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The Best Top 5 Virtual Reality Headsets of November, 2018

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Stop the world . . . we want to get on. We check out the best selling VR Headsets!

Okay, so you want a VR headset?

Virtual reality is defined as an artificial world that is experienced through sensory stimulation. This other-worldly technology has existed for decades but it’s only in 2018 that we’re ready to grasp its full potential.

The biggest decision for you will be picking between the three general classes of VR headset. Do you want to just get your feet wet with something simple? Are you hanging on for the best possible full immersive experience? Or maybe you are somewhere in between?

Price is a huge factor too, and with VR technology you really do get what you pay for.

So mobile, standalone or PC? This refers to how they are powered – smartphone, self-contained, or PC.

The mobile VR headset tends to be the more budget versions that have a lesser immersion and interaction level and are more suited to beginners.

The second option is a standalone headset; these are fairly new to the market, and are more expensive, but have improved graphics, and interaction that the mobile VR option, so suit most people.

Finally, there is the PC powered headset – some of which will blow your tiny human mind! However, in order to lose yourself in a world of virtual…..well….anything you wish for, you’ll be paying a premium for the headset and will need a top of the range PC too.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Cables and controllers. Most of the high-end PC headsets require cables, but you do get used to them and the slight restrictions they pose. Your controller is your gateway into the vast VR realms and needs to be as comfortable and ergonomic as possible, with every button easily accessible.

We went on an adventure with the best Virtual Reality Headsets of November, 2018:

 

1) Oculus VR Headset

Overview

This beautiful headset looks well made and solid; it is fully adjustable and the visuals are extraordinary for this price tag. After one round, we’re big fans.

What We Like

Oculus have made a really accessible headset, at a great price – easy to set up, with an interface that is accurate, user friendly and simple to navigate. We really like this one.

What Needs Improving

The only flaw we have found is after wearing the set for several hours, it can become a little uncomfortable over the bridge of the nose – but maybe that’s a useful reminder to return to earth!

9.0Expert Score
The Final Verdict

For the price, this is an amazing VR headset, and we were delighted with its performance.

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 64GB

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2) Samsung Gear VR

Overview

The Samsung design team have created another brilliant piece of technology here – sleek, black and incognito, perfect for leaving this planet and journeying to other realms.

It seems well made, feels comfortable and comes with all the quality guarantees you’d expect from its famous manufacturer.

What We Like

This is a really cool headset.

Watching movies through it is a mind blowing experience, plus it’s lightweight and comfortable enough that you can forget you’re wearing it.

What Needs Improving

We did find that the lens fogged up quite often, but this can be easily avoided by giving the unit a regular clean.

9.1Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is a great headset at a good price from one of the biggest players in the industry. Grab it before everyone else does.

Samsung Gear VR w/Controller (2017) SM-R325NZVAXAR (US Version w/Warranty)

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$109.99 $129.99

 


3) HTC VIVE Pro VR

Overview

WOW. We had the great pleasure of reviewing this cutting edge VR headset from HTC VIVE and safe to say, it blew our minds.

Not only is this headset exceptionally crafted, the imagery is so vivid that you can lose yourself in another world.

What We Like

The image quality is second to none and the sound amazing. The controllers allow a grip like steel without leaving a palm mark, and can be used as a handy impact weapon. This VR headset has by far the highest technical ability out of all the models we tested.

What Needs Improving

The price! Paying this much for essentially a long, vividly colored trip through the multiverse, hurts bad. But we’re telling you. If you can stretch that bit further, you won’t be disappointed.

9.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This HTC is a great VR headset. Immaculately designed, highly comfortable, with mind blowing graphics and sound quality.

HTC VIVE Pro Virtual Reality System

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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:23 pm
$1,385.00 $1,399.00

 


4) HAMSWAN 3D VR

Overview

Hamswan are very proud of the carpet fabric that adorns this headset. They call it an ‘innovative fabric design’, we call it ‘hardwearing and stain resistant, ideal for areas of heavy use’.

What We Like

This is an amazing budget buy. We were surprised to find a proper VR headset for less than it costs us to have a team lunch. The picture quality is good, the product is solidly made, and feels pretty comfortable, even with glasses on and after several hours of gaming.

What Needs Improving

Nothing stands out as a major flaw, which is a great compliment to an affordable VR headset.

8.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Hamswan have created a perfectly decent headset, are selling it at a great price. You can't go wrong.

Virtual Reality Headset, HAMSWAN VR 3D VR Goggles VR Glasses VR Headset for TV, Movies & Video Games - Light...

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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:24 pm
$21.99 $39.99

 


5) Lenovo Mirage Solo VR

Overview

The Lenovo is the largest headset we’ve looked at, but it’s well designed, surprisingly light, and feels very comfortable.

What We Like

This really is an immersive experience, with no cables to get in the way. The visuals are excellent, sound is great too, and with the so-called 6 Degrees of Freedom, Lenovo have pulled out all the stops.

What Needs Improving

Occasionally we found that the image and the audio fell out of sync, but for less than a fraction of a second.

9.5Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Lenovo have created a little piece of virtual magic here! A really immersive, never-going-to-find-my-way-home-and-I-don’t-care experience, and at a semi reasonable price. We love this headset.

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, Standalone VR Headset with Worldsense Body Tracking, Ultra-Crisp QHD Display, Smartly Designed Mobile Headset

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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:25 pm

 


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