Top 10 Best VR Headsets – 2017

NameiOS CompatibleAndroid Compatible 
Shinecon 3D VR HeadsetYesYes Check Price
Incredisonic VUE VR GlassesYesYes Check Price
Top VR Headset SetYesYes Check Price
Tohlo 3D VR HeadsetYesYes Check Price
UCVR 3D VR HeadsetYesYes Check Price
When I was at school – and, readers, that seems a lifetime ago – the popular TV science shows, magazine and newspapers were full of predictions about how life would be in the future. There were endless illustrations of the fully-automated home of the future, with its computer controlled systems and so on (many of which, in fact, have become reality without us realising) plus the ubiquitous flying cars – everyone would have one, apparently – and other magnificent and magical devices. There was, as we have already touched on, a modicum of truth in some of these – although we should have known that flying cars would never be commonplace – and there are many technologically advanced household items we rely on without a second thought.

Of course, the computer – in the workplace and in the home- has led the way in terms of technical revolution; indeed, many commentators claim the rise of the digital age to be the second industrial revolution. It’s fair to say that computers now run a large part of our daily life; your car most likely has several computerised systems on board, while your kitchen may include many appliances that also use computer chips to perform seemingly simple tasks. Much of this technology has come upon us quietly, and in the world of entertainment, there is much to be said for special effects and computer technology. There is one gadget that is currently all the rage, and it is something we are often told in films and predictions that it will change the future: it’s Virtual Reality, and while it is not quote at Hollywood levels, it is great fun! Before we go on to tell you about the best VR headsets on the market, let’s talk about what they are all about.

How it Works

If the idea of visiting places far away and mysterious interests you, then VR headsets are going to come into your field of vision very soon. Be aware, however, that there are a number of different types, with different operating methods and varied results, as well as a large range of prices. Overall, the ones we are looking at here are those that operate using an app on your smartphone – there are Android, iPhone and Windows versions – and are among the most affordable of all. So, what should you expect from your VR headset?

Well, most of all, it’s a fun experience, and if you are a gamer you may find they bring a new dimension to your playing experience. You do need to download certain apps for the headset to work, and you will find that your phone battery takes a serious kicking! That’s not to say these things are to be overlooked; far from it, as we have fund few gadgets of late that are as fun and interesting – and genuinely innovative – as these. One more thing: don’t mistake these VR headsets for the awful, and unsuccessful, 3D cinema experience. This is something entirely different, and with technology advancing all the time, the next generation of VR headsets will be even more impressive and capable.

So, let’s have a look at the top 10 best VR headsets on the market right now, so you can choose one that fits your budget and will bring you hours of great fun!

The Top 10 VR Headsets

1: Shinecon 3D VR Headset

We begin our list with one that is pretty much a standard-setter; be aware, before we go on, that some of the big players in the world of the internet have their fingers in the VR pie. Google, with its innovative ‘cardboard’ device, is one of them, but this gadget is a world away from that one. This model, as with most, turns your smartphone – with the help of relevant apps – into a 3D VR headset, and it does so more than adequately. It can be used to watch 3D movies, to play games, and to explore, and is easy to use and feels well-built and of a requisite quality.

This clever device works with most smartphones – including iPhone – and is very capable, plus it is fully adjustable for different people. This allows it to be used by people who usually wear glasses without, and there are details in the specification as to what levels of sight loss or difficulty it will work with, so check those out carefully before you make the decision to buy – just in case! It comes with high quality optics that are designed for comfortable viewing – some of the earlier models resulted in the wearer experiencing motion sickness – and is a good overall design. Expect to pay around £17, which is good value for one of these VR headsets.

Pros
  • Quality
  • Optics
  • Price
Cons
  • There are more comfortable models out there

2: Incredisonic VUE VR Glasses

This one follows the trend of that above in that it offers VR experience in a cleverly packaged device. However, there are some differences, which we will come it shortly. Once again, it works with your smartphone via an app – indeed, it claims there are more than 300 apps available to get the best out of your headset – and it works with everything from your Samsung Android device to an iPhone 7. This one comes with a remote-control unit, which connects with your phone by Bluetooth to give you even more variables, and is very clever in terms of the technology involved.

