Originally Posted by Slump Buster
Thanks so much for your response! I did come across this screen last week. I was close to pulling the trigger when I saw that most of the positive reviews were people that had just gotten the screen and most of the negative reviews were people that had it for a while and notice creases in the screen. How many times have you set yours up? How is it holding up?
I don't think you're going to find a portable screen that doesn't have creases. The screen materials are typically PVC, rubber backed polyester, or some kind of plasticized material. Whether they are stored roll or folded, the weight of the material lying on itself tends to cause a fold crease. The good news is that when the screen is stretched on the frame, especially in the summer heat, the wrinkles and creases fall out. If your obsessive about it, you can use a hairdryer, keep it moving over the surface, to relax the crease. The other point is that when you're projecting onto the screen you don't really see the creases. The only material I've seen that does not crease is the Trapeze material and it has a different set of problems.
I have used and still have the Finished Edge FlexiWhite screen from Carl's Place too. It ships folded and has creases when you open it up from storage. Again, they will fall out if you set it up in the sun a few hours before you use it.
I would say that most of the negative reviews regarding the VisualApex ProjectoScreen are coming from people that are a little ham handed, didn't read the directions, or are lacking some level of mechanical aptitude. IMHO it's very well built for the price. The screen does require a little pulling to snap it on the frame. That's a good thing because it helps pull the storage folds out. If you let the screen warm up in the sunshine a little before you snap it to the frame, it will attach much more easy. You need to grip each snap and release it at an angle to un-snap. If you just try to pull the snap off quickly, then you may damage the screen. Really, it's more a matter of using common sense and a little care.
The VisualApex frame is made of extruded aluminum tubing with mild steel hinges and snaps. You can set up the screen in 20-30 minutes or less. It comes with a very nice nylon zippered carry bag for storage and a vinyl envelope for the screen material. The VisualApex projector stand is also a great product. It too comes with a very nice nylon carry bag that also has room for a projector and maybe a small dvd/blu-ray player as well. Over all really a great screen for outside use and portability. You can use it indoors as well.
I really like the Carl's FlexiWhite screen too. My only complaint with the Carl's screen is setting up and taking down the screen. The EMT conduit frame is really good but it's a lot of pieces to put together and take apart. And then you have the longer pieces of conduit (around 10 feet for a screen your size) to store where as the VisualApex unit folds up into a length of around 3-4 feet.
The customer service from both Carl's Place and VisualApex is excellent!
You could also look at the Elite Screens Yardmaster 2. It's pretty much the same screen as the VisualApex.
The Camp Chef OS-120 screen would be another one to look at. I did not like the way the screen attached to the frame on this one or the screen material itself.
Looking at your picture, I would go with the VisualApex screen. You have a very nice area for a backyard theater!