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Bnext VR Review

This low-cost VR headset is easy to set up, but that's the end of our praise for a product we don't recommend
Bnext VR
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Price:   $50 List | $19.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Cheap, easy to set up
Cons:  Not interactive, not user-friendly
Manufacturer:   Bnext
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Sep 21, 2017
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  • Interactiveness - 35% 1
  • Visual Immersiveness - 20% 5
  • Comfort - 20% 5
  • User Friendliness - 15% 2
  • Ease of Setup - 10% 9

Our Verdict

Costing a fraction of the price of the top models, the Bnext VR headset is one of the more budget-friendly options. However, it scored very poorly overall, only distinguishing itself by being very easy to set up initially. Unfortunately, it is not very user-friendly when it comes to day-to-day use and is the least interactive of the bunch. This abysmal showing in our most important metric makes it hard to recommend this headset, with some other comparably priced models scoring substantially better.

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Pros Cheap, easy to set upVersatile, easy to use, very immersiveExceptional image quality, super comfortable, very user-friendlySuper easy to set up, very user-friendlyInexpensive, easy to setup
Cons Not interactive, not user-friendlyCould be a little more comfortableTether can be finickyNot very interactiveUncomfortable, not as immersive or interactive
Bottom Line This low-cost VR headset is easy to set up, but that's the end of our praise for a product we don't recommendIf you are searching for the best of the best when it comes to VR, we think this product is hard to beatFeaturing excellent image quality, user-friendliness, and comfort, we think it's hard to go wrong with this top-notch tethered modelThis relatively inexpensive headset designed for kids is compatible with many different types of phonesThis bare-bones headset is the best way to experience VR on a budget
Rating Categories Bnext VR Oculus Quest 2 Oculus Rift S Merge VR Google Cardboard
Interactiveness (35%)
1
8.0
7.0
2.0
2.0
Visual Immersiveness (20%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
6.0
Comfort (20%)
5.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
User Friendliness (15%)
2.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Ease Of Setup (10%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Bnext VR Oculus Quest 2 Oculus Rift S Merge VR Google Cardboard
Phones that fit iPhone 5 and newer, Galaxy S5 and Note 4 and newer, Google Pixel and other 4" to 6" phones N/A N/A iPhone 6 and newer, Galaxy S5 and newer, HTC One M8 and newer, LG G4 and newer. Compatible with most iOS and Android devices from the last 2 years and fits iPhone 5 to iPhone 6 Plus in size. Most 4" to 6" phones
Adjustable Lenses Lenses slide left/right and back/forth Slight IPD Only side to side Only side to side No, need to move the headset around
Sound Phone Integrated Integrated Phone Phone
Available Controllers / Remotes No Yes Yes Yes, Merge Cube No
Field of View 100 92 110 95 90
Refresh Rate N/A 72Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz 80Hz N/A N/A
Room For Glasses? Snug Glasses get pressed against the face Presses, even with glasses spacer Less snug than Bnext Less snug than the Merge VR

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


There Bnext was not very interactive. There is no controller or...
There Bnext was not very interactive. There is no controller or button to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Interactiveness


Taking credit for the largest portion of the overall score, the set of tests that comprise our interactiveness metric is by far the most important for most people. Scores were based on the ability of each headset to allow you to interact with your VR environment and the accuracy of the motion tracking. Unfortunately, the Bnext delivered an overall terrible performance.

There are no buttons on the headset and no hand controllers, restricting you to only passively observing your VR experience. However, the motion tracking is alright, as it relies on the phone's sensors, so it is on par with the other Cardboard-style mobile headsets.

There is some nice padding around the face, but where your nose goes...
There is some nice padding around the face, but where your nose goes there is none, making it uncomfortable to wear if you have a large bride on your nose.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Visual Immersiveness


The Bnext delivered a relatively unremarkable performance here. This is based on the sharpness and overall condition of the image shown, if the headset adequately blocked ambient light, and its field of view.

Plenty of light leaks into this headset, with noticeable amounts around your temples and the bridge of your nose — enough to be decently distracting. The resolution of the image is dependent on the phone used, but we found text and images to be crisp and sharp when using a Samsung S8. The Bnext has a decently wide field of view to its credit.

The Bnext was easy to slip on.
The Bnext was easy to slip on.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Comfort


We rated each headset on how comfortable it was to wear for long periods of time, whether or not you could easily wear prescription glasses when using the product, and if the headset is breathable enough to keep your face from getting overly sweaty. The Bnext delivered another average performance.

This headset offers some padding on your forehead, but exerts a non-trivial amount of pressure on the bridge of your nose. The head strap also falls where glasses do, adding to the discomfort. Speaking of glasses, there is some room to wear spectacles with this headset, but not much. Larger frames may be incompatible. However, this headset does have some ventilation, preventing your face from getting overly sweaty.

It was a pain to get our phone into the holder and on our head...
It was a pain to get our phone into the holder and on our head before we missed too much of a video.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

User Friendliness


Our User Friendliness metric consisted of rating each product on the difficulty in installing the smartphone and connecting headphones, the possibility of inadvertently hitting buttons on the phone, and if you needed to remove your smartphone from its case to properly use the headset. The Bnext did quite poorly in this aspect.

The Bnext doesn't have any extra space for your phone, forcing you to remove it from its case before you install it in the headset. This product also has the most difficult installation process, forcing you to pull out a holder from the headset and clamp the phone into it, then insert the whole assembly back into the headset. On top of all that, this clamp tends to press buttons accidentally, interrupting your VR experience.

Your headphone jack might not play nice with the Bnext.
Your headphone jack might not play nice with the Bnext.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This also makes it decently hard to insert headphones into your phone, as the headphone port is probably obstructed, depending on the model of smartphone used.

There isn't much setup required to start enjoying VR.
There isn't much setup required to start enjoying VR.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Setup


Our Ease of Setup metric evaluates each VR headset on the amount of effort it took to assemble the hardware and install the software, as well as comparing the minimum system requirements to run each headset. This is the only rating metric that the Bnext excels in.

The initial assembly is relatively straightforward, only having you add some padding to more securely hold your phone and adjust the lenses to match your eyes. There isn't a special software setup to use the Bnext, instead simply downloading your VR app of choice. This model also works with a wide variety of phones.

Value


This inexpensive VR headset isn't totally awful, but you can get a lot more bang for the buck with other products.

Conclusion


With a myriad of flaws and drawbacks, it makes it hard to recommend this headset. It works, but there are a whole host of better options than the Bnext VR, regardless if you want a top-of-the-line product or a budget model.

The VR headset from Bnext is inexpensive and uninspiring.
The VR headset from Bnext is inexpensive and uninspiring.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

David Wise and Austin Palmer