Now, about those differences: while the above model is fully adjustable for different levels of sight, this one claims that is not necessary. Instead, you wear it with your glasses. We’re not sure about this – especially when it comes to peripheral vision in 3D format – so have slight reservations. On the plus side it is very comfortable with neatly designed nose pads, and it feels durable and well-made. You should expect to pay around £35, which is twice that of the above, so this one comes with certain reservations, although you shouldn’t write it off just yet.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Remote control
Cons
  • Non-adjustable optics

3: Top VR Headset Set

This is another typical model, but it is one that is presented as an all-you-need package. It comes with the usual headset – another non-adjustable one, with enough space for your glasses to be encompassed – and also a remote control unit, so is very well specified in that respect. It also comes with a book on all you need to know about getting the best out of your VR headset, so you can get to grips with your new toy very quickly and with full enjoyment. It is designed with removable covers to will not overheat, and there are many apps available that are compatible.

This model will work with any smartphone – Android or iPhone – between four and six inches, and is equipped with fully adjustable straps for added comfort so you can wear it for sensible lengths of time. This is a well-designed item, and one that we like, but the fact it does not have adjustable optics again concerns us. We simply feel the VR experience better enjoyed without the addition of glasses. However, it’s a neat package with all you need to get going, and at around £20 is not expensive.

Pros
  • Price
  • Full Package
  • Comfort
Cons
  • Not adjustable optics

 

4: Tohlo 3D VR Headset

One of the problems with the VR experience is that it can induce dizziness; this is because you are viewing things in a different fashion to your normal vision, and some people simply cannot get to grips with VR. If you’re unsure, and are looking for a starter model, this one could be for you, but more of that later. This is a lightweight headset that is surprisingly comfortable and unobtrusive to wear, and comes with the usual compatibility with a range of smartphones, and it is also very compact so will be easy to carry around on your travels.

You get the option to adjust the lenses to some degree, but not as comprehensively as other models in this list, and it is also comfortable thanks to an adjustable headband. It should be said that no secret is made of the fact it is designed primarily for watching movies, so that needs to be borne in mind. All in all, this is a great starter VR headset, but there are more sophisticated and capable models out there. However, at a price of around £10, you can buy this one and see if VR is for you, and not notice!

Pros
  • Very cheap
  • Adjustable items
Cons
  • There are better models

5: UCVR 3D VR Headset

Now, if the above was touted as a base-level model – thanks to its excellent price – so should this one be. This is a funky design that comes in a choice of colours and, for its price – which we will come to later – is great value. This one has adjustable optics – not to the extent of some, but still worthwhile – that are designed to protect your eyesight; it’s worth knowing that there are concerns in some circles as to how VR can damage eyesight, so please take advice or read all you know before you go ahead, and stay within safe and sensible user levels,

The device uses clever Fresnel lenses – these differ from the usual convex lenses used in optical devices – to provide a bigger viewing area, so it is perfect for watching 3D movies using your smartphone or iPhone, with the relevant apps. A three-point head-strap – one of the best we have seen so far – offers excellent levels of comfort, while you also get the benefit of a very neat design that is extremely light, for added wearer satisfaction. Is there anything we don’t like about this one? Not really, and at around a tenner, it’s perfect as a gift for the kids.

Pros
  • Price
  • Capability
  • Comfort
Cons
  • None that we can see

6: Aizbo 3D VR Headset

Have we convinced you that you need a VR headset yet? Well, perhaps need is the wrong word, but we reckon you’re intrigued enough to want to try one! The fact is they all offer a similar experience, but some are more capable of the full, immersive experience than others. This one, like most, is compatible with a full range of Android and iPhone devices, with the relevant apps installed, and is also one of the more sensibly priced. Like the above two, you should expect to pay about a tenner. Indeed, the price of these gadgets has plummeted very quickly, so now is the time to grab a bargain.

What do you get with this one? Non-adjustable optics, for a start; the maker claims this to be ‘better’ than a set with adjustable focal lengths but, for us, the jury is still out. We simply find it more comfortable to set our own visual response. It is comfortable with a fully adjustable head-strap, and it is easy to use, with hundreds of available apps. Does it have any stand-out features? None, but at the price, it’s worth a look.

Pros
  • Very Cheap
Cons
  • There are better out there

7: Sidardoe VR Headset

Seven models in, and we are pretty much sure of what we are going to write; in fact, the main difference between these devices is whether or not they have adjustable focal lengths. To remind you, this means that if you wear glasses normally, you don’t have to when using the headset. We prefer this option as we believe it adds to the experience – let alone being more comfortable – and this one has quite comprehensive adjustments, and details of the sight-loss levels that can be catered for, so check that out before you buy to make sure you can use it correctly.

