VR is getting more and more into the limelight nowadays with products like the Playstation VR, Oculus Rift, Gear VR, and HTC Vive. The Royole Moon aims to be like one of those competitors but ends up being more like a portable home theater instead. Being a cinema headset isn’t a bad thing, as long as you know what you are diving in to. So, with that said lets dive into our review of the Royole Moon.
When you first get the Moon, You get the cinema headset along with a host of cords/cables and the host OS box (Moon Box). There’s also a quick start guide, which will help with navigation. You can also download an app to help with updating and managing the Royole Moon. There shouldn’t be any other accessories that you’d need after getting the Moon, except maybe an HDMI cable depending on what you want to do.
The color variant of the Royole Moon that I received was the Black and Gold/Brown, which is a very classy design. That describes the hardware of the Moon perfectly: classy and elegant. There are many curved elements to the headset and the fact that it can be compact attribute to its beauty. There’s also a futuristic and spacey look to the headset.
With all the premium elements one of the first drawbacks to the Royole Moon starts with fit and focus. You can adjust almost all aspects of the Moon, from the headband, focal lengths, and even how close the screen is to you. But the weight of the headset is considerably more massive than any other VR headset or even the Avegant video headset. The best way to counteract this (even according to Royole) is to adjust the headband to a closer angle to your face. However, the weight puts a strain on your nose that can be quite cumbersome.
Next, it’s adjusting the focus within the lenses of the Moon. There’s several dimension/axis to change the lens to make them in focus with the screen, and it’s hard to keep them in full clarity. Concerning that, you can’t wear glasses with the Royole Moon, and if you have astigmatism, you may not be able to get 100% focus using the device.
One last thing to note are the on-ear headphones. With the on-ear style, while you may be able to block a lot of outside noise and carry a smaller package, they push back on your ears. Doing that with the more substantial Royole Moon — for hours on end — can become annoying and fatiguing. Inversely though, the audio that comes from the headphones is loud and clear, so at least the pain comes with a reward.
The software is the single most underwhelming part of the Royole moon headset. Moon OS runs on top of Android 5.0, which is a significant concern in 2017/2018 considering 5.0 was released mid-2014. Navigation is worse as you can only navigate with taps and swipes from the touchpad integrated on the right earcup. Besides learning what each tap and swipe does, having them work and react all the time is something that can be improved.
The interface is simple though. ‘Big’ and easy app tiles let you select between stored media, YouYube, or even the inbuilt browser. You can’t download anything from the app store and the touchpad can be rough, but overall it’s not a terrible experience. You can connect an HDMI cable to the Moon box and have it show whatever’s connected, including a computer screen or a video game console. Not sure why you’d necessarily want to though.
Watching a full-length video is somewhat pleasing if you can get past the adjustment pain points though. You can block out the outside world nearly entirely and stare at a seemingly giant screen while having excellent audio to back the visuals. Perfect for a plane or long train ride, but the downsides don’t stop there.
The ultimate reason I cannot recommend the Royole Moon to nearly anyone is its price tag. The Moon cost $800! That’s merely insane in today’s day and age for VR and Cinema headsets. For a headset that isn’t even a fully VR headset but instead just a media consumption device, I feel you can get something similar for a fraction of the price, and something better for half of the cost.
While I was utterly underwhelmed with what the Royole Moon came to be, I hope that I accurately provided what the Moon is. I’m sure there is an audience for the Moon I’m just not sure who they are. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a flaming bag of trash (it’s actually decent) but I’d rather a VR headset and my headphones instead. What do you think about the Moon? Would a lower price completely change my mind? Let me know in the comments.