The Zeiss One Virtual Reality (VR) headset is an interesting offering in the world of VR. Priced to be just beyond the common, “entry-level” headset, it makes an intriguing case for being a smart purchase. But, that really depends on your taste.
Absolutely. Is it better than Merge VR? It could be debated that it is. Does it deliver the same value as those two? That might be a slightly more difficult fight to pick. Despite the slightly higher price, the Zeiss One doesn’t actually deliver many tangible improvements over the competition.
The strap is comfortable with an adjustable headband, and the design, in general, is impressive; it comes off as being a well-built headset. The lenses are awesome, as well, and it is compatible with both iOS and Android (as long as the phone is between 4.7 and 5.2 inches), which is convenient for all parties involved.
The fact that the lenses don’t mist at all sold me on this one, and I like the little things it does, too. There are specific trays for specific phones, and the field of view is a slick 100-degrees. Also, Zeiss is an extension of the manufacturer Carl Zeiss, which is a very well regarded lens manufacturer, which brings an interesting degree of legitimacy to the product.
Ironically, my main complaint with the product? The lenses. It’s not the quality, though. It’s the fact that they’re not adjustable. They are confident that their lens positioning will work for about 90% of the users, but it didn’t work for me, and the common consensus on the product, at the moment, seems to be that the image is out of focus for many users.
At the end of the day, the quality of the lens doesn’t quite justify the cost, as the VR experience is unsatisfactory in some ways, and the price is pretty high. It’s got potential, but it needs an upgrade. I sincerely hope they put out a second version that takes the potential this headset has and delivers on some of the common sense upgrades that it requires.