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Google - Daydream View (2017) - Charcoal

Model: GA00204-USSKU: 6123014

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 215 reviews

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mobile VR system with only one problem...

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    Batlacitiachilan
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    This was the third mobile VR system I've purchased. The first was a simple cardboard viewer that I got just to see how it works. The second was a slightly better cheap plastic unit which was built so badly that I returned it and purchased this. Having seen this range of options, I have to say that the higher end Daydream headset really is the only one that I'd recommend for someone who actually wants to make extensive use of mobile based VR. The optics, weight, and overall comfort are so much better than the cheaper options that it's hard to see how you'd make do with anything less, and the included controller is pretty much a must-have if you want to get anything close to what you can get with a Vive or Rift. And unlike many other higher end offerings, the design of the Daydream View is such that it can accommodate a wide arrange of different phones without needing any awkward adapters, frames, or calibration sheets. Unfortunately, there is a caveat. Namely, this excellent headset that's been built for versatility can only support about half a dozen different handsets at the moment. While you can use it as a cardboard viewer without much difficulty, all of the most impressive features of the View such as the automatic adjustment, controller support, and app library will only work if you have a daydream enabled phone. So if you do have one of those, this really should be the first and probably only one you look at. Otherwise, you'll need to look elsewhere for something based around the Cardboard ecosystem instead.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mobile VR done right; just needs more games

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    wfs1977
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    This 2017 Daydream View is the best mobile VR hardware. The headset looks like something you'd want to wear, and is extremely comfortable. You can also insert your phone with its case still attached (as long as it isn't super bulky), while the remote controller adds fun ways to interact. Compared to last year's model, the field of view is noticeably wider and the top strap holds the headset in place better. And, unlike the Gear VR, you don't need a Samsung phone to use this headset. Recent flagships from Google, LG, Motorola, Asus, Huawei, and ZTE – as well as Samsung – all now work with Daydream. Games are the only key advantage for the Gear VR. Daydream's library has improved in the last year, but it isn't as stacked as the Gear's, which Oculus has been gradually building since 2014. Before investing in mobile VR today, though, keep in mind that HTC and Lenovo have standalone VR headsets in the pipeline that a) run the Daydream platform, and b) have full 6-degree positional tracking. Oculus also has a standalone headset (without 6DOF tracking) coming next year, running the same platform as Gear VR. Both, however, will cost more than Daydream's $99.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    3.5 Stars - Fitment is wonky, overheats

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    CrazyBernie
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    I give it a 3.5, but I won't rate it at 4 stars because it's not good enough to allow the extra half for display purposes. This is a great headset... When it sits on your face properly. With the head strap being at the top of the "goggles," it tends to pull the bottom of the headset of your nose, throwing of the focus and thus breaking the experience. I found myself constantly adjusting the headset to keep the focus, often having to push and hold the bottom to prevent the picture from washing out. Not having to adjust the pupillary distance is nice, but the flat lenses mean only what's right in front of you is in focus... You can't dart your eyes around without looking at blurred images. The overheating was annoying too.. couldn't play a game or watch a movie for more than an hour before things started stuttering. I have a Pixel 2 XL... You'd think Google'd have it worked out to prevent that on their flagship phone. My final gripe is that fact that you can't view Cardboard content without hacks... C'mon Google... Who's in charge of making the stupid decisions? Why alienate the premium devices from the majority of content, in a market you created? This headset is great overall in the ergonomics, premium feel, and image quality, but several of the design decisions range from "SMH" all the way up to "WT*, Over?". If you just plan to live in the Daydream marketplace, it's plenty adequate, but the price should be closer to $50, definitely not $100. I'm mulling over returning it and waiting for a better standalone product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An affordable intro to VR

