Hi Laserfan -
1. Yes, the motor and cord exit can be ordered on the right side (as viewing the screen). It's a nonstandard option, but it isn't rocket surgery, (which is hard.)
2. If you don't need a retractable screen, they are never a better solution because of their retractability. Unless there's value in getting the screen out of the way, fixed frame screens are the simpler solution. Fixed frame screens from any company are always flatter, simpler, and less expensive a product than electrics.
3. Similarly, if you don't need acoustic transparency, then the visual portion of the screen's performance is never better due to being AT. If it were my money, I'd buy Carada's Brilliant White. The top surface out there is the Stewart Studiotek 130.
Of course being an audiophile, I absolutely cannot stand to compromise my sound and accept the acoustic distortion that solid screens impart. Too many people reduce their fidelity by not using identical speakers for their center channels, because they often can't and they follow that up with further unwise decisions on how best to compromise. Too many are using horizontally-aligned redundant drivers in a center channel (e.g. MTM or worse: MMTMM, WWMTMWW, ... they exist).
If you are using a smaller image size, can use speakers that are identical models across the front, with all their drivers aligned vertically as line sources, and don't mind the soundfield originating from below the image, then go non-AT. Or if you listen to your HT through headphones; that'd be OK.
Sorry if that sounds soap-boxish. But it's true that with only respect to your vision, AT never helps a screen's performance.
We won't be be abandoning acoustics for any future screen material options.