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Projection Screen Types

The very first step in choosing a right screen for your needs is to select the type of screen you wish to use. You would want to take into consideration everything, from mounting style to retraction method and permanency of the screen.

You can choose from electric projection screens, which descend and retract with push of a button. Manual pull-down projection screens extend and retract by a simple pull of the screens handle, much like a standard window shade. Fixed Frame projection screens are commonly used for solutions requiring a permanent wall-mounted solution, such as a dedicated home theatre or auditorium.

Projection Screen Types

Manual Projection Screens
Electric Projection Screens
Fixed Frame Projection Screens
Portable Projection Screens

Manual Projection Screens, like a standard window shade, are easy to use and install. As the name suggests, the extension and retraction of the projection screen is done by manually, without the use of any remote/button. The user simply pull down on the screen to extend it, and pull down on the handle to release the rolling mechanism to lift the screen back into the casing. Manually retracting screens are also available in a “controlled screen release” or “slowretraction” variant. This feature stops the projection screen from retracting into the case quickly, thus preventing potential damage to the screen surface, or the rolling mechanism. Manual projection screens are generally inexpensive and lighter than the electric ones. The reduced cost and weight make such screens ideal for classrooms, conference halls and simple home theatres, where budget is in a constraint .

Electric Projection Screens Electric projection screens are available as wall mounted, ceiling mounted, floor mounted or ceiling recessed (hidden in-ceiling installation). They are operated by an electric motor that raises and lowers the screen via a remote control. All, except ceiling recessed screens have a plug-and-play design. Ceiling recessed screens on the other hand require significant installation and skilled technicians. Electric projection screens tend to be larger and heavier than manual projection screens. This makes them suitable for use in class-rooms, home theatres, conference rooms and auditoriums. The motorised operation of the screen also provides a sleek and modern look that does not hinder with the décor or style of the room.

Fixed Frame Projection Screens Among the most popular variants on the market, fixed frame projection screens are most prominently used for Home Theatres, Auditoriums and in any situation where a permanent wall – mounted screen is required. Fixed Frame Projection Screens typically require more assembly time than others since these are installed in a similar manner to that of a picture frame. Due to recent push in curve LED TVs, curved Fixed Frame Screens are also growing in popularity. The curve in the screens add a flare of style and ambiance to any home theatre. It also optimises light reflectivity back towards the audience. This Screen also comes in variety of Fabric and frame choices such as Acoustic, 3D, ALR, Narrow Frame, Curved Frame.

Portable Projection Screens If the projection screen is likely to move on a regular basis, a portable projection screen in your best option. Portable screens, like tripod normally use a pull-up screen on a free tripod stand. Due to their mobility and relatively cheaper cost, portable projector screens are widely used in schools and also in business meetings for travelling presentations. Floor Rising projection screen, unlike conventional tripod projection screens are raised up from a weighted base/case. They make a perfect travel companion as they are unobtrusive in nature and are a perfect alternative to bulkier tripod screens and require almost zero assembly. Another great portable option is the fast-folding projection screen. They are the best option for large scale applications like trade shows, stages and auditoriums. These types of screens are much larger than the other portable options, and typically consist of multiple aluminium frame pieces with a tensioned screen surface.