The Canbor VR headset is definitely one of the cheapest VR headsets on the market, and as such, there is not much you can expect from it. The performances of this headset are not the best ones on the VR market, but for the price, they are good enough, and it is definitely worth a try. One of the best features of this headset is how easy it is to set up compared to many other VR headsets. It is good enough for beginners and those who want to take a sneak peek into the VR world.
Overview of the headset
- Affordable and good value for the money
- Easy to set up and use
- Adjustable lenses, with anti-blue light/anti-radiation functionality
- Made from durable materials
- The interactiveness is very limited
- Visual immersion comes with low quality
- Not appropriate for gaming experiences
- Quite poor functionality of the remote controller for iOS devices
- No in-built audio
Things to consider before buying
You cannot expect extraordinary performances from a very low-priced device. The same goes for the Canbor. The quality of this headset corresponds well with the price. Some of the users have complained about fuzzy or blurry visuals, but it depends on what you are looking at. Some high-quality VR videos that we tested out were looking great on the Canbor.
Using it for a longer period can make you feel tired and dizzy, but that is expected and happens with budget-friendly headsets. Usually, when you play games on this headset, you won’t feel dizzy, but once you take the device off your head, you will start to feel the negative effects of wearing it. You can try getting used to the headset by using it for shorter periods in the beginning and after some time, just add more and more minutes of usage.
Another negative feature is the Velcro straps on the Canbor as they look like they might rip any moment. On the other hand, buttons for the screen, volume, eye adjustment, and so on work very well. The visuals are good, but it all depends on the videos you are playing. The videos need to be compatible with this headset’s performances.
Another thing is that your phone’s screen needs to be of higher quality so that the vision will be better. The phones today usually all have good screens, so you are safe with that feature.
Features & Benefits
The Canbor VR comes with:
- Stretchy headphones, an audio-visual integration VR headset, and the sound quality are in HiFi. No built-in audio. They are comfortable, and the sound is easily adjustable and very clear.
- Adjustable FD and PD; myopia goes from 0°- 800°, the hyperopia goes from 0°- 400°.
- You will find many buttons on this headset like for play/pause, volume, touch button for games, and button for answering calls. Though, the buttons for adjusting the lenses could have been more precise.
- The field of view or FOV is 120 degrees, suitable for an immersive wide-angle view.
- Wide compatibility: this headset’s glasses are suitable for smartphones from 4.7 to 6.2 inches. The adjustable phone mount will hold your phone in place, thus keeping it from scratching. There are two holes on both sides of the headset providing cooling for the phone.
- Aspheric resin optical lens technology, anti-blue light HD lenses.
- The design is ergonomic with three adjustable straps that can reduce the pressure on your nose. Also, the design is using foam padding, which provides a more comfortable fit and also tries to minimize the light entering into the Canbor headset.
- For a more comfortable fit, there is the Velcro head strap that helps to distribute the weight equally and for additional support. You can adjust the straps for a better fit and to lessen the pressure on your nose.
- The remote, just like with most of the VR controllers, has limited functionality on the iOS running phones. Luckily for the Android users, the remote here has more functionality, but it often can be fussy and undependable, and the motion tracking is mediocre.
- The headset is light, which means you can wear it for longer periods, but that will depend on how long you can handle the VR without getting dizzy or nauseated.
- The Canbor VR headset is made out of plastic material that has a rather strong smell. However, it will go better, and before using it, we suggest leaving it in the open air for a day or two. However, it is not a big problem for all the users, only for the most sensitive ones.
Our Analysis and Test Results
The headset’s remote has limited functionality with iOS running devices, and it only works to control music. On the other hand, with Android, the headset has more functionality, yet it still is not very reliable, and the motion tracking is mediocre. The motion tracking heavily depends on the internal sensors from the smartphone you are using, and just like other mobile headsets, the accuracy is reasonable.
The Visual Immersiveness
The Canbor VR headset is not properly blocking the external light, and unfortunately, there is light coming in from the nose area and from the sides. The light that is coming in is enough to spoil the quality of your VR experience. Canbor’s FOW or field of view is relatively good.
Still, the overall quality of the image is not very good. You can find other headsets with the same price point offering better image quality. Adjusting the optics on this headset is somewhat difficult, and you might feel like you are out of focus most of the time. Reading things can be difficult as well because the image has plenty of distortion. The resolution of the headset depends on the phone you are using. Still, the distortion will lower the quality no matter how good your smartphone is.
The Canbor is very light. Still, that is not enough to make this headset comfortable to wear for long periods. Though, compared to Google Cardboard, it is slightly more comfortable. The fit is tight, and wearing prescription glasses is almost impossible. There are little holes on the sides for airflow so that you won’t sweat too much.
Canbor’s cover can fold out, which allows you to place your smartphone, and there a magnetic clamp that keeps the phone in place. The phone installation can be a bit tricky, but you will get there. The clamp system will not allow you to use your phone while it is in its case, but luckily you will have no trouble accessing the headphone port.
The Ease of Setup
To get the Canbor ready for action, all you need to do is to adjust the lenses to your liking and put the batteries into the remote. After that, you can go and download some of the VR mobile apps, and you are ready to go. This headset is compatible with both iOS and Android, unlike many other headsets that can be used only on Android devices.
Like most of the cheap VR headsets on the market, the Canbor VR is also a good way for one to introduce himself to virtual reality. That being said, gamers who prefer a deeper VR experience should look over this model. However, Canbor is good for watching 360 videos and movies. The movies should be compatible with the headset’s performance if you want good visuals.
We guess this headset could have been better because there are several headsets on the market with the same price point that offer better features. Still, it is a decent model that is a good starting point for a VR beginner.