TCL NXTWEAR S review: Can XR glasses change your workflow?

TCL NXTWEAR S might not be Apple Vision Pro, but for an eighth of the price, and available now, perhaps this is the way to go?

TCL Nxtwear S OLED smart glasses
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

They're light, not too weird-looking, and they work... for some. In fact being entirely powered by USB-C they're great with any phone that supports Displayport (or a Mac with Thunderbolt), but the fallback for other devices is a bit more hit-and-miss.

Pros

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    Lightweight

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    Controls in arms

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    Battery and phone adapter in one

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    Magsafe-style cable connector

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    Wear-sensor saves power drain

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    Decent sound quality

Cons

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    1080P isn't really enough

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    Image saturation feels a bit unnatural

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    If your phone won't support Displayport, you miss out

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In the wake of the Apple Vision Pro, developers are scrambling to – if we're honest – decide whether there will even be a bandwagon. TCL's NXTWEAR S, or Rayneo XR as it is also called, is a product of more modest ambition, but one you can buy right now.

Rather than promise to revolutionize the world of tech at a not-entirely-specified future date, and require a lot of your pockets and developers in the meantime, the NXTWEAR S offers a portable screen that – for many – will fulfill much of their desires.

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Adam Juniper
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