We are now living in an era wherein virtual reality headsets are now taking markets by storm; with that being said, where does HDTV head-mounted displays like the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED stand? To start, this particular head-mounted display is pretty pricey and it is even placed in a similar price point as the likes of the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. Nevertheless, it does promote a light weight design and it is comfortable enough for extended usage. Furthermore, its visual offerings do offer a bright, good-looking, and crisp image. However, it is still very far from being perfect.
The Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED is Very Far From Being Perfect
To start with its caveats, the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED has a short battery life, which means that its comfort and good-looking images are quite short lived. It also has a heavy light bloom which keeps it from being a novelty item. Nevertheless, it is still a great pair of video glasses if you’re not in the market for virtual reality headsets anytime soon.
The Cinemizer OLED Head-Mounted Display is a lot smaller and lighter as compared to the HMZ-T1. It has a weight of only 4.3-ounces (8.6-ounces if you include the HDMI adapter and the control box). While it does have a light weight architecture, it looks a bit bulkier as compared to a regular pair of sunglasses. It has a padded rubber nosepiece to add to the comfort.
There are also two adjustable ear hooks that clip onto the arms. These can be moved upwards in order to fit the device snuggly against your ears. Furthermore, these can be adjusted accordingly so that it won’t fall off from your face. Moving on, there are two small 2.5-millimeter audio ports, each of which are located in each arm. These connect to the included Sennheiser earbuds. There are also plastic cups that are located under the ports which hold these buds firmly in place whenever they are not in use. The device has no shield to block out outside light, but the company that manufactured it offers an optional item to do that (with an extra cost of course).
The battery for the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED only lasts for approximately two-and-a-half hours, but it can be connected through the use of a USB-to-mini-USB cable if you don’t mind being close to the connected device. As for visuals, it is able to deliver an 870 x 500 resolution image for each eye. It can display any video over HDMI from 480p to 1080p, and it can also display 3D video. Overall, this head-mounted display has a lot of potential, if only its battery life could have been made better.