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Not as STRONG as the 120" front projection screen, but it is OKAY
on October 10, 2012
I upgraded from the Camp Chef 120-Inch Portable Outdoor Movie Theater Screen to this one.
And, while I believe that may have been a mistake, there are more PLUSES for this screen, than there are negatives.
I want to first get the most obvious questions out of the way, that SHOULD have been printed SOMEWHERE!
#1. What color is the surface of the screen? It is GREY. It is NOT white at all. It is the same color as the Camp Chef 120 inch front projection screen. Don't let the outside box or the advertisements fool you. Why they give potential customers the impression the screen is white is misleading as far as I'm concerned.
#2. What is the actual VIEWABLE measurements of the screen?
The VIEWABLE image (minus the black bars) is 5'4 tall by 9'7 wide. Including the black bars, MINE is 6 foot tall by 10'3 wide.
#3. Can the screen really be used indoors? Yes. However, there is NOTHING in the documentation that would indicate that it is an indoor screen. In fact, it is VERY wobbly. I would recommend that if you use it indoors you place 20/30 pound bags of sand on each leg in the event someone bumps into it.
120 INCH CAMP CHEF VERSUS 132 INCH CAMP CHEF:
STABILITY: 120 inch wins!
132 inch is advertised as only being 5 pounds lighter than the 120 inch. However, this is very misleading! Why? Because while this is true, it is based on the COMBINED package. For example, if you were to simply weigh the poles for the 120 inch screen in comparison with the 132 inch screen, you will note that the poles for the 120 inch screen are almost 10 pounds heavier! This results in less wobbling and less effects from the wind. However, the screen for the 132 inch is heavier than the screen for the 120. If you are looking for a STURDY setup, the 120 inch is the winner! The 132 inch screen was VERY wobbly, even indoors.
SCREEN SIZE: 132 inch wins!
The screen is huge! You can clearly see the difference between this and the older 120" diagonal screen. In fact, the height of the top of the screen is even taller. It's close to 8 1/2 feet tall.
QUALITY OF THE SCREEN: 120 inch wins!
I'm sorry. I know there will be many that disagree with me, but the 132 inch screen provides for rear projection. But, because of that, the screen is more sheer. There's a black piece of fabric covering the rear of the screen and it's held up by VELCRO tabs. Therefore, the projection screen is actually THINNER than the 120 inch screen that does not provide rear projection. Additionally, when you use the rear projection you can see the projector on the other side of it! My wife and I watched a movie and we could clearly see the source of the projected image because the screen emitted a bright spot on that part of the screen and we could see the projector's lamp. So, while it does have REAR projection, it appears to me more of a gimmick than an actually contender in that department. So, in my opinion, I have to go with the 120 inch screen. The picture displayed on the screens is identical. If you can position your projector LOWER than your screen and angle the image where it projects up, you may not be able to see the source of the image through the screen. I have not tried that.
EASE OF INSTALLATION: DRAW!
The first time I connected the 120 inch screen, I did it by myself within 30 minutes. It was 20 minutes each time thereafter. I could put it together by myself. However, the poles for the 132 inch are too THIN! In fact, I would venture to say they are HALF the circumference of the 120 inch. Picture a HOT LINK compared to a Vienna Sausage. You cannot connect the 132 inch, standing poles up using their own weight, without causing some sort of physical damage to the poles themselves! You literally need 2 people this time. I hate that. For example, when you want to stand the frame up, and you're on one side of the frame, if you try to lift the frame by yourself, the other side will bow and bend. You need a person on the other side. With the 120 inch, you could lift it on one side and the poles were strong enough to take the weight. However, when assembling the 120 inch, the screen was like a SLEEVE that you had to stick the poles in. The 132 inch contains hooks which make it very easy. Whereas the sleeve could not really be placed on the poles without the help of someone else, the hooks on the 132 inch screen are very easy to do by oneself. So, I could have to say it's probably a draw (unless you had a slow motion camera to determine the victor; and then it would probably result in the 120 inch being the winner in the installation department, by a split second). By the way, it took me 30 minutes to place the 132 inch together.
CONCLUSION: If you want a LARGER picture than the 120" screen, get this! It even LOOKS taller. The rear projection, although not perfect will do for most people. I now like the rear projection because I'm able to play xbox kinect and wii standing in FRONT of the screen without blocking the image. If you want something that can not only withstand the wind but remain standing when kids running past the screen, keep your 120 inch. One this is clear, this is a HUGE surface and will really impress folks.
EQUIPMENT I USED TO TEST SCREENS: Epson 705HD, Optoma HD71 and Playstation 3, Xbox 360 with Kinect, Nintendo Wii