UNBOXED: Reviewing the Royole Moon Personal Theater Headset
In traveling to tech show after tech show and reviewing product for UNBOXED, we’ve had the opportunity to see a number of different takes on this personal theater headset market. Generally speaking, and to be rather blunt, products in this space have been pretty awful. They tend to be clunky, heavy, overpriced, and have lacked in terms of solid execution. So you can imagine my hesitation when the opportunity to review the Royole Moon version of the personal theater headset was presented to me.
I want to take the compliment sandwich approach with this review. There are plenty of things that I think Royole does well, and we’ll get to that, but there are also plenty of struggles that a product like the Moon has to overcome—and I think they have more to do with the personal theater headset market in general, not necessarily this product.
Right upfront, I will say that the Moon is by far the most successful attempt at creating a personal theater headset that I’ve had the opportunity to experience. (This is the start of the compliment sandwich by the way.) Royole’s attention to detail with this product cannot be overstated. The Moon is built with some of the most premium materials that I’ve come in contact with as far as VR-like headsets are concerned. The leather headrest and accents around the headpiece made wearing the Moon less than a burden. And that’s an area that this product really could have struggled in given its nearly pound-and-a-half weight. I also credit Royole for doing an excellent job with the active noise canceling headphones integrated into this device. And the Box (the piece of hardware that drives the viewing experience) is simple to use, and the operating system is somewhat intuitive and easy to navigate.