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    ChadS
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    The Daydream View is a great way to get your feet wet in VR. It offers great quality and comfort while still being quite affordable. Not all phones are compatible so research first before buying. I use it with the ZTE Axon 7 phone and it works great. I have not tried other VR units to compare with this so my experience is limited. My main use for this is watching Netflix or digital copies of movies. There are good games available also and those are very immersive. I have not felt any motion sickness but after prolonged use I do experience a small amount of eye strain. The included controller is very easy to use and a must for controlling what you see and interacting with content. The controller has very convenient volume controls which is very helpful, as well. The headset is very comfortable. The top strap is removable but I found it is much more comfortable with it on. This 2017 model has a heat sink for your phone which I feel is a must. After prolonged use your phone will get quite hot. The only negative I have experienced is occasionally I notice the view will slowly drift off to one side. I don't know if this is unique to this product or inherent to all VR at this point. Conveniently the controller has a way to recenter the screen if this ever happens. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with a Daydream compatible phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Value VR Experience

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    Tristan
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    First of all, one thing to keep in mind - you need a Google Daydream compatible phone to use this. So before buying, make sure your phone is compatible. But I recently got a Moto Z2 Force and was excited to play with VR. Are you going to get the same experience as some of the VR systems that are 4 or 5 times this price? No, but for the value, it's a lot of fun to play with and has been a great first foray into VR. It's comfortable, and the pointer works well. There are a decent number of games and apps available, and even watching regular video feels much more immersive and bigger. However, if you get a chance, definitely check out some of the VR specific video apps - the NBA live broadcasts have been particular fun. Is it a draw-dropping, you're at the arena type of experience? No, it's not there yet, but it's impressive how far we've come. Right now it is more like an immersive experience with different angles and holograms. But it's still fun, and if you're curious about VR without wanting a huge investment and have a compatible phone, the Daydream headset is a great way to try it out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dream with your eyes open!

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    InfinityGauntlet
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    A lot of my students were interested in making VR apps for meditation 2-3 years ago. However, they always asked by critics, "Why do we meditate with our eyes open?" It was a difficult question 2-3 years ago, because it was a common sense that we meditated with our eyes close. Thanks Google for coming up this slogan, "Dream with your eyes open", to spread the idea of opening your eyes while doing resty activities. Because of this slogan, I switched from my Samsung Note 6 to a Pixel 2 XL, and now acquired the daydream headset to upgrade my cardboard VR work. It won't happen without this slogan. Google is famous for coming up half-done consumer products, but this slogan is something else. Oh, last thing, the controller was a gift, you don't get position data, but as a pointer, the orientation was very nice with very little latency. This is probably why it came out last year with a demo of "Fantastic Beast", wand is such a good interface for this controller.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Technology Is Great, Not Enough Content Yet

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    Zach
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    So I bought this when it was half price on a daily sale... I wouldn't yet pay full price for it yet. The technology is quite amazing, sadly there isn't enough content yet out there. Google does offer some free 3D documentaries in its play store though the Daydream app when you get your Daydream View connected to the phone which are quite amazing. YouTube VR also is a must have application which has quite the selection of both 360 and VR video. Some amazing content out there from National Geographic and other production quality content, as well as the hobbyists and amateurs. As far as the Daydream View itself, its rather comfortable to wear for long periods once you get it properly adjusted. The controller is easy to use once you get used to it. I would not recommend paying full price at this point due to the limited content, but once the content catches up with the technology this will be amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Keep Dreaming , Dream with your open eyes

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    samant
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    The VR set is amazing and is a lot of fun. It works perfectly with my Samsung S8 and has a decent set of apps, specially made for daydream. I was amazed to see app through which you can see your local videos in VR , the immersive view, and 360 Videos are just out of the world. The only problem i am facing is- all the videos keep on moving left and i have to recenter them all the time. Thankyou Bestbuy for getting me such a perfect product at such a decent price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic intro to VR if you have a Pixel 2/3

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    Bill
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    I picked this up during the sales just before Christmas on a whim because it was only $50. When I got home, I setup Daydream and liked it enough to keep poking around. Eventually I found an app that would let me use it in SteamVR. It's useless for any games that need 6 degrees of freedom or two wands (one is included), but if you want to try out a seated game like Redout, which I went for ... oh it's fantastic. Latency was even pretty good. The resolution isn't fantastic, but ... it's $50.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    worthless garbage

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    fred
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    you are better off buying the google cardboard, glad i didn't pay regular price for this. this it nothing special about it, other than the controller. you must have a google pixel or a phone that is compatible to download app, if not you just spent a lot of money on vr headset that you can get for 10. doesn't even come with a usb to charge the controller, if you paid that much, i would expect at least a usb charger. it's also not that comfortable, a lot of pressure on your face.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pretty cool!

