The Pasonomi VR headset is a device aimed at bringing virtual reality technology to your smartphone, regardless of its manufacturer. It’s one of many of a line of budget headsets aimed at being paired with a smartphone in order to provide functionality, as opposed to a premium option like the HTC Vive, which works as a standalone display with a PC. This review will be analyzing the Pasonomi headset on its specs, features, and user experience, and determining whether or not it’s a worthwhile investment for you, the consumer.
Pasonomi VR Headset: Specs
|Headset Type||Smartphone VR|
|Resolution||Depends on the device|
|Field of View||70-80 degrees|
|Sensors||Uses phone’s sensors|
Dependent on your smartphone, the Pasonomi headset gets most of its beneficial features from the hardware inside your phone. The headset itself has no batteries, or really anything electronic inside it at all. There are no buttons on it either, and there’s no proprietary app store to download things from. Anything you get is going to come from outside sources. The device itself has focus adjusters on the it, and that’s about it.
Pros & Cons
Pasonomi VR Headset: Design & Requirements
The design of this product is pretty nice, and the build quality feels very good as well. It sits lightly on the head, and the front cover comes off easily, and seats back in securely. Never does it feel like this is going to pop off easily, or need to be forced off. The strap feels fine, and is easily adjustable.
As for the device mount, the device fits securely and snug inside the front cover, and never feels like it’s loose or is going to pop out. The device sits pretty flush with the headset, and there is no noticeable light bleeding. The focus adjuster up top works well and feels sturdy, so there shouldn’t be any worry about it breaking off. It seems to do a great job of enhancing the image for those with nearsightedness.
As for requirements, the only thing you need is a smartphone of the iOS or Android variety that fits the size specifications. A Bluetooth controller is also required, for reasons that will be discussed in more detail down below.
Pasonomi VR Headset: Controls & Display
There are no controls available on the Pasonomi headset. For most people, it’s kind of a disappointment to not see any type of control on this device. Not only does that mean you can’t get playback controls without removing your device, but you can’t use Cardboard apps either, since without some kind of button, many of those apps will not function.
This basically means that a Bluetooth controller is pretty much required for smooth operation of this device, and not just for games. For playback too, this will make your life a lot easier.
The display itself is pretty good. The field of view is a little less than stellar, but the device and headset both fit snug, and there is little to no light bleeding to distract you from your immersive experience. Overall, the device is pretty solid in this category.
Pasonomi VR Headset: Setup
Setup is pretty simple. As a smartphone-centric VR display, this device only requires your phone to work. Snap off the front cover, slide your phone in, and you’re done. There’s a focus adjuster on the top that can help adjust the focus for those who are nearsighted, so you should be able to use this device without glasses.
The head straps are fully adjustable, so that you can get a great fit. A tightly fitting headset will ensure no light leakage from the outside, so you can get a fully immersive experience. It can be important, so don’t skip this step.
Your device slides in under the front cover. The device should fit snug inside, and never does it really feel like it will fall out, or the cover will pop off. The snug fit also prevents image warping or light bleeding.
Pasonomi VR Headset: User Experience
The overall user experience for this headset is average. The build quality is good, the display is fine, and the focus adjuster is really nice. However, the headset loses major points in usability, because of the lack of any kind of touch controls.
Basically, the fact that it requires separate hardware just to be usable makes it far less cheap than it really is. The reason why most people would choose this over a premium option is that it’s extremely affordable. So, almost doubling the price for additional hardware is not so attractive. Users online seem to share in the disdain for the lack of buttons and requirement of a controller. Still, Pasonomi does sell their own Bluetooth controller for use with this headset.
Overall, this device is a fine entry point for those looking to get into VR, but who want something a little more durable than Google Cardboard or similar low-budget options. However, the unfortunate lack of buttons makes a controller purchase a necessity for almost any user. This is a slight downside, but shouldn’t really be seen as a deterrent to buying the Pasonomi VR Headset. What do you think of this headset? Have you ever tried it? Let us know down below!
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