Samsung Gear VR Headset Review Added: 2016-06-06 17:16:10 The product of a collaboration between Samsung and Oculus, Samsung Gear VR is, at this point, the only mid-level VR solution on the market. Owing to its integrated platform, Gear VR is a cut above any other smartphone-driven headset. However, it lacks the processing power and resolution, among other things, to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.  The Samsung Gear VR headset is a sturdy, plastic affair, that works with several Samsung phones (Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+, or Galaxy S7/S7 Edge). It's a well-designed piece of hardware, with a wide field of view (96 degrees) and enough room to accommodate spectacle-wearing users. It also boasts a touchpad and back button. &n... Read More
Oculus Rift VR Headset Review Added: 2016-06-10 15:43:25 After four long years teasing virtual reality enthusiasts with developer kits and prototypes, the commercial version of the Oculus Rift is finally available.  The Oculus Rift is well-built and easy to set up. It comes with a headset, a small Infrared (IR) sensor, a remote control and an Xbox gamepad. You won't need a smartphone to use the Rift, and it won’t work with just any computer. A fast Windows PC is needed. Do yourself a favor and visit the Oculus website to see if your machine is hefty enough. There are also several computers certified as “Oculus Ready” that are available, too. The Oculus Rift is a sturdy, comfortable HMD; as such, it allows longer usage without pain or discomfort. While it&r... Read More
HTC Vive VR Headset Review Added: 2016-06-10 15:52:12 The HTC Vive is a high-end VR viewer in direct competition with the Oculus Rift, and because these are the two virtual reality giants currently on the market, it’s hard not to refer to reference the Rift when discussing the capabilities of the Vive and vice versa for that matter. The two have very similar technical characteristics when it comes to resolution (both headsets have two OLED displays running at 1200 by 1080 pixels each) and field of view (a fairly wide 110°). And they’re both packing a lot of hardware inside their ergonomic headsets that fit like proper helmets that sit comfortably on the face. Just like the Oculus, the Vive is a much more sophisticated VR viewer than any of their smartphone-based rivals, m... Read More
View-Master VR Headset Review Added: 2016-06-05 11:42:58 The View-Master is marketed as toymaker Mattel’s virtual reality introduction for kids, but it’s still an inexpensive option for those unsure about spending much on VR goggles, but are looking for a sturdier implementation of Google Cardboard. Named after the classic stereoscopic toy that many of us experienced as kids, the View-Master is where nostalgia dovetails with bleeding-edge technology. The red plastic headset takes tones and tropes from the original View-Master, and can accommodate most smartphones in its clamshell enclosure. The clamshell enclosure provides a strong measure of security; however, this, simultaneously, has drawbacks, since the enclosure makes your phone largely inaccessible. Hin... Read More
Google Daydream Review Added: 2017-01-12 14:43:55 It’s been a while since Google I/O where the tech giant announced the Daydream, their new entry into the mid-tier VR headset marketplace, but it’ finally here. At $79, it’s directly competing with Samsung’s Gear VR headset but is still much more affordable than high-end VR headsets like the Occulus Rift and HTC Vive.    Like the Gear VR, only a handful of phones are currently compatible with the Daydream. As of this writing, only Google’s new flagship phone, the Pixel, and the Moto Z are Daydream ready. Google says they have plans to make the Daydream compatible with the Huawei Mate 9 Pro and ASUS ZenFone AR on the horizon. The Daydream has an adjustable phone dock, so in theory, a... Read More
Playstation VR Headset Review Added: 2016-11-30 15:21:28 After months of anticipation, the Playstation VR (aka Project Morpheus) is finally available. Clocking in at $399.99, it sits in the middle ground between high-end VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and entry-level VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR. The Playstation VR does need a Playstation 4 to use, which adds an extra $300-400 to its price, but compared to the cost of the high-end gaming PC needed to use the Vive or Rift, the Playstation VR seems like a bargain.   The headset is well designed, and seems to leak intention. It’s far more comfortable than its competitors and is aesthetically less cyber-punk and more JJ Abrams. Set-up is also a breeze. Unlike the Vive, which re... Read More
Zeiss VR One Headset Review Added: 2016-06-06 17:33:57 Often compared to the Samsung Gear VR, the Zeiss VR One presents the advantage over the Gear VR of allowing you to use non-Samsung phones. The VR One will work with any iOS or Android device between 4.7 and 5.2 inches. It basically became an alternative to the Gear VR for iPhone users. The Zeiss VR One’s design is sleek and sturdy. The plastic keeps it light, while still looking cool and durable; the foam padding and the head straps are very comfortable. Your phone can fit into a removable plastic tray that you can then slide back into the Zeiss VR One and have it in the exact positioning to watch VR content without having to worry about the phone moving. This is a major improvement over several oth... Read More
Homido VR Headset Review Added: 2016-06-05 11:31:56 When the Homido virtual reality headset launched, there was a big gap between the high-end virtual reality HMDs like Oculus and the inexpensive, low-quality headsets modeled after Google cardboard. The Homido quickly became a happy medium--an affordable, smartphone-driven alternative to Google cardboard. The 100-degree field of view is much nicer than cardboard goggles, and the plastic frame is light and well-built. Still, probably their best feature are the lenses. For users who wear glasses and could benefit from the visual corrections, the Homido’s adjustable lenses come with three possible settings: Far-sighted, Near-sighted and Normal vision. You can also modify the distance between lenses and between your eyes and the lenses.... Read More
Merge VR Headset Review Added: 2016-06-05 10:27:00 The Merge VR works with most smartphones and has a very singular look: It’s purple and made of foam. Initially, this might make you think it’s more of a toy and you may take it less seriously than similarly priced goggles, but it includes some pleasant surprises. First of all, it adapts comfortably to your face, as even the edges feel soft enough. The polyurethane foam is a massive plus that most virtual reality headsets don’t have — especially if you’re clumsy, since dropping your VR goggles is not uncommon. So, while it might feel a bit cheap at first, it does turn out to be quite practical. Of course, the foam is not without its setbacks. Owing to the foam enclosure, if your phone overhe... Read More
Powis VR Headset Review Added: 2016-06-05 10:04:22 The second generation of the Powis VR viewer is a surprisingly good set of goggles that looks and feels better than its features suggest at first glance. A cardboard-based viewer, the Powis ViewR 2.0 improved on a few key elements from the already good first version. It’s still very light, but its ergonomic design is more comfortable now; the smooth, rubber edge feels good on the face and protects the device from sweat or stains while keeping the weight to a minimum. The Powis ViewR 2.0 also features adjustable lenses, so if you’re near/far-sighted or have astigmatism, the lenses are adjustable to provide a better viewing experience. Another improvement over the previous version is the addition of a head ... Read More