Projector Screen vs TV: How to Choose the Best System for You

Projector Screen vs TV
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If you want to experience watching television shows, movies, and live sports in the absolute best formats available, then these days you have a lot of choices. We already have high definition projection systems and better-designed projector screens as well as 4K-ready television sets. This however, leads to a projector screen vs TV debate.

When it comes to choosing the proper display for your home entertainment or theater room, there are a lot of things to consider. But is there really a clear winner? To arrive at an answer, we’ve set out to look at the evidence in favor and against both systems.

Projector Screen vs TV: The Factors

1. Price

Well, this seems like the logical place to start as this is a factor that is probably going to have one of the biggest impacts on your decision. What’s interesting is that the winner of this category was not what many would assume.

Some people often have the subconscious assumption that a projector system will be a pricey option because we often see them in TV shows and movies being used by wealthy characters and in large, expensive houses. Yes, a low-end TV will be cheaper than a projector system, but it will also deliver unclear images. With that said, a well-made 80-inch 4k model would cost thousands of dollars.

On the other hand, a good projector and an 80-inch, 4K screen will be half the price of a TV of the same size and definition. Hence, the clear winner is the projector.

2. Installation

Definitely ease of installation makes it a win for the TV team, but although televisions take this round, it’s not as easy as a fight as you may assume. Yes, it’s true that it can be time consuming in installing a projector screen system. It can be quite a difficult job to undertake because you need to sync up sound playback, ensure the screen is perfectly positioned, and a whole host of other considerations.

The good thing though is that there is a wide range of excellent online tutorials to aid you in the installation process and troubleshoot any problems that may occur during this procedure. The projector screen systems themselves are also far more advanced these days, so they are far easier to install and are designed in a way to ensure that only minimal errors occur during installation.

That being said, the TV set is already ready once you take it out of the box. All you just need to do is plug it into an electrical socket and turn it on!

3. Image Resolution

 If you want a crystal clear image, then you need to consider the image resolution of the devices. Back in the day, HD was the perfect choice, then came the Ultra HD, and as mentioned, these days, it’s all about 4K.

A 4K system utilizes a phenomenal amount of pixels in one area. Those pixels work together to produce outstanding images, so the more pixels, the higher the screen resolution, and that is the key point of this category.

4K is an available option for both television sets and projector screens, but to truly appreciate 4K, you need a big screen. Since this system is about pixels per square inch, a small screen size simply does not give the surface area for this technology to really show what it can do.

This is why projector screens win this battle. As we discussed above, when it comes to bang for your buck in terms of screen size, you are getting so much more with projector screens.

4. Maintenance

So you made up your mind, and went out and bought the product you liked best and now you’ve installed it. It’s doing a great job, and you’re very happy with your purchase. The question is, how easy is it to keep it doing that good job?

Maintenance-wise, televisions will take home the bacon because generally speaking, you just simply have to keep them free of dust. Also, newer TV models are already designed in a way that they can handle electrical fluctuations, so the common problem in the past such as blown TV fuses caused by electrical overload are less likely to or will not happen.

When it comes to projector screens, they are not really too complex to look at as they are simply a piece of cloth. That simplicity though, makes the projector screen more vulnerable to wear and tear. Unless it is permanently on display a projector screen needs to be rolled and unrolled making it more prone to tearing and accumulating dirt.

5. Size

Let us just make it clear that when it comes to screen size, we’re talking about “raw screen size” or the size of the screen where the image is actually projected. As we mentioned above, when you have a bigger screen, you would expect clearer and better images, especially if you have a 4K screen.

With regards to projector screens, you can get one that has a size that is more than 100 inches. What is better is that when you set up the projector machine properly, the images can be projected throughout the whole screen! So, it is as if you are watching in a movie theater.

On the other side of the coin, TVs top out at 80 inches. That is still quite a size, but you have to remember that sometimes the advertised size is not the display screen itself but the TV as a whole. Also, if you have space for a bigger display and don’t want to waste it, a projector screen is a clear winner. If, on the other hand, you have no space for such a large screen, then TV wins.


Taking the factors above into consideration, both are excellent options and they bring a lot to the table. A TV is an easy-to-use device, while a projector screen delivers a better picture for a lower investment.

So to end the projector screen vs TV debate based on the criteria above, the projector screen is the winner. Projector screens are also a better option in another way; they can allow you to watch movies and sports outdoors as well as indoors.

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