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Lenovo Mirage Solo Review

Lenovo Mirage Solo Review
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Overall Score
Interactiveness
Visual Immersiveness
Comfort
User Friendliness
Ease of Setup

Our Take

Being the first-ever standalone VR headset, Mirage Solo came with high hopes. However, our experts also have concerns about it. Unfortunately, our experts think it fell a little flat, especially compared to the other standalone headset like Oculus Go.

Mirage Solo with Daydream headset delivered an exceptional, highly immersive virtual experience and is the only one most frustration-free to get set up.

However, our experts found this VR to be a little low-quality only because of a limited library of available virtual applications and games. Keeping all these things in mind, the price tag for this fighter is still higher than expected.

It’s a unique headset and, in some ways, can’t be compared with other headsets. However, our experts prefer Oculus Go over it and also save some cash on a standalone headset, or go with the Oculus Rift for the same amount of money if you have the essential hardware it requires.

What We Like

  • Exceptionally interactive
  • Very easy to set up
  • Unique features

What We Don't Like

  • Overrated price
  • Limited VR opportunities

Overview

Mirage Solo scored second and remained behind the Oculus Go, however, just ahead of the Samsung Gear VR headset.

Our experts found the Oculus a bit easier to use on a daily base. Furthermore, the initial software and hardware installation and assembly setup process of Mirage Solo are a bit easier.

The Samsung Gear VR is less interactive as compared to the Mirage Solo with Daydream headset but a bit more comfortable to wear than either of the standalone and other Lenovo VR headsets.

The most embarrassing thing about VR for Lenovo is that it costs x3 times the price of Gear VR and double the amount of Oculus Go. That fact is putting it at about the same cost as the Oculus Rift, which is a superior tethered virtual-reality headset and requires a high-tier gaming PC, which will cost you between $900 to $1100.

Why Lenovo Mirage Solo?

While the Lenovo Mirage Solo scored brilliant overall. “Look, Ma, No PC, phone, or wire required! It’s good stuff.”

However, if the money is a priority, it’s not an elegant option. It’s expensive compared to the other majority of standalone, mobile, and PC virtual-reality headsets available in the market.

Furthermore, the level of performance it offers is also not that much better than the Oculus Go.

Requirements

Lenovo Mirage Solo is a “solo” and standalone; in other words, it does not require a PC/smartphone to operate, unlike the Google Daydream View.

What it requires is built-in, for example, it contains a 5.5″ screen with a 2560 x 1440 combined or 1280 x 1440 per eye resolution, a Snapdragon 835 processor, with a 64 GB built-in storage, as well as, it’s unable to extend this storage via microSD.

Detailed Specifications

Mirage Solo Review| In detail

  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 VR
  • Operating System: Daydream 2.0
  • Display Size: 5.5″
  • Resolution: QHD 2560 x 1440 combined (1280 x 1440 per eye)
  • Display Type: LCD
  • Frequency: 75 Hz
  • Lens: Two Fresnel-Aspheric
  • Field of View (FOV): 110°
  • Color Depth: 16.7 Million
  • Color Gamut: 70%
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • ROM: 64 GB UFS
  • Card Slot: microSD™
  • Card Capacity Limit: Up to 256 GB
  • Camera: Two 6-DOF Tracking Lenovo Mirage Camera
  • Control: 3-DOF Daydream Motion Wireless Remote
  • Headset Buttons: Input/Output, Volume, Adjustment Dial, and Quick Release Button
  • Sensors: P-Sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, and Magnetometer
  • Audio: Android ™ N Pro
  • Wireless Connectivity – WLAN: WiFi 802.11 ac/n 2×2 MIMO Dual Band
  • Wireless Connectivity – Bluetooth: Bluetooth ™ 5.0 + BLE
  • Battery Type: Li-ion Polymer
  • Battery Capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Battery Timing: Approximately 2:30 hours
  • Dimensions: Approximately 204 x 270 x 180 mm / 8.03” x 10.61” x 7.08”
  • Weight: 645 g (1.43 lbs)
  • Colors: Moonlight White
  • Built-in Softwares: OOBE, ePOS, and Google essentials like Google Arts & Culture, Google Photos, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Street View

Values to focus

Standalone virtual-reality headsets are new in the market and have a unique category. These headsets work on their own and don’t require any external hardware to operate.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream is the one who belongs to this category and of approximately $400 – $450 worth standalone headset.

However, it is less expensive than Google Daydream View with a compatible smartphone, or any tethered VR headset with a PlayStation 4, Xbox, or gaming PC.

Mirage Solo, with Daydream, is a solid performer and performed as promised. Still, for the price, it fails to deliver the visual/graphical power and the level of immersive controls you can achieve through a tethered VR headset.

