Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset

Best Cheap Virtual Reality Headset

Why people love it
  • Cheap, no-fuss way to convert turn your smartphone into VR device
  • Easy to use and store
  • Assembly takes a few seconds

Incredibly simplistic; not on par with fully immersive VR headsets.



Google Cardboard looks like nothing more than an odd smartphone case for iPhone or Android. However, once you turn it on and place it on your head, you'll be shocked to see just how awesome it is. It works with a wide range of apps from Apple Apps and Google Play, and it's a low-budget way to get in on the VR hype.

The Cardboard's lenses will adjust your view of the screen so it looks like you're seeing everything in 3D. However, the lenses won't improve the quality of your screen--what you see on your smartphone is what you get. 


The cardboard box shell can accommodate smartphones with up to a 6" display (most phones). The shell comes with buttons that allow you to control your smartphone, though it does little more than click to play or pause. Each app has its own navigation features compatible with Google Cardboard, though it may take a bit of practice to get it right.

There is no head strap, so you will have to hold the viewer in place. For the clearest picture, it's better to use the unit in low-light environments.


Considering that you're paying just $15, it's no surprise that the view is incredibly simple. But, as the review says, it's the perfect introduction into the VR world without having to drop a few hundred dollars on a fancier gadget.

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