Screen Innovations Rolls Out Solo Pro 2 Projection Screen
It’s all in the name, right? Screen Innovations dropped an announcement on Monday about its upgraded Solo projection screen. The Solo Pro 2 is a follow up to the company’s original motorized projection screen that was designed to fit into any room and was capable of being carried and installed by a single person (hence, Solo?) in less than five minutes.
The Solo Pro 2, according to Screen Innovations, has been completely redesigned from the ground up, though it stays true to the Solo name. The even-more compact cassette design is actually 17 percent smaller than the original Solo screen. And, despite that reduced size, the Solo Pro 2 will be have a wider array of options available, such as sizes up to 160-inches diagonal, as well as nearly any power option imaginable. To the latter point, SI said it will continue to offer the Solo Pro 2 in a rechargeable power option as well as the wired low-voltage option. New to the line is a wired AC option, along with “a slew of control connectivity options” like RTS and RS485. Further, the Solo Pro 2 is capable of reverse orientation, which was a highly requested feature that enables users to drop their screen in front of an existing flat-panel or wall-art without obstruction concerns.
For the rechargeable motor option, SI said that running wire is not necessary and that recharging is only required once every two years or so. To complete the recharge, all the user has to do is click the magnetic cable to the charging port. SI has a patent pending for the design of the magnetic charging port.
“The only thing that we’ve been doing for the last year is listening,” said Ryan Gustafson, CEO at SI. “Everyone loves Solo but wanted more size, more power, reverse roll capability, serviceability, and robustness. We are delivering exactly that with Solo 2, a completely re-engineered product. And by completely re-engineered, I mean absolute simplicity.”
SI didn’t skimp on material options either. The company will offer the Solo Pro 2 in Slate, its popular optical (ambient-light rejecting) material, and “Short Throw.” SI said the motorized projection screen will be the only one in the world to offer optical material specifically suited for ultra-short throw projectors. The company will also include their highly refined white and gray materials that are suited for 8K projection.
Solo 2 preorders are open now and will begin shipping on April 2.