VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Glasses review

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Virtual reality headsets like the much talked about Oculus Rift are the next big thing in immersive entertainment and education. Feeling like you’re really part of a game, “traveling” to new destinations without leaving your home and learning new skills from your couch are quickly becoming a reality. Just a few weeks ago, I read an article about doctors who used Google Cardboard to help save a baby’s life by practicing a delicate surgery using the cheap do-it-yourself VR headset. There are several very inexpensive Google Cardboard compatible viewers that are priced at less than $25, but the VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Glasses that I want to show you today provide a superior look and feel for only $10 more. But are they worth the extra money? Let’s take a look.

Note: Images can be clicked to view a larger size.

The first thing you should know before you consider buying one of these inexpensive VR headsets is that you will need an Android or iOS smartphone to use them.

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It was obvious when I opened the package with the VR Shinecon headset, that they were a big step above the Reagan Arts Virtual Reality headset that I had tried last year. Instead of a DIY folding viewer made of cardboard, the VR Shinecon is a plastic headset with pleather covered padding, and an adjustable head strap.

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The front of the headset has a detatchable magnetic cover that can be removed if the 3D app needs to use your smartphone’s camera.

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The whole front cover of the headset flips down to reveal the smartphone holder.

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On both sides of the headset are knobs that extend the front section of the headset to aid in image focusing. In the image above, you can see that the front of the headset is completely extended. Normally the silver colored section is flush with the main body of the headset.

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In the top center of the headset is the pupil distance adjustment knob.

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Rotating the knob will change the distance of the headset’s lenses. In the image above, the lenses are close together.

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Turning the pupil distance knobs widens the distance between the lenses.

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To use the VR Shinecon headset, you’ll need a smartphone. I tested the headset with my Nexus 6P.

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The 6P just barely fit in the holder which has spring loaded arms that spread open to grip the phone. The headset can be used with phones that have displays that are 4.7 – 6 inches.

The headset came with no instructions except for two QR codes. The first one I scanned took me to the VR Shinecon website which does not have an English version, and the second QR code wanted me to install an APK app on my phone. I was hesitant to do so, so I headed over to the Google Play store and downloaded the Google Cardboard app which provides links to 3D apps and built in 3D demos.

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With my phone in the holder, the app installed and running, I was ready to start using the headset. Unfortunately I ran into a big problem when I tried to place the headset over my existing glasses. The frames of my glasses were too wide to fit between the padding of the viewer without using force, which I didn’t want to do for fear of breaking my frames. I was surprised that they wouldn’t fit since my frames are less than 5.25 inches wide from temple to temple.

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With my glasses removed, the headset fit perfectly, but since my vision is not good, the image in the viewer was not clear, causing the experience to be disappointing.

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Most of the demos included with the Google Cardboard app have cartoon graphics instead of real graphics. The apps use the gyroscope in your phone to move what’s on the display as you move your head up, down, left and right,

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There are demos that let you walk around gardens.

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And take guided tours through famous landmarks

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In addition to not being able to see the screen very well without my glasses, I quickly realized that the VR Shinecon headset lacks a very important feature – the ability to tap the screen. With the Google Cardboard viewers, there’s a “button” that can be used to interact with the apps. There isn’t such a button with the VR Shinecon. I contacted Elegiant who sent me the review sample and they told me that you can use a Bluetooth gaming controller like the one they sell for less than $7. Since I didn’t have such a controller, it made testing the headset a little less fun than it could have been.

Are the VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Glasses better than the DIY Google Cardboard viewers? Yes, most definitely. They are comfortable (if you don’t wear glasses or have frames that are not more than 5 inches wide. The head strap lets you wear the headset without having to constantly hold it up to your face like the cheaper cardboard viewers. The only things missing from the VR Shinecon are better English instructions, a Bluetooth controller and guidance on where to find apps and 3D movies that you can use with this headset.

Updates 08/22/16

I have just reviewed another VR headset that is less expensive and fits better than the VR Shinecon. It’s the HooToo VR headset and it wins my favorite inexpensive virtual reality headset award. This new one fits over my glasses, which makes it a winner.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Elegiant. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order a pair. You can use the code 3TQTEZP7  at check out to get $5 off (this code expires on 12/31/16).

