You don’t have to look hard to find Virtual Reality headsets online. More and more manufacturers are producing them, which is why there’s an influx of super affordable ones. We believe the Retrak Utopia 360 VR is one of the best. Not only does it come with VR capabilities, but you’re getting AR too. Let’s talk more about it in our Retrak Utopia 360 VR Review.
It’s made from chic black plastic, fitted with memory foam. It’s so comfortable that it feels custom-built.
As it’s plastic, it’ll break easier, though. Make sure you don’t get too rough with it.
If you’re wondering about its dimensions, it stretches 5.75 in x 7.75 in x 3.75 in (146.05 mm x 196.85 mm x 95.25 mm) across. It’ll comfortably fit your head. Its size lets you use it with many smartphones too.
What’s good about it is that it’s very portable. You’ll be able to enjoy VR wherever you go.
You fit handsets into its flip-case that’s located on its front. There’s a sliding cover that lets you expose your phone’s camera, to make use of it for AR.
When using it for Augmented Reality apps, the Utopia makes use of complex algorithms to make sure your eyes are aligned with the camera. It then superimposes the filters/3D images into your field of view.
There’s a handy focal adjustment wheel to make yourself more comfortable.
You don’t have to worry about glare. The headset comes with a LucidView lens. Your eyes won’t be strained, like many of its more affordable counterparts.
In terms of the games you’ll be playing, the Utopia 360 makes use of various free applications on the app store. You’ll especially enjoy how tactile its active button is. It comes with capacitive touch, letting you work with many apps.
Design-wise, you can only pick it up in black. This shouldn’t be much of an issue, though. Most virtual reality headsets come in the color.
When it comes to the display, its 360 field of view allows you to fully immerse into whatever you’re playing. You’ll be able to look up, down, and whichever way you want.
As mentioned, it makes use of a LucidView lens. This means glare won’t be an issue. You’ll be able to stop gaming when you want, not when your eyes start to hurt.
You can game with it, but you can also watch VR videos. It supports 1080-p content.
Now that we know its viewing experience is good, how does it do in the sound department? Well, the device picks up the faintest of sounds. Any gamer would want this.
You can plug in headphones. Sound tends to be very loud when using the tech. You’ll be able to drown out background noise.
Depending on the Utopia 360 model you pick up, it’d come with Bluetooth earbuds out of the box. Of course, the variant would be pricier. The model we’re reviewing is one of them.
Without headphones, how loud the VR experience depends on your phone. It could be a hit-or-miss because of this.
As mentioned, there is a knob to adjust the focal distance. You could get a Bluetooth joystick with your Utopia 360 VR model. This depends per model you purchase, though, just like the earbuds.
The joystick comes with 8 buttons, including 4 action buttons and one for a game mode. There’s a switch that lets you adjust the joystick depending on whether you’re using Android or iOS.
To work the controller, you’ll need two triple-A batteries. You’re not getting them out of the box. This shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
It’s compatible with a range of smartphones. You can use most devices with it, but to be more exact, here’s how extensive the Utopia 360 VR compatibility is:
We took a look at similarly priced units, so you can compare them with the Retrak headset.
The headset is more affordable than its counterpart. It’s still very ergonomic and light. This helps it fit your head more snugly.
Its size lets you work with a multitude of smartphones. What size of phones can it use? Those with displays between 3-6 inches.
It supports 1080-p content. Although there’s nothing to block glare, you’re getting a filter to block blue light. This lets you game for hours and hit the hay easier. Like its counterpart, it provides a 360-degree field of view.
How loud the headset is will depend on your phone. There are no integrated earphones. As mentioned, this could be a hit or a miss.
The Astoria doesn’t come with a control panel. There isn’t a Bluetooth joystick either. This is disappointing considering its alternative does.
You can play games as well as watch videos with it. The lenses it utilizes are wide, letting you immerse yourself in whatever you’re watching.
The unit is a vision in purple. We’re fans of this – it’s not every day that you see a virtual reality headset this unique. Like most affordable VR sets these days, it’s comfortable. Manufacturers know how important ergonomics are.
Although it’s comfortable, it is bulky. This lets you fit a range of phones. However, your forehead would become sweaty. Merge hasn’t done much to remedy its ventilation issue.
You can play games and watch movies with it. But the device is most popularly used for educational purposes. Its exterior might’ve given this away. It’s almost toy-like and is a good fit for kids.
What’s great about the Merge is that you can use it for AR as well. This is something the Utopia 360 also lets you do.
This concludes our Utopia 360 Virtual Reality review. The headset is super affordable, so it’s a great way to dip your toes into the VR pond. Although it doesn’t cost much, it comes with an ergonomic build that you’ll easily be able to game with.
Of course, it’s made of plastic. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering its price, so it doesn’t feel like it costs an arm and a leg.
What’s great about the Retrak is that it comes with AR capabilities too. Considering you’re not paying much, this is quite a steal.
When compared to alternatives, we think it takes the cake.