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Once you’ve got the Vu-Easy positioned, you’re free to admire the rather nice chamfered front edge to the 2.5in wide frame (this replaces a previous black felt frame shown in our pictures). But otherwise, of course, the Vu-Easy is just a rectangle of whitish fabric – until you project an image onto it, at which point it bursts into life in really quite spectacular fashion.
The first thing that struck me while using a 110in, 16:9 Vu-Easy with BriteWhite fabric in conjunction with a JVC DLA-HD1 projector was how beautifully judged the screen’s balance is between contrast and brightness. In other words, while the picture is certainly reflected off the screen with enough vigour to make its bright parts look really punchy and dynamic, its dark bits also look impressively black.
The brightness isn’t so dramatic that it overwhelms the dark elements to the point that they become grey. Also, the light seems as if it’s reflected right back out towards you, rather than just being dispersed around willy nilly as can happen with cheaper screens. This again helps the Vu-Easy BriteWhite deliver its impressive contrast range.
The Vu-Easy BriteWhite’s colour response is very good too. The screen’s tone appears exceptionally neutral, allowing colours from sources as diverse as the ultra-vivid Viva Pinata 2 on the Xbox 360 and the stylishly washed-out Sweeney Todd on Blu-ray to all look equally vivid and, crucially, equally natural.
The screen’s PVC coating, meanwhile, means that you don’t see any sign at all of the cross-hatch weave effect sometimes seen with screens that use more traditional fabric designs.
The way the design keeps the tension in the screen fabric is also outstanding, ensuring there are no funny curves or sags to distort the shape of what you’re watching.
Finally, the thick screen frame does a great job of soaking up reflections from the screen fabric and projector light leakage, giving the picture a really defined, contrast-enhancing border.
Try as we might, we really weren’t able to find anything significantly negative to say about the Vu-Easy. It’s unusually affordable for such an effective screen, it’s exceptionally practical, it’s easy to put together, and depending on the fabric you put in it, it can deliver first-class images from a bewilderingly wide range of projectors. Job’s a good ‘un, as they say up north.