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Matching Up Your Projector to the Right Screen

If you've purchased a new projector, deciding on a screen that suits it's size and your intentions for using one, is an important matter. There are differences in the surfaces of the different screens available, so getting the right information before you purchase one would be a great idea.

Choosing the right projector screenContrary to popular belief, there actually are some screens that work better with certain projectors, in the same was as there are certain projector lamps that fit into certain projectors. It's not as complicated as fitting a lamp, but it's a great idea to determine beforehand, what you want from your viewing experience and which screen is best for the job.

It can be a very exhilarating experience to buy a projector for your home. It can mean access to family gatherings or sporting events that you used to never have the option of hosting. If you get the entire setup perfect, your home may become the new gathering place. Part of the perfect setup for a projector in your home is the need for the your screen to be functional; with so many different options, you need to make sure you take all of your options in before deciding on one. Here are some basics on the different kinds of screens which should help you make your decision.

Manual Screens

A manual projector screen is one that you pull down when you want to use it, and you let go back into the base when it's not in use. These types of screens are best for times when people only plan to use the screens every now and then.

They also tend to be less expensive than their electric counterparts. The biggest benefit to these types of screens is their portability when compared to the electric screen models because they can be carried around and used at various locations if needed.

Electric Screens

Electric screens have some type of on/off switch. Most of them move because the owner pressed the remote, but some can also be installed into a wall switch if that's your preference. These are usually tacked to the wall in some way to keep them stable.

There are some screens that are tensioned to keep them totally straight while under pressure, and there are some that are held straight simply be the weight of the screen. The range in sizes and budgetary fits are the biggest benefits offered by these types of screens.

Mounted Screens

Most projector screens that are mounted come down from the ceiling, but that is not the only option. You can also have a projector screen that is mounted on your wall or you can even have the screen mounted in the flooring and have it electrically raise up from the floor whenever you plan to use it. These come in a huge variety of sizes, and they leave you free to decorate your room however you would like. This type of screen is virtually hidden when put away, and works equally well for occasional projector users and regular projector users alike. The one great benefit of this type of screen is that you don't have to a. store the screen anywhere, and b. installing it and leaving it is simple and get nicely blend in with the rest of the furniture in the room.

Freestanding Screens

There are a few types of projector screens that stand totally on their own. This can make them easy to take from one room to another, or even to different parts of the same room. There are some projectors that stand up on a tripod making them easy to place into a corner in whatever room you need them placed in. Another option is to use a projector screen that stands up on the top of your table. Usually these are slightly smaller, but that can also make them easier to move around as you need.

Painted Surfaces

The other option you have no matter what type of projector you own is to buy projector paint and paint the wall you want to use. The paint can be used as soon as it's up on the walls, but the picture will be much clearer once the paint has been allowed to dry and cure for 24 hours. The flatter the surface, such as your wall, the better the overall picture will be with this option. This is the least expensive method to take, but obviously, not the most realistic unless you plan on painting the walls wherever you use your projector or never using it other than on the wall you've painted.

Once you have decided on the type of screen you are going to purchase, make sure to follow all the manufacture guidelines in order to keep it working in tip top condition and for as long as possible.

Posted April 13th 2014 by Kevin Benton

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