Review: PIMAX 4K HMD VR Headset
The flagship PIMAX headset is the standard bearer for immersive VR tech, it's the world's first mainstream VR headset providing a 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) image at a remarkable 3840 x 2160 resolution – that's an eye-searing 8.29 million pixels.
By way of comparison, both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive offer a resolution of 2160 x 1200 (less than a third of the PIMAX headset's pixel count). The SONY PSVR fares even worse with an antiquated 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution. The PIMAX 4K UHD Virtual Reality 3D Headset is the proverbial dark horse in an industry that embraces disruptive breakthroughs.
This is all the more remarkable given that PIMAX itself is a new start up established a mere three years ago. Before entering the VR headset market, PIMAX focused on manufacturing medical equipment – it now holds up to 18 patents on this rapidly developing market.
To illustrate the technology lead that PIMAX has developed, we have compiled a feature comparison table showing the PIMAX 4K, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony Playstation VR headsets.
This powerhouse headset is available for $375, significantly undercutting its competitors. But before you buy it, let's see exactly what key features are on offer and whether it really deserves your hard-earned cash.
Class-leading 4K Resolution
The PIMAX headset is pioneering tech: the world's first VR headset providing a 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160P, delivering a staggering pixel count of 8.29 million. This level of technology enables a level of immersion that was previously not reachable – sublimely rich details, vibrant colors, and the most lifelike experience that current technology is able to recreate. This is bleeding edge technology made available to the mainstream consumer.
The main competitors are the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and SONY PSVR VR, but they all lag behind in display resolution. Thanks to the PIMAX 4K UHD Virtual Reality 3D Headset, we can confidently announce that the VR industry has finally entered the era of 4K technology.
The possibilities are enormous: for one, you can enjoy your own private IMAX theater experience, thanks to the 4K screen and the 110 degree wide FOV (field of view). The system knows exactly what you're looking at and provides a virtually simulated world that looks and feels more real, enhanced by a super wide viewing angle.
Improved Double Gyroscope
Some people might speculate that, due to the deeper level of immersion, 4K technology utilized in VR applications will cause vertigo. However, PIMAX have implemented an improved "anti-vertigo" double gyroscope controlled within 18ms. Additionally, the built-in anti blue laser lens with auto light adjustment and auto demisting systems are designed to protect user vision during long sessions. The 1000Hz dual gyroscope design significantly reduces the dizzy sensation, effectively putting it squarely against the very best that the big brands have to offer.
Myopia Protection Design
What I like the most about this headset is the smart design ideas: with an IPD (interpupillary distance) adjustment of 58-71mm, it allows the naked eye to see within a 500 degree myopia-free field. If you are not aware, myopia is a special term that describes a situation where close objects appear clear, but distant objects appear blurred.
PIMAX 4K VR further protects your eyesight with an auto light adjustment function that automically protects your retina from any damage from the 400-500nm blue laser.
Sensational Gaming and Multimedia Audio
Unlike some other headsets, the impressive headset employs detachable headphones with a fully adjustable headband. A 40mm driver unit – with 32ohms impedance, 112dB sensitivity, and 10Hz – 20KHz frequency response – pumps out blistering audio.
This VR headset provides native support for Virtual 5.1 Sound for an immersive audio experience to perfectly complement the visuals. The built-in microphone is perfect for in-game communication connecting you with others, great for co-ordinating smart plays and strategies. This feature-packed VR sound system makes the PIMAX headset an excellent choice for gamers.
The icing on the cake is the built-in compatibility with "PiPlay" (formerly PiMAME) Pi OS, along with SteamVR and Oculus games. Thanks to PiPlay, gamers can choose one from a vast number of graphically-intensive games – this currently spans over 100 games and 300 pieces of video resources. The PIMAX 4K UHD Virtual Reality 3D Headset plugs directly into your computer's HDMI and USB ports, precisely tracking your head movements to relay 3D imagery to its advanced stereo screens. In short, expect an unparalleled gaming experience.
Ergonomic Design for Extreme Comfort
Despite being packed with leading hardware, the VR headset enjoys a superb ergonomic design weighing only 17.6oz (500g) making it ideal for long sessions. For additional comfort, the headset is equipped with a 53mm large-caliber double aspherical lens, an adjustable nylon headband, and comfortable medical grade sponge. This virtually eliminates head pressure during wear for a superb experience.
Perhaps the only aspect that's even remotely standard is the headset's size: it measures 7.1 x 4.6 x 3.5 inches (18.0 x 11.7 x 9.0cm).
Despite being a powerhouse headset, the requirements are relatively modest. To get the best out of the PIMAX 4K headset, your PC requires at least the following spec profile.
System: Windows 7, 8, or 10 (64-bit only)
CPU: Intel i5 equal or better processor performance
Graphics card: DirectX10 recommended on NVIDIA GTX960 / AMD R9 290 or above
Memory: 4GB RAM or higher
Ports: Compatible with HDMI 1.4B video output, USB2.0 / 3.0 interface
The PIMAX 4K VR headset represents the apex of HMD (Helmet Mounted Display) technology, holding the current record for the highest resolution. Compared to its main competitors – the Vive, Oculus, and OSVR – the resolution is a quantum leap above what they have achieved. Everything just feels better, games such as Elite Dangerous in particular are sublime, and watching movies is nothing short of a minor revelation.
As I mentioned previously, the price on Gearbest is only $375, making bleeding edge 4K VR technology not only available but also affordable. With a powerhouse feature set that dwarfs those of competing headsets coupled with a lower price tag, the PIMAX 4K UHD Virtual Reality 3D Headset is a compelling choice for discerning buyers.
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