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Also crucial is the amount of flexibility Vutec offers concerning the screen fabric you put inside the Vu-Easy frame. No less than seven options are available, with probably the most all-purpose one being BriteWhite, a PVC-coated fabric with a gain of 1.3. This should work a treat with typical LCD and DLP home cinema projectors, and was the option we used for our tests.
Other options include GreyDove for people with an extremely dark room who want to emphasise black levels in what they’re watching; a SoundScreen option that lets sound through so that you can position it in front of a speaker; a Rear-Vu option that allows you to put a projector behind it for a rear projection-style installation; and a high-gain PearlBrite option for PC use or rooms with lots of ambient light.
The Vu-Easy screens ship in a series of pieces; four side panels that fix together to make the screen frame, and the screen fabric itself, carefully rolled so as to avoid creasing. The frame sections then fix together in minutes using pairs of blank and tapped corner brackets, with screws used to expand the brackets so that they grip the frame sections nice and firmly.
You then hang the frame from the wall without putting the screen fabric in, so that you can correctly position all the necessary wall brackets for supporting the upper and lower frame edges without having to worry about damaging the screen.
Once that’s done, the screen frame cleverly pops off the brackets simply by pressing down in the middle of its lower edge, so that you can remove it from the wall ready for putting the fabric in. This process is remarkably simple too, involving nothing more complicated than stretching the screen out so that it meets Velcro strips attached to the frame.
Admittedly it’s a little tricky to get this stretching part sorted without leaving any ‘dents’ in any of the screen’s corners, but so long as you get somebody to help you, you’ll get there eventually. In fact, even a total DIY numpty like myself had the screen fixed on the wall within an hour of getting the various bits out of the box.
It should be added at this point that you don’t need to fix the Vu-Easy to a wall. True to its name, an even easier option is available in the form of two standing legs that screw into the screen’s sides and allow you to choose from a variety of height settings. Putting the screen on legs makes it easier to move around if a permanent position isn’t really practical for you. The legs are remarkably good value at £125 plus VAT, too.