Powis ViewR 2.0 VR headset Hands-on Review

This is a Google Cardboard Super Deluxe!

I tested my new Powis ViewR 2.0 for a few days now and I can tell you I like it!

A friendly priced second-generation of cardboard viewer created by the California-based company, Powis Customs with lots of extra specs. It is much more comfortable, it has the great Google Carbdoard 2.0 iPhone friendly conductive button and the lenses are adjustable.

Would I exchange it for my Homido VR? No, but I think I need both. Homido's and Freefly's are perfect for longer usage, but this super light weighted device  is easy to pull out of your bag, insert your iPhone and have a quick VR experience and the button is also a big advantage! I actually found myself playing more VR games since I have this device. The Field of View (FOV) is not very wide but it's enough to have a good immersive experience. It has no head straps but you need to have your hands on the device to use the button anyway.

Powis ViewR 2.0 looks like it's handcrafted or home-made. But in a positive way. It's not made of cheap Chinese plastic, it seems durable and is fully produced in the USA. The double layered currogated cardboard also has a smooth coating which will protect it from liquids. The ViewR is quite big and it does not have a case but luckily it doesn´t weight anything so if you have a briefcase or bag you can bring it along just fine. There are no breakable parts sticking out of the body.

I don't know rather to call the a super deluxe Google Cardboard v2.0 or a low-priced Zeiss VR One GX with iPhone friendly button.

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Powis ViewR 2.0 is not available in European stores yet, but fortunately shipping costs are relatively low: 15$, which means Europeans can order a Powis ViewR 2.0 through the company's website for about 40€. Ask to send it as a gift, otherwise you'll have to pay 14€ import costs.

iPhones

certification-mark

The Powis ViewR 2.0 is Google Cardboard approved and its conductive button works just like the new Google Cardboard v2. This is good news for iPhone users because the button works on iPhones as well.
Compatible iPhones are the models 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6plus, 6s and 6s plus.

Great!

Here are some Google Cardboard v2.0 compatible games/apps:

Headstrap

This device has no head strap but I don't mind holding the device, its super lightweight and rounded so it has good ergonomics. Holding a VR headset should reduce VR sickness because you turn your whole body instead of your head only.

Lenses

The ViewR 2.0 has big and high quality lenses. The lenses are adjustable. The IPD is not adjustable, so if you have your eyes where your ears are you probably won't  be able to use this headset. Otherwise your fine! 😉

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Pro's & Con's

Pro's:

  • Ergonomic design and style
  • Independently adjustable lenses
  • Google Cardboard v2 conductive button (iPhone Friendly !!!)
  • Approved by Google for working with Google Cardboard Apps
  • Very light weight
  • Double thick corrugated cardboard
  • Works with smartphones  from 4 to 6.5 inches
  • Price

Con's:

  • No Head-strap
  • No opening for camera/AR
  • No IPD

 

For 10$ extra you can also order a special Red Alligator or a Tan Pebble Edition.

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Customize

Powis custom also offers the possibility to order a custom-made (Branded) version of the ViewR 2.0

PowisCustom

Price: $29,95

Country of origin: USA

Website: powiscustom.com

Also available on Amazon US

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