VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Headset Review

VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Headset

I’m sure you already know all about virtual reality and how it’s making a comeback in the form of headsets. From Google Cardboard to Ocolus to Samsun Gear and many more, it’s not hard to get your hands on one these days to use with your smartphone.

VR Shinecon is another maker of “VR glasses” with a headset that is compatible with Android and iOS devices (with screens 3.6 – 6 inches). It can be used to play compatible games and watch 3D videos and movies.

With soft leather padding around the face mask area and a soft head strap, you’ll truly be immersed in whatever you’re doing or watching – without worrying about being in pain or uncomfortable. Here’s a closer look at the VR Shinecon virtual reality headset.

What’s in the Box


Upon opening the box, you’ll find the VR headset, manual, service guide, cleaning cloth, and six small little adhesives.


I see no mention of these pieces in the actual part of the manual that I can understand, so I have no idea what they’re for. Any guesses (hint: they’re not magnets)?

Setting up and Using the Headset

Before using the headset, you should know that out of all the included paperwork, only about 20% is in (broken) English. The other 80% (including the app that you’re prompted to download) seems to be Chinese. So you might miss out on some important info. From what I gathered, though, I don’t think I’ve missed too much by not being able to read the other two booklets.

To Get the Companion App or Not

If you choose to follow along with the manual to get started, you first need to scan a QR code on the manual. The first QR code will take you to the VR Shinecon website. The second QR code will take you to a website where you’ll be directed to yet another site to download an app that can be used to help you find games and other content to be used with the headset.


Luckily, the app isn’t needed; it’s just some recommendations to help save you some time. It would really be handy if it were in English. I could have saved the hour or so it took me to find some decent VR apps to try (including the trial and error of finding one that works properly).

My advice: Skip this first step since it’s not necessary and a complete waste of time. Instead, go to the Google Play store or do a Web search and find some cool VR apps to try out. I decided to try VR Cosmic Roller Coaster.


Insert Your Smartphone

When you’re ready (it’s a good idea to have the app open), you’ll need to open the front cover of the headset and insert your device. The front cover is secured by magnets and what appears to be a tiny little latch at the top. You have to push down and then pull out to get it open. It’s very secure and remains shut at all times. The part that holds your phone is also very flexible and adjusts to the size of your device.


Before closing the cover, you’ll want to be sure that you line up the center of the app (all VR apps are divided into two parts) with the center of the headset. As you can see, the lenses are separated by a middle divider as well. Each lens should have a clear view of its respective side.


Put On and Adjust as Needed

Now you’ll want to try on the headset and get it properly adjusted. The headset definitely shines when it comes to this. There’s a dial on top for adjusting the PD and FD (including within 600 degrees of myopia – no need to wear glasses), a knob on both sides for adjusting the object distance, and lenses that can be moved further apart or closer together for focal adjustment.

After playing around with each adjustment option, you should have a crystal clear view of the app or anything else you’re viewing.


You’re in Control (for the most part)

Finally, you’ll need to control the app by using your body – mainly your head. Since everything is in 3D, you have to act as if you’re right there in the setting; you’ll need to shake your head and rotate it to manipulate games and such.

If you’re familiar with Google Cardboard, you know that there is a magnet on the side that acts as an action button. For instance, in some games you have to pull down the magnet to shoot asteroids in space. However, this headset doesn’t have an action button, which actually is a letdown.

Some games support the use of a gamepad or Bluetooth controller, so you’ll be able to use that while using the headset (for shooting, etc. – not moving around). I tried this and it works well. For games that don’t support gamepads, you’re out of luck and won’t be able to get anywhere since you can’t actually participate.

Personally, I find some apps too difficult and frustrating to control by just moving my head around. They either move too slow or don’t move at all. Maybe I’m just too impatient.

