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The Best Top 5 Virtual Reality Headsets of September, 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?

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 are you 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.

So, you need to hang on to your job in order to pay for these amazing experiences, but you can’t leave your virtual wonderland to return to the mundane world of work, can you? Oh, the eternal struggle!

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.

Let’s go adventuring with the Top VR Headsets available in September, 2018:

1) DESTEK V4 VR

Overview

This headset looks well made and solid; it is fully adjustable and even comfortable if you wear glasses. Looking good so far.

What We Like

Destek 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!

8.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

For the price, this is a brilliant VR headset, and we are happy to recommend this - whilst buying several as gifts for friends!

DESTEK V4 VR, 103°FOV, Eye Protected HD Virtual Reality Headset w/Controller/Gamepad for Samsung s8 s7 s6/Plus/Edge Note 8, Other Android...

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$34.99 $89.99

 


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 has that Samsung egotistical smugness of a job well done!

What We Like

This is a really cool headset!

Watching movies through it is an experience and a half, 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, and even wiping it with non-fogging cloths didn’t prevent this happening – a bit annoying to be honest.

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 t 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 coloured 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 amazing graphics and sound quality, but ouchie, that price!

HTC VIVE Pro Virtual Reality System

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$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, but having said that everything could be a little better – probably with a price to match.

8.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Hamswan have created a perfectly decent headset, covered it in carpet and are selling it at a great price – there you go!

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

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$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. Happy so far…

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, only by a fraction of a second, but enough to be distracting.

9.2Expert 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

16 used from $262.39
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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:25 pm

 

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