Merge VRby Merge VR

  • Merge VR
  • Merge VR
  • Merge VR
  • Merge VR
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VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Merge VR goggles accommodate a wide variety of phones.
  • The headset is made of antimicrobial foam that is soft, durable, and comfortable.
  • Merge VR is one of the few head-mounted displays that can handle both augmented reality and virtual reality.

CONS

  • This is a basic platform for passive viewing, and there are no external controls or joysticks for interaction.
  • Some users report having to constantly reset the lenses closer to the center to properly focus.
  • It does not work with Windows Phones.
With Merge VR goggles, comfort is key: They are constructed of soft, rugged foam, making the headset lightweight, comfortable, and easy to clean. Compatible with nearly all iOS and Android devices manufactured in the last two years, the goggles provide an immersive experience. Dual input buttons offer exploration potential and movement options; you can run, jump, or move forward and backward within the VR experience. Additional features include adjustable custom lenses, anti-fog ventilation, audio ports, camera access for augmented reality, and an optional top strap.
NameMerge VRGear VRCardboardVR OneNoon VR
ManufacturerMerge VRSamsungGoogleZeissNextCore Corp, Ltd
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While mobile VR has room to grow, I believe Merge VR is in the top of it’s class when it comes to function, form and design – at least when …

While mobile VR has room to grow, I believe Merge VR is in the top of it’s class when it comes to function, form and design – at least when we talk about products that supports multiple device types and sizes.

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Merge VR is made out of an Antimicrobial foam that contours to your face. It’s very comfortable when you first put it on, with no sharp poin…

Merge VR is made out of an Antimicrobial foam that contours to your face. It’s very comfortable when you first put it on, with no sharp points and no hard plastic. It’s almost like wearing a orthopedic pillow on your face. The material is very durable and very easy to clean – just grab an alcohol swap and wipe.

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80%

The Merge is made of a soft and durable foam that makes it fairly comfortable, but also allows it to hold its shape. It was weird to take it…

The Merge is made of a soft and durable foam that makes it fairly comfortable, but also allows it to hold its shape. It was weird to take it out of the packaging and feel some give, but it quickly bounces back to its original shape.

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60%

The headset was very comfortable to wear and it was good to be able to instantly adjust the volume on the smartphone through the hole on the…

The headset was very comfortable to wear and it was good to be able to instantly adjust the volume on the smartphone through the hole on the top of the headset. However, even after adjusting the lenses, the view still seemed to be a bit blurry, almost as if the app was in quite low resolution.

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The Merge VR Goggles feature adjustable straps and lenses, which is useful to ensure that your view of the VR app is as clear as possible.

The Merge VR Goggles feature adjustable straps and lenses, which is useful to ensure that your view of the VR app is as clear as possible.

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Once there are perhaps 10 good apps available through the Zeiss VR One Media app, it could be the start of something amazing that finds its …

Once there are perhaps 10 good apps available through the Zeiss VR One Media app, it could be the start of something amazing that finds its way into the homes of many, but for now it's an investment that you'll quickly get bored of as you wait for the good content to arrive.

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The Merge VR headset allows you to use the apps without holding the viewer up to your eyes, and the durability is a huge advantage. This doe…

The Merge VR headset allows you to use the apps without holding the viewer up to your eyes, and the durability is a huge advantage. This doesn't just keep your phone still while in VR, it protects it.

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While the headset produces a solid virtual reality situation, that's only part of the equation. The Merge VR also offers an augmented realit…

While the headset produces a solid virtual reality situation, that's only part of the equation. The Merge VR also offers an augmented reality experience that Lyons foresees being used for educational or medical purposes.

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It finds a comfortable middle ground between those DIY kits that can only accommodate basic experiences and the high-end mobile VR represent…

It finds a comfortable middle ground between those DIY kits that can only accommodate basic experiences and the high-end mobile VR represented by Gear VR and the support it gets from both Oculus VR and Samsung.

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Merge is basically releasing the NERF version of the VR headset for smartphones.

Merge is basically releasing the NERF version of the VR headset for smartphones.

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It’s not a high-tech luxury device like the Oculus or Morpheus, but it’s a big step up from the cheap cardboard VR viewers. It’s also not te…

It’s not a high-tech luxury device like the Oculus or Morpheus, but it’s a big step up from the cheap cardboard VR viewers. It’s also not terribly elegant. It’s essentially a big purple plastic cube strapped to your face. The lenses are plastic, and overall, the Merge VR feels and looks like a toy.

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One major difference between the Merge VR headset and some Google Cardboard kits is that Merge VR uses styluses to interact with the screen …

One major difference between the Merge VR headset and some Google Cardboard kits is that Merge VR uses styluses to interact with the screen instead of magnets.

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[I]t only requires you to have a device that you probably already own, a compatible iOS or Android smartphone (models made within the past t…

[I]t only requires you to have a device that you probably already own, a compatible iOS or Android smartphone (models made within the past two years are generally supported), so the barrier to entry is extremely low when compared to the high-end goggles that snag most of today’s VR headlines.

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