January 31, 2018

3D Virtual Reality Headset with Remote Controller

3D Virtual Reality Headset with Remote Controller

This phone-housing headset comes with integrated headphones (cushioned with memory foam and position-adjustable), an over-the-head T-strap and magnetically attached front cover that can be detached easily. However, this snap-on/snap-off cover doesn’t really seem to have much use or purpose. For actually putting the phone in or taking it out, you have to actually open and close the hinged door. The magnetic cover is merely a removable part of the door - if that makes makes any sense.

On the subject of the headphones, we have to give the makers a big thumbs up for the audio quality.

Features

Features

The lenses can be moved further apart or closer together to accommodate different shaped faces and inter-pupillary distance (i.e. the space between your eyes). However, this is only between 60mm and 70mm. A 55mm minimum distance would have been better for smaller heads and 70mm is probably not enough for the largest.

The focus can be adjusted so that you don’t need to wear your glasses, while using it - up to 600 degree myopia, according to the makers. The field of view is 120 degrees and the lenses are HD resin aspherical.

On the inside

On the inside

While it claims that it can fit phones from 4.7 to 6 inches, in practice we found that this claim was stretching it a bit. That is, not that they are misleading, but rather that the sizes they are referring to are phone sizes not screen sizes. Thus an iPhone 6+ has a 5.5 inch screen, but a case size of 6.22 inches and will therefore not fit. The iPhone X, on the other hand fits perfectly.

Like all products, when it first comes out of the box, it takes some getting used to. You have to adjust and tighten the velcro-secured straps or else you’re going to find it slipping down your face. This may seem like an obvious point but, because the strap is elasticated, it might seem like an unnecessary step. Also, it something that is all too easy to forget when you’re looking forward to trying out the new toy! We also found that even when strapped on, the device still let in a certain amount of light at the top.

Inside out

Inside out

As many smartphone apps are activated by touching the center of the screen, the headset provides a button in the lower right of the headset to activate this mechanism. You might think that this could leaves marks on the phone screen, but we found that it didn’t.

The device comes bundled with a controller which can be paired with the phone via Bluetooth. The pairing process worked fine. However, because of the “basic” - i.e. limited - iOS support, it was virtually useless with an iPhone. This means that even the process of choosing and starting an iPhone game, requires taking the phone out and putting it back in again. With an Android phone, however, it worked fine.

It comes with a somewhat confusing manual and an always-useful cleaning cloth.

Controller

Controller

VERDICT: A reasonably good headset and controller, but only for Android phones.

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