When it comes to setting up your office projector or home cinema projector – if you’re anything like us you’ll stop at nothing short of perfection when it comes to getting the best picture. And while it may be tempting to focus all of your energy into getting the best projector, it’s also important to ensure the rest of the setup has the same potential.
If you want to get the best possible projection from your new device, you need to pay attention to the projector screen you buy. Here’s why it pays to go pro with your screen choice.
Why do I need a projector screen in the first place?
The thing with projector screens, is, unlike a “flat” wall or any other white surface you might be tempted to use as a substitute for a screen, they’re properly designed to deal with all the intricacies involved with displaying bright, focused light.
This is a zoomed in image of a “smooth” plastered wall. The pixels shown are representative of a 1080p pixel @ 119” (actual pixel size: 1.37×1.37 mm)
Projector screens are specifically tensioned to give you the flattest possible surface on which to project your image. The science behind this is fairly simple – the flatter the surface, the better the picture. Any shadows created by the crevices or imperfections on a surface will interfere with the clarity of your image and create what’s known as visual noise.
Why is a 4K projector screen the best?
If a standard screen is flatter than a flat wall, then a 4K screen is flatter than a standard one. Compare the two screens when viewed under a microscope; you’ll find that the 4K tensioned screen is noticeably smoother than its non-tensioned counterpart.
4K pixel @ 106” (actual pixel size: 0.57×0.57 mm)
With an XGA resolution projector, this microscopic difference will have less of an impact on the overall quality of your picture, but if you’ve gone to all the effort to invest in a Full HD projector or above, buying the best 4K screen will mean you can actually realise the true value of your investment.
With a 4K projector, if you want the sharpest definition, the crispest contrast and the brightest colour in every tiny pixel that makes up your image, then getting a 4K screen is essential. But more and more we’re starting to see the difference when using one of these high-resolution projector screens with a 1080p Full HD projector.
As projector technology improves, even though they’re still not on the same level as 4K, Full HD devices are at the point where it’s worthwhile eliminating the extra visual noise by using the best projector screen possible. Cost/benefit wise, it’s well worth the investment – plus if you ever do upgrade to a 4K projector, you’ll already have the screen covered!
What type of projector screen is best?
It’s worth taking a look at the options carefully because not all projector screens are made equal. Different types of screens are suitable for different resolutions, and it’s worth getting clued up on the minimum quality of screen from which you can still hope to get a decent picture out of your projector.
|Resolution||Suggested projection surface|
|XGA||Fibreglass or vinyl standard|
|WXGA||Vinyl – Standard Resolution|
|1080p Full HD||Vinyl – High Resolution Recommended|
|4K||Vinyl – High Resolution Necessary|
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