A strange Duck in the bite
A dutch saying referring to something that is different from the things surrounding it...
UCVR is different. It does not have regular biconvex lenses. Instead it uses very big 51mm fresnel lenses made out of PMMA material. PMMA, also known as acrylic glass, is a transparent thermoplastic often used in sheet form as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. It is also used in the lenses of exterior lights of automobiles and in eyewear lenses.
UCVR View does not come with just one pair of lenses, the headset has an interchangeable lens system and you get 3 pair lenses. All different.
Each pair suits people with different visual acuity: diopter 0-3.5, diopter 3.5-5.5 and diopter 5.5-8 diopters.
The lenses are not adjustable. So if none of these lenses work for you, than you can't use the headset. the 0-3.5 lenses are made for people with no sight deficiency so the headset should work for most people with regular IPD and sight.
These fresnel optical lenses create a big Field of View (FOV) but they are not as clear and sharp as quality glass lenses, like used in Merge VR, Stooksy VR-Spektiv and other more expensive Virtual Reality headsets.
Both iPhone 6(s) and iPhone 6(s) plus models fit in the VR headset, Although the iPhone 6(s) is small en the FOV is very low when using the regular iPhone 6. When using the iPhone 6(s) plus models this headset has a good FOV. The FOV is really dependent from the mobiel phone you use because the lenses enable a possible wide FOV.
To insert your mobile phone remove the front hatch, which is completely detachable, and push the 2 handles on both sides of the device. This is not very user-friendly but it works. Now manually adjust the smart phone centered to the lenses in both hoizontal and vertical position. I recommend you to reattached the front hatch to block light. The headphone jack openings on both side are not compatible with all smart phones so if you are using the your headphones you might have to leave the front hatch off. They do fit with an iPhone 6 (s). If you want to use the phone's camera you'll also have to leave the front hatch off as it is not transparent and has no opening for the camera.
Weighting 195 grams the UCVR is very light weighted. It really feels like a feather when you pick it up. Its made of thin ABS material which feels a bit cheap. The design is modern and resembles an AlienWare PC or some other modern gaming gadget. The finishings are simple.
The face padding is fine. The faux-leather padding and the light weight of the headset give facial comfort. The 3-way headstrap is simple but adjustable.
To change the lens set press the button on the center of the lens set down and pull the lenses.
Like many VR Headsets there are no integrated controls. The headset lacks a V2 compatible button and you'll have no access to the smart phones screen while using this headset.
The package is simple but has a nice design.
Dimensions: 11 x 16 x 22 cm
Weight: about 550 grams
Beware, living in Europe I had to pay an extra 42€ import taxes! Needless to say this was an unpleasant surprise.
Inside the package you will find:
- The UCVR headset
- A 3-way headstrap
- 2 extra rubber pads
- An instruction manual (chinese only!).
Because the instructions are in a language I do not understand I had to search the web to understand why there are 3 sets of lenses and which one's I should use.
Important to know is that the headset is not exactly like the pictures in the webshops. They show computer generated visuals making the headset look better than it is. Also it lacks the head shell on the head strap which appear in the webshop photos. This is misleading.
Pro's and Con's
- Very light weight
- Wide field of view
- Quality of lenses
- No IPD adjustment
- Chinese instruction manual
- No V2 button
Country of origin: China