Visual Apex VAPEX9100SE Electric Screen Reviewed

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Visual Apex VAPEX9100SE Electric Screen Reviewed

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Visual-Apex-VAPEX9100SE-projector-screen-review-small.jpgHigh Points
The VAPEX9100SE has good brightness uniformity with no blatant hot spots, and it reveals a clean, neutral image without introducing its own artifacts.
The package includes an RF remote control, a wireless 12-volt trigger and an RS-485 connection and cable.
The build quality is very good, with an aluminum case.
The supplied L-brackets allow for wall- or ceiling-mounting, and you can shift the screen case within the brackets to position the screen as needed.
The screen includes 18 inches of extra black drop at the top to better accommodate your projector's throw angle, and it's easy to adjust the amount of drop you want.
The glass fiber material is washable and mildew-resistant.

Low Points
The owner's manual is vague and poorly written (the company says it is currently updating the manual).
The package doesn't include the wider variety of screws and wall anchors that you might get with a more expensive screen, or perks like a bubble level to help with the installation process.
Non-tensioned screen material isn't as perfectly flat and taut as a tensioned or fixed-frame screen.

Comparison and Competition
In the arena of affordably priced motorized screens, Visual Apex shares company with the likes of Elite Screens, Da-Lite, Draper and Vutec. Elite Screens' Home2 Series of non-tensioned drop-down screens includes the standard HOME100IWH2 and the HOME100IWH2-E24 with an extra 24 inches of black drop at the top. The company also offers the more budget-oriented VMAX2 Series that is closer in price to the 9100ES. Other options include the Da-Lite Slimline Electrol, the Draper Baronet and the Vutec Lectric I.  You can find even more screen in the HomeTheaterReview.com video screen section.

Conclusion
The majority of home theater projectors that Visual Apex sells are in the sub-$3,000 category - from Epson, Optoma, Panasonic, BenQ and Mitsubishi - so it makes a lot of sense for the company to offer its own line of value-oriented screens to go along with those projectors. The VAPEX9100SE is indeed an outstanding value amongst electric screens, but it isn't just a no-frills budget screen to be added to your projector purchase as an afterthought; it also happens to offer good performance and a thorough list of control options, which makes its low asking price even more enticing. If you're looking to put together a big-screen HT system on a budget, the VPEX9100SE should not be overlooked.

Additional Resources
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HTR Product Rating for Visual Apex VAPEX9100SE Electric Screen

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

5

Overall

4.5

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