Meta’s Quest 2 carrying case is surprisingly stylish and well thought out. It ticks all the boxes you’d expect from an official accessory, including a particularly high price tag.
the good bits
Strong build quality
Clever internal layout
Felt exterior won’t scratch or be scratched
the not so good bits
Very pricey compared to third-party options
Zip could do with an upgrade
Official Quest 2 Carrying Case
The Meta Quest 2 is one of the best VR headsets on the market with its all-in-one design making it a popular choice among gamers. That cable free portability makes it perfect for taking with you on the go, but that raises the question. How do you get it there safely?
Enter Meta’s official Quest 2 Carrying Case, a hard shell travel bag for the Quest 2 VR headset to help your virtual pride and joy travel in comfort.
There’s an argument to be made for going heavily function over form with a product like this, it’s here to do a job after all and it’s likely to be stowed in a backpack a lot of the time. I have to admit though, Meta have done a sterling job at ticking both boxes with their Quest 2 Case.
It’s simple and suitably sci-fi all at the same time. A furry alien egg of a case that looks ready to start hatching at any moment, I actually rather like it.
The Quest 2 headset and controllers are both a study in rounded off corners and smooth lines, so it’s fitting the official case follows the same design philosophy. While the case itself is a rock hard shell, the grey felt coating helps soften it off with a subtle Quest logo stamped into the top acting as the only real detail.
The felt is a clever choice on a couple of levels. While it’s not particularly thick so the actual padding effect I’m sure is minimal, it does feel more shock and knock proof than raw plastic would have. It’s going to be more resistant to showing up scuffs and scratches from a ride in a backpack too and offer the same lack of scratch risk to your furniture. Everybody wins.
The zip is neatly hidden in away inside the case which only extends the clean lines, when all closed up you barely see the join at all. I’d have preferred a slightly more robust metal tag on the end though, rather than Meta’s thin rope choice which feels a little flimsy.
Inside the official Meta Quest 2 Carrying Case is an initially confusingly layout of black plastic fins and cubby holes. I’m not ashamed to admit I had to study the photo on the packaging to check how everything was actually supposed to be laid out. There’s a method here though and everything has a specific place to sit to maximise space and sturdiness.
It’s a bit like a USB cable, no matter how confident you are that you’ve got it the right way up, you don’t. Each of the controllers will only securely sit correctly in one of the two spots and even after a couple of weeks it’s still a 50-50 guessing game for me every time. A little embossed L and R would have gone a long way.
The Quest 2 headset itself loops around everything else, again with its own specifically shaped seat. Everything still fits nicely even with the larger official Elite Battery Strap installed (which you should be using if you respect your VR self by the way), so there’s no compatibility problems across the range.
There’s a section at the bottom for the charger which is a nice addition because after all, if you’re taking your headset out and about somewhere it’s clearly going to get some attention. Even with the battery headstrap that charger is going to be needed.
Because of this inner Tetris of a layout, if everything was stuck in the right spot when you closed the lid, it’s still going to be there when you open it again. I was impressed at home little movement seemed to go on inside the Quest 2 Case, even after walking about with it in a backpack.
While you might hesitate at the idea of spending another £60 on a case for your Quest 2, Meta’s offering is well considered and ticks pretty much every box. It’s not exactly competitively priced though, with (remarkably similar looking) third-party cases running you less than half the cost of the official choice.
Whether you actually need a case for the Meta Quest 2 is something I can’t say. If your headset rarely leaves the living room it’s probably not a sound investment. If you’re taking advantage of the Quest 2’s portability though a carrying case is a worthwhile buy and the official case, while expensive, is probably as good as you’ll find.