The Best Projection Screens – March 2019
It seems like only yesterday when a person had only two options if they wanted to watch a movie on a big screen. They could either dish out twenty bucks at a movie theater and pick from a limited selection of underwhelming films, or they could befriend a rich person who owned a home theater. Both of these options weren’t very ideal, and were likely to leave you broke, envious, or both.
The projector revolution has forever altered the way we consume everything from movies to TV shows for the better. Now, anyone with a love for cinema and an increasingly modest budget can enjoy their favorite movies and shows the way they were meant to be seen on a large screen in the comfort of their own home, and projector technology is only going to grow more powerful in the upcoming years.
But far too many people assume that their living room wall is a suitable projection surface, and it’s not. Although you can certainly get away with watching a movie on a makeshift surface, you’re missing out on some of the best things that your projector has to offer—especially if you’ve invested in an HD projector that’s capable of showcasing your media in all of its 1080p, 4K glory.
That’s why projection screens have become so popular. These oftentimes portable canvases act as the perfect match for your home projector by offering an HD surface on which to stream your content, and they’re remarkably affordable given the fact that they can completely transform your movie-watching experience for the better.
So before you cast another movie onto your flawed kitchen wall, check out these top-notch projector screens that will make it feel as though you’re sitting in a real theater.
You’d be excused for thinking that projector screens don’t vary much when it comes to inherent quality and style, and it’s true that many of them can look quite similar and provide a similar service. But there’s actually a great deal of variability when it comes to these intrepid screens, and if you’re not careful you’ll overpay for one that offers needless add-ons and useless frills.
It’s with that in mind that we’ve selected this 120 Inch Projector Screen as our number-one pick. Supremely foldable and lightweight, this projector screen can easily fit inside your backpack or suitcase without being crumpled, and it allows for a full HD, 4K viewing experience in practically any environment.
It’s crafted from natural Polyester fabric that provides for a sharper and brighter viewing experience than even some of the best-selling screens on the market, and this material is thick enough so you won’t have to worry about wrinkles even if you take it with you on the go.
Thanks to its 120-inch size, you and the entire family will be able to enjoy an unobstructed 160-degree viewing angle—meaning that even those who are seated at the periphery will be able to see everything that’s happening on the screen.
This screen is also ideal if you like to screen your movies both indoors and outdoors, since its unique thickness means that you’ll be able to use it for rear projections as well.
It’s also supremely easy to set up, and can be fastened to a wide variety of surfaces using everything from hooks and ropes to brackets, nails, and double-sided tape. (Your order even comes with all the hooks and stickers you’ll need for most standard installations.)
Whether you’re primary goal is to screen movies, deliver a captivating conference room presentation, or showcase your latest travel pictures, this multi-purpose, HD projector screen as you covered.
Deciding between this ELEPHAS screen and the JDDZ for our number-one pick wasn’t easy, since these two canvases offer a different viewing experience and slightly different price points.
Fully outfitted with an aluminum and iron stand and a super-stable tripod, this projector is uniquely ideal for outdoor events when you want to ensure that your screen won’t shake or move unexpectedly. It even comes with a specialized metal connection knob that connects the screen to the stand in order to help ensure that it won’t sway in the breeze.
Although this screen does indeed reign supreme when it comes to outdoor use, it’s also perfectly suitable for indoor use, and features a 100-inch PVC matte surface that brilliantly diffuses light to ensure that there’s no glare.
It’s size means that you’ll enjoy an unobstructed 160-degree viewing angle, and a black back coating does a fantastic job of brining out rich, saturated colors even in low-light environments.
Although not as wrinkle-free as the JDDZ at our number-one spot, this screen is easy to travel with, and it collapses to the point where you’ll be able to quickly fold it up and take it with you for everything from office presentations to family camping trips.
Where would a great tech list be without a piece of gear that’s probably way too expensive for the average potential buyer to afford? We sure wouldn’t want to read such an underwhelming list and we doubt you would either.
With that in mind, we present to you the infinitely-cool Homeland Hardware Delux screen, which offers unparalleled quality, style, and functionality for virtually any home theater experience. The only reason this screen didn’t claim the number-one spot on our list is that its price is a bit steep, but if you have an excess of cash that you need to get rid of, we highly recommend giving this cinematic juggernaut a look.
Available in a wide variety of sizes ranging from 110 inches to 150 inches, this screen was built for movie-lovers who want to enjoy a truly realistic theater experience in the comfort of their own home.
It features an expanded 180-degree viewing angle along with 1:1 gain, a specialized WhiteOut surface that can fully accommodate 3D projections along with full Ultra HD streams, and a lightweight aluminum construction that make it easy to pack up and take with you on the go.
To add to its style and movie-going seriousness, this screen also features a lovely black velvet border that helps to both enhance its aesthetic quality and absorb projection overshoots for a better and more pro-level viewing experience.
It’s super easy to install using tracks, drywall anchors, or screws, and it comes with everything you need in order to set it up. This screen also does a surprisingly good job at bringing out the most important elements of rich colors without exaggerating the underlying tone (an all-too-common problem when it comes to lesser quality screens).
Next up, we have a projector screen that was build for the great outdoors—making it an ideal pick for camping enthusiasts who want to enjoy a bit of technology on the go. It features a 100-inch screen that easily fastens into place using metal snaps that can be found around the frame, and detachable legs are easy to snap on for added stability without needing any tools.
This screen understandably prides itself of its portability, and it’s crafted from lightweight but sturdy aluminum so you won’t have to worry about it weighing you down even on extended excursions into the great unknown. (It even comes with its own carrying case for added convenience.)
Perhaps most importantly, this screen delivers a truly HD, 4K viewing experience along with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 160-degree viewing angle for added realism, and the PVC elastic canvas provides a remarkable sharp image along side rich and vibrant colors even in low-light environments. A thick, black backing also prevents excessive light penetration, even on sunny days.
Last but not necessarily least, we have this more-than-respectable projector screen that offers impressive performance at an incredibly affordable price point.
Made from special photosensitive material, this screen is able to prevent light scattering across its entire surface, and offers a wide viewing angle that make it ideal for larger viewing parties.
It’s foldable and lightweight for easy transportation, and features full HD compatibility along with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It’s also easy to install, and can be used in a variety of different lighting environments without issue.
The only reason why this screen didn’t make it to the top of our list is because it seemed to wrinkle and crease a bit more than expected after we folded it down. This of course won’t be an issue if you plan on keeping it set up in the home, but you may want to look elsewhere if you’re planning to take your projector with you on the go more frequently.