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Overview

The Samsung Gear VR Headset is the number one bestselling virtual reality headset on the market. The combination of quality, popularity of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, technology, and price of this unit, all contribute to the popularity of this VR (virtual reality) model by Samsung.

These 3 Dimensional viewing glasses are the next level in wireless devices for watching films, gaming, and viewing the word of cyberspace technology in three dimensions.

Brand: Samsung

Model: Gear VR Headset

Purchase Link: http://goo.gl/VEj7Om

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

Specs/Size/Design

This lightweight, mobile, virtual reality headset by Samsung is one of the most popular on the market today. This high-tech gear allows the user to block out the world and watch their favorite film, TV show, or play their favorite game.

Only from Samsung and powered by Oculus, VR technology turns your smartphone and takes you to another world. Virtual reality offers 3D anywhere in your home or on the go. With an easy to use touch pad, you simply attach your compatible Samsung smartphone to the VR headset and you have your own 3D cinema right before your eyes—free from distractions and totally immersed.

This VR Headset is unisex and is light—very comfortable for any man and woman to wear. The strap is adjustable and suitable for kids and adults alike. The design is very intuitive and a natural fit for the face. With a sleek look, this VR Headset does not feel bulky.

This device is currently available with one design option, the Gear VR.

Technical Specifications

  • Compatible with: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, and S6 Edge
  • Field of View: 96 degrees
  • Wireless
  • Use Wi-Fi or Mobile Data for connection
  • Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Adjustable lenses
  • Can wear device with eyeglasses on
  • Mobile: Download games, watch films (including 3D films), browse YouTube, Stream Netflix, and more
  • Gaming: Head movement control; optional Bluetooth controller for gameplay

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Power Source

One of the great aspects of the Gear VR is that it is completely wireless. You simply click in your compatible Samsung smartphone and the headset uses the battery power of your smartphone, as it is an extension.

The Good

This VR Headset is without a doubt the best priced and highest tech virtual reality attachment for mobile entertainment on the market today. There really is no competition at this time and for $99.00, the price is excellent for what it offers mobile users.

You can watch 2D and 3D films, stream from Netflix, immerse yourself in games, apps, and use the internet.

Your compatible smartphone will contain (or through download, offer you) free games, paid games, and other entertainment for you to immediately use the VR Headset. You can also download other compatible games and turn this headset into a mobile game station, a movie theater, or a great way to shut out the world and browse YouTube through its App.

This VR Headset has great resolution, is speedy in its response, is intuitive in its design, and is priced within the range of most people’s budget.

You can adjust the strap, the lenses, wirelessly use a Bluetooth gaming controller, and even use this headset with eyeglasses on!

The Bad

Since this VR Headset costs $99.00, it is expected that not everything can be included in Samsung’s attempt at introducing a functional and affordable VR device to the masses.

That being said, there are a few considerations that must be made before purchasing this VR device.

First, is compatibility. The Gear VR Headset only works with Samsung’s flagship smartphones. Make sure you check the list of smartphone models below before purchasing this set, or it will not work.

Compatible with: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, and S6 Edge.

This is exclusively for Samsung devices and only the models above. Many Samsung users do not have the devices above, so this is not an option for a large population of people who want a virtual reality device. There are many individuals who have Galaxy devices such as the Note 4, Note Edge, S5, Core Prime, and S4 Active, who would not be able to use this device.

It does use the smartphone’s battery rather than have a power source of its own. This is favorable because it keeps the headset lightweight and wireless, but for heavy users, this may not be the best choice.

Highlights

The highlight of the Samsung Gear VR is the price. For $99.00, this model is the best mobile VR device available for everyday consumers. The 3D technology and excellent resolution offered in a device of this caliber and price is what attracts most consumers to make the purchase.

Functionality

You can step inside your favorite compatible game and interact by using your head movements to aim and explore. This new way of immersing yourself make gameplay that much more exciting.

You can separately purchase the SteelSeries Stratus XL for Windows and Android. This wireless Bluetooth gaming controller elevates your game with an excellent gamepad that is made for use with the Gear VR Headset.

SteelSeries Stratus XL: http://goo.gl/LDMYme

The speed of the device is quick and responsive and without any major lagging issues or resolution problems. This headset offers fully functional 3D experience of film and gaming with excellent interactivity. With head movement control, you can interact with your virtual environment like never before.

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Pricing and Availability

You can purchase the Samsung Gear VR Headset on Amazon.com and BestBuy.com, the current retail partners.

Amazon: http://goo.gl/VEj7Om

Best Buy: http://goo.gl/K3yOhP

At a price of $99.00, you will pay full retail price for the new Samsung Gear VR, but compared to the Oculus Rift, which retails for $599.00 on their website (and up to $1,600 on third-party sites such as Amazon), this is a much more affordable option for the majority of the population of VR users who are seeking a VR Headset for mobile smartphone use.

Oculus Rift: https://goo.gl/z2joNq

Overall Impression

The overall quality of the Samsung Gear VR is very good for the price and the technology offered. For gaming, you do have to purchase the separate wireless Bluetooth controller (The SteelSeries Stratus XL for Windows and Android), and this controller costs around $59.99.

Controller: http://goo.gl/LDMYme

This is well worth the price for any gamer who wants to experience gaming in 3D in a virtual reality environment with full tactile control as well as head movement control to explore and interact with their virtual environment.

Unfortunately, the VR Headset only works with a select and more recent line of Samsung smartphones, so a lot of potential users will be left out, even those who have Samsung Galaxy devices. Only some of these devices are compatible, so be sure to check the list in this article first before buying.

This device is definitely the best affordable mobile VR experience on the market, but for gamers who are interested in console/PC-based options, it will pale in comparison to the upcoming virtual reality headsets for PC gaming.

For the masses who are on a budget, the $99.00 price tag is attainable and being so lightweight and comfortable, the Gear VR is Samsung’s affordable answer to the growing demand for wearable technology and virtual reality.