VR Box Review – Virtual Reality Headset | Review Hub

VR Box Virtual Reality Headset

VR Tech is exploding! We put the budget-friendly ‘VR Box’ headset through its paces

We recently got our hands on the ‘VR Box‘ Virtual Reality headset with bluetooth remote controller. I’ve spent the last 3 days testing the headset to see how it performs based on Ease-of-use, Design, Comfort & Build-quality.

Overall my experience with the VR Box has been good with a few cons that I’ll mention below in more detail after my Pro’s & Con’s.

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  • Low Price
  • Plenty of optical adjustment
  • Comfy face cushioning
  • Holds phone firmly
  • Included keyring sized game controller
  • Premium lens cleaning cloth
  • Removable camera port
  • Solidly built


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  • Nose recess isn’t quite big enough (for a big-nose like me)
  • Removing camera panel is difficult
  • Slight borders on my 5″ Nexus phone
  • 5.5-6″ would be the sweet spot


You can get yourself the VR Box for pocket money… UK : £14 | EU : €16 | US : $17

VR Box accessories


The VR Box comes in all black except from the white “storm trooper” plastic front panel. I’m a fan of VR Box looks and think the extra grill details on the front make it feel a little more premium. Attached to the side and top is a stretchy elastic strap that you can easily adjust to fit your head no matter how wonky it is.

Another aspect of the VR Box I like is the addition of the removable panel on the front. This allows the use of the phone camera whilst still using the VR headset, which is awesome! Let me know if you’ve found any apps that use the camera in the comments below as I couldn’t find any in the play store yet.

The Optical adjuster on top work well. You have the option to move each lens individual forwards, backwards, left & right allowing you to get the optimal focus.

One design flaw I found was that when trying to get my phone back in the VR Box whilst wearing the headset the insert kept catching. The shape of the insert allows it to easily catch at the wrong angle stopping it from sliding into the headset. With time, you get used to the strange angle needed but it’s still pretty annoying to begin with.

VR Box head strap


VR Box have done a good job with the sponge cushioning around the rim.The material is very soft and feels well padded (it feels a lot softer than it looks in the pictures).

You might notice that the first time you wear the VR Box you notice the plastic strap connector digging into the back of your head. A quick solution to this is to bend it into a slightly curved shape so it fits the contours of your head more closely (worked for me).

Overall I didn’t where the headset for more than 30 minutes at a time as it did push on my nose slightly. For me personally, the nose recess could do with being slightly larger.

VR Box tray

Setting up & testing the VR Box

The VR Box comes pre-assembled in a no-frills cardboard box with the few essentials you’ll need to get you going. Before using the VR Box you will have to add the three sponges (included) to the insert (shown below). Placing these yourself allows you to avoid any phone buttons being pressed when you insert your smartphone.

So how does it work? The VR Box uses side-by-side images and dual-optics to create the illusion of one 3D image or video.

  1. Open YouTube and search “3D VR”.
  2. Select a video
  3. Place your smartphone into the VR Box plastic insert
  4. Insert this into the VR Box.
  5. Put on the headset
  6. Adjust the optics until the image becomes clear.

Hey presto, you’re a VR Headset Pro.

Inserting your phone is easy, just pull back the spring mechanism and insert your phone. The insert pressure feels just about right keeping your phone held firmly. Once your phone is secure you then slide the tray into the headset (top tip: much easier with the headset off than on). I measured the insert and with the VR Box taking phones with a maximum width of 3 inches (7.5cm) and a maximum length of 6 inches (15cm).

Official specifications say the VR Box fits phones between 4.7 – 6 inches. There is a slightly curved edge so you may be able to squeeze a slightly longer phone in depending on its size and shape.

It’s also worth mentioning that if your phone has a full HD screen then definitely look for Full HD VR content as anything less can look at little grainy when viewed in VR.

What’s in the box?

VR Box headset & insert, Instruction guide, 3 x sticky rubber sponge pads, lens cleaning cloth, Mystery sachet, Strange plastic key, Bluetooth game controller & game controller instructions.

VR Games & Apps

Your best bet in finding a decent VR experience is to search VR on the Google Play store. The availability of games is growing but I still found it to be quite limited. Also, there isn’t an easy way to search for only VR-enabled games and apps so finding the hidden gems takes a bit of trial and error.

