Summary: While the Sony HMZ-T1 personal headset is capable of some of the best 3D effects I've ever seen, it's uncomfortable to wear for extended periods and images suffer from blurriness.
Cons: The headset is heavy and becomes quite uncomfortable with extended use. It's not possible to get the whole screen in focus at once, resulting in blurring at the edges. The effects of its lower resolution are apparent: detail levels aren't up there with an equivalently priced television, and pixel structure is visible.
Excerpt: Although it’s designed for use with a PlayStation 3 or Blu-ray drive the real potential of this new head-mounted display (HMD) only shines when it’s paired with the sheer power of the PC. When attached to a gaming PC the HMZ-T1 single-handedly revives the dream of viable virtual reality where so many other headsets have failed. The key technology that makes this headset so promising are the twin OLED displays each running at a native resolution of 1280 x 720.
Pros: Excellent image quality stunning 3D cheap considering the image size.
Cons: Fiddly mounting system slightly heavy can only be viewed by one person.
Conclusion: With the headset actually on my head. I was immediately aware of the pressure that it was exerting on my forehead and my nose. While it wasn’t discomforting, I could tell that if I sat in a chair and used this device for longer than half an hour, I’d begin to feel uncomfortable. Donning the rubber light-blockers at the bottom of the device allowed it to rest on my cheeks a bit more and reduce the pressure on my nose, but this was only a minor improvement.
Summary: Head-mounted displays have always been a niche product, but they were still relatively commonplace a decade ago. By putting a pair of tiny LCDs right in front of their eyes, HMDs helped digital professionals and extravagant early adopters immerse themselves in a pixelated virtual reality... or at least a private viewing session or two.
Pros: Exceptional image quality, Fantastic 3D effect, Excellent immersion
Cons: Difficult to adjust right, Tethered, not wireless, Limited connectivity, Lens glare, Iffy audio for the price, Creaky plastic arms, Somewhat tiring to wear
Summary: Probably the coolest and geekiest piece of kit that’s ever come across this reviewer’s desk, the Sony HMZ-T1 is a fantastically cool gadget even with its flaws. It’s not perfect and is a little on the expensive side, but if you’re looking for a way to keep the man cave compact, we’d certainly start here.
Pros: One of the best 3D images we've seen, You'll be the coolest kid in class (or at work)
Cons: Headphones could be better, Can be uncomfortable for long periods of time, Required HDMI switcher means that it's not portable at all
Excerpt: The headset ships with an HDMI pass-through box, and your first job is to plug this into the wall and connect your PS3/Xbox, Blu-ray player (or PC for that matter) via HDMI. The headset itself is then tethered to the box with a proprietary 3.5m cable that supplies both picture and power.
Strap this visor on your head to watch 3D movies or games close-up
Good Gear Guide.au
8 January 2012
Summary: Sony’s Personal 3D Viewer is definitely a niche product. We can’t see many units selling -- it’s not a very sociable product, it can be uncomfortable and it really only appeals to 3D fans -- but if you can get it set up correctly it’s able to produce a good picture with excellent 3D depth.
Pros: Excellent 3D effect, Great colour and black levels
Cons: Uncomfortable after half an hour, Low resolution (720p), It’s hard to get the whole image in focus