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Samsung Gear VR 2 Review

Is there a better way; to submerge into the world of virtual reality than with the Samsung VR headsets, powered by Oculus? Up to now, no! Samsung is king, with VR headsets that are lightweight, inexpensive, deliver crispy images, feature bright displays, and of course durable. If you love adventures right where you sit, find out if the Samsung Gear VR 2 (2016) is for you.

Supported Devices

As technology moves forward, the Samsung Gear VR 2 embraces support for the USB Type-C connector, used on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. However, you can use the headset with past Samsung devices with a micro USB. It comes with an extra bundled adaptor. Simply switch the Type-C adaptor, which takes a few seconds. With the micro USB adaptor, it can support Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge+ Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy Note4.

Design

Previous VR Innovator models featured a black and white pallet, imitated by numerous manufacturers. Now, the Samsung Gear VR 2 colours are black and dark blue, reserved for Samsung laptops. Not only is this headset more attractive, but also distinguishable from imitations.

Comfort

The Samsung Gear VR 2 guarantees the user comfort and satisfaction. They made the padding bordering the eyepieces fuller and comfier, with smooth corners. The space for the face is now taller and wider. Even with a big device like the Note 7 fixed, the headset distributes the pressure and feels lightweight. Samsung further lengthened the straps, used when securing the device to the user’s heads. In turn, the headset supports various head sizes, without feeling tight on the face or nose.

Controls

To explore the virtual world, you will use a flat touchpad on the right side of the Samsung Gear VR 2. On the touchpad, there is a hardware button, which sends you back to the Oculus home launcher. It is a change from the 2015s cross groove and makes navigation simple.

Samsung Gear VR 2

Expanded Field of View

Samsung widens the field of view in the Samsung Gear VR 2 from 96 to 101 degrees. That is five extra degrees of viewing space. Okay, the change may seem small. However, remember that the device is not PC powered. Such devices have 110-degree fields of view, making the change substantial.

Easy to Operate

Immersing yourself in the world of VR is as simple as popping the headset in place. Immediately, it senses your face using the proximity sensor and pulls up the oculus home launcher. You navigate using the touch pads and tap away.

Affordability

Despite the new upgrades the headset has not had any price change. You will find it at $99 but with more features and comfort.

Increased VR Content

Good news, the library of free interactive apps and games keeps growing each year. That means there is no shortage of things to do in the virtual reality world. In addition, the numbeSamsung Gear VR 2r of 360 videos keeps growing.

Cons

If you decide to get the VR, prepare for battery drain. You will need to have a fast processor to handle the intensive graphics and prevent stutters. Another con is the lack of integrated audio, thus consider getting wireless headphones or ear buds.

Bottom Line

All in all, the Samsung VR2 features nice improvements. If you feel the need for the new features go ahead and buy it here.

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