TCL’s Nxtwear G movie glasses could have been great

I ask you a question: you Really Want to buy a pair of personal cinema glasses? Although they are cool, they always feel like artifacts from a dystopia that has not yet engulfed us. When the air is burning and the ocean is boiling, you will not be able to install a 40-inch HDTV into your survival support cabin, so you must do so. It barely screamed “ambition.”

No one did not help-no Sony, pioneer, Royol nor other -Has successfully made this concept work. Therefore, personal cinema has replaced VR as the first choice for anyone who needs to talk about the product. This product has always been on the verge of a breakthrough, but it has never broken. But even though they are looking for solutions to problems, and their history is terrible, things may be about to change.

You see, TCL has been hitting this special door for many years, and now it is preparing to launch its first model. Nxtwear G wearable display glasses Solved many problems that plagued early attempts. They are not perfect, and you may not want to buy a pair now, but this is the closest person to this concept.

TCL’s Nxtwear G brings two small displays close to your eyes to trick you into thinking that you are looking at a larger screen. TCL is not full of technology glasses, but put two displays, a pair of speakers and positioning hardware inside. This can reduce the weight to 130 grams (4.5 ounces), which is very easy to control, and is more friendly to your neck when worn for a long time.

Everything else, including the power supply, is handled by the device you plug in, and the list of compatible hardware is long. You can use major mobile phones from Samsung, LG, and OnePlus, as well as more than 30 laptops and more than 25 tablets and 2-in-1 devices. Essentially, TCL has made a plug-and-play external display for your head. It should work with any compatible DisplayPort-equipped USB-C device.

The company decided to run counter to many of the recognized wisdom we have seen in other personal theaters. TCL is not trying to enclose users in a black space, but to better replicate the feeling of the tenth screen in the mall. TCL wants you to see the outside world. Even when I try the prototype, Back to 2019, Its representative said that you should feel comfortable wearing it on public transportation and interact with people like you.

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For every device I have tried, you just need to plug in Nxtwear G to get started. If you are using a compatible TCL phone, you will see a pop-up window asking if you want to use mirror mode or PC mode, which will set you to the desktop mode of Android. Then, the phone acts as a touchpad, allowing you to navigate with your fingers, but if you want to do more than hunting and pecking, buy a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

I also connected it to my MacBook Pro, the machine recognized it as an external monitor, and I could work and watch TV with the main monitor turned off. In fact, I wrote a big chunk in this thing, even though I had to zoom in to crazy levels to make sure everything was readable.

Nxtwear G is equipped with a pair of 16:9, 60Hz micro OLED 1080p displays, which the company claims are equivalent to a 140-inch screen. This requires suspicion that usually suspends the eyes, but the effect is at work here, and the speaker’s job is well done.It’s worth mentioning that they essentially play audio in all directions, so if your partner is very angry when he hears you watching, grab your Bluetooth headset Colombo When you are all in bed.

I don’t know if you should expect pixel-perfect video quality with such a small pair of screens, but please note that they will not beat your smartphone. Of course, high-definition video looks good, but the small screen means that it is difficult to see good details. Compared to the material played on the TCL 20 Pro 5G and MacBook Pro that I connected during the test, the color was washed out.

TCL’s slogan is that in addition to passive viewing, you can also work with glasses. I think TCL may have achieved some success in this regard. As I said, these can be used, and if you have to view sensitive documents, it makes sense to use them. For example, when you work on a train, this is the perfect antidote to shoulder surfers and other car snoopers. Of course, there is a cookie for those who are joking about watching adult content without anyone noticing.

TCL has successfully solved the mystery of why you would want to use a personal cinema. At certain times and places, you can do this for both work (more or less) and entertainment (in some cases). Unfortunately, although the company has made great strides in solving technical problems, it does not have a lot of time to make this experience comfortable.

Your mileage may vary, but I find that using these glasses is a pleasant experience until it becomes painful. Now, it is impossible to use them for a long time before the inside or outside of the skull begins to be damaged.

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A more problematic design decision taken by TCL was to include three nose pads to push the screen higher. The idea is to keep the screen in line with your eyes, but the unfortunate result is that you need to place the nose pad under your nose. It’s like, to the extent you feel, no matter how big or small, it feels like you are wearing those wire clips to close your nostrils, just like professional swimmers wear in sports events.

Then there is the tip of the temples, and a part of the temples bends down to hook your ears. With ordinary glasses, these tips are semi-plastic and can be adjusted by an optician (or at home, using a hair dryer and some tricks), while the arms of Nxtwear G are rigid. Wearing for a long time means that two pieces of hard plastic will stick to the soft and fleshy head behind the ears.

The solution I found to alleviate these two problems, at least temporarily, is to pull out the nose pads completely and wear them like ordinary glasses. After all, as an experienced wearer, I admit that the experience may not be so good-but found that it is actually better. I saw the whole picture of the screen, and it is more comfortable to wear for a long time. Unfortunately, the reason why the nose pads keep the glasses away from your schnozz is to prevent it from getting hot, because Nxtwear G does generate quite a lot of heat (not heat, warm, Reminder).

Then, finally, there is the problem of eye fatigue, no matter how I wear these things, it still means I have to give up a lot of rest time. It may be because I am short-sighted, so my eyes are weaker than the average individual movie lover. But I doubt it, and suspect that if you use it for a long time, many people may be at risk of eye fatigue and headache.

Now, I bet you are thinking “Oh, if these are priced like accessories, I will buy a pair to see what the fuss is about.” I don’t blame TCL for recovering part of the development costs for these things, but boyThese glasses are sold at Oz for AU$899, which is most of the US$700 in the United States. Oops, you can buy TCL’s new 20 Pro 5G for $500, just bring it close to your face and pat yourself on the back to save money.

Funny aside, I think TCL has made a product that can only be described as the best wearable display ever, and it is commendable. If you are capable, I will say you should try these, because my comfort-related deal breakers may not affect you. TCL should get a fair solution in making these things cheaper and less likely to be squeezed because we are so close. It is true that if the personal cinema is to succeed, it is because it follows the template established by TCL. It only requires some adjustments.

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