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Samsung Gear VR SM-R320 (2014, 1st Innovator Edition)

Samsung Gear VR SM-R320 (2014, 1st Innovator Edition)
alaScore 95

177 reviews

Jun, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 177 reviews of Samsung Gear VR SM-R320 (2014, 1st Innovator Edition). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Samsung Gear VR SM-R320 (2014, 1st Innovator Edition) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Gear VR SM-R320 (2014, 1st Innovator Edition)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Samsung Gear VR SM-R320 (2014, 1st Innovator Edition) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Jun, 2017

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Samsung Gear VR 2015

 

Such are the hazards of reviewing the Gear VR, the accessory built by Samsung with help from VR pioneer Oculus , which costs $99 in the US and £80 in the UK. In Australia you can pick up the Gear VR for AU$159.

The Gear VR's relatively low price belies a compelling VR experience, and the games are quickly catching up to the hype. The headset is fairly light, and offers a completely cordless experience.

It only works with some recent Samsung phones. The mobile VR experience still pales in comparison to more robust upcoming PC- and console-based options.

The Gear VR is the best virtual-reality gadget you can buy right now, and a great way to jump into the world of VR gaming and entertainment -- just make sure you own a compatible Samsung phone first.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Samsung Gear VR (Samsung Galaxy S6) review

 

There aren't many pieces of technology that literally make people's jaw drop. That make friends say, "let me see that again." That make kids feel like they're in Disneyland. That make moms and dads and grandparents go, "wow, I can't believe this."

Amazingly immersive virtual-reality effects, despite running off a phone; lots of free content; well-designed headset; works with Android Bluetooth game controllers.

Some panoramic videos still look pixelated compared to what you'd experience on a high-end phone or tablet; only works with particular Samsung phones; won't work with Google Cardboard apps.

While it might soon be eclipsed by more robust competitors, the Samsung Gear VR still amazes as the most impressive virtual reality you can buy right now.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Adi Robertson (theverge.com)

Samsung's Gear VR makes virtual reality easy, but I still feel dumb using it

 

Virtual reality is a difficult thing to review. It's hard not to be impressed when you look into a screen and see a world, magnified to surround you and responding to the motion of your head. It's...

Simple to use ; Built-in trackpad is a great idea ; Surprisingly comfortable

Necessarily bulky ; Minuscule, demo-heavy library ; Expensive

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Ben Gilbert (engadget.com)

Looking into the future: Samsung Gear VR review

 

You can finally buy a virtual reality headset and use it in your home. Right now -- today -- that is possible. It doesn't cost $10,000 and it doesn't com

Incredibly accessible ; Light, comfortable, attractive ; Extremely impressive visuals

Limited functionality ; Extremely limited software library ; Requires a Note 4, making it very expensive

Oculus VR and Samsung's Gear VR virtual reality headset is an enticing first taste of the potential future of a new medium. It's light, comfortable and -- most importantly -- accessible. Gear VR is the most usable virtual reality headset we've ever...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Samsung Gear VR review

 

I'm watching a movie trailer for "Interstellar." Large cornfields, distant mountains from far-off worlds. But I'm in a movie theater, watching these vistas. All around me are empty seats. The projector, far behind me, flickers. I reach for my armrest....

It's a relatively affordable VR accessory; it creates a better-than-expected sense of immersion using a Note 4 as its screen and engine; apps, while limited, are all free. And it's actually available to purchase now.

It only works with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4; the app assortment consists mainly of demos and quick minigames; its video resolution in VR still grainy, compared with TVs and tablets. It doesn't work with full-fledged PC-based Oculus software.

The Gear VR Innovator Edition is a cool -- and very promising -- entry ticket for early adopters looking for an affordable taste of virtual reality.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Victor H. (phonearena.com)

Samsung Gear VR Review

 

How does one of the most popular people on the planet walk through a hall filled with thousands of journalists without getting noticed? This might seem unthinkable, yet this is exactly what happened at the world's largest mobile tech forum, MWC 2016.

Mar, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (tomsguide.com)

Samsung Gear VR Review (2017): A New Way to Play

 

It's going to be hard to dethrone Samsung from the mobile VR throne. With every iteration of the Gear VR, the company does something to enhance the experience in meaningful ways. The addition of the controller adds a tactile experience to certain games...

Comfortable design ; Accurate, responsive controller ; Innovative voice command ; Clean, easy-to-use interface

A bit pricy ; Lacks place to store the controller

The Samsung Gear VR offers an easy to-use controller, voice commands and an updated interface for a more immersive virtual reality experience.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Brighthand Staff (brighthand)

Samsung Gear VR (2016) Review

 

This updated version of Samsung's virtual reality headset hasn't changed much. But the addition of a USB Type-C port and improved field of view might just make a huge difference to Samsung's Galaxy lineup.

Improved lightweight design ; Cordless and easy to use ; Diverse array of content ; Improved lightweight design ; Cordless and easy to use ; Diverse array of content

Gamepad greatly improves the experience ; Walled Garden ; No killer app ; Gamepad greatly improves the experience ; Walled Garden ; No killer app

However, for all of its improvements, the Samsung Gear VR still feels like a novelty item. It’s a fun novelty item with tons of interactive immersive apps, but there’s not much I could truly see myself returning to time and time again.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Jamison Cush (brighthand)

Samsung Gear VR Review: You Gotta Try This VR

 

Is virtual reality finally a reality for consumers? Samsung would like you to believe that with its $99 Gear VR powered by Oculus. Is this just more hype, or has the VR era finally arrived?

Immersive and novel VR experience ; Plenty of great content to try ; Light and comfortable headset

Limited to recent Samsung smartphones ; VR tech still needs to mature ; Games can be pricey

The Samsung Gear VR is a novelty item that comes in just short of must-have accessory. After a protective case, we recommend buying Gear VR before any other, including a travel adapter, wireless charger,

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Will Shanklin (gizmag.com)

Samsung Gear VR (for Galaxy S6): Four weeks later

 

It's been almost a month since we first got our hands on the new Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy S6. Our review covered most of the bases, but after four weeks with the mobile virtual reality headset, we have a few more thoughts.

are basically kaput in the GS6 version, thanks to an internal fan. We can immerse ourselves in the new Gear VR for an hour before getting an overheating message. And if you aim an external fan at your head, there's basically no limit to how long you...

Jun, 2015

Product Specifications

Features

Adjustable interpupillary distance: Yes
Interpupillary distance (max):2.76
Interpupillary distance (min):1.97