When it comes to outdoor projector screens there are a lot of options to choose from, today however we’ll be taking a look at the Elite Screens Yard Master 2. This high quality, portable outdoor projector screen is perfect for nearly any occasion and can be assembled and disassembled in a snap. Whether your grilling some steaks during the big game or simply watching a movie under the stars, the Yard Master 2 is up to the challenge.
Lets jump straight in and talk about assembly and setup. The Yard Master 2 has an innovative foldable, single aluminum frame design that lets a single person quickly set up the outdoor projector screen in around 15 minutes. Simply slide all the piece into place, fold out the legs, snap on the screen and you’ll be ready for a movie in no time. There have been some reports that snapping on the frame can be a bit difficult. You’ll have to use a bit of strength to attach the frame snaps to the screen. This is due to the fully tensioned design which is really helps to reduce any wrinkles and creases in the screen material by stretching it taught, similar to a paint canvas.
Because the front and back legs have the ability to fold independently of each other it’s very simple to alter the screens configuration if you need to butt it up to a wall for maximum screen size. In addition, if both legs are fully folded this projector screen can easily be hung on a patio overhand, garage or really anywhere that you can think of. The frame is very well designed and caters to a variety of options on configurations. Plus if you decided to get the optional extension legs you can really jack up the height of the Yard Master 2 to easily display movies and sports over even the tallest of guests.
As with any outdoor projector screen the Elite Screens Yard Master 2 is there to provide a suitable surface to reflect a projector’s image and let us tell you, it works wonderfully. With its CineWhite 1.1 gain matte white screen you’ll have a perfect surface that does an excellent job of providing a projector backdrop. Plus the screen surface is extremely easy to clean, a bit of soap and water is all you’ll need to clean anything that gets on it. The material of the Yard Master 2 is fully mildew resistant so you won’t have to worry about mold and mildew discoloring your screen for many seasons.
One of the main reasons we like this product, and what makes it a perfect outdoor projector screen is the fact that it can be used in all weather conditions, whether it’s a big foggy, humid, dry or windy you should have no issues using this screen during all times of the year. We did find that in heavy winds you’ll need to get something to weigh the legs down as the screen acts like a big sail, but that is nothing unexpected and will hold true for nearly any screen that isn’t cemented into the ground.
On your standard mild windy day the included ground stakes, rigging cord and support rings will basically eliminate any movement due to the wind. Just make sure you securely pound the stakes into the ground and rig the cordage up properly so the knots don’t come loose. Once you get the Elite Screen Yard Master 2 fully assembled in secured into the ground you’re ready to go. The 180 degree viewing angle on this screen makes it perfect for larger gatherings as even those on the edge of the screen will have enhanced colors and a superior image. A few of the less well designed screen might restrict the viewing angles to those only sitting directly in front of the screen. Something that also makes this screen stand out is the black backing which helps to eliminate any back light that may shine through and disrupt your movie.
As with most projector screens the Yard Master 2 works perfectly with regular, short throw and ultra short throw projectors, you’ll just need to be sure you have an adequate place for the projector to rest. While this may be obvious to some, these framed outdoor projector screen have no fan noise, unlike many of the inflatable screens, so you won’t have to worry about the whine of a fan droning on throughout the big game.
Overall this is a great backyard movie screen and does an excellent job of turning your backyard into a personal theater. With solid construction, super easy assembly and a 2 year warranty you’ll have nothing to worry about if you decided to give this screen a try. Plus with the ultra convenient padded carrying bag you can take this around wherever you go and not have to worry about fans, cords or any of that nonsense. If you also in the market for an outdoor projector or want to see what upgrades are available head over to our article on the Best Outdoor Projectors.