“High-quality optics in an affordable, yet professional VR headset”
Carl Zeiss is among the most well-known companies in the field of optics for camera lenses. So, a VR headset with Carl Zeiss lens and quality should be quite interesting. One of the most interesting facts is that the Zeiss VR One Plus is not up there with the most expensive products in the niche (take a look at Oculus Rift for this). The company wanted to design something for the middle level, something like the Samsung Gear VR, that doesn’t make you fork over hundreds of dollars but isn’t made of cardboard either ( a reference to Google’s Cardboard VR headset).
VR One Plus is obviously the improved version of VR One and works with most smartphones that support an accelerometer, gyro and compass. According to the manufacturer, you won’t get blind spots or blurry images and you can even wear your glasses quite comfortably. Even more, the Zeiss VR One Plus doesn’t have lens adjustment as it’s made for everyone with the help of Zeiss precision lenses.
Design and Accessories
This headset features a black and white design with shiny, high-quality plastic. The entire headset looks quite futuristic and elegant without that bulky design you can see in truly professional VR gear. The phone has a special universal tray that comes out of the glasses and fixates the phone in position using some clasps. The headset can accommodate any screen from 4.7 to 5.5 inches. You can try with bigger phones but the fit won’t be as snug. Unlike the first version, this time the tray is delivered with the headset, which is a nice improvement.
To allow users to be immersed in augmented reality apps, the headset also supports a see-through front shield for the smartphone’s camera. The glass Carl Zeiss lens offers a great video experience with sharp images and clear contours, which is impressive considering the price.
The head strap and eye foam are removable for easier use and maintenance. Also, the strap can be easily adjusted to customize the experience to the maximum.
The headset is compatible with the Daydream platform launched by Google for their VR headset and allows you to enjoy Cardboard content which is a nice touch in terms of content. Speaking of which, is still pretty thin when it comes to entertainment.
In term of controls, besides a small magnetic button that works like the one installed on Google Cardboard, there is nothing else. These are actually deemed to be viewers not goggles that allow you to interact with the virtual world you’re viewing. So, they are great for watching movies, exploring images, and pretty much everything that doesn’t require you to reply.
If you feel you absolutely need to interact with the content, there is a cheap but effective solution. You can connect any Bluetooth controller (mouse or keyboard) to your phone and use it the VR apps to communicate. It’s rudimentary but it works quite nicely.
The general experience is good, as long as you don’t look down. The large nose cavity is big enough to accommodate anyone’s nose but for people with small ones, it’s a bit disorienting. If you look down, you’ll see the real world and this can give you some pretty serious headaches.
Also, the fact that there is no way to adjust the distance between lenses or the interpupillary distance may create some problems for certain users. Carl Zeiss was a bit too confident in their precision lenses and this is now one of the main complaints from users.
- Great design
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Solid build and comfortable
- High-quality lenses
- Works with a wide range of phones
- Universal tray included
- No possibility to adjust the lenses
- No controller to interact with the content
- Content library is thin
- Can give you headaches
In the end, the Carl Zeiss VR One Plus looks like an interesting VR gear. It’s affordable, looks nice, and supports goof quality content. However, if you want to be wowed by your VR experience, we suggest you climb the price ladder and look at more expensive models.