Black vs White Projector Screens With Advantages & Disadvantages

We have written a detailed guide about black vs white Projector Screens with advantages and disadvantages in this article after 52 hours of research.

If you have a True HD home theater projector you have to be picky about screen color, because the projector’s screen color is the main ingredient to enhance the colors, contrast, and true blacks of your projector.

If you are an old school guy you may know that the white projector’s screens were the standard, but know you will get black, gray, and other screens as well, so white is not a standard now.

In this guide, we will provide you a detailed guide about black vs white screens with their drawbacks.

Without further wasting time let’s explore the major differences;

Black vs White Projector Screens

Color quality:

After testing almost 3-4 projectors on both screens with different resolutions, we have found that black screen performs way better than white screens in terms of color quality.

Projection on the black screens is richer in terms of black levels and contrast that is why the color quality enhances drastically.

Though white screens are standard and perform more than average, still if you are a real color lover you will defiantly found some faded colors.


Black screens also perform much better than white screens in terms of contrast just because they have absorption properties not reflective. Though you can get impressive contrast with a modern white screen but you have to properly darken the room like Movie Theater.

Also, Black screens are mind-blowing to provide more than average contrast ratio even in modest ambient however a white screen lacks significantly, you may notice faded picture quality low contrast, etc.

Black levels:

Black levels are more prominent on black screens as compared to the white projector screens, so the darker scenes will be more enhanced with the black projector screen as compared to white.

Black vs. White Projector Screens
          (A picture to Differentiate the contrast, colors, black levels between black and white screens)

Reflective properties:

White is more reflective as compared to black, if you are watching on the white screen you will found a bright room even if you have properly darkened the room, this is because of high reflection. If you want to experience the dark environment you have to watch on black screens.

Also if you can paint your home theater with a dark color to get surprising results. I have painted my ceiling, walls, etc. with a dark gray color to enjoy realistic blacks and contrast with my beast JVC NX9.

Outdoor performance:

As per our analysis, Black screens are the winner in terms of blacks, colors and contrast due to the high absorbing properties, however white is the winner when it comes to the viewing angels.


Black screens come with an expensive price tag as compared to white screens, you will hardly found a decent black screen under $1500, however you can found hundreds of decent white projector screens from $400 to $500. Other than that the black screens technology isn’t mature yet, you will found a few verities.

Viewing angle:

Since white screens have reflective properties they can reflect more light to provide you a better view from any angle, doesn’t matter you are watching from the side or middle.

On the other hand, black screens have absorbing properties, you may not get desired picture quality from the side.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Black Projector Screens

  • Impressive color quality.
  • Mind-blowing contrast and black levels.
  • Low reflections, your room will be dark.
  • Perform well in outdoor conditions.
  • Expensive.
  • Limited Verities.
  • Not able to provide sharpen and clear images from all angles.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of White Projector Screens

  • Midrange price tag.
  • Clear view from all angles.
  • Vast varieties.
  • Faded colors if you got a cheap white screen.
  • Muted contrast and blacks.
  • Reflect more light in the room; your room will not be as dark as you want.
  • Not perform well in outdoor conditions

black vs white projector screens – Which One You Should Choose

It depends on your needs, if you are a guy who wants to explore the projector display from different angles by slightly compromising the colors, contrast, and black you should go for a white screen. Also if your budget is not that good, you have to go for a white projector screen.

On the other hand, if you want to enjoy the top-notch color, contrast, and black levels within a cave or outdoor you should go for a black projector screen. Black screens are made to mitigate the muted contrast, colors, and black levels even in modest ambient.

Wrapping Up

We have done several experiments to find out the actual difference between black and white projector screens, you just need to skim the whole blog post to make the buying decisions.

As per results black screens are not that mature but the future is bright, every projector’s geek must have a black screen to enjoy realistic colors, contrast, and black levels. We believe the market will flood with black projector screens with multiple varieties and price tags.

Thank you for reading out our article

Frequently Asked Questions- FAQs

What can I use instead of a projector screen?

You can use a bare wall, screen paint, sheets, etc., we have made a detailed guide about DIY projector’s screen let’s have a look.

Why white screens were standard projector screens?

About 15 to 20 years ago there were no black screens for projectors; all most all peoples use white screens or sheets for projectors that is why it was a standard but now it is not a standard, We have multiple colors like black, gray, etc.

Do I need a projector screen?

Not at all, you can get your work done even with a sheet, paint, or even on a bare wall, but if you have spent lots of bucks on a 4k projector you have to spend a bit more on the projector’s screen to get a mind-blowing visual experience.

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