Hyperkin FreeStep VR Cable Management System for HTC Vive Pro/ HTC Vive/ PS VR/ Oculus Rift (6 Sets)
- Six(6) Retractable 4ft. wire with carabiner clip and adhesive mount to hold VR cables
- Six (6) ceiling hooks with adhesive mount to hold retractable wire system; configure the number of suspension points to your own VR space
- Compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PS VR, and other wired head Mounted displays for VR.
- Region Free
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Don't trip! Hyperkin's VR Cable Management System allows you to traverse freely, ridding your VR sessions of tangles, tugs, and falls. With our hook and wire system, you can set up six points of suspension that make sure your cables are off the ground. The retractable wire extends up to 4 ft. giving you the right amount of slack for full head and body movement during your virtual excursions.
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I couldn't use the adhesive backing, the ceiling in my house is that textured popcorn messy stuff, so I only needed the retractable bits from this. I used ceiling hooks I purchased from wal-mart for about $4 dollars, and picked up metal key rings (the ones you find on keychains) for another $2. I hand screwed the hooks up and rung the rings around the retractable bits and got what was pictured.
They DO come with an allen wrenchs in each bag, which I figure would be to adjust tension, But I can't find where to adjust it. Possibily behind the adhesive backing? I didn't have a problem with the tension so I didn't bother.
But yeah, It totally works! I tested a few games with it, and twirled like a ballerina in Pavlov VR. It's great! It really keeps the wires out of the way! Once you do tangle the wires from all of your spinning though you'll eventually feel it tugging the back of your head, but its miles better than having to spin opposite direction because of restricted movement.
So in summary,
Does it work? yes
Does it work with popcorn ceiling? with a little bit of DIYness, yes
Does the quality suck? It's not dollar store grade, but its also not something I would be using to scale a cliff.
If you can get it for 22 bucks, go for it! Amazon has an amazing return policy anyways!
Next, the adhesive is dangerous and if you're not going to be willing to spend (and I'm guessing here) 5 minutes heating this up with a hair dryer and carefully removing this from your walls or ceilings I wouldn't recommend this. One peeled off on its own and I saw no damage on the wall but I trust the other reviewers enough to not risk the damage.
Finally the cables simply aren't strong enough. Once they go down they don't go up until all pressure is removed. This means that you'll be stuck with a loop of lax cable just drooping down and waiting to noose you. Even if it doesn't you've got it hanging from your back, your shoulder, and so on. It's not pleasant. I had to run this 3 feet behind my play-space and even then I'm still having this problem. I even ran this up my wall from my desk to prevent:
These are ugly. No way around it. They just are. It's unsightly. I have to use a broom handle with a screwdriver ran through its "hang me up" hole so I can pull these down and remove the cable from them just so that they don't make me look like a completely slob. No amount of cable management is going to save you with these because they just dangle and droop your cable. The tension adjustment (in my case) did nothing.
Final Verdict: These were great at first - the first week I thought I'd never want to go back - but very shortly afterward these became way more trouble than they're worth but now I've got an extension cable for the HDMI and and extension cable for the USB 3.1 and ergo will have excess cable if I don't do this - a tripping hazard - or have to remove them and simply accept the wasted money as a learning experience.
I don't think that hanging cables from the ceiling is a bad idea entirely but without any pull - or even any grip on the cable - these are going to be a massive headache to use and remove. I've even tried doubling them up and spacing them closer together and blah blah blah. Doesn't matter. They're way too weak and have no grip on the wire -and I'd like to clarify this as it's important: Imagine this problem as a gentle game of tug of war. You don't want to not be able to move or to be pulled into the ceiling - you just want all of the excess cable to be gently (no damage to the ports) lifted upward and for all of the slack to be distributed nicely as to prevent sag and whatnot.
So step one is making sure the lift is there. You don't want the cable on the ground. This fails at that.
Step two is making sure the cable gets "pulled back through the loops" and that's just not possible with this method. There is no "pulling" the cable toward your PC. There is no "tug" in this tug of war. Only lifting above the ground and "letting the rope slip" whenever any force is applied on the other end. Solving step 2 is going to likely require that our cables get loops of some sort. Like backpacks, jacket tags, or even just like a double zip-tie with some electric tape to prevent it from shifting (albeit that tight zip tie would be dangerous to remove due to the risk of cable cutting).
I hope that this was helpful.
The way I have it set up is with 2 of them in the same place and attached pretty close to the vive itself on the cable. That way, it has enough retraction force to pull the cable back out of your way when you come back but you still don't feel it tugging on you. Make sure you set those two up right in the center of your room. I originally put them basically all the way down lengthwise as I had a bunch of extra cable from the extensions that I use and wasn't thinking. I have the rest of them set up along the ceiling just keeping the cord in order with no problems. The sticky pads are more than sticky enough. The sticky things on the actual retractor things are also more than sticky enough if you choose to skip the pads.
Thank you for these great products! They work great! They arrived quick and in perfect condition!