I love to watch a movie on the big screen. That is why today I am sharing with you, my thoughts on three of the best of the best when it comes to a portable tripod projector screen. Now in case you are wondering what one of these is, let me tell you. It is a projector screen that can stand on its own or use a tripod which usually comes with it, taking away the need to hang it on a wall. It is ideal for those without a ton of space and those who will be moving it around for things like work presentations. Anyway, keep on reading to see what my thoughts on these tripod projector screens are!
- 1 Auledio Tripod 50 Inch Movie Projection Screen Review
- 2 Elite Screens Tripod Adjustable Multi Aspect Ratio Projector Screen Review
- 3 VonHaus 84-inch Tripod Projector Screen Review
- 4 Things To Consider When Buying A Tripod Projector Screen
- 5 So What Is The Best Tripod Projector Screen?
Auledio Tripod 50 Inch Movie Projection Screen Review
The first one, the Auledio projector screen, we are looking at is the cheapest out of the three. As of writing it is going for around 63 bucks which is not bad at all. At 50 inches it is a decent size for a family movie night or for using it as a display for work related things. What is really cool about this is that while we are talking about what is the best tripod projector screen. This screen here actually has its own stand that it stands on which is really cool. You just pull it up and then it clicks in place. It looks really neat and it stood very well, even with my clumsy kids walking around near it. They could have thrown in a carrying bag though as once you take it out of the packaging there is nothing to put it back in.
Of course, the most important thing about any projector screen is the quality. We have a 4K Blu-Ray player and the image was pretty good. Not as great as the high end screens that are made with 4K in mind, but it was still HD. We tried out Transformers Age Of Extinction and Cars 2 (pro tip it is always best to try a live action and an animated movie to test a screen) and the whole family had no complaints. Despite the low price, the screen was pretty much flat and had no noticeable wrinkles while we were using it. One weird thing about it though is that it does have a kind of paint/plastic smell to it when you first open it up. Not a big deal, but it is something to be prepared for. In all, a pretty decent budget priced portable tripod projector screen and ideal if you do not want to spend a fortune to enjoy the cinema at home.
- Offers a surprisingly clear image
- Stands on its own
- Easy to set up
- Price is very, very reasonable
- Does not come with any kind of bag
- Has a weird smell when you first start using it
Elite Screens Tripod Adjustable Multi Aspect Ratio Projector Screen Review
Here we have another 50 inch screen which is a perfect size for those that want to bring the magic of the movie theater home, but do not have a huge amount of space for a 100 inch screen. The Elite screen is actually classed as a portable tripod projector screen as it does, in fact, have a small tripod. The first thing I want to talk about is how easy this is to set up. Once assembled (which is very simple) you pull on the screen and you can then adjust how high you want it. This is cool if you have a presentation and only need a smaller screen. I really liked how the people who made this have made it with daily use in mind and I must say that it does have a very robust feel to it. At just under 70 bucks the price is very nice, but I do feel they could have included a carrying case as you have to add it as an extra if you want one.
What really surprised me is that they claim this screen is 4K and HDR ready! Well, I certainly put that to the test. First up was a PlayStation 4 which I put in HDR mode and used the game Uncharted 4, wow, it looked amazing and I can honestly say I was very impressed. We also tried out Cars 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Blu-Ray (both through the PS4) and we were all very impressed with the quality. I would not say that it is as clear as you get on a 4K TV, but it is still a very nice and high quality picture that most people are going to be very happy with. I have read other users say that theirs had issues with the screen being wrinkled, but I did not have this problem. Still, it is something worth knowing about. Make sure you take proper care of it and you should not have this problem.
- Amazing quality when using HDR mode on PS4
- Great all around quality
- Easy to set up
- You can adjust the size (aspect ratio)
- No included bag or case
- Some people have reported issues with the actual screen
VonHaus 84-inch Tripod Projector Screen Review
The final portable tripod projector screen we are looking at is the VonHaus projector screen and is a fair bit larger as it is 84 inches. This may be a little too big for some people and the extra size does mean that it is more expensive than the other two at around 80 bucks. First thing this is one of the lightest over 80 inches projector screens I have used. It was easy to set up and it does feel very light, so light that I actually put a weight on the tripod as I was worried it would tip over, but that is a problem with my OCD and not the screen. Raising the screen up and down is easy and once you have finished you can clip it into place, but the clip can be a real nightmare to get to stay on so make sure you do it right first time or it will fall open as you are moving it! Not a huge deal and once you get the hang of it, you will be fine, but it is something you need to know.
As far as the image quality goes, I did not notice anything about 4K listed on here. It does say HD ready and to be fair for most people that is ok. But when the cheaper option does specifically say 4K and HDR, I do feel that at this price this one should be offering it too. Well, we tried a couple of Blu-Ray movies with it and they both looked pretty darn good. We tried Inside Out which is an animated movie and that looked very nice, we also tried The Fast & The Furious 7 which again looked pretty good, no complaints at all and the average Joe will be very happy with the picture. But if you are looking for that ultra high definition, you will not find it here. Still, despite my negative comments, I have to say that I and the family were fine with the image quality it provided and the large size was something the kids thought was pretty cool.
- Is a very nice size
- Light, so it is easy to move around
- Image quality is pretty good
- Great for family movie night
- Price is a little high
- No mention of being suitable for 4K
Things To Consider When Buying A Tripod Projector Screen
I have looked at a lot of different models to try and find the best portable tripod projector screen so I have come up with a few things that I feel you should look for before you spend any of your hard earned money.
What Does It Come With? Of course, you are getting the actual screen and the tripod (or some other kind of stand) but what about something to store it in? I was surprised at just how many of the budget priced projector screens did not come with any kind of bag or case to keep them in. So make sure you see if the one you are interested in has one or be sure to have a think about how you are going to store your screen when it is not in use.
The Size: In my experience, most people who are looking for a portable tripod projector screen do not have a ton of space. That is why they want something a little more compact. Always measure your space, never take for granted that the 84 inch screen will fit where you think it will! Get the measuring tape out and make sure it is going to fit.
Why Do You Want It? A rather philosophical question I know. But the reason you want a projector screen should have a big impact on how much money you spend. For example, if you want one for just a fun family movie night once a week, then do you really need one that is 4K ready and costs a lot of money? On the flip side of this if you are a movie buff who likes the best picture possible and will use it on an almost daily basis. Then it may be better to pay more and get one which offers a sharper image and is more robust, even if it does have a larger price tag.
So What Is The Best Tripod Projector Screen?
All three of these offer my family and I a good movie night (and some good gaming sessions as well) but as I have to pick just one then I have to say that the Elite Screens Tripod, 50-inch, Adjustable Multi Aspect Ratio Portable Pull Up Projection Projector Screen is the winner. Movies looked great, video games looked great, everything we put on here looked great and all for around 60 bucks! Some might have had issues with the screen, but as long as you look after it right, you will not have any issues. It is a great way to bring the magic of the movie theater home and it is the best portable tripod projector screen I had the pleasure to try out.