​3SIXT Virtual Reality Headset review

The cheapest, most convenient entry to VR

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
​3SIXT Virtual Reality Headset
  • ​3SIXT Virtual Reality Headset
  • ​3SIXT Virtual Reality Headset
  • ​3SIXT Virtual Reality Headset
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cheap

Cons

  • A few build-quality/design issues

Bottom Line

For $40 this is the cheapest and easiest way to get into VR. It will work with most modern phones. Enjoy!

Would you buy this?

VR is no gimmick and it’s thriving among early adopters: both in the world of powerful computers with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and also in the phone-based space where almost any modern phone is a potential VR gateway.

The problem with most phone-based virtual reality headsets (and there aren't many) is that they only suit particular phones – Samsung’s $100 Gear VR headset can work with non-Samsung phones but only if they're of a similar-size plus there's the added complication of a USB connector to consider. The free headset that comes bundled with the Alcatel Idol 4S will unlikely fit other phones because the clasp is so thin (in order to hold the thin phone snugly).

For everything else there’s been Google Cardboard which is a very down and dirty way of setting up a phone-based VR rig. So we were excited to see that 3SIXT has launched a one-sized-fits-all headset that theoretically works with everything else.

But immediately there are issues. Despite the padded, leatherette goggles, there’s not much give in terms of face shape. If you’ve a big fat head like me they won’t sit snug and you’ll be able to see through the nose gap quite easily. Also, the headband, while tight, is attached to a very flimsy piece of plastic: one of ours snapped as we were adjusting the length, so be careful.

VR Toilet Simulator - what a time to be alive!
VR Toilet Simulator - what a time to be alive!

3SIXT says that it will work with any smartphone from 4.7-inch to 6-inches - but it's not always comfortably. A phone like the iPhone 6S Plus is represents the upper limit for the clasp and you’ll be struggling to get it in and out.

The main issue though is that the four point clasp grabs the phone right where the power and volume buttons tend to be. While the placement maximizes compatibility it can be a struggle to get the phone sitting correctly without the buttons being pushed. Fortunately, most phones we test have quite rigid buttons but if yours are loose you’ll have constant issues.

Deep Space VR: Flying round a 360-degree universe shooting alien spaceships using your phone. For free. What's not to love?
Deep Space VR: Flying round a 360-degree universe shooting alien spaceships using your phone. For free. What's not to love?

However, once we’d got everything aligned it all worked nicely and the flap at the front closes up snuggly with a magnetic lock. This magnet doesn’t feel too strong but we waved our head around in a variety of apps without it falling open. The magnet is welcome when you need to open and navigate around the phone quickly and frequently – any kind of catch would be annoying. Gaps at either side of the opening flap allow for headphone cords to pass through without causing any issues.

Once everything is enclosed you can use dials to further adjust things like moving the phone back and forth and also the two, aspheric optical lenses closer together or further apart. While you’ll always see some of the surrounding case, this is fairly inevitable in the technology. Fortunately, you do forget it’s there when immersed in the various apps, games and videos – when they’re good.

There are many virtual roller coaster rides out there and they'll only get more elaborate and shocking. (Source: VR Roller Coaster.)
There are many virtual roller coaster rides out there and they'll only get more elaborate and shocking. (Source: VR Roller Coaster.)

And there’s a lot of great content out there now. Whether its demos from the likes of Google Cardboard, all-encompassing photographs from Nvidia's Ansel game scenery viewer, if you’re riding a virtual rollercoaster, sitting through a horror movie where you're the star, whether you’re playing immersive games like Deep Space VR or *cough* you accidentally stumble across adult content from high-profile adult sites accidentally – there’s something for everyone and your phone is now a Star Trek-like Holodeck.

We don't know what happens next*. But some say that finding out in an immersive, first-person, VR environment might be a killer feature in VR uptake. (Source: Birds of a Feather, PH) *may be a lie.
We don't know what happens next*. But some say that finding out in an immersive, first-person, VR environment might be a killer feature in VR uptake. (Source: Birds of a Feather, PH) *may be a lie.

Ultimately, we’d like better build quality and the clasp placement seems misguided but, ultimately, this works, it's comfortable and at $40 it’s great value. There’s literally a new world of entertainment out there for everyone who owns a half-decent phone, and this is the easiest gateway into it.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?