In 2014, Google created the market for ultra cheap virtual reality headsets that work with a smartphone. What Google started with their simple cardboard and lens effort, other companies have taken to a much higher level, but still at a low price point. A recent entry into this growing market is the ETVR 3D VR headset. The following review will make clear that although this is not a perfect VR headset, it is one of the best options for an unsure consumer looking to get a sense of what VR is all about, and how much fun it can be.
ETVR 3D VR Headset: Specs
|Headset Type||Virtual Reality Glasses|
|Field of View||120-degree|
|Controls||Pupil distance adjustment knobs, focal distance adjustment knobs, and an OK button for Google shooting games|
These virtual reality glasses will work with most smartphones, including iPhones and Samsung devices. Phones as small as 4.7″ will work with the ETVR, but the larger the phone (all the way up to 6.2″), and the higher the screen resolution, the better the viewing experience will be.
Note: Even though the company claims this product has an astounding 120-degree field-of-view, the actual FOV is closer to other VR headsets in the budget category, at around 83-85 degrees.
Pros and Cons
ETVR 3D VR Headset: Design & Requirements
The slick look of this headset, including the chrome focal and pupil distance adjustment knobs, give it a more premium appearance. The faux-leather, the perforated and nicely padded face cushion, and the velcro straps (including a nice strap that fits on the top of the user’s head) allow users to fit this headset comfortably, yet firmly, for extended play or viewing sessions, including those that encourage quick head movements.
While not unusual for this class of VR headgear, the ETVR 3D VR headset is made of plastic, so users are advised to take care when handling it. In terms of requirements, you only need a smartphone between 4.7 and 6.2 inches to use it.
ETVR 3D VR Headset: Controls & Display
When ordering the ETVR online, you might also get a small, rather simple Bluetooth controller, but this is not always the case. However, a controller allows users to input some commands while wearing the VR headset. Users can control audio volume, play or pause videos, and control a few other things. It is not that intuitive to use, though, as users can’t see the buttons while using the viewer.
One of the unique features of this product is a button on the bottom right-hand corner that triggers the touch screen while viewing a video or playing a game. This makes it fully compatible with Google Cardboard apps.
The display of this headset is entirely dependable on the smartphone you are using. The better the smartphone is, the more high-quality the image will be.
ETVR 3D VR Headset: Setup
With this product in hand, it is fairly straightforward to get right into a VR experience. First, start the VR app on your phone. Then, open the front cover of the headgear, and insert your phone into the grip. Gently pop the front plate back into place.
To get the most immersive experience from whatever VR app you choose, audio is a must. The ETVR has no speakers, but it does provide space for wired earbuds running from your phone to your ears. If you don’t have wireless earbuds, there are some cutouts intended to allow sound from the phone’s speakers to escape.
ETVR 3D VR Headset: User Experience
The comfort level of this headset is superior compared to others in the same budget category. The pupil-distance and focus knobs are up to the task as well, according to users, even those who use glasses. However, many users who got the Bluetooth remote were quite frustrated with it. At the very least, it appears to be severely limited in functionality.
Plus, it must be said, VR isn’t for everyone. Some people cannot help but get dizzy and nauseous after only a brief time in the world of virtual reality. This is perhaps the prime reason why people who want to try VR should go with a cheaper headset first, and see how they like it. Better yet, try it in a store or mall before deciding.
The ETVR 3D VR headset, though very low priced, is actually a highly comfortable and attractive device. It is especially attractive for those who are on the fence about VR. The addition of Google Cardboard functionality via the screen-interaction button, plus the unique (for this budget category) velcro-secured top-of-the-head strap make this product a good choice. Those who value comfort above superior color vibrancy will particularly like this product. Leave us a comment below if you have any experience with this headset.
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