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Sony's HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer performs as advertised, creating an immersive 3D experience that simulates a 150-inch display. However, it's heavy and uncomfortable, expensive, and requires that you remain tethered to the TV and power supply through cables. While the HMZ-T1 is a major improvement over previous generations of head-mounted displays, most people will be better off putting the same $800 toward a good 3D-capable HDTV set, and a couple of pairs of 3D glasses. If you factor in what it would cost to share your 3D experience with three or four friends using the HMZ-T1, even a high-end plasma set may start looking like a bargain.

Critic reviews

6.7
8 reviews
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    6.9
  • Ease of use
    6.4

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User reviews

8.0
2 reviews
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    8.0
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    8.0
7.0
Gizmodo Mar 13, 2012

Straight up, this is one of the most unique-looking, innovative gadgets you could have lying around your house for friends and family to drool over. It’s definitely got that wow factor. But at $900, it’ll also burn a hole in your pocket and won’t entertain groups like a $900 big screen would.

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6.0
CNET Feb 10, 2012

While the Sony HMZ-T1 personal headset is capable of some of the best 3D effects I've ever seen, it's uncomfortable to wear for extended periods and images suffer from blurriness.

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6.0
PC Mag Mar 13, 2012

With an excellent picture, and surprising comfort, the Sony HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer is the best head-mounted display we've seen yet, but it's still an expensive novelty.

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7.0
PC World New Zealand Apr 5, 2012

The HMZ-T1 is awesome. Really, it is, and I didn’t want to give it back. But I can’t justify telling you to go out and buy one ... even if you love 3D movies or gaming. I’m waiting for the lighter, more balanced follow-up product, with attached (or detachable) shades.

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7.0
Time Feb 2, 2012

But the quality of the picture makes this a notable product. It provides the rest of the industry a standard to shoot for–and gives skeptics like me definitive proof that 3D video isn’t inherently unpleasant.

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6.0
PC World Australia Mar 26, 2012

Sony’s Personal 3D Viewer is definitely a niche product. We can’t see many units selling -- it’s not a very sociable product, it can be uncomfortable and it really only appeals to 3D fans -- but if you can get it set up correctly it’s able to produce a good picture with excellent 3D depth.

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8.0
TechRadar Apr 5, 2012

While we really can't imagine head mounted 3D displays taking off in quite the same way that Walkmans did a generation ago, we rather like Sony's HMZ-T1 personal 3D viewer.

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7.0
Gadget Review Jan 30, 2012

It’s not hard to tout the obvious benefit of the Sony Personal 3D Viewer, even at a $800 price tag: you get your own movie theater screen without needing a “man-cave” or having to readjust your living room.

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8.0
skywalker69 skywalker69

I got this device in Hong Kong, probably one of the first to bring it to Europe at that time. The device is grey, even if wearing and initial adjustment can be quiet fuzzy initially. After some practice could be better. One issue that need to be fixed is the eye flaps insertion. very easy to fall...

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8.0
agami agami

Went to the Sony Centre in Melbourne yesterday and picked one up for A$798.00. I did consider buying it from the US for around $660 (incl. shipping) but a little additional research revealed that the PSU inside the HDMI break-out/passthrough box was not universal i.e. 110V only for US units. And...

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