The ease of setup, comfortability, and no external hardware requirements it offers is unique and save you the hassle of wires/hardware complexity.

Performance

The Lenovo Mirage Solo is an exceptionally unique standalone VR model that offers the functionality and the benefits of a suitable Android phone in Google Daydream View for about half of the final price.

However, it’s hardware which acts as a smartphone can only be used for virtual reality, and with the smartphone’s price/value out of the equation.

Furthermore, its virtual-reality headset shells cost a fraction of what the Mirage Solo with Daydream does.

Mirage Solo Review: Before Buying

VR headset Lenovo is an exceptional experience that benefits from the wire-free robust design; however, without a powerful gaming PC tethered to, that limits its power.

Furthermore, when compared with the less expensive PlayStation VR or the pricer HTC Vive, or Oculus Rift, Mirage Solo simply doesn’t put out nearly as compelling, realistic visuals, or let you experience virtual-reality games using dual 6-DOF controllers for immersive virtual interactions.

As a result, that makes it lose a lot, even if the more advanced technological VR models require annoying cables and separate hardware to operate.

The Oculus Go is a similar device in design and functionality, but at half the value/price, all of those compromises could be much easier to bear. Our experts tested this VR model in-depth and found its real value.

The best audience

Let us tell you if you are that individual who wants an entertaining and comfortable virtual reality experience that shows off what modern technology is capable of, the PlayStation VR is preferred.

Furthermore, you can get a full package in approximately between $650 – $750. Generally, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are as powerful as PS VR, but they need a powerful gaming PC to operate and increase the total price for a good VR experience to at least twice the amount.

However, if you already own a powerful smartphone compatible with Gear VR or Google Daydream View, buy the one from these two and save more than half the money compared to the Mirage Solo with Daydream.

As it clarifies, the Mirage Solo by Lenovo is a bit expensive for the type of virtual reality experience it offers.

Mirage Solo Review: Features & Benefits

Design

The Mirage Solo considered as very clear and user-friendly, with a plastic shell of white and gray color and as well as a glossy black colored faceplate with dual eye-shaped cameras.

Furthermore, the visor is circular, with the addition of smooth walls similar to the Google Daydream View design, without a fabric cover.

The right side of the visor consists of a power button with an indicator light, volume keys, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack for use with included short-corded earphones.

Our experts prefer buying headphones separately, which must be a High-Res certified for an enhanced and immersive virtual reality experience.

On the other hand, the left side of the visor consists of a USB-C connector for headset charging and a microSD slot behind a small plastic cover.

A mechanical button on the left bottom edge of the visor which unlocks the sliding mount on the headband enables you to move around the lenses closer/away from the face.

Lenovo Mirage Solo Headset Design

Setup

There is usually a lot to write when it comes to the setup or setting up the other virtual-reality headsets. Even the Oculus Go, which is a cable-free, still relies on multiple steps for initial setup requires a cellphone to operate.

However, Lenovo Mirage Solo is as easy as a ‘Solo’ should be. Just take the headset out of the box, charge it a little with the included USB-C cable and charger, afterward, boot it with an in-hand controller.

After these initial installation steps, you’re set free in Daydream Operating System, Google’s dedicated virtual-reality OS. Enjoy!

VR Games

Lenovo Mirage Solo has a majority of high-class virtual gaming experiences that span multiple genres.

The standout titles it holds include, the outstanding rhythm shooter Rez Infinite, great hacking-puzzle game Darknet, the fun party-puzzle game Keep Talking, and Nobody Explodes as, the horror games Dreadhall and Layers of Fear: Solitude.

However, there aren’t many other compelling virtual reality gaming experiences on Mirage Solo with Daydream, though, and the Lenovo Store can be frustrating to browse with some very arbitrary organization and categorization. Google also offers some fantastic gaming experiences which may earn your trust in some way.

Controller

The controller of Mirage Solo uses a rechargeable battery that uses the similar and the same charging cable as this VR headset. The battery is permanently fixed so it can be replaced or changed, and that’s why not to attempt to open up the controller.

Furthermore, always make sure the controllers are fully charged. Each controller connects to a headset via Bluetooth because the headset and the controller are labeled with the corresponding number.

Make sure the number on the controller and headset are corresponding. The remote controller has a visual battery indicator while in virtual reality.

During experiencing the virtual environment, it offers if you look down to your controller. In contrast, in virtual reality, you will see four green dots that indicate the controller’s battery level.

Consider the controller as fully charged when the status light blinks three times, then the controller battery is low. This controller may take 2+ hours to charge fully.

You don’t have to turn off the controller while leaving VR. It automatically disconnects and saves time plus the battery. Furthermore, if the controller indicator light flashes and turns off means it is disconnected from the headset and gone off.

