Which Mobile Projector Screen is Best
We get asked every day for a mobile projector screens but with over 300 on our website, it can be difficult to know which ones is best for your needs. So I thought why not just write a few lines about the different sorts and see if that helps with your decision making process.
If it is mobile then it needs to be mobile, I know this sounds like a obvious comment but you need to be able to fit it in your mode of transport. If you have a standard car then a 1.5m (5ft) is really the best solution as the canister will be another 15 cm, if you have a decent sized estate car then you will with the seats down get 1.8-2m in without too much bother. How do you know what size you need to get in the first place, well think about the room(s) you are going to present in and the way the chairs are laid out and the audience size. Here are a few simple guidelines
up to 30 people - 1.5m 30-100 people in 1.8m-2m 100-200 3m 200+ please call for info
If the seating is laid out that there are many rows and people have further to look then go up to the next size in the chart above,the person on the back row needs to be able to see the image.
If you have a certain image size produced by your projector (throw ratio) then of course you need a projector screen that is the right size.
What Type of Screen?
The most well known sort of screen is the tripod, costing anything from £45 + vat, they last forever and come in 2 parts and are based left in their cardboard box to transportation. They are heavy to move, and do look a little dated but if price is the main driver then they offer the most cost effective solution. Tripods go up to 2.4m wide (8ft)
The pull up from the floor screen is very popular they are lighter weight than a tripod, can be transported just as they are rather than needing a box as they have a carry handle. They are more modern and have a black border which improves the viewing experience. These screens can be split into two types, one with a telescopic pole at the back which when you pull up the material then just hang it on. They are the least cost solution, they do not provide as much rigidity as the other type but simple to set up. The other type are known as scissor mechanism, they guide the material in/out of the canister and are self supporting, but cost an additional £100 for a comparative size. They will last longer. Both types go up to a max. of about 2 metres.
If you have an audience size that is bigger than you can fit in your car then you will need to consider a kit form of projector screen rather than a rigid case. These are known as fastfold screens or rapid fold, their catching name indicates it doesn't take long to set up. You get a lightweight frame that clicks together, then you pop the material onto the frame and add the legs, probably takes 15 mins the first time but with practice then you can do it in less than 5. Sizes are amazing for these ones, going up to 16ft wide and coming in both front and rear projection material.
What shape should the screen be?
The aspect ratio of a screen is the shape, the reason it is called aspect ratio is that is the width to height ratio of the visible viewing area. Projectors do not produce square images 1:1 so unless you are buying a tripod screen which come in that aspect ratio but you adjust the height by leaving the material in the canister to make the shape you want. The following aspects are best for
4:3 - XGA/SVGA/SXGA+ 16:9 Full HD/1080p 16:10 WXGA/WUXGA+
So for instance a 200 cm wide screen would be 200 x 150 (4:3) 200 x 112.5 (16.:9) 200 x 125 (16:10)
If you didn't get the right height and say you had a 4:3 projector and a 16:9 screen then you would be 150-112.5 cm too short on the height and so you would have to narrow the width to accommodate the height, so by having the wrong screen aspect the new size would be 150 x 112.5 losing you 50 cm of valuable image width. For those people doing multi format aspects then go for a 4:3 screen and just have a white letterbox top and bottom when projecting in 16:9
Screen Material - which one is best?
For a mobile front projection screen for normal 2D projection then matt white is perfect, if you want 3D then special 3D grey screens are available. Rear projection material is different.
To summarise work our the size that works best for the audience, make sure you can transport it, then think who is moving it, will they be able to manage that size/weight. Once you have a width and type of screen sorted then get the right aspect ratio. But if all else fails call for help, we offer telephone advice or can respond to this posting.