With RayNeo Air 2 XR glasses: a fun travel companion

TCL, maker of some of the best TVs under its RayNeo brand, on Wednesday launched its latest pair of XR glasses, the RayNeo Air 2. The glasses are available from Amazon for $349. Rather, they are here to bring a big screen to your everyday life. I’ve spent some time with them for another article, so I thought I’d give you a brief rundown.

It is not a meta quest

There are a lot of headsets and glasses out there and it can be confusing. Terms like VR, AR, and XR can often be used loosely, blurring the lines of what each can actually do. To clarify, XR in terms of the RayNeo Air 2 means it can extend reality (that’s where XR comes from) to make what you’re already doing easier. Think of it as a giant 201-inch projector screen placed over your face.

Unlike Meta Quest 3, RayNeo cannot work alone. These glasses require a USB-C connection to whatever device you want to display on a larger screen. So if you plug USB-C into your MacBook, you’ll have a big screen of your desktop on Sony’s micro OLED displays. So far, once I’ve adjusted the bezels and nose shields, the image has been crisp and clear on all the devices I’ve tried, though the experience is different for each.

Rayneo Air 2 from the back

The USB-C connector is on the arm and the 120Hz display is clear.

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While RayNeo claims to support a wide range of Android phones, iPhones, Macs, PCs and game consoles, the reality is a little different. Only Android phones with DisplayPort enabled are compatible without a separate Miracast adapter, and only the iPhone 15 will work because of this. For some inexplicable reason, many phone manufacturers, including Google, don’t turn on one of USB-C’s coolest features by default. If you have a Samsung, you’re probably in luck, but that’s it Pixel 8 DisplayPort from Google is on.

You’ll also need an adapter for the Nintendo Switch, which is coming out in December, to use this device, and while RayNeo says it’s compatible with other consoles, I can’t see an easy way to do that without specialized equipment.

smooth as the midday sun

All that being said, when it works, it works very well. I wish I could adjust the screen size to better fit the viewing space. The 201-inch screen fills the entire space to the point where it separates the edges, so it would be nice to be able to reduce it to, say, 180 inches so that I can easily see the whole screen. Bone conduction speakers work very well in the arms of the glasses and cause very little bleeding outside of your personal area. This is especially important if you use them on airplanes, which is one of the best uses for them.

A handsome man with black glasses

The RayNeo Air 2 are a little too far from your face, so wearing them during the day is not a good experience.

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The 120Hz display is clear and bright in any light except direct sunlight. Because the Air 2 is designed to be lightweight and unobtrusive, there’s no flash on the side to block light flow. Most of the time, this isn’t a problem, but lying on a blanket in the sun made it nearly impossible to see the Netflix show I wanted to watch, although I could hear it just fine.

I’ve enjoyed using the RayNeo XR glasses, and while they won’t work with every device I hope, I can use them to play games on my Mac and use them on my old PC to stream Xbox Game Pass games. While lying in bed I’ve also found them to be a great companion for working with my laptop on the go. There are still issues I’d like to see addressed, and more clarity on what phones are actually compatible with the Air 2 Glasses without an adapter would go a long way toward making them.

Rayneo Air 2 XR Goggles are available here Amazon for $379and while my full review isn’t quite ready, I can say that they’re a lot of fun, as long as you’re aware of the limitations.


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