Lenovo Mirage Solo Controller

Store

Lenovo Mirage Solo doesn’t offer hundreds of VR experiences, but what it provides is a robust selection of VR apps and games. However, the library isn’t as extensive as Oculus Rift and SteamVR platforms.

General apps similar to the Google Daydream View, including Google Play Movies & TV, HBO Go, HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube, enable you to experience the popular services on a virtual big-screen theater TV.

Google essentials also worth experiencing, including Google Arts & Culture, Google Photos, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Street View. However, if these have experienced in some way, they may earn your trust.

You can also travel over Google-mapped roads with the help of Google Street View, and now experience works of art in a virtual museum with Google Arts & Culture, as well as, browse and view 180-/360-degree photos in Google Photos.

It also enables you to experience reports, documentaries, and first-person experiences with different virtual reality applications from the BBC News, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal.

Display

The screen of Mirage Solo is a 5.5″ LCD and offers a resolution of 2560 x 1440 combined.

However, it is a shame that Lenovo used an LCD panel instead of the more appealing and enhanced experience provider OLED panels used by the majority of other brilliant headsets like PS VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. The fact is that LCD is unable to produce nearly as dark black levels as OLED.

The panel of Lenovo Mirage offers a refresh rate (RR) of 75 Hz, above 60 Hz is the required amount for an immersive and comfortable VR, but not as fast as the 90-120 Hz of the high-tier tethered virtual-reality headsets.

Furthermore, it’s paired with two lenses that output a 110-degree Field of View (FOV).

Insight Tracking

Now, it’s time to discover the uniqueness of Mirage Solo. It did something that Oculus Go can’t do. We are talking about positional tracking (6-DOF) of this fighter.

We are thankful for the tracking Mirage camera set on the front of this headset, and it helps to track your head position in a 3D environment, meaning you can lean forward and back quickly, and even take a few steps around act naturally in VR.

If you attempt to do the similar with Oculus, which only supports 3-DOF tracking, you will find the virtual-reality environment awkwardly stuck to your head as you tried to lean or step-around.

Mirage Solo is a supreme performer, and the position tracking it offers is “WorldSense Tracking,” which is very impressive and helps you to experience its immersive virtual experience.

Using “WorldSense” tracking, positional movement is robust, highly accurate, and low latency, as well as our experts, haven’t seen it “flip out” even once (expect using in extreme gravity environments like a plane).

Our experts cover the one tracking Mirage camera and found it was ultimately able to cope without significant issues and worked just fine. After experiencing this headset, it feels like Google has cracked the code on inside-out head tracking.

Mirage Solo Review: Our Analysis & Test Results

To determine which standalone VR headset is worthy and earned the title of the Best virtual reality headset, our experts tested and experienced all the most promising candidates available in the market and compared their performance toe-to-toe.

Our experts are the best in this field and divided the testing process into five metrics. These metrics are described below in a sequence of Interactiveness, Ease of Setup, Comfort, Visual Immersiveness, and User Friendliness as well as assigning the Lenovo Mirage Solo an overall score from 0-100.

This VR is exceptionally interactive, having dual hand-held controllers, and when it comes to motion tracking, it offers 6-DOF.

Interactiveness

This metric contains the most value out of any other metrics and is the most essential and crucial part to decided whether to buy it or leave it.

This Interactiveness metric is responsible for 35% of the final overall score. Our experts evaluated and applied the majority of unique, effective testing procedures and various ways to interact with Mirage Solo and learned the actual value of this VR by testing the accuracy of motion tracking, and the various limitations on the use of this headset. The Mirage Solo did reasonably fine and earned 6 out of 10.

Interacting with this headset is an average experience, sharing the same remote control like the Google Daydream View (all rights reserved). However, this remote is relatively ergonomic and has a touchpad with a button, as well as a Home & Back keys.

Furthermore, our experts missed the absence of a trigger button, in which this remote has none. This VR model also has some rudimentary functions/controls embedded on the device and named “Power” and “Volume” control keys.

These two keys are easily accessible and perform naturally, which is excellent and an essential requirement of an ergonomic remote.

This VR does have a 6-DOF motion tracking, which is excellent because it enables you to walk around while wearing the headset, rather than being forced to take a seat and remain stationary. When you move accidentally, it’ll punish you buy miscalculating the tracking measurements.

Experiences by Google are also interactive, and when experienced feels like enhanced the performance of this VR, are worth experiencing in some way, and may earn you trust about the choice of purchasing this VR.

However, it enables you to have a room-scale area of between 10 to 15 sq.ft. To move about in before this headset will limit you by stoping and telling to step back.

Our experts found the motion tracking of body and head movement using Google WorldSense (all rights reserved) to be entirely accurate and nearly perfect but also found that this VR isn’t that enamored with the remote, seeing that our experts had to reset it to center the location and tracking. The experience remained overall a bit finicky compared to some of the other VR platform models.

