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The Drop: Nreal Air AR Glasses

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Chris Van Hoven
The Drop: Nreal Air AR Glasses

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While they aren’t the first “smart” wearable glasses to hit the market, the Nreal Air AR Glasses pack enough features and practical usability to make them a genuine hit. The idea is simple: plug them into a supported device, such as your mobile phone or portable gaming device, and the Nreal Air AR Glasses mirror the display onto its 3840x1080 micro-OLED panels, allowing you to enjoy your content as if they were projected on to a 201” HDTV screen in front of you. Internal speakers hidden in the glasses’ stems allow you to enjoy whatever you’re watching with immersive audio, though you can also opt to use your own wireless earbuds for more privacy. The frames can be adjusted three ways, allowing you to pick an optimal viewing angle.

Unlike bulky, awkward designs seen in previous smart specs, the Nreal Air could easily pass for everyday sunglasses, featuring a modern, comfortable, and lightweight design. You wouldn’t look out of place wearing them on your commute home, though you do need to hook them up to your device via a USB-C to USB-C cable, which is included in the box. If you wear prescription glasses, the Nreal Air comes with an optional attachment that can be fitted with prescription lenses. Since the Nreal Air doesn’t have its own power supply, it relies on your device’s juice to power itself. While this means your device’s battery will drain quicker than normal, it’s a fair compromise to maintain the Nreal Air’s sleek, portable design. You can access AR features through the Nebula app, such as a virtual multi-monitor setup that allows you to multitask through various windows. You can stream a YouTube video in one window, look up a recipe in another, and group chat with your friends in a third.

What we like: Surely, we aren’t the only ones who’ve fantasized about having a 201” TV four feet away from our face to consume content on. Oh, and be able to take said TV with us anywhere.

What to watch out for: The price of admission isn’t cheap, with an SRP of $379.

Final verdict: Your personal home theater experience on the go. Sign us up!

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Chris Van Hoven is a multifaceted writer with a keen interest in technology, watches, and the world of automobiles. When he geeks out about technical details and specifications, his enthusiasm for these subjects is contagious.

Having contributed extensively to renowned publications, he has made a name for himself as an authority in the Philippine automotive industry. His expertise can be seen through his engaging articles as Editor-in-Chief of C! Magazine, a prominent car magazine where he offers insightful reviews and comprehensive analysis of various vehicles.

In addition to his automotive pursuits, Chris's horological inclinations are evident in his work for Calibre Magazine and Vintage Grail. Here, he explores the latest watch releases, trends, and the significance of various vintage timepieces, captivating readers with his knowledge and enthusiasm.

Beyond his writing endeavors, Chris is an avid gamer, finding solace in the immersive world of PC gaming. His passion for gaming and tech-related gadgets allows him to stay at the forefront of the industry, always seeking the latest advancements and sharing his experiences with others.

Combining his love for technology, watches, and automotive wonders, Chris Van Hoven stands as a versatile writer who has built a reputation for his expertise and engaging style. His ability to weave together captivating stories and detailed analysis continues to capture readers and fuel his dedication to these ever-evolving fields.

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