Wow this topic is getting toxic lately I see..
Whoever gets the M1 samples is totally up to Pimax team to decide, and none of us backers should have the right to decide that. We can hint about users, but making demands "because im a backer" is not helping the team.
I fully agree the Pimax 8K M1 test samples should not be intended to make any final "reviews", not in text or video. Thats why I gave you my thoughts about NOT sending it out to commercial media such as RTVR, TH, UVR or similar because thats what they do. Thats all they do.
The test units are mainly for testing, evaluating, and getting both the Pimax team and the public (mainly backers of course) to know what works, what doesnt and what does or doesn't need improvements.
Making it a "closed beta" with any sort of NDA is totally pointless as every one of the backers deserves at this point to know how the headset performs in tests before the mass production starts and shipments are arranged.
Pimax team has already their own private tester(s) that has been testing the prototypes for months behind the curtains, and the purpose with M1 is obviously to make public tests by mixed backers that lets everyone know the progress. If they wanted more "closed tests" only, they woould never need to ask anyone of us in here. There are plenty of skilled local Chinese testers and developers they could have used instead.
Im personally planning to test the unit in every way possible (and showing it off in videos and text posts) for several weeks before I even make any kind of review again. Reading another rushed out review is not what we need here, we have plenty of these to read already and most of them pointing out the same "concerns" and "doubts".
With the M1 unit there should be no more doubts.
This is the time we are going to show WHAT works, HOW it works, testing every single popular game, application, every single scenario, every possible comparison with other HMDs etc etc. Its going to take a lot of time and effort but its gonna get done.
When the final Kickstarter units starts shipping in Q2, every backer WILL know everything about that device before they even open the box. This is what I AM aiming for, being a tester.
And finally, of course every one of the tester SHOULD be a 8K or 8K X backer. Why would anyone without a pledge get to try it? People have invested millions in this campaign totally. Because they believed in this product. Lets make every test possible and show ppl how it works.
The individuals and companies who didnt pledge on Kickstarter were the ones not believing in this product anyway. They were laughing. Throughout the months of waiting ever since Kickstarter started, there has been SO many haters, so much doubts, so much shitposts and laughts about that "no name chinese brand will fail". Now... Lets cross our fingers the M1 works as we expected, and prove it to them!