The VR BOX headset is a solid plastic version of the Google cardboard headset with fully adjustable eye lenses and is available from just £15(GBP). We will be reviewing VR BOX version 1 (V2 hopefully coming soon). We will have a look in more detail about exactly how good the headset is compared to the original Google Cardboard headset below.
We love the original Google Cardboard headset. However, the lenses are about as useful as a pair of cheap children’s binoculars, add this to the fact that you can’t adjust their position and you get a pretty bad experience. With VR BOX that problem goes away, you can adjust the lenses depth and width so depending on the application or video you can make the headset work for you. Now I have perfect vision (or so the eye doctors keep telling me) but I find each application on Google cardboard has a different field of view(FOV) so I end up adjusting the headset for each application differently, yes it is a pain but it only takes 5 seconds and you are all set. I personally had no issues with the VR Box lenses and until I can find a better headset to compare it with it gets 5 stars from me.
Now think about it, you are going to have this thing rammed against your face…. hard, so you need to make sure it’s comfortable. The original Google Cardboard headset feels like razor blades cutting into your face while pouring lemon into your eyes. The VR BOX feels so much more comfortable. My only complaint is that I have a really high ridged nose, which on the original Google Cardboard I fixed by cutting out some cardboard, I could not do that with the VR BOX so I added a layer of extra padding to the surrounding area giving my nose more space to breath.
Phone Access and Holder
The phone holder has padding on each side where the phone is held in place, I do find adding the phone into the holder can be a little tricky but once you get the hang of it, it is no more than a 10 second job. The holder has some holes on both sides to allow you to add headphones and a charger while the device is in the headset so you can stay even more immersed in your VR game for longer! The slider slots into the headset with a click and I’ve had no issues of it sliding out on its own. The holder also has a line marker to help you center the phone, it feels of a high quality and not flimsy at all.
I watched Gravity in 3D SBS with headphones plugged in. I found it stunning, I was honestly lost in the beauty of the experience. I know that’s not headset specific but the less you have to focus on a crappy headset the better your Google Cardboard experience.
The experience overall
The experience with this headset is outstanding, I love all things VR and I can see these sitting on my desk until I get my hands on a HTC Vive. I found the headset very comfortable, no real issues with the head strap. The padding around the eyes is very comfortable, I would highly recommend this headset if you recommend any others please feel free to inbox me here: http://fragers.co.uk/press-contact/