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I “need” a 16:9 (HDTV) Projector Screen. What is it and what’s the difference between 16:9 and 16:10?

Elite Screens' Blog Team

Elite Screens' Blog Team

Aspect ratio is essentially the shape of your projector screen. In order to match your projected content, the screen needs to be a specific shape. That’s called Aspect Ratio. This discussion covers more on the topic.


*The discussion below is based on actual chat transcripts with the omission of any personal/confidential material to protect the customer’s privacy. An example in this case is to change the contact’s identification name/number to “Customer” or a generic name.



[20:28]        Jaime: Hello, how can I help you?

[20:29] Customer: What is the difference between 16:9 and 16:10 electric projection screens?

[20:29]        Jaime: 16:9 and 16:10 are aspect ratios.  It is essentially the screen’s shape. In the case of “16:9”, it means that for every 16 units of measurement for the screen’s width, there will be 9 units of measurement for height. This is the most common for TV screens. In 16:10, for every 16 units of width, there are 10 units of height. 16:10 is more common for computer displays, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

[20:30]        Jaime: So regardless if it is fixed-frame or motorized, that will not affect the screen’s aspect ratio. Both ratios are available in fixed or electric. Here is a tutorial video to learn more:

[20:30] Customer: Understood, thanks. Yes, I want motorized. What do you have that is motorized but between 80”- 90”? I’m looking for a reasonable price.

[20:30]        Jaime: The most typical for your search field is 84" in 16:9.

[20:30]        Jaime: The model I recommend is the Spectrum (ELECTRIC84H)

[20:31] Customer: Okay, so 16:10 used for computers.

[20:31]        Jaime: Yes, there is a big market for 16:10 in the Commercial sales channel for presentations such as laptop presentations, corporate training, or just about everything classroom related.

[20:32] Customer: ok. What if I choose something just a touch over 90” and non-electric?

[20:32]        Jaime: We have a 92” (16:9) “Manual” screen. It’s product number is M92UWH.

[20:32]        Jaime: They sell all over the website.  Here is the web page to tell you more about it. 

[20:32] Customer: Ok thanks

[20:32]        Jaime: It’s my pleasure to help.  Thank you for choosing Elite Screens. 

[20:32] Customer: you too. Thanks again