Best overall

Samsung Odyssey

AMOLED display, high field-of-view, and built-in headphones.

Samsung's Odyssey (about $400) offers the most features and best design of all the Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headsets. It has the highest resolution at 1,440 x 1,600, it has a 110-degree field of view (FOV), and it has up to a 90Hz refresh rate. If that wasn't enough, the built-in AKG headphones push it over the edge.

Bottom line: The Samsung Odyssey offers the best WMR experience.

One more thing: The Odyssey bundle includes two standard WMR motion controllers.

Why the Samsung Odyssey is the best Windows Mixed Reality headset

The Samsung Odyssey has the highest-res display of all the WMR headsets, its FOV is matched only by the Dell visor, and it has the standard maximum refresh rate of 90Hz. It also uses AMOLED technology rather than LCD for better contrast and color.

The headset has a svelte black finish that looks closer to an Oculus Rift than anything else, and it has the adjustable halo headband that allows you to quickly get a comfortable fit. Unlike the other headsets, however, the Odyssey features built-in AKG headphones, meaning you no longer have to deal with the extra cable and bulk of your own solution.

You can grab a headset and motion controller bundle for about $400; this is the priciest option right now, but you get what you pay for.

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Runner-up

Dell Visor

Dell's Visor (about $309) is the only one available in a white color (Acer's is blue, the rest are black), which might be important if you're looking to match your PC. It also has a unique shape that looks mildly insectoid, but still has the adjustable halo headband.

You get a 110-degree FOV and a 90Hz refresh rate from the LCD display, and you're looking at a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440. Standard WMR motion controllers are included in the bundle.

Best budget

Lenovo Explorer

Though prices fluctuate quite a bit for most WMR headsets, the Lenovo Explorer can be had now from the Microsoft Store for about $200 with motion controllers included. The LCD display has a FOV up to 105 degrees and a refresh rate up to 90Hz, and the resolution is set at 1,440 x 1,440.

It has a 3.5mm jack to plug in your own headphones, and you get the standard WMR motion controllers in the package. As for the build, it uses plastic with a black finish and appears a bit wider and narrower than the others. There's no real difference in function here — it's just a matter of your preference.

Conclusion

There are in total six different WMR headsets to choose from, but Samsung remains at the top, Dell's Visor is a close second, and while the budget picks will no doubt fluctuate depending on who's having a sale, Lenovo is a solid choice.

Best overall

Samsung Odyssey

AMOLED display, high field-of-view, and built-in headphones.

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