Originally Posted by ScottSFA
I'll be getting a Epson 6030 and will be looking at this screen. It'll be in a light controlled room, will this be a good option for me?
I can maybe resemble this question a little. I have an Epson 5030 in a light controlled basement and the Slate was under serious consideration for me as I use it more as a media room than a bat cave. The local Best Buy had a Slate up in a display room so I took a white screen sample to compare it against and this is what I found:
1.) The middle third of the screen with or without some ambient lighting in the back of the room looked about the same with either material with any color other than black. The slate, with lights on in the back, preserved the blacks better. I would also say the slate added a slight richness to the colors which I found appealing in the middle 1/3 of the screen.
2.) Holding the white sample up on either side 1/3 of the screen demonstrated how drastically the viewing angle changes the brightness of the picture with the Slate. The white sample maintained color uniformity while the Slate dramatically dropped off in brightness on either side.
3.) Turn the lights off and white wins in every way with the exception of maybe a little extra color pop in the center third but it's minimal and perhaps it was just my perception vs. reality.
I was left with the conclusion that if you can control the lights why take the trade offs of an ALR screen when you don't have to. If, however, you're planning on watching movies that are dark throughout with the lights on low in the back then the Slate wins. Too much light and both screens washed out with the Slate only being slightly less so. Slate has it's place, I just don't think it's in a light controlled room. Part of the reason I was going to purchase a Microlite screen was for the off angle viewing eliminating that trade off but you may or may not have heard those can be tough to come by.
I am by no means a screen expert but that is what I found in consideration of the Slate.