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Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pure White 1.3 Screen Reviewed

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edge.jpgWhen most of us hear the name Screen Innovations, our minds probably go to Black Diamond, the company's popular ambient-light-rejecting screen material that helps projectors to perform better in brighter viewing environments. Suffice to say, that product line has been a huge success for the company, but it's not the only material that Screen Innovations offers. The subject of today's review is the Pure White 1.3 material, designed for use in a more traditional light-controlled home theater environment. This 1.3-gain white material is one of the options that you can put in the company's Zero Edge fixed frame, which (as the name suggests) puts virtually no frame around the screen to create a sense that the projected image is floating in space. The Zero Edge design is also available with the new Slate material, the Black Diamond material, and a Pure Gray 0.85-gain material. The Zero Edge frame is available in a 16:9 aspect ratio up to 120 inches or a 2.35:1/2.40:1 aspect ratio up to 150 inches. My review sample was a 92-inch-diagonal, 16:9 screen that measures 45.9 inches high by 80 inches wide.

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Zero Edge screens are available through Screen Innovations dealers, as well as through authorized sites like ProjectorPeople.com, where my 92-inch review sample is currently selling for $1,899.99. If you order this fixed-frame screen online, it comes pre-assembled in a very large box. There are two mounting options, the first being a standard wall-mount using two supplied wall brackets and four 1.5-inch deck screws. This is the route I chose, and my husband and I had the screen up in no time. All we had to do was decide exactly where we wanted to position it, attach the brackets to wall studs, and set the frame into the brackets. The screen material is covered with a peel-off adhesive sheet to protect it during shipping, and Screen Innovations even included two pairs of plastic gloves for us to wear during the installation process to further protect the screen. The second mounting option is to hang the screen from the ceiling using thin aircraft cables. I didn't go this route because I already have a ceiling-mounted motorized screen in place, but I have seen the suspension-mount option at trade shows, and it really serves as a great visual complement to the Zero Edge design, further accentuating that "floating in space" aesthetic. The Zero Edge design is as unobtrusive as it comes: there's about 0.25 inches (10mm) of black frame surrounding the screen, and the entire fixed-frame assembly has a depth of just two inches. If you want to add a bit more design flair, Screen Innovations sells an optional LED ambient lighting kit that surrounds the screen with small, adjustable-colored LEDs (256,000 colors are available) that can also serve as a bias light to reduce eyestrain. I did not review this option.

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