Lenovo Mirage Solo Inner look

Visual Immersiveness

The Mirage Solo is a proud one, especially when talking about Visual Impressiveness. This VR does an outstanding job of delivering a visually immersive virtual reality experience.

Furthermore, our experts judged the overall visual and image quality and how well it performed by blocking out the ambient light, as well as what the value of resolution and FOV it offers to determine how visually immersive it is, which when combined are responsible for the 20 % of the final score. The Mirage Solo did supreme and earned 8 out of 10.

However, this headset blocks out the ambient light entirely and lets in almost none, even when worn with glasses. Furthermore, this VR has an excellent 5.5″ display that overall looks exceptionally fine, with a resolution of 1280 x 1440 per eye.

This VR also has one of the broadest FOV (field of view), measuring in at around 110-degree and matching that of the top-tier models.

Our experts also very sure about there is no lag or latency expected, as this VR is manufactured and designed in the way that rather than relying on an external device like smartphone or PC and all of its associated background processes.

Comfort

The Lenovo Mirage Solo is a comfortable one. However, it’s a bit heavy. There is no conflict in the fact that the fastest way to ruin a virtual reality experience is an uncomfortable headset.

That’s why the set of tests that define this metric comfort accounts for 20% of the final score. Our experts wore this VR for an extended period. They did not experience any uncomfortability – the headset fitted well, there were no certain pressure-points, and there was adequate ventilation to keep your face from getting sweaty.

Furthermore, our experts also tried on Mirage Solo while wearing glasses to see if there is enough room for these. The Mirage Solo did a great job and scored 7 out of 10.

This VR is comfortable enough to wear for long gaming sessions, with the perfect amount of padding it offers in regards to prevent any pinch/pressure points.

However, our experts did notice that this Solis is a bit heavier and, if wear for too long, can heft in your neck. You can adjust the strap with the help of dial on the back-side of the VR afterward, move around the VR around slightly to get the perfect focal adjustment.

The dial is exceedingly helpful to adjust the VR over your head through strap easily. Our experts also did that there is enough room in the VR to wear glasses without any hassle, but they also wished there was a little more ventilation.

User Friendliness

Lenovo Mirage Solo is the most accessible headsets to manage. Just put it on, and here you go with the Solo!

For this metric of User Friendliness, our experts assessed and compared the amount of work this VR took to get ready for the experience each time when wanted to use, scoring it on the frequency of accidentally interacting with a button, the time it took to get prepared, and the level of difficulty in connectivity in regards to pairing up with the headphones. The Mirage Solo did perform excellently and earned 8 out of 10.

Furthermore, it is a bit easy to connect headphones to this VR, with a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is on the right side of the headset.

The only thing in design this VR lacks is the built-in speakers, forcing you to use your own to have an immersive virtual-reality experience.

However, our experts were disappointed with the lack of built-in speakers, and recommend High-Res certified audio device to use instead.

This is the only activity you have to perform to set up this headset, and this can be omitted if you are the one who doesn’t care about using VR platform experiences with audio/sound, making it one of the rarest and most accessible VR to get ready experience.

As well as, it’s almost impossible to accidentally interact with any buttons or functionality on this VR when in use.

Ease of Setup

Our experts have the Lenovo Mirage Solo ready to go out of the box on to the head in less than ten minutes.

The Ease of Setup is the last metric in our test and is responsible for the remaining 10% of the final score; our experts valued the difficulty of the initial software/hardware installation and unboxing setup of this headset—the amount of additional essential hardware it requires to operate. The Mirage Solo did exceptionally high and performed outstandingly as well as earned 10 out of 10.

This amazing virtual-reality model doesn’t require any external hardware set up, just plug in the headphones and insert a microSD card if you want the extra external storage.

The VR must be charged 100% if you want its battery to run for a long time, but you may have to charge it first. There is no external hardware required, and the software setup is a breeze, just requiring to pair the remote controller and finding a stable WiFi connection.

Our experts get a few error notifications when attempting to pair up the remote controller. However, it only took a few extra tries to connect it successfully.

Playing with Lenovo Mirage Solo VR Headset

The Final Verdict: Review Lenovo Mirage Solo

While our experts didn’t found any primary and disturbing reasons to dislike Mirage Solo in terms of its performance, only one thing did cause us to pause and which is its price.

It costs two times the Oculus value. Also, it doesn’t produce a better experience than that, putting it in the same amount of price range as the high-tier tethered virtual-reality headsets, which our experts mostly prefer.

However, these tethered headsets only require a decent amount of additional hardware to operate, which can make them much expensive if you don’t already own the necessary devices like high quality and powerful gaming PC, etc.

Furthermore, if you already owned the additional hardware for the tethered models, our experts would recommend HTC Vive.

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