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People immediately started comparing Apple’s Vision Pro to traditional VR headsets as soon as Apple showed the new product. I explained why that take is so wrong. But comfort and weight are two areas where comparisons might be appropriate, given that VR headsets are bulky. The first Vision Pro hands-on experiences gave us a few reference points for the headset’s weight. The consensus seems to be that it can be heavy for some people, so your mileage will vary.
Since I plan on buying this thing as soon as it’s out and using it for work, I’m also interested in how comfortable it is. Apple never gave us a full set of specs for the Vision Pro. Early testers told us that Vision Pro weighs about 1 pound (454g). But that isn’t enough to determine whether it’s comfortable to use.
That’s why I used ChatGPT to figure out whether the weight of the Vision Pro might be a problem for me.
According to The Verge, the headset weighs less than a pound. That’s a great start, but not enough to tell me if it’s comfortable to use.
Wired found it to be hefty, which is hardly surprising. This thing is made of glass and aluminum:
I assumed this external battery pack meant the headset itself would feel as light as a feather, but it still felt hefty. Once I adjusted both a bigger backstrap and the top soft strap, I went through another calibration process, which concluded with an audible chime of approval.
Wait, there’s a top soft strap? Thankfully, TechCrunch brought some clarity on that. Apple is still deciding what to pack in the Vision Pro retail box:
The optics are better, the headband is comfortable and quickly adjustable and there is a top strap for weight relief. Apple says it is still working on which light seal (the cloth shroud) options to ship with it when it releases officially, but the default one was comfortable for me. They aim to ship them with varying sizes and shapes to fit different faces.
The point here is that the default Vision Pro package will have customization options in place, possibly including a top strap to help distribute weight.
How ChatGPT helped me learn about the Vision Pro’s weight
So what would it…