In the search of acquiring an affordable and functional VR headset I came across a pair listed on Amazon for a meager $21.99. Normally a price this low would leave me feeling skeptical when it comes to buying a product like this, but surprisingly enough the customer reviews were overwhelmingly positive. I hesitantly decided to put my faith in the favorable online reviews and purchased the HAMSWAN Virtual Reality Goggles. After about a month of casual use, the goggles have proven to be a decent introductory headset with a handful of limitations.
Using the HAMSWAN Virtual Reality Goggles is fairly straightforward. First you remove the detachable cover from the goggles exposing the elastic band. Once you have your video chosen, you strap your phone up using the band and put the detachable cover back onto the goggles. Put the goggles over your head and use the dial on top of the device to adjust the pupil distance to whatever looks best to the viewer. Adjust the straps accordingly to fit your head and you’re ready to go.
The most appealing selling factor for HAMSWAN Virtual Reality Goggles is its inexpensive price tag. For just under $22, it’ll be difficult to find another VR headset that affordable that isn’t cardboard. It’s a great way to try out VR without feeling financially strained for doing so.
The Build Quality
Despite the low price point, these goggles are still made somewhat well. The headset is only made up of three separate pieces, one being the goggles itself, the straps to keep the goggles on your head and the hard plastic cover that’ll rest over your phone when in use. The frame is mostly made of a light plastic that feels durable enough to support normal amounts of use. Though trying to put the goggles through any conditions rougher than that might result in unwanted damage. The surface of the goggles is wrapped in a cloth-like fabric which is a strange choice for VR goggles, but doesn’t have any adverse effects because of it. The straps aren’t luxurious, but serve their purpose and can be adjusted to fit you best. A comfortable plush fabric lines where you view through the goggles making them pretty comfortable to use. The headset also comes with a small dial on-top of the headset letting you adjust the pupil distance according to what looks best for the viewer.
The Detachable Cover & Elastic Band
The aspect which led to the most trouble when using the HAMSWAN Virtual Reality Goggles was having to take off and put back on the detachable cover and remove the elastic band after every use. It’s a time consuming roadblock that comes after ever video you watch, making you spend nearly as much time taking out the phone and readjusting as you will actually spend using VR. This can make the experience less immersive for the viewer due to the several intermissions one has to take to make this adjustment.
Even when streaming in 4K and using the adjustable pupil distance, the focus still has a slight gaussian blur effect that can become a slight distraction. It isn’t deal a breaking flaw, but defiantly an aspect which could be improved upon.
While these goggles may lack certain luxuries like a remote controller or perfect focus, they are a solid introductory headset for those looking for a simple and casual experience. While improvements to the design could be made, it’s hard to complain too much with such a reasonable price.
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Written By: Nic Moore