Enjoy on-the-go protection for your Oculus Quest with the Oculus Quest Travel Case.
Released on May 21, 2019, the Oculus Quest VR headset became one of the “Must Have” Christmas gifts of the 2019 holiday season. Sold out everywhere, the secondary market flourished with markedly escalated prices. Not wanting to overspend, I kept a watchful eye both online and in my local retailers. Unfortunately, it appeared that the stock went from bad to worse, as the SARS-COV-2 virus spread throughout the globe and drove many into self-isolation. Luckily, I had visited a local Walmart and I happened to find a hidden gem resting inside of a display case. The clerk opened the case, grabbed the console, and noted that the Quest did not come with a storage case. He asked me if I wanted to purchase the Oculus Quest Travel Case as well. After a short discussion, I agreed to purchase the Travel Case as well.
The 18.4-ounce Oculus Travel Case was packaged within a thick transparent plastic bag. Once removed, the 8 1/8 inches wide by 11 1/2 inches tall by 4 7/8 inches thick nylon bag was easily evaluated. Surrounding the hardshell case, Oculus included a 2 3/4 inches wide cardboard strap. The cover displayed the generic “Travel Case” name in white font along the bottom, the USB-C shaped Oculus Quest logo along the top, and a subdued dark image of the Oculus Quest within the case along the middle. The back panel provided a trilingual description of the “Oculus Quest Travel Case a Protective case designed for Oculus Quest,” listed the product was designed in America and Made in Vietnam, and provided the company address. The lower panel provided copyright information, manufacturing labels, and an SKU label. I separated the glue from the lower section, slid the carry strap out of the cardboard, and removed the outer slipcover.
The outer surface of the pristine black nylon case was interrupted by an attractive dark black oval Oculus logo embellishment. Along the top of the case, you will find a convenient 1 inch wide by 4 3/8 inches long suede carry handle. Instead of simply attaching to the outer surface, the handle has been fed from the inside to the outside and had a water-resistant rubberized plug. The tombstone shaped clamshell case was surrounded by a 39 1/2 inches long water-resistant zipper with a single leather zipper pull. I was pleased with the smooth zipper action and the easy-to-unzip nature of the hardcase. The inner surface of the Oculus Quest Travel case was lined with a soft microfiber grey felt material. The back panel had a rigid 6 3/4 inches wide by 5 inches tall by 1 1/2 inches thick plastic cable compartment with an indented lid. When unzipped, the clamshell case will fully open via a 4 inches long spine/hinge. when I opened the inner cable compartment, I found a 2 3/8 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall instruction manual. The initial two pages showed the proper storage technique for the Oculus Quest sans glasses attachment. To start, open the internal compartment and place the charging block along the axis of the travel case. Next, coil the 119 inches long USB-C to 90-degree USB-C cable into the inner surface of the case. Close the lid and place the handheld controllers into the intentions on the raised platform. Lastly, please the hard part of the Oculus lens along the bottom of the case and the head strap along the arched portion of the case. Once installed, the 1 5/8 inches wide by 1/2 inches long by 1/2 inches tall black-rubberized foam block will hold the Oculus in place and will reduce movement within the case. Close the zipper and then use the carry handle to tote the Oculus away. Interestingly, the instruction manual provided more information on the use of the Oculus Quest than about the case system.
The case proved to be a tight fit and it did not have room to accommodate the glasses insert. I do not know if the designer had no use for the insert or if the insert was created after the case was already developed. Either way, the case will fully house and protect the Oculus, the charging cable, the wall block, a few extra AA controller batteries, and both controllers. If you desire to tote a portable battery to charge the Oculus Quest, or larger supply of extra batteries for the hand controllers, or a pair of headphones, you will not be able to fit them into this case. When it comes to protecting the Oculus, the case was designed to fit snugly and to reduce movement. I loved the hardshell design with the inner soft microfiber felt. Additionally, I liked that they included the water-resistant zipper, the carry handle, and that the nylon surface remained free of unnecessary embellishments. I would have liked for the Travel case to have an included accessory compartment, but there was simply no room. If you search for VR headset cases, you will find several varieties on the market. However, these cases were not designed specifically for the Quest and therefore they may not protect the device to the same degree.
If you are lucky enough to find an Oculus Quest, I would highly encourage you to purchase the Travel Case as well. Without an included case, you risk unnecessarily damaging the lenses/controllers.
Originally published at https://macsources.com on May 13, 2020.