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Still, if you have a games console or Blu-ray player this means you can use the headset in bed something to which the design is surprisingly well-suited. But the high 1,300 price and seriously fiddly fit means this wont and shouldnt lure in too many movie and gaming fans just yet. This alone stops it from being something you can use casually unless youre the only person who is going to use it any alteration of the rear straps means you are back to square one. For the lounge or bedroom-bound cinema/gaming thrillseeker, though, its the Sony HMZ-T3Ws fit that is the issue.
The HMZ-T3W is Sony’s latest Personal Viewer headset. And if theres anything covering the battery box, the reception goes right down the toilet. Heres where the w bit of the HMZ-T3W name comes in too.SEE ALSO: 6 Games Crying Out for Project Morpheus Support Unlike some headsets, the HMZ-T3W isnt designed to put any pressure on your nose whatsoever.
SEE ALSO: Oculus Rift reviewSony also supplies an HDMI bridge/switcher to act as another node between the headset and your setup, because most of us dont use 10m HDMI cables. It’s one of Sony’s most niche consumer electronics lines, but also one of the most interesting for tech fiends. You need to be quite precise about the positioning of your eyes too, as any off-axis positioning makes the image look blurred. Its therefore doubly important that we find out whether its any good.
The vision of this gadget as a one-stop video consumption platform is also derailed a bit by the realities of how you have to connect the thing. Weve tried out a bunch of these kinds of headsets in the past. The most obvious: the look. Many Android phones use MHL these days.
While the plastic headset is reasonably light and there are pads to clamp your head at three different points, for even weight distribution, getting a good fit can be a long and uncomfortable process. The HMZ-T3W is big, quite bulky and will earn you as much attention as singing The Sound of Music tunes at full volume while walking down a packed high street. However, the Sony HMZ-T3W is the most successful attempt weve reviewed to date, not least because this is Sonys fourth attempt at the idea. Is it Yes, in several respects its a solid argument for this sort of technology.
And the microUSB port on the battery box is MHL-compliant, making it all the easier to hook up to an MHL-compatible phone. The Sony HMZ-T3W is also highly likely to be a design and hardware inspiration for the Project Morpheus PS4 virtual reality headset when it eventually goes on sale. A wire comes out of the left hand-side of the HMZ-T3W connecting to a breakout box that houses the units battery and the HDMI socket, which lets you connect to just about any modern under the TV bit of home entertainment kit. Until things like Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift are actually available for the average person to buy, this is where it is at, video headset-wise.
Its a headset that puts a tiny little 720p screen in front of each of your eyes, with a middle-man lens hiding that the displays are quite so small, quite so near to your eyes. Despite Sonys best efforts, the headset still feels a bit front-heavy, meaning you have to be careful about how you sit if you want to avoid neckache. On the other hand, if you are keen on taking the HMZ-T3 on a long flight, seven hours is pretty good stamina which is what you get when using the headset wired. At least among British people.
Instead, there are pads that rest on the back and top of your head, and on your forehead.SEE ALSO: Oculus Rift vs Project MorpheusWith a smoky chrome front panel, there is a hint of typical Sony cool to the HMZ-T3W, but Sonys marketing images of hip young business types wearing one of these on a plane seems hopelessly optimistic. The connection between the breakout box and HDMI switch can be either wired or wireless, using WirelessHD, a low-latency wireless transfer standard. Its super-neat, but takes the battery life down from seven hours to a much less handy three hours.
And most have been rubbish. Sony HMZ-T3W Features and Design While it looks futuristic in an 80s-90s way the way the Sony HMZ-T3W works doesnt really need all that much explanation. While the bridge of your nose is an obvious place to put glasses, your nose cartilage is just too sensitive for anything a bit bulkier and heavier like this.A few issues common to this category remain, though. If you have any suggestion, just let me know.