I Am Cardboard EVA VR Kit Review

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Google Cardboard. The paper-based gadget has come a long way since its inception, and you can now pick one up in a variety of forms. As a VR fan, I have yet to make the plunge and pick up a Gear VR, but I have used several different mobile VR setups and decided it was time for a review. First up, is our I Am Cardboard EVA kit review.

I Am Cardboard is makes over a dozen types of Google Cardboard kits, and the EVA is made from durable EVA foam. It’s similar to the stuff you find in those squishy gym mats and a popular item amongst cosplayers and other fabricators. It’s also much, much easier on your nose than a piece of cardboard which is a huge advantage when you have a phone strapped to your face for 20-30 minutes at a time. That said, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to do a test run before placing it on your face because sensitive skin…

Another reason to go with the I Am Cardboard EVA kit would be customization. You can cut cardboard just like you can EVA foam, but I found that it’s easier to make “good” modifications to the foam kit. You may not need to adjust anything, but most Google Cardboard kits could use a bit of adjusting for comfort reasons if nothing else.

As for the design and setup, mine actually came pre-assembled, but there are instructions included in case you need them. There is also a top piece for blocking out the light, and some sidepieces for use with different-sized phones. Everything is made from EVA foam and can be broken down aside from the plastic lenses and head strap. If you buy the NFC model (you should) there’s a clicker or sorts on the side for use in menus and games. If not, you’ll want a Bluetooth gamepad to experience some of the better mobile VR games.

Verdict

The I Am Cardboard EVA headset is about as good as it gets from a budget friendly mobile VR kit. The foam is easy on your face, and you’ve got to love the fact that it’s something that can’t be broken like a plastic model could. That said, I took a hot glue stick to the holes on mine to sturdy things up a bit as it can come apart if you’re not careful. The lenses are cheap plastic, but you can swap them out for better lenses easily due to the nature of the kit.

In a nutshell, if you are looking for an inexpensive way to get into mobile VR, the I AM Cardboard EVA kit is a great way to go. The actual “cardboard” kits come in a variety of colors with or without NFC (get NFC) and start at $19.99 while the EVA foam kits go for around $34.99 depending on the size. If you want something a little swankier, you can check out the company’s XG Virtual Reality headset, which is currently winding down its run on Kickstarter.

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Adam is a tech aficionado and Android enthusiast. When he's not checking out new tech, you can find him playing poker or binge-watching shows on Netflix.