Xiaomi Mi VR Play Hands-on Review

Xiaomi Mi VR Play

Best Cardboard V2 compatible button yet!

Xiaomi Mi VR Play, as you can suspect, is created by Xiaomi inc.
The name Xiaomi might sound familiar as it is the world's 4th largest smartphone maker. Xiaomi Inc is a Chinese electronics company headquartered in Beijing.Xiaomi designs, develops, and sells smartphones, mobile apps, laptops and related consumer electronics.  Actually I think that they (try) to resemble Apple. Their products have a  design and like Apple they sell all sorts of tech like the Mi Box, home control gear, smartphones, scales, powerbanks and much more. Now they couldn't keep behind and launched a mobile compatible VR headset: Mi VR Play.

Zipper

Xiaomi Mi VR Play is a well design and well finished product. It is distinctive because in order to place your phone you gave to open a zipper. It is certainly not the fasted way to insert a phone in a VR Headset, VR Headsets like Merge VR, Deepoon, Homido VR and Leji mini VR have a much more accessible compartment for your iPhone. On the other hand it is one of the most safe headsets for your smart phone. Chances of falling out are near to none and the rubber on the front and back protect your screen and casing.

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As said at the beginning of this post, Mi VR Play has a Google Cardboard V2 compatible button that works very well. It's the most responsive button I have tried.
It looks good and works good. So as far as we can talk about a button I give it a rating of 10 out of 10.

Keep in mind that most VR Games in the AppStore require a button. If you have the choice to play with or without a button als ways choose to play will the manual control (with the button).

Lenses

This Chinese headset has 34 mm lenses which do not have adjustable IPD and no adjustable focal length. For me they are a perfect fit, the lens quality is good and I see a clear and focussed image when using my iPhone 6.

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Field of view (FOV) is average. Good enough to have fun. On the iPhone 6 plus it is a little better.

The Xiaomi Mi VR Play comes with a simple 3-way headset. It does not have much quality but it does the job.

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iPhone

iPhone 6(s)/7 is too thin. The phone slides out-of-place.

We could state that it is not compatible with the regular iPhone 6(S) and 7. But with a little work around this headset actually works very well with a regular iPhone. There are two solutions: Find a piece of rubber to fill op the space or keep holding the phone with your finger.
This last one sound like a burden, but holding your phone is easy because of the 2 holes in the headset that enable AR capability and it helps to prevent motion sickness.

Most phones with screen sizes between 4.7” and 5.7” fit in the Mi VR Play but keep in mind that very thin phones slide out of position.

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The iPhone 6(S) plus and 7 plus are a bit thicker. Even so it is not a perfect fit. Again there are solutions and beside this downside the headset does have a lot of features that make it a good headset to use with an iPhone.

Unboxing

There is not much to write about the unboxing.
The packaging is very simple. A low quality black cardboard box with the headset and the 3-way strap inside.

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Pro's and Con's

Pro:

  • Google Cardboard V2 compatible button
  • Price
  • Design
  • Great value-for-money

Con:

  • iPhone slides out of position
  • 3-way headstrap quality

Price: 15,99$ / 14,96€

Country of origin: China

 

Readers Comments (5)

  1. Carsten Slot Hemso 23/10/2016 @ 18:11

    Ordered it within a heartbeat. Generally I’m very happy with my Homido, but it doesn’t have the google v2 compatible button. Hope this will do the job 😉

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  2. Jason Maggard 03/11/2016 @ 03:43

    Would a case on the iPhone 6/7 plus take care of the problem of it sliding around?

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    • Good question. I am not sure but if the case is thick enough I think it would.
      Thats a very good Idea. I have a case laying around. I’ll try and let you know

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  3. I recievec the product in 14 days time and I’ve just tested it. I must say, in your review you did the product a bit short. Imo the vof is just as good as the Homido and even more important, I can wear my glasses when wearing the Xiaomi. It fits really snug because of the material and yes, the V2 button works like a charm. Best buy for your money. I’m impressed

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  4. I have a useful tip for avoiding a sliding phone. Just stick a centimeter thick peace of foam (say 4×5 centimeters in size) and stick it on the inside of the lid. That way your phone gets push stuck and won’t slide and most important, your phone won’t get damaged. I’ve come to find that using a cover on your phone can cause issues with the button because a cover with a rim on the display side can make the gap between the screen and button to large, so it won’t react as smooth as you hope for.

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