I’ve listed some of the best free VR games and apps below:

  • Insidious VR (free): This is essentially a trailer for the horror film Insidious where you can look around in 3D.
  • Galaxy VR (free demo): A space shooter game where you control a fighter ship from the cockpit.
  • Cardboard Camera by Google (free): A selection of 360 degrees photos that you can look through by turning your head.
  • Deep Space VR (free): You control a space gun shooting where you headset looks.
  • Star VR Racer (free): A Tron-like platformer where you avoid crashing as the game speeds up

VR videos

Luckily on YouTube, there is already a large amount of VR content to view on the VR Box headset. The easiest way to find this is to search for ‘Cardboard VR’ or ‘VR 3D’. If possible always try to go for 1080P content and above as I found that this provides the best experience.


If you are going to use headphones with the VR Box, (which you definitely should be to get a more immersive experience), then make sure your headphone port is facing right so that when you remove your phone the headphone wire comes out with the insert.

Setting up the game controller

The sample I received came with a small black controller with orange buttons. Connecting the controller is as simple as selecting it from your Bluetooth settings. The controller works well but due to its size and price don’t expect miracles. You can also use the controller with any compatible games not just VR ones.

 VR Box lens adjusters

Build Quality

This is a budget friendly VR headset so as expected it’s a plastic affair when it comes to build materials. The headset is well made without any loose or wobbly parts feeling overall very solid.

The only area where I noticed build quality dropped slightly was on the lens adjusters. My right lens adjuster felt a lot stiffer than the left which sometimes made adjusting them a little more difficult as each needed a slightly different amount of pressure.

Final thoughts on the VR Box

If you are looking for your first VR experience or to buy someone a VR headset as a gift then the VR Box is a good choice. Having 4-way adjustable optics makes it easy to get videos and games in focus. The included controller is also a nice touch and allows you to play VR games straight out of the box. For the price, the VR Box is a good buy.

The ‘VR Box’ is yours for around (Click to view current prices below)… UK : £14 | EU : €16 | US : $17

The instructions that come with the VR Box can be a little vague so feel free to ask any questions in the comments below. Please share if you liked this review and help to support Review Hub.


  1. Do not have an Qr code, where can i get one, anyone that knows where to find an app for watching own movies?

  2. How can one use this headset with apps made for Google Cardboard that has the magnetic selection switch? I couldn’t find out if that function is available via the Bluetooth remote.

    • Likewise, I’ve bought some for Christmas for children, but there’s no button on the viewer. How does this work with the cardboard app?

    • Solved it.
      Instead of the capacitive button, pair up the Bluetooth controller and switch it to mouse mode by pressing @+D.
      Now, the lower trigger is left click, same as the capacitive button.
      Just use the thumbstick to move the mouse pointer out of your field of view.

    • Hi Raxin,

      It depends on the size of your glasses. They might feel a little squashed against for your face. If you have a simple prescription without an astigmatism then you can use the VR Headset without glasses and focus the lens using the adjusters.

      The lens also can be moved forwards and backwards to allow extra room.

      Hope this helps,
      James @ Review Hub

      • Hi James, thanks for the reply. I decided to give it a try, and while squashed as you mentioned, it works a lot better with my astigmatism glasses than the other Cardboard compatible viewers I’ve tried. Thanks again.

  3. Hi, I have the One Plus 3 (5.5 inch screen), will this fit and do you recommend this VR headset for my phone? if not, which one? (first VR head set so anything £20 or less)

    • Hey Giuseppe,

      Yeah you’ll be fine with the OP3. How are you finding the OP3 so far? I’m super close to getting one myself as my personal phone. I’ve been ummmm’ing and ahhh’ing for a few weeks.

      I’ve just upgraded my OPX to Marshmallow and it’s running much more smoothly now.

      • Hi James, I was exactly the same (never had an Android before OP3) but im so glad I went for it. It’s an amazing phone and for £330 it really is quite incredible what you get for the price. Not to mention the dash charging, I don’t think i’ll be going back to Apple any time soon, OP3 has sold me…

  4. Hi I’m looking to buy my 8 year old boy a VR for christmas,, would you recommend VR Box or is there another one i should look at for him.
    thank you

    • Hi Alicia,

      I’d go for a VR headset with the headphones built in. I find using headphone wires to be a bit fiddly otherwise.

      The BOBOVR Z4 (upgraded version): http://amzn.to/2hdRFKf

      Is a great option. They’ve upgraded the cheap foam used in the original so it’s a great all-rounder now.

      James @ Review Hub : )

  5. Hi there! Do you think this would fit a child of say 8 years old? Never mind about the headphones, I’m thinking more of the size of the head.


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