 

Product Information

Price:$35.35
Manufacturer:Shinecon
Retailer:Amazon
Pros:
  • Inexpensive
  • Comfortable
  • Head strap
Cons:
  • No instructions
  • Won't fit over some glasses
  • No screen touch control
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  • RainyDayInterns January 11, 2016, 9:56 am

    Will it work / fit the iPhone 6 plus?

    • Julie Strietelmeier January 11, 2016, 10:39 am

      If the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t any wider than the Nexus 6P then yes. I don’t have one to test.

  • Sandee Cohen January 11, 2016, 10:59 am

    From the Amazon website:

    The iPhone 6Plus is not listed. Nor is the 6S. But the company says that if your phone isn’t listed, it doesn’t mean it won’t work. You have to go by size.

    Company says: Larger Screens Better Feeling: Fit for 3.5-6.0 inches Smartphone, recommended phone size 4.7- 6 inches, the max length X width of smartphone is 4.62 X 2.46 inches.

    Regarding wearing glasses, company says:

    FD and PD Adjustment Function: PD and FD can be adjusted to the right value to fit for most people, including within 600 degrees of myopia, no need to wear glasses. No magnet or NFC with this item.

    • Julie Strietelmeier January 11, 2016, 11:25 am

      My vision is too bad to allow for the adjustments to work. The screen is still blurry for me.

      • Sandee Cohen January 11, 2016, 11:35 am

        Ahhh, that’s because you’re not old enough.

        As I have started tickling age 70, my eyes have changed their need for distance glasses.

        Sadly, however, the cataracts have given me “ghost” images around lights at night, white text on black backgrounds, and small text on the computer screen. I will probably have laser surgery on both eyes later this year.

        • Don Gateley January 11, 2016, 10:49 pm

          Sandee, I’m over 70 and came to need cataract surgery a couple of years ago. The lens strength is selected for your need and after it you will have perfect vision at infinity and only at infinity. My biological lenses were already hard enough that that wasn’t a problem for me but if yours still have flexibility enough for a wide focus range it may not be for you yet. Reading glasses became a must, however. I got a pair of progressives with no correction at the top but plenty as things get closer and I look through the appropriate spot on the glasses lens.

          After that long winded intro I want to report that with my fixed at infinity focal plane this HMD has enough adjustment range to put the phone’s image plane there too so that I get perfect focus.

          The most noticeable thing about this HMD is that it compresses the width of your display into a much smaller field of view. I discovered that for video content the resulting increase in pixels per degree makes the video quality much, much closer to satisfactory and has the side effect of eliminating chromatic aberration within its FOV. The rainbows on everything off center with the Gear VR, the Cardboard and the Homido drive me crazy.

          This thing gives a much superior, if somewhat smaller, video experience. I find it to be a great trade off.

    • Angie March 31, 2016, 2:07 am

      I have an iPhone 6s and fits perfect, I don’t know about the 6s Plus

    • Rick Davis April 11, 2016, 5:16 pm

      It will work with the Iphone 6+

      • Julie Strietelmeier April 12, 2016, 9:53 am

        It will probably fit the headset, but I can’t tell you if it will actually work. I really don’t recommend this VR headset due to lack of clear instructions and no built in controls.

  • John January 12, 2016, 10:09 am

    Re Shinecon VR Headset aspect ratio. Using iPhone 6 +. Using You tube and the side by side videos that are available, I find that in many videos the aspect ratio is wrong. Circular object are egg shaped. Is there a solution to this. ? Thanks.

  • M January 19, 2016, 10:04 pm

    Can you watch netflix on these? If not, where can you find movies?

    • Kelly January 21, 2016, 2:13 am

      No. VR is not mature at this time. There are many VR video apps available on app store however. Those apps will provide VR video content, you can have a try. Enjoy your personal IMAX 😀

  • Kristoffer January 22, 2016, 9:59 am

    I tested it with honor 7 and Samsung s6 edge and had a bad experince. I could see the frame edges on the left and rigth side it didn’t feel as if I was there it felt like looking on a screen with edges.. Tryd to adjust it but it didn’t help. Did you experince the this aswell?

    • taucher May 20, 2016, 2:29 am

      Hello Kristoffer,

      I am having the same experience like you, i see the frame edges of sides. It is like looking a screen from a window, and it kills the reality feel.

  • joy February 13, 2016, 8:45 am

    Hello,
    I have bought a new phone lenovo k4, which having a VR feature, that actually split the screen in 2 half’s. Now my purpose it to watch any 2D video with this headset as if I am watching at a theater. is that my purpose will serve?? I dont want to watch any 3D video. but the headset named as VR Shinecon 3D , so there i am confused will this headset is only for 3D views or a pretty normal 2D video can be seen ?

