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Dlodlo Glass H1 Review: Affordable But Worthy Competitor To Samsung Gear VR

The Dlodlo Glass H1 VR headset was announced at CES Asia run May 11-13, and though it is the world’s first 9-axis sensor VR gear, I think this product was overshadowed by another awesome product of this manufacturer, the Dlodlo VONE VR Glasses that is the world’s first portable VR glasses. This means Dlodlo came in with two revolutionary VR headsets, but geeks forgot them very soon. Let me say, if these headsets were made by top manufacturers like Samsung or Apple, the net would be buzzing about them for a long time. I mean Chinese manufacturers almost always come with the latest technologies, but they are ignored frequently. This is one of the reasons why the Chinese VR industry still fails.

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However, there are several Chinese manufacturers decided to make a furor in the VR market. One of them could be Xiaomi that is rumored to launch a VR TV on September 27. But even if it doesn’t happen, we already have this outstanding VR headset dubbed as the Dlodlo Glass H1. So let’s get acquainted with its selling points and find out what are the main reasons that it is in the shadow at the moment.

Dlodlo Glass H1 Appearance

The Dlodlo Glass H1 is not a standalone VR gear. It’s a mobile virtual reality headset, which means it can’t be tethered to a console or a computer. But you shouldn’t think we are dealing with a regular entry-level mobile VR headset as it has many interactive features and is durable. You can find similar features on high-level VR headsets.

Not being a standalone virtual reality headset means you have to connect a smartphone in order to use it for running games and programs and watching videos. Such devices are the way more compact and lighter. As for the Dlodlo Glass H1 VR headset, it comes at dimensions of 19x10x9 cm and weighs only 340 grams. This is a very acceptable size and weight, as you won’t feel any inconvenience when wearing it for a long time.

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The design of the Dlodlo Glass H1 is quite attractive. Though users like to operate with futuristic-like VR gear, they will like this one, undoubtedly. My persuasion is based on the lineaments seen on this device. When holding the Dlodlo H1 you will feel the designers have thought every detail of it. Though the VR headsets have some limitations and rules for production and this model follows them, the manufacturer was able to create something different from others. I mean the Dlodlo Glass H1 comes with the same form factors as the rest of mobile virtual reality headsets like the UCVR View–01, Deepoon Kankan V2Y or the Xiaomi Mi VR Play, but there are many lineaments making it look outstanding and onward.

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The front of this VR headset has a long and thin rectangular recess that also comes with two slots like eyes. Though the latter have not functionality, they give another look to the device. The manufacturer’s logo is located between those holes, but it is made in the way that you can’t read what’s written when looking from an angle.

As you guess, this part is removable allowing users to insert 5-6 inches smartphones. There are two locks with bayonet to hold the phone as well as plastic frames to protect the device from contacting the housing, therefore there will be no scratches and abrasions.

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On the top we can find a small wheel to adjust the focal length (diopter adjustment). Though its range is small, it will be sufficient for most of cases. There is also a Back button on the top left side. We can even find a volume rocker along with the mini HDMI port on the bottom of the Dlodlo Glass H1.

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The headset is fixed due to three adjustable straps. They have a soft headband, a large number of fasteners and a wide range of adjustments. Like the Samsung Gear VR this model also add some pieces of leather to the straps making it look more attractive and stylish. Though those pieces have no functionality, it is a great decision to put the brand on it and promote it when using the VR headset. Honestly, this ideas has been taken from Gear VR, but it looks nice even on this device.

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The Dlodlo Glass H1 is made of plastic, while the inner part comes with a frame made of foam for the best adjustment. Thanks to these materials the headset is very light and comfortable for wearing. To get the best experience the eyes should be as close to the lens as possible. And in this sense, the straps implement their mission successfully. This VR headset is available in two colors – black and white. Though we have to say the front panel always remains black.

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Dlodlo Glass H1 Features

The first thing you have to know about this VR headset is the compatibility with both Android and iOS smartphones. Though the manufacturer has mentioned the Dlodlo Glass H1 is compatible only with Android handsets, we can say for sure you can use your iPhone to load into a virtual reality world via this gear.

Next, the Dlodlo Glass H1 comes with a built-in 9-axis sensor making it the first VR headset with such a feature. But I guess this won’t mean anything valuable for simple users. The 9-axis sensor includes 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer. The first two sensors provide information about accelerations in all three directions, and rotations around each axis. But six-axis sensors meet some small errors build up in each axis. So the developers have added a 3-axis magnetometer to this combination to track the absolute change in position and orientation much more accurately.

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Beside this the Dlodlo Glass H1 has 3 degrees of freedom. Thus it is capable of head tracking. Probably, you are aware DOF refers to the axes along which the headset will track movement in a 3D space. The latter is divided into two categories rotational (3 degrees) and translational (6 degrees). So it can only track the rotation of your head in a stationary place. On the other hand, the device can’t detect when you take steps in any direction.

Moreover, the Dlodlo Glass H1 sports a field of view of 120 degrees. Thus we are dealing with a headset providing 20% wider FOV than most mobile VR headsets. I mean the VR gear often come in with an average field of view of 100 degrees. But as you know the wider the FOV, the more immersed in the content the wearer will feel. If a VR headset comes with 180 degrees FOV, know it’s the maximum degrees for a human eye.

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The Dlodlo Glass H1 comes with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, i.e. it’s 100% faster than average mobile VR headset. Commonly, the faster the refresh rate, the lower is motion sickness due to the lag between head movement and the displayed content. Finally, this VR headset features an adaptive 0 – 700 dioptre myopia and provides a 360-degree audio-visual experience.

The Availability and Final Words

The Dlodlo Glass H1 that is also known as the VR Sprite is made to compete with such VR headsets as the Samsung Gear VR. That’s why you can find many elements competitive to it. For example, there is a touch panel like what we have seen on the Samsung’s model. So the H1 is very attractive and outruns most of the VR headsets available in the market. This product is also priced well – you can get it for only $79.

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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