VUZIX Wrap 310 Video Eyewear

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The VUZIX Wrap 310 offers a virtual 55 inch screen that displays both standard 4 x 3 and 16 x 9 screen formats. It plays 2D and 3D movies and videos and supports all common formats of 3D video. The 3D configuration is automatic when 3D movies are played. The view is the equivalent to watching a 55-inch screen from 10 feet away according to the company.

The Basics

Product: Wrap 310 Video EyewearCompany: VUZIX  http://www.vuzix.com

Price: $249.95

Warranty: 30 daysService Plans: 2 yrs ($39.99), 3 yrs (49.99)

Colors: blackBox

Contents: eyewear, battery control box & 48-inch cable, 2 AA batteries, iPod/iPhone AV cable (US/Canada only), AV cable (RCA), detachable noise isolating earphones, additional earphone inserts, alternate nose piece, paperwork, and cloth carrying case.

Available Adjustments: brightness, contrast, hue, color saturation and +2 to -5  diopter focus although the manufacturer claims it will also fit over many prescription eyeglasses.

Using It

This product looks a great deal like a normal pair of sun glasses, to the point that most anyone should feel comfortable in a pair.  Although certainly heavier than a normal pair of sun glasses, the weight is nor burdensome, due I am sure to the fact that the batteries are in the hand held control box rather than the unit itself. Users may find that they have to adjust the nose piece, perhaps several times, to get a good fit so that the weight of the glasses do not cause them to slide down. 

Before one is able to use the unit they must plug in the included earphones (you can also substitute your own if you wish) and battery control box, as well as set up the movie they wish to see. 

At that point all you have to do is sit (or lay) back and enjoy your movie. If you are on a long flight you should be able to ignore crying babies and other distractions. If you want to watch a movie that only you enjoy, you can do so and keep peace. I tested it using my iPhone. As noted above the effective size of the display is like watching a big TV in your living room, but what I found in my testing is that the quality of that image is lower than if I was just watching it on my iPhone.

The Bottom Line

The unit is normal looking on the viewers face and provides a venue for watching movies in either 2D or 3D. It adjusts for individuals who have vision correction so many people will be able to use it without glasses. You can adjust brightness, contrast, hue, and color saturation, which gives the user more control of the quality of the picture. At $249 it is not for everyone, particularly since the wise purchaser will have to add the cost of a service plan on top of the cost of the unit. Another cost to consider is that of a hard case to protect it. The cloth case that is included is not sufficient for travelers. Hard cases are available on the web site for $40 and $50. All that notwithstanding, if I were a frequent flyer, I would purchase one, for the privacy and pleasure it would afford.

Product: Wrap 310 Video Eyewear

Company: VUZIX

List Price: $249.95

Pros:

Attractive eyewear design allows user to view 2D and 3D movies. Adjustments for brightness, contrast, hue, color saturation and +2 to -5  diopter focus give the viewer control of the quality of their viewing experience. Users can choose to use their own earphones if they wish rather than the ones provided. The unit is easy to use.

Cons:

A hard protective case is not included with the initial purchase.  The quality of the movie is diminished from that in theaters or on a good TV by the very nature of the product.

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Comments

zahadum

This review is incomplete.

The vendor has a conlicated & confusing product lineup - so it would have Bern helpful if the reviewer had elaborated on how this model is different from the higher-numbered products ...

One gets the impression that the vendor careens from one technology to another, abandoning products that don’t fit in with the vagueries of it’s supply chain.

This lack of a consistent technology focus is unnerving for potential buyers (not to mention the vendor’s tepid support of graphics drivers for the mac).

Sunglass Display

This is really interesting take on the concept.  I never thought of it that way.  I came across this site recently which I think will be of great use http://www.apepperdesigns.com/  .  Have a look!

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