Okay Folks we need to realize yes Mirq is often Doom & Gloom. His experiences colour his opinions like us all; lets not turn this needlessly into attacks.
@mirq while I can agree any of the many long term users here could give the headset a decent look over review. I would say of all of us you listed Crony(and there were many you missed but hey you posted a quick short list) could likely do the best job of it; due to him exploring osvr & having experience building a headset. But has he backed? I can't say.
Some are stuck on the idea of the Youtube only reviewer ignoring the requirements pimax said they are looking for. They said they are looking for Backer who is:
A) Leader in The community (I don't think they should narrow this to pimax forums)
B) Proffessional reviewer and/or youtuber
Now we have many users here that are backers that truly fit these requirements & I assure you any of them that backed have invested because they believe or have been made believers after trying out one of the prototypes.
@Pumcy(Tom's Hardware) for example backed after his experience in Toronto's Immersed 2017. @Cdaked friend & VR college(sp?) Backed right after trying a prototype. The list is likely quite large.
While many of us here have been here a long time at this stage. Pimax needs folks who can give good detailed reports on the testing methods they have in mind & give extras where needed. This pretest is important & demonstrates how this company is growing & evolving. Yes they could have shipped out the m1 to all backers to evaluate; but what if an unforeseen flaw required them to have to recall the headsets? That would be a huge disaster. Trialing the first production run with folks who are seasoned in evaluating the headset is very wise as they are used to looking for things we might miss or dismiss as important. This will also help bring pimax & their products back into view. Exposure is important & needed by folks in the VR community as a whole not just within this forum.
Movies send prescreening copies out to get opinions & nominations. Sometimes the movie shipped has a different ending to what ends up in the final cut.
Like I said if you'd had tried the 8k any doubts you had as a result of the 4k/BE would be imho removed. Like I said in the discussion of selling one's backing; "Unless one is doing so for a life change reason & not impatience because its taking longer than anticipated. Once released i truly believe those will regret this choice."
And like @sjefdeklerk reccommended now is not a good time to simply have cold feet. And while he might not be a tester; he is well respected with plenty of time to shine brighter than he already has. With sj I find you have to pay attention. He backed out of the 8k-X for imo good sound reasons but jumped back in soon after stating "Had to it's likely to be the best option out." (Something like that) Which is praise.
Much like Ben's statement checking out the v2. "You've been busy since I saw you last. This is quite good." (Again something like that) Ben from what I have seen is very clinical & that statement is without doubt praise.
Truth I do look forward to when you do purchase the consumer release.