Review: Noton a cute low-cost cardboard alternative

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My cellphone is just a tiny bit wider than the Noton headset.

If you want to trade up from a VR headset made out of cardboard, but don’t want to spend any more money than you would for a cardboard, check out the Noton headset.

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It is so small and cute.

The headset drops right in, and there’s a little pad inside the keep the phone firmly in place. The phone didn’t move even when I was whipping my head around in End Space VR trying to shoot down enemy spaceships.

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Front view of the Noton.

Even though it’s an enclosed headset made out of plastic, it weights just 6 ounces with straps.

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It came with a page of instructions and a lens cleaning cloth.

It fits any phone with screen sizes between 4.7 and 6 inches and the company claims a field of view of 95 degrees. It definitely felt that immersive to me.

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This is the box it came in.

The downsides is that it does not fit over glasses, and the lenses are not adjustable. There is also no button, and no direct access to the screen, so you will have to buy an external controller for some applications.

There is no padding around the lenses. This can make it uncomfortable for prolonged use, but also makes it easy to clean with a wipe if in a multi-user situation.

In addition — like many Chinese headsets — it did not come with a Google Cardboard QR code.

I tried several of the QR Codes on this page, until I found one that fit, which was from a BWM Cardboard viewer.

I’m posting it below as a temporary QR Code, until I find an official one:

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Temporary QR Code for Noton headset.

I got mine for around $6 on GearBest with free shipping. It’s also available for $4 on DealsMachine, but you have to pay for shipping. I haven’t — yet — seen it anywhere else.

I’m definitely recommending this headset. I found it to have a clear and wide field of view, sturdy, and light.

Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is a science fiction writer who covers cybersecurity, AI and extended reality as a tech journalist at her day job.
Check out her author page on Amazon or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Her first virtual world novella, Krim Times, made the Amazon best-seller list in its category. Her second novella, The Lost King of Krim, is out now.