    • Julie Strietelmeier February 13, 2016, 8:56 am

      This should work.

    • Don Gateley February 13, 2016, 4:35 pm

      It should be perfect for a phone that does that. I wish all phones did.

  • scott d May 2, 2016, 7:21 pm

    I have been using my Iphone 6s PLus all day with this head set. Works beautifully!

  • William May 7, 2016, 12:23 am

    It’s OK for 40 bucks, just to see a bunch of panoramic low budget c$&p.
    I thought you could watch 3d Hollywood movies. If you can, I haven’t figured it out.
    There’s just no great content out there yet.
    I saw a few good things. But, virtual reality? Not even close. It’s a 360 view where you stand still able can see what’s around you. It’s a novelty item at this point.
    The thing is, if you want true vr experiences, you’re going to have to dish out a considerably larger amount of cash. You need a PC that can handle it. That’ll run you about 950. Then you’ll need a set of 5 to 850 dollar headset.
    So, while its cool as a novelty, these glasses are, basically, cheap junk with not much to see or enjoy of quality. If you don’t care about quality, there’s plenty of content to have you into wishing you had your 40 bucks back.

    Don’t even bother. Wait until the big gaming machines include content, headset, and console. I future is going to be, at least, 2 years before the average consumer even gets a peak at what may or may not be possible.
    Right now, everything is DVD, even wise, quality video. There is no HD.
    Anything you play on it will run your phone very hot.

    If you’re just one of those folks, like me, who just want to see what’s up and, maybe, see a concert
    (Coachella in 360 on YouTube?) Its OK.

    You can’t move, walk, learn in for a closer look. There’s little or no interactive stuff.

    So, in closing. This is not immersion. It’s not virtual reality. It’s a 360 panorama viewer.

  • William May 7, 2016, 12:24 am

    Sorry about the typos

  • Garry Laing May 19, 2016, 9:35 pm

    I purchased the Shinecon bundled with a bluetooth controller and want it to work on Google street View or Google “see inside” virtual tours where there are navigation arrows. Poor instructions with the remote don’t help. I can get a mouse control, I can get back out of it but I can’t seem to work out the click to advance next arrow. Anyone out there know what the problem is?

    • Tom July 19, 2016, 7:18 am

      Having the same exact problem. I like the headset! It’s not going to rock my world but I paid $20 for some silly VR fun and a couple of apps. But I got the Elegiant bluetooth controller and it won’t do anything. The analog stick doesn’t work at all, and the face buttons only seem to either fiddle with the volume or back out. They don’t confirm or work as the Google Cardboard button.

  • Sajib May 31, 2016, 8:09 am

    Hi,

    Can I get the QR codes for Shinecon VR please?

  • Baldo August 24, 2016, 9:09 am

    Hello will it fit on my samsung note 4?it has a 5.7inch screen size

    • Julie Strietelmeier August 24, 2016, 9:26 am

      Yes, it should fit as the Note 4 is smaller than my Nexus 6P which was able to fit in the holder (barely).

  • Reiver August 30, 2016, 9:34 am

    nice review … well now you can find those headset bundled with a bluetooth remote for between 12 and 17$ (i ordered one for 12$ ) although most of the time the normal pricing is 25$ (but still with the remote)

    i have also 2 other headset: one basic at 7$ but not a cardboard type and one more evolved for 19$ with a good deal of quality build and the famous “magnet button” on the side to control the selection on, nonetheless i always used a MOGA pocket gamepad to control my phone (with mods) as i find the magnet … trivial and ineficient … at most (also gyroscope control is not a solution for VR, not on phone … not enough precise )

    pro tips … NEVER buy from Amazon (at last for Chinese cheap goods like VR headset, at last if you buy directly from them they will not charge outrageous taxes for nothing, same as EBAY/other bidding website that buy in bulk on Chinese store and resell them with a hefty premium)…

    i.e.: Aliexpress, most seller are reliable enough (always bought here and the delay are acceptable, plus on 2 issue i had since i started with it were solved in a matter of days and got offered either refund and keep the item or replacement and keep the item, which was nice since a ship back to seller would have cost me quite a bit )

  • Thomas September 12, 2016, 5:15 am

    hey, i have a samsung galaxy j5 can i use this phone on these glasses?

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