion
Without unnecessary introductions, the marketing team behind the VANKYO PS04 claims that this screen is made from some special photosensitive material. From what we can tell, this material does not seem different from the same polyester fabrics that are used across most projector screens. That being said, the curtain is above-average at preventing light scattering, so there's something different here. Ensuring uniform light diffusion, this high-gain screen makes the colours more saturated and the overall picture less muted even against noticeable ambient lighting.
What's also attractive about this product is that the fabric is pretty good at resisting creases, which means you can fold and unfold the screen as much as you want, chances are, the curtain will still remain creaseless and wrinkle-free. Besides that, the fabric is pretty thick, meaning that you can set the screen outside without worrying that you'll be able to see the objects behind the screen. Moreover, the usual black borders here were minimised, elevating the immersion level. Somewhat likewise, the edges on these borders have been reinforced, so you can pull the sides knowing that the fabric will not rip apart.
The 'folding and unfolding' part might prove tricky though. On the one hand, the peel-and-stick hooks enable pretty easy installation. Between these hooks and the metal eyelets, ropes, and the double-sided tape that you receive with the screen, you can set this thing up virtually anywhere. On the other hand, the storage bag that comes with the package is pretty small, so fitting the screen inside it is not always easy. With that in mind, the people who reckon they will transport this screen on a semi-frequent basis could benefit from replacing the bag.
Short-Throw Projectors Too
From the size standpoint, when unfolded, the screen measures 230 x 130 x 1 centimetres, give or take a centimetre of width and/or height. The diagonal reaches 100 inches, supporting the usual 16:9 screen ratio, so the movies will look pretty good on this curtain. Setting specs aside, the screen is compatible with front and rear projection methods and can work with short-throw projectors.
In closing, there are not too many projector screens below 20 quid that can be used both indoors and outdoors and make the projected picture look quite as good as the VANKYO PS04. And even when you find them, these screens seldom include the required mounting hardware or are shipped with something that will not let you install the screen where you want with comfort and relative ease.
|Last updated price||£19.99|
What Is a Projector Screen?
A projector screen is an essential item for making presentations or watching movies with a projector. Today there is a wide variety of projector screens of different configurations and capabilities. Setting aside everything we've described in the What Features to Compare section, 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 a 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 theatre in dark rooms. The projector screens are commonly made of textile fabric or vinyl that is easy to clean.
We present 5 best projector screens as well as their key characteristics. If you are also interested in projection equipment, we advise looking through home theatre projectors and mobile projectors.
What Features to Compare
Type and Design
When you are looking 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 for the projector screen use. 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 a 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 an angle up to 180°. The wider is the angle, the less is the image distortion. The gain is one more important parameter that characterises the ratio of brightness to the light reflection.
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 light penetration and improve the image quality. The last but not the least, inflatable projector screens are generally fitted with fans to facilitate installation.
DLP vs LCD vs LED
Whilst the screens that you use with projectors are also important, things are not that difficult with them. With projectors themselves, however, making the right choice between the display technologies behind these devices can be tricky. To make sure the decision you're making is an informed one, we'll break down the fundamental differences behind these projector types.
LCD models rely upon the same liquid display tech that electronic watches are using. To elaborate, these projectors create pictures using the following multistep process. First, the light source produces white light. Then, this light is passed onto the projector's dichroic mirrors. When that happens, these mirrors reflect the white light, adding colours and feeding the result to the device's LCD panel. Receiving the light, the panel interprets it, projecting the corresponding visuals onto the screen.
More often than not, LCD projectors are more light-efficient than DLP and LED models. They make the colours more saturated and the images less subdued despite consuming as much energy as DLP and LED projectors. Also, the projected images usually look less blurry, ensuring excellent picture sharpness.
The colours seldom look as uniform on LCD projectors as they look with DLP models though. Generally speaking, they're not quite as durable, and replacing the broken parts will usually cost you a respectable sum. Low-end LCD models can also make the visuals appear pixel-heavy.
DLP stands for digital light processing. These projectors employ DMD chips or digital micro-mirror devices fitted with >two million tiny mirrors. In turn, these mirrors move away or towards the light source, directing the light towards the image. DLP models also integrate spinning wheels that apply colours and project them onto the screen. With these projectors, the light source comes from lamps or from LED light bulbs.
Normally, DLP projectors come without filters and, sealing the chip away, they are not difficult to maintain. The picture usually looks deep, crisp, and colourful, with an above-average contrast. Because there's less space between the pixels, DLP models make the projected media look more detailed. The light loss is reduced and, owing to the aforementioned tiny mirrors, these projectors, at least on the whole, do not require the room to be completely dark to make the picture look bright. The blacks that these projectors produce are deep and the whites are bright, delivering a smooth image without shadows. That being said, DLP models can also produce the rainbow effect, making the colours less accurate.
LED projectors ditch traditional light bulbs, replacing them with red, green, and blue LEDs. Applying low-heat, low-energy semiconduction, LED models are able to generate energy, creating an electric signal that produces a light particle. At that point, the produced light is reflected off the projector's DLP chip or passed through an LCD chip. When the three LEDs are combined, they're able to create a white light that's pretty much indistinguishable from the real thing. These projectors are more expensive than models with traditional light bulbs but the LEDs inside them also last ~10 times longer than traditional bulbs.
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