I received my 92" fixed frame screen yesterday and assembled it last night.
First impressions: man, this box is long. It was able to fit in my car which only has a centre arm-rest pass-through in the back seat. I think that's when it first hit me how big my screen will be.
(my first pj screen ever, can you tell?)
Overall weight is about 30-35 lbs for mine. As kej2u pointed out, the frame is aluminum which makes it quite lightweight, but it is definitely NOT black. It is dark grey and has a slightly shiny rather than matte surface. I don't think it would easily accommodate any customization via a black velvet wrap to create a totally black frame. Anyways, not a real surprise since kej2u already posted great assembly pics.
Upon close examination, my screen had a MINOR light brown smudge/streak, about 1" long and 1/8th" wide. It is so faint that I wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't been looking at it from 1' away during assembly. It is not viewable under room lighting from more than a couple feet away. If it is viewable under a white projector light, then I'll call Eastporters to see what they say. I want to stress, that is the only imperfection I've noticed and I don't think it will be noticeable under normal (ie. > 1' viewing distance) circumstances. In any event, I expect my 3 year old to do much worse in coming weeks. [the five stages of grief ...
Assembly took about half an hour. Would have been less if I hadn't forgot to insert the bolts into the frame in the very first step!
At first, I thought they had shipped the wrong size screen as it was several inches too short to reach the frame edges. I was wary of pulling the screen too hard, thinking it might rip. After some pulling, I came to realize what tension really is. The screen material is a lot more stretchy than I had anticipated (remember, this is my first pj and screen
). Once I had used my limited muscle power, I was able to create a very taut and wrinkle-free surface. The tension clips work perfectly and feel secure.
Mounting plates are positioned at the top 2 corners only which means I will need drywall anchors. The 2 drywall anchors that are included are quite lame.
Overall, a fairly straight-forward assembly, although the instructions aren't very good. Think of it this way: better than no instructions but not as good as Ikea (and I'm not saying the Ikea always has easy instructions).
So, overall it probably SHOULD have taken about 15 minutes to assemble unless you're a guy like me and don't ask for directions.
Now, I just have to figure out how to mount this onto the wall. First off, I have to install my projector and mount (today?) and see exactly where the image will be projected. Then I have to decide if I want to shim out the top of the screen so that it angles downward slightly (which may be preferrable due to the high offset of the Optoma HD72 and my low ceiling to avoid digital keystoning). If I mount it flush with the wall, I may pick up some toggle screws as kej2u did. My main concern is that I thought toggle screws were better for ceiling drywall installation rather than walls??? Another option would be those metal drywall anchors that spread out like a mushroom behind the wall (I forget what those are called).
Anyways, I can't do much until I get the pj installed, so I will post pics when that's done.