Final Thoughts

I’ve tried a Google Cardboard knockoff in the past, and I must say this is much better in quality for obvious reasons. It’s very well padded, comfortable to wear, a lot more stylish, and doesn’t require you to put anything together; it comes ready-to-use right out of the box. It also has an adjustable strap for wearing on your head – no need to hold it the entire time like Google Cardboard. I only wish it had the built-in trigger / action button.

I like that I can view my device from his headset without any distractions. I can get a close enough fit to where only a teeny amount of light gets in, and I only notice it if I happen to look down (through the nose area). As long as I keep my eyes focused on my device, which isn’t hard to do, it’s great. The headset isn’t heavy at all and doesn’t put any pressure on your head of face which I appreciate since I can’t take anything even remotely tight on my head.

It’s suggested that you only use the headset for thirty minutes at a time. If you get dizzy easily, some apps may give you a little motion sickness. If you don’t have a queasy stomach or sensitivities with motion, it’s mostly smooth sailing. Whether you’re looking for a more realistic and rewarding experience when it comes to mobile gaming or you just want to watch movies in 3D (yes, it’s possible), this is a very nice and affordable virtual reality headset.


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Charnita Fance Charnita Fance

Charnita has been a Freelance Writer & Professional Blogger since 2008. As an early adopter she loves trying out new apps and services. As a Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS user, she has a great love for bleeding edge technology. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


  1. If you reach this page trying to find the QR Code to calibrate it in google cardboard: this product is EXACTLY the same as the Defairy 060, its QRCode works pretty well: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/614Y1xG1imL._SL1200_.jpg

    1. hey man, know what can i do if i dont have a qr code? just recieved my shinecon without a damn qr code in the box !!

  2. You say.

     “I find some apps too difficult and frustrating to control by just moving my head around. They either move too slow or don’t move at all.”

    Its because bad/cheap phone.
    In Premium models like Note 3, 4, 5, Galaxy s5, S6…
    There is better “motion sensor” gyroscope.
    so motion in VR is better because the better phone
    So moving head in VR its much better.

  3. Hi can anyone tell me how you project your movies onto the wall have been looking online everywhere no one seems to know..

  4. Hi Sir,

    I would like to answer your question what the six little adhesives are for. I bought a VR from a company called Tepoinn. But that is just a name, the VR is more or less a Shinecon under another brand. In your fourth picture where you can see the lenses and the open latch you can recognize another two adhesives on the structure that holds the smartphone. When I insert my smartphone the first time and calibrated it to be exactly at the center one of those adhesives constantly pushed my volume button down. So I removed this one and replaced it with one of the others six adhesives in a slightly corrected position not pressing down any button.

    Problem / question solved.

    Andrew asked in the comments for the QR code of the VR. I would like mention the following page containing lots of QR Codes for VRs: www.hypergridbusiness.com/faq/vr-headset-qr-codes/

    The Shinecon ones on that page work well enough for me but there are a many more to try. For absolute satisfaction you can play around a little bit on the following page. There you will be able to create your own QR using the spec data and your own favors:


    I am no native speaker but I hope the given information will help you to have even more fun with your VR. I am playing around with mine for two hours now and I really have fun with it.

  5. I find it very difficult to communicate with any one regarding the status of my order. What is the deal?

    1. I am also having a hard time. Would like to know If it was shipped. Would like to cancel the order……….

      1. Margaret, I have gotten absolutely no where with finding out where my order is which was placed in September. I believe I ordered five pairs. It makes me really angry to see the ongoing advertising advertising on FB. I have decided to wait one more week and then contact my credit card company to try to cancel the order. You can get a reliable order from Amazon.com. Jane

  6. So far its fun to use but I wear glasses and had to find an old pair to fit in the vr glasses to be able to watch it, do wish it would be more comfortable to use like that. Also I have to take if off and open it to change the program or anything so from that stand point its a little time consuming.

  7. I purchased VR Shinecon headset and wireless controller. I would like to return it. Would u tell me how please? Ty

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