Da-Lite Pico Screen
For Portable Presentation
February 9, 2011
Advantages and Limitations
Bright white projection surface. As any pico owner knows, the projection surface matters a great deal in determining image quality. The Pico Screen's 1.5-gain material gives you a clean, white, easy-to-see projection surface no matter where you go. It is designed to boost your projector's apparent brightness slightly by focusing light back towards the audience. The end result is a bright picture for the viewers, even in previously unworkable ambient light conditions.
Portability and Ease of Use. Most portable screens are comparatively large and unwieldy floor-standing models. The Pico Screen is much smaller. When fully expanded, it features a 30" diagonal 16:9 viewing surface along with a 1" black border at top and bottom. However, the screen's scissor mechanism will hold position at any point between open and closed, so you can adjust the screen size to your liking. If you only have room for a ten-inch diagonal, you can create one. If you would rather have a 4:3 surface without any pillar-boxing, that is easily accomplished.
In its closed position, the screen measures 19.3" on its long axis by 3.6" wide by 2.6" deep. Compared to many other portable screens, this one is extremely easy to pack up and move. Set-up and take-down are as simple as can be; just grab the two halves of the frame and pull them apart to open, then reverse the process to close. The bottom of the frame has a rubberized foot pad, allowing it to grip the table when it is set down. The frame is heavy enough to prevent the screen from falling over.
Edge curling. The top and bottom edges of the Pico Screen tend to roll back on themselves, creating an uneven surface along those edges with a slight bow to it. This is due to the screen material being rolled up at all times and the lack of stabilization of the screen surface itself. In other words, the surface of the screen is only attached to the frame at the sides, while the middle hangs free and is suspended by frame tension. This slight bowing is not unusual for a collapsible screen of this type; we have observed similar behavior with other roll-up screens in the past.
The Da-Lite Pico Screen is a remarkable little product, combining high-performance screen fabric with a highly portable system that is easy to set up and use. It is innovative and will appeal to those who want to maintain a more casual and intimate one-on-one interaction. It sure beats the formality involved in standing next to a bright image projected onto a large screen on the wall.
If you typically give presentations to larger groups of people, you won't have a need for a product like the Da-Lite Pico Screen. Go get a five-pound XGA portable projector and be happy. If, however, you are a presenter or an educator looking for a way to maintain a more personal interaction over a desk or table, a pico projector and the Da-Lite Pico Screen will be perfect for you.
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