Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream Review 

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Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream: Quick Overview

Google is a great developer for software. A few years ago, it introduced Daydream, a VR platform that is Android System based. Daydream first debuted with Google’s own Daydream View headset. The original Daydream View changed VR gaming as we knew it but depended on a Google Pixel smartphone to work.

The $400 Lenovo Mirage Solo is the latest VR to use Google Daydream 2.0 for its operating system. The Lenovo Mirage Solo is a collab between Google and Lenovo, and it’s the only WorldSense-powered headset on the market. The WorldSense tracker allows users to move up, down, left, and right in the VR headset built-in cameras.

Features: 4.5/5

Controls: 4.5/5

Resolution: 5/5

Price: 4.5/5  

What We Like 

  • Wireless headset
  • Doesn’t require a game console, smartphone or PC
  • Impeccable 6DoF tracking
  • Good battery life
  • Good screen resolution

What we Don’t Like

  • Single motion controls
  • Limited tracking space

The headset features a glossy back face with 2 eye-like cameras and a white and gray plastic shell. It has smooth walls like the Daydream View but lacks the fabric cover. The visor is rounded and on the right, you’ll see volume buttons, a power button with an LED light and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The left side features a microSD card slot and a USB Type-C connector. On the left edge of the bottom of the visor, there’s a mechanical button that unlocks the sliding mount on the headband. This lets you move the lenses away from or closer to your face.

Mirage Solo is a must-have VR headset for every gamer, considering it doesn’t require high-end smartphones or computers. Considering the technical advancements and software features, it is affordable and guarantees you of the best performance.

Who is this product for? 

You may be constrained by a budget that doesn’t fit other VRs. Mirage Solo headset is for you since its performance doesn’t depend on a smartphone, PC or game console. The Mirage Solo is  a functional standalone VR headset offering all of the perks of a compatible Android smartphone in a Daydream View for a fraction of the price. The selling feature of Mirage Solo is the six degrees of freedom (6DoF), which allows you to move in all directions, a feature that has almost only been available in high-end VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

What’s included? 

Mirage Solo is easy to set up with few side accompaniments. The box includes the charging USB-C cable, charger, a little motion-enabled controller that’s similar to the one that comes with Google’s Daydream View, 3.5mm earphones and the headset itself. Following a few steps, you will be set!.

Overview of Features 

Mirage Solo compact design is comfortable to fit and follows the Google Daydream View’s functionality, and VR experience. Its hardware set up is modified to load headset front load on the forehead and an adjustment knob at the back. You can adjust the headset display to control seeping in light without distorting image clarity.

As a Google Daydream headset, the Mirage Solo uses Google’s app store. This means that the VR headset can run any VR software that would work with the Daydream View and a compatible Android phone. Weighing just over 1.4 pounds, the headset is relatively comfortable.

Its wireless 6DoF allows you to move around without any hindrances compared to the wired HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It’s the second truly wireless headset after the Oculus Go, with other 6DoF headsets expected in the market soon. Its affordable price compared to the competitor headsets with limited features is a sure tradeoff for the disturbing motion controls and limited tracking space.

The standalone Mirage Solo headset features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR processor. Its storage of 64GB expandable through the micro SD slot and a RAM of 4GB ensures pleasant real-time gaming. It comes with a 5.5” LCD screen with a resolution of 2560 X 1440 (split in half for each eye). The LCD screen is a drawback compared to the PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, all which used OLED panels.

The panel refresh rate is 60Hz. High-end, tethered VR headsets have fast refresh rates of between 90-120Hz. The two lenses offer a 110-degree field of view.

The built-in 4000mAh battery lasts for up to 2.5 hours, which may not be long enough playtime for the pro gamers. However, you can use it while plugged into power, but that limits your movements and requires a long USB-C cable. Therefore for an average player, this battery life is enough for the playtime.

Supported by Google Daydream 2.0 OS, it takes after Android, but it doesn’t require a smartphone since it’s a standalone VR headset. The Daydream button on the controller pops up the home screen with Android N big icons for volume adjustment, setting up Wi-Fi and Google Cast launch. The keys are expandable in size to your required icon size. The headset screen orientation is in a portrait just like that in an Android phone.

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Google Daydream View - VR Headset (Slate)
  • Don't just see the world, experience it. With daydream view, you can teleport from virtually anywhere to Pretty much everywhere.;Handy Storage
  • Browse from an ever-growing Collection of apps and games in the daydream app - a home for all of your virtual reality experiences.
  • You can always get the best seat in the house with daydream view. Experience concerts, sports and more in full 360 degree panoramic view.
  • The daydream view controller transforms with your imagination. Go from the sidelines to the center of action. Feel the adrenaline Rush as you speed down the racetrack.
  • Daydream View’s lightweight, durable headset is made from soft, breathable fabric to help you stay comfortable longer. Compatibility: DAYDREAM-READY Phones

You can try the Google Daydream View or Samsung Gear VR if you’re completely new to VR. Both are reasonably priced but offer 3DoF. You also need to have compatible phones.

The PSVR is an excellent alternative if you already own a PlayStation 4 as it has 6DoF.

In terms of price, it is more expensive than the Oculus Go that costs only $200, but supports 350 games vs. Oculus’ over 1000 games. Additionally, Facebook is investing in improving social interaction inside the VR through Oculus live concerts, sports, and movie experience.

Tutorial

Using this video tutorial, you’ll learn more  the features of Lenovo Mirage Solo With Daydream and how to set it up (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzwbMuuihwM ).

Conclusion 

Mirage Solo is easy to set up, requiring you to connect it to your Wi-Fi. The controller helps navigate the virtual world and games. The Android menu like interface  makes it look familiar. For its set up, you require a Google ID to install and buy 350+ games.

Lenovo Mirage Solo works on its own without anything plugged into them. Lenovo Mirage Solo offers an impeccable VR experience at a lower price. However, you have to deal with the challenge of failing to deliver the immersive controls or graphical power you can get with a tethered headset. Thanks to the 6DoF, you can experience virtual reality the way it’s meant to be experienced

 

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