Xiaomi Mi VR (Mobile VR Headset)



“…one of the most comfortable headsets I have ever worn.”

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Box Weight: 1257 g
Box Height: 13 cm
Box Width: 24 cm
Box Length: 32 cm

Overall Packaging Presentation: With its premium-looking pure white box with headset image, you can tell from the moment you see it that you are in for something special, something that is probably not cheap (which it isn’t). Taking the top of the box you realise the headset inside was well padded with nice foam protection on top and hard plastic tray for it to sit in. This is a headset that has been given a nice protective nest to make sure it arrives to you in one piece.

Whats in the box…

  • Headset
  • Wand Controller
  • Instruction Booklet

Xiaomi Mi VR

First Impressions: Hold it in my hands for the first time I can see the Samsung Gear VR influence behind it, with roughly the same body, shape and features. But the head strap system really puts it above the Gear VR in terms of build and design with its easy adjustment system and soft forehead and back of strap padding. It feels great to wear it, even if it is a little heavy.

Pupil Adjustment: No
Focus Adjustment: Yes
Product Weight: 381 g
Overall Build Quality (1-10): 9
Magnet / Touch Button: Yes/No
Minimum Phone Length: N/A
Minimum Phone Width: N/A
Maximum Phone Length: N/A
Maximum Phone Width: Xiaomi Mi 5, 5s, 5s Plus and Millet Note 2 Only
Maximum Phone Thickness: N/A
Field Of View (FOV): 80°
Other / Extra Features: N/A
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Features Review: Sadly it seems the controller wand and buttons will only work with the Xiaomi Mi 5, 5s, 5s Plus and Millet Note 2, but that doesn’t stop us from testing the focus adjust ment which was pretty adequate and the lenses were also good quality. Sadly that is all we could test.

Additional Information…

Average Price at Time of Review: £57 (USD $70)
Head Strap: Brow Padded and Adjustable
Strap Quality(1-10): 8
Face Padding Type: Sort Fleese Covered Memory Foam
Padding Depth: 10 mm
Nose Grove Depth: 35 mm
Nose Grove Width: 35 mm
Well Ventilated: Yes
Suitable For People With Glasses: Yes
Headphone and Power Lead Access: Yes
Works With Augmented Reality Apps: Yes
Lens Size: 36 mm
Lens Type: Optical Resin Lenses
Min Lens Distance: 60 mm
Max Lens Distance: 60 mm
Comfort Score (1 – 10): 9
Value For Money Score (1 – 10): 9
Range Of Colours: N/A
Other Names: Mi VR

Final Verdict: While we didn’t have the appropriate smartphones to test the buttons and controller with we could test the overall comfort and viewing experience with whatever smartphones we could fit into it which was a Samsung S6, Samsung S7 and an Apple 6 Plus. The FOV and clarity of the view really haven’t changed much since their original Xiaomi VR, so not much of an update there, but the comfort and design and been upgraded to the max and this headset is now one of the most comfortable headsets I have ever worn. I loved the head strap system and found it quick and easy to adjust to my own needs.

But sadly it is not perfect. I just wish they had spent a little more time upgrading the lenses and focus/pupil adjustment features. OK, so we might be experiencing a lower quality visual display and FOV because we are not using the appropriate smartphone, but given that we adjusted everything to how the phone would have fitted if it was the right one, we don’t think so, it really is the exact experience we would have got with the right phone. So not perfect then, but certainly a vast improvement in their VR headset designing skills. The next one they make might well be very close to perfection.

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