Canbor VR Review
Our Analysis and Test Results
This relatively low-cost VR headset scored correspondingly poorly in our review, scoring lower than the Bnext and the QERY. Both of those headsets scored better and retail for the same or less than the Canbor, making both of those products a better option.
To determine which headset is truly the best, we bought the best and most popular headsets currently available and put them through an exhaustive series of head-to-head tests to find the winners. These tests were divided up among five weighted rating metrics, each weighted based on its importance. These metrics were Visual Immersiveness, Interactiveness, Comfort, Ease of Setup, and User Friendliness, with the results of the Canbor described below.
Comprising the largest portion of the overall score, our Interactiveness metric is responsible for 35% of the overall score. This metric encompassed our evaluations of how easy it is to interact with the headset and your VR experience and the accuracy of the motion tracking. The Canbor did not do very well, meriting a 2 out of 10 for its poor performance.
There are no buttons on the headset itself, but it does have a handheld remote. This remote has limited functionality, only working to control music when using iOS. It does have more functionality with Android, but it can be finicky and unreliable, with mediocre motion tracking.
The motion tracking for where you look is dependent on the internal sensors of the smartphone used, so it is reasonably accurate, on par with the other mobile headsets.
Ranking second in terms of importance, our Visual Immersiveness metric is responsible for 20% of the overall score. The Canbor again scored rather poorly, meriting another 2 out of 10 for its well below average showing. This score was based on the sharpness of the display, the overall image quality, and the field of view, as well as if the headset sufficiently blocked ambient light.
The Canbor does not adequately block out external light, letting a fair bit in around the bridge of your nose and the sides of the headset. While it didn't let in the most light, it still let in enough to be distracting and a detriment to your VR experience. This model does have a relatively expansive field of view — on par with the Bnext — with only a tiny portion of our test image truncated.
However, we found the overall image quality to be somewhat terrible — rendering this headset basically useless. It was exceptionally difficult to properly adjust the optics in this headset and our eyes always felt like they were straining to focus. The image also suffered plenty of distortion, making it very hard to read things. The distortion of the image was much more pronounced than with the Merge VR. The resolution of the image depends on the phone, but the amount of distortion renders even a top-of-the-line smartphone display essentially useless.
Our Comfort metric — worth 20% of the final score — takes into account how it felt to wear the headset for prolonged use, whether or not there is adequate space to wear glasses, and if there is enough airflow in the headset to prevent your face from getting overly sweaty. The Canbor scored a little better this time, meriting a 3 out of 10 for its marginally improved performance.
The Canbor isn't very comfortable to wear for extended periods, being only marginally better than the Google Cardboard. It also is a very tight fit, with no possible room to wear glasses and this headset concurrently. However, there is a little bit of airflow to keep the perspiration at a minimum.
Accounting for 15% of the score for the Canbor, our User Friendliness metric evaluated how much work it was to install a smartphone in the headset, whether or not you had to remove the case from your phone to accomplish this task, the difficulty in connecting headphones, and the likelihood of you inadvertently pressing a button when using the headset. The Canbor again scored quite poorly, earning a 3 out of 10 for its showing.
The cover folds out on the Canbor to allow you to insert your phone, with a clamp that secures it in place. This is definitely one of the more difficult methods to install a phone, but it is slightly easier than the Bnext. Unfortunately, this clamp makes it almost impossible to not hit buttons on your phone accidentally when using the headset, proving to be a constant source of frustration. This clamp system also means that there is no room to leave your phone in its case, but it does not impede access to the headphone port.
Ease of Setup
Our final metric, Ease of Setup, accounts for the remaining 10% of the overall score. This metric evaluated the amount of effort required to initially assemble and unbox the headset and install any required software, as well as comparing the minimum system requirements between products. This is the only metric that the Canbor scored above average in, meriting a 9 out of 10 for its easy setup.
The only tasks required to get the headset ready to go are adjusting the lenses and inserting batteries into the handheld remote. You can then download the VR mobile app of your choice and you are all set. This headset is compatible with a large variety of phones, both Android and iPhone, and we conducted the majority of our tests with a Samsung S8.
The Canbor has a low price point, but scores very poorly, making it a bad choice when searching for a value option.
The flaws of this headset greatly outnumber its strong points, with other products matching or exceeding its performance in every aspect of our tests, causing us to urge caution if you are considering the Canbor.