    Posted
    Gambit
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    This VR goggle set is really nice. It is more comfortable than my previous Samsung Gear VR and keeps out more light as well. The controller is basic, but intuitive. It allows you to realign your view just by holding a button for 2 seconds or dragging your viewing area. It's also nice that I can use my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and my wife's Iphone 7 Plus with the same device. For an inexpensive VR kit, this is very functional and fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Keeps improving w/updates and new features

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    BowRat
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    I was looking for a way to watch various video streaming services without interrupting those around me. Since I've purchased the item, there have been many improvements to the services I use most often, and the updates that allow for use of the devices as a private media player option that allows for use while laying down on a couch or in bed without the VR features that would inhibit this type of use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sooo Close! Almost an excellent design.

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    Franki
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    The only reason I can't give this thing 5 stars is because it does not fit me correctly. Yeah, I have a big head, but any product with an adjustable strap should be able to accommodate. The finish is great, it works as expected and I love it but it's just too tight even at its biggest setting. The apps work well and the Moto Z2 even fits inside the case with an extended battery pack although I don't think it's advised to use that way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Works well, but no option to focus.

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    DonC
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    This works pretty well, but unlike other headsets, there is NO focus knob. If the screen is a bit blurry for you, I guess you just need to sell it to someone who it's clear for... I would ONLY recommend to a friend if they took it out of the box and tried it before they buy it to see if they are lucky enough for it to be in perfect focus for them, or else it would be useless to them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun for a while, but ulitimately a waste of money.

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    Ryan
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    A co-worker of mine had one of these and after trying it out I wanted one. It was fun for about 3 hours then I had almost no desire to use it in an everyday setting. There is no way to adjust the blur and some people can't even use it. I wouldn't buy it again. The cool thing is the VR photos you can take on the Pixel and then view them. It's pretty cool if you want to show someone a place you went.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still the best smart phone VR headset.

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    jdeats76
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    Less expensive and much more comfortable than GearVR, also compatible with a lot more phones, in 2019 VR interest has dropped a bit, but if you want the best smartphone powered, mobile VR experience Daydream gives you value, comfort and a large library of titles. You can also run all Cardboard titles on Daydream giving it the overall largest library.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun for the Sale Price

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    Craany
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    always been a huge fan of VR but never had the chance to own something decent and compare this to cardboard this definitely takes the cake for the sale price that it was being offered but at regular price i'd recommend staying with the cardboard style unless you are serious about VR and want to take the next step before Occulus (or other VR style brand)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than I thought

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    Kyle
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    I am use to the Samsung Gear VR and PSVR and LG's take on a REALLY BAD VR so I came into this with not expecting a whole lot. Yea the list isn't super huge and not as exciting as others but it's growing that's for sure. I hate that there is no native web browser on it tho. There's one through a side app and it's terrible. The games are fun and enjoyable. It's also comfy to wear and it's pretty clear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun with my Pixel 2 XL

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    JMEdelman
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    I'm not huge on VR. There are aspects of this product that make you think, "that's it?" However, for the price, I think it's a really fun add on. The build quality is really good. Kids love it. It has a little bit of novelty factor. If you aren't comparing this to VR setups that are hundres or thousands of dollars, then it's a fun time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

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    kym1ha
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    Although this is a pretty cool product, my Grandson was disappointed. He was expecting more. He is really into gaming and he wasn't impressed with the available software or the controller. I wasn't thrilled that I had to remove the case on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for it to work and it drained my battery with each use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend