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Basic Screen Type
Basically, there are two types of projector screens: Portable screens, and non-portable screens. If you are using the projector screen from one place to another, you need a probable screen. If you are going to mount your projector screen on a fixed location, such as your ceiling or wall, you need a non-portable screen.
A portable screen can be a tripod screen, a table- top screen, floor stand pull up screen, or fast fold screen.
The non-portable screens included manual screen, electric screen, fixed frame screen, etc.
Tripod Projector Screen
Tripod screen: A screen built on a tripod. It can be carried around with its handle, or a bag if supplied. The tripod can be fold up to save space. Usual lightweight and low priced. A very popular screen type for mobile presentation.
Table Top Screen
Tabletop screen: A screen built in a carry case. The carry case also services as a frame to support the screen when extended on the table. Extremely portable and light weighted, common diagonal size is about 40” or 50”. Designed for tabletop presentation only.
Floor Pull Up Screen
Floor Pull Up Screen: A screen built in a carry case. Usually has a back up system to support the screen when pulled up from the case. The most popular systems are scissor-arm system and telescope-type system. The scissor-arm system provides an easier set-up: just pull the screen to the desire height; the scissor-arm system will automatically support the screen at that height. When presentation finished, just press the screen back into its carry case. The telescope-type system has a supporting telescope on the back, it has to be set up and adjust to the desired height first, then hang the screen on the telescope. Floor Pull Up Screen occupied much smaller space than tripod. The screen is also better protected in the carry case than Tripod screen, which usually carried without any protection. Its price, however, is usually higher than those of tripod screen.
Fast Fold Screen
Fast fold screens: The screen is mounted on a solid aluminum frame, which can be quickly and easily fold and unfold. When fold up, the frames and screen can be carried in a bag or case. When unfold, the screen can be mounted on the frame to set up a very large size screen. Usually used as a moving movie theater or large size mobile presentation system.
Manual Screen
Manual screens: Most popular non-portable screens. The screen is stored in a metal house, usually mounted on the wall or under the ceiling. When needed, manually pull the screen down from the house. It is the cheapest screen type amount the non-portable screens.
Electric Screen
Electric screen: Move the screen up and down with a built in motor. Almost all screens have in-line switch to control the up, down and stop of the screen. Many electric screens come with a remote control. Electric screens are much more expensive than manual screens. However, for some large sized screens, or high ceiling mounted screens, an electric screen is much easier to operate.
Tab-Tension Screen
Tab-tension Screens: Both manual screens and electric screens can have an additional tab-tension system. This system add some tabs on the left and right sides of the screen, a tensioned cord run through the tab to pull the screen surface towards each side in opposite direction horizontally. This system eliminates the wrinkle or waves of the screen surface, keep the screen surface completely flat.
Fixed Frame Screen
Fixed Frame Screens: The screen cloth is mounted on the four frame arms of the screen. The screen is streched to generate a tension towards each side of the frame, thereby eleminate any wrinkles or waves of the screen surface. The screen is permenently mounted on the wall and fixed. Because under the high tension pressure all the time, the quality and width of the screen frame is very important, especially for those large sized screens. A low quality frame, or a frame with too narrow in width, could deformed and generate wrinkles and/or waves on the screen after a long time use. Fixed Frame Screen is the best screen type for a home theater, if move the screen up and down is not necessory. A good quality fixed frame screen can last for decads, provide you cinima-quality picutures with its super flat surface.