It comes with quality optics, is compatible with all 4-6inch smartphones and iPhones, and you can access the usual several hundred apps for many different applications. This is a clever device, one of the more sophisticated of the breed, and while there are no real stand-out features, it is comfortable to wear and use, and is a fun model to use. So, the price? Well, it’s a little more than some at around £20 – which we reckon is probably the most you should pay for one of this capability – but it’s certainly a cut above some of the very cheap models.

Pros
  • Capale
  • Adjustable
Cons
  • There are cheaper but this might be better

 

8: Samsung Gear Gen 2

You may have perked up immediately at the brand name: Samsung is one of the biggest names in the world of smartphones and also VR, and its pioneering Oculus range of solutions is one of the leaders in the market. However, we advise you to hold back a second as, while this is a very impressive piece of kit, there are some limitations. First, you need to use Oculus Home – you get there by a quick touch button and it offers a great range of functions – and it’s compatible only with certain Samsung phones.

However, it is well-built; you can feel the quality in this device, and it comes with highly impressive optics and a specially designed system that restricts light leakage – a problem on just about all VR headsets. It also has a range of clever sensors for a better VR experiences, so is perfect for gaming or movies. Would we buy it? Yes, and no; you will pay around £50, so it’s considerably more expensive than some of those here. But then again, you get a fully developed package in Oculus, so you might want to check that out before you decide.

Pros
  • Samsung Name
  • Oculus
Cons
  • None

 

9: Samsung Gear VR

Er, haven’t we just done this one? Yes, but this is a different colour, so here goes: Samsung is one of the biggest names in the world of smartphones and also VR, and its pioneering Oculus range of solutions is one of the leaders in the market. However, we advise you to hold back a second as, while this is a very impressive piece of kit, there are some limitations. First, you need to use Oculus Home – you get there by a quick touch button and it offers a great range of functions – and it’s compatible only with certain Samsung phones.

However, it is well-built; you can feel the quality in this device, and it comes with highly impressive optics and a specially designed system that restricts light leakage – a problem on just about all VR headsets. It also has a range of clever sensors for a better VR experiences, so is perfect for gaming or movies. Would we buy it? Yes, and no; you will pay around £50, so it’s considerably more expensive than some of those here. But then again, you get a fully developed package in Oculus, so you might want to check that out before you decide.

Pros
  • Samsung Name
  • Oculus
Cons
  • None

 

10: BoboVR Z4 VR Headset

Reaching the end of a list of ten is always satisfactory, and we finish with an impressive device, too. This one is an upgraded model of a successful and popular one from Bobovr, who specialise in VR products, and it has many decent features. For a start, you get quality optics that should be satisfactory for everyone – you can adjust for focal length if not to a degree offered by some other models – and it also offers a wide-screen effect for the very best in movie and gaming experience.

This is a very capable device with excellent levels of comfort and viewing, and is compatible with all smartphones including iPhone and Android models. It’s an all-round device that does the job that it’s meant to do, but at about £25, it is a little more expensive than some cheaper models with similar performance.

So, there’s ten VR headsets that are among the best on the market; before we go on to our conclusion, let’s check out the important features you need to look out for.

Features to Consider

What do you look for when buying a VR headset? Fun, of course, and functionality! Here are some of the main things that make a difference:

Adjustable focal length – a controversial point, but if you want to have the maximum in versatility, we reckon you need a model with adjustable focal length. Others, of course, believe the alternative to be better – it’s advised you try them both before buying.

Samsung or not – the market leaders, Samsung offer a choice of brilliant devices, but there are many non-Samsung apps out there that are perfectly good. Consider carefully if you are happy paying for the name.

Comfort – you need a device that is comfortable to wear for the length of a movie or game, so check the head straps and other cushioning carefully.

Price is, of course, also an option, but in truth there are many models here that are close in cost and capability, so we’ll leave that one up to you. So, all that remains now is for us to wrap things up!

Let’s Wrap it Up!

You’re hooked, yes? You want a VR headset, even if it’s just to see what all the fuss is about! The truth is that these things are great fun – and make gaming and movies a different proposition – and with many perfectly decent models available at between ten and 20 pounds, you don’t have to shell out much to get the VR experience. We recommend that, if you are a first-time user, you buy one of the models priced around a tenner, and if it is for you, perhaps trade up to one of the more sophisticated models later on. So, get yourself up to date with Virtual Reality – it’s here, it’s cheap, and it’s great fun!