I’ve got my Pimax 5k XR and just want to leave some obversations. I cannot call it review, because I am not really able to review it, since it’s basically useless as delivered with a face pad which is way too thin. My eyelashes touch the lenses and I was even afraid, that my eyes would touch them, too. Beyond that there were heavy distortions without modifications.
I could fix these issues mostly by using the standard thin Vive face cushion on top of the Pimax face cushion. Still I don’t know if this is how the HMD is supposed to work and therefore no serious review is possible at this moment.
With that caveat, I can give now some thoughts. Generally it made me aware, what a fantastic headset the HTC Vive was or still is. It is outstanding in so many aspects (highest field of view of first gen, brightest display, best colours, best binocular overlap), that it’s extremely hard to top it in every way.
The good side of Pimax 5k XR
- Very wide field of view
- Lack of fresnel lens artifacts
- Much higher resolution than HTC Vive
- Screendoor is almost unnoticeable on dark green areas
- Fantastic blacks (PiTool V188.8.131.52, the current Beta ruins this and I had to switch back)
- No black crush (SweViver’s display must be defective), no white crush
- Much lighter and more comfortable than HTC Vive
- Standby button
- Quick and easy installation
- Production quality seems solid
The bad side
- Small binocular overlap (leads to eye strain, lack of focus, limited 3D effect, lack of orientation and immersion)
- The inner side of the lenses sometimes tend to reflect areas of the display
- Not as bright as HTC Vive
- Colours not as vibrant as HTC Vive (I had to crank up saturation in VorpX by 30% just to get an acceptable image quality)
- Vertical field of view smaller than HTC Vive (I can see through the nose gap)
- Screendoor effect noticeable on red / orange pixels
- Black smear typical for OLED screens (but still it’s much better than the correction of the black smear, which just turns black into dark grey – it looks so horrible that I’d rather continue to use my HTC Vive instead)
- Very sensitive regarding sweet spot (needs a lot of fiddeling around to get the perfect focus)
- Small distortion of the virtual world, similar to normal corrective glasses which means, that it affects basically all you can see and more prominently the edges of the lenses (including of course where the overlapping area ends, which is the most annoying drawback)
- Don’t know how to turn off the controllers
- Display seems to always show an image while turned on and not used for VR
- PiTool is spyware (sends home your activities in VR)
All in all I think it’s a very good product and a decent replacement for my HTC Vive.
I am looking forward to
- better calibration of the displays
- better face foam pad
- other accessoires (headstrap, eye tracking module)