Lenovo Mixed Reality headset is one of the Microsoft MR headsets that was released this year. We all know that Microsoft has partnered with 5 companies to produce Mixed Reality headsets that would be supported by Windows Software.
While Microsoft is taking care of the software aspect on these VR headsets, Lenovo and the other four companies followed the needed specs and decided to go for the hardware aspect of the headsets.
The Acer headset was the first Mixed Reality headset to release and it was received pretty well. Although there were a few downsides or improvements that were suggested by the users, overall the Acer headset was a pretty decent start for the Mixed Reality headset.
Is the Lenovo headset better with all the features in comparison to its counterparts like the Acer, Dell, Asus and Samsung VR headsets? Read the detailed review below where we break down each and every feature of this VR headset in detail!
Design of the Headset
The headset has a similar design to the PlayStation VR where all the weight is going to be around your forehead. The headset weighs around 380 grams which makes it a really lightweight headset in comparison to the Vive, Oculus Rift and the PSVR.
The headset is all black unlike the Acer VR headset which has a bit of blue going around and the visor is pretty narrow in comparison to the Acer VR headset.
The Lenovo headset would be ideal for someone with a small face as the headset visor is not that wide so that it can fit a larger face.
So, if you want to get this headset for your kids, then this might be perfect but if you are an adult with glasses then you should skip these and probably go for the Samsung Odyssey Headset.
The headset also has some cushioning at the edges that make this Mixed Reality headset really comfortable to wear. The cushion can be removed as they are stuck to the headset with Velcro, so you can easily clean them or even replace them.
The material used on the headset is plastic and it somewhat feels similar to the Acer headset. The build quality seems not that great and it feels like it is cheaply built.
They could have done a slightly better job but then overall, the design is pretty okay considering that the headset is lightweight and can actually get the basics of the VR headset right.
Display of the Headset
Most of the Mixed Reality headsets have an LCD display which is pretty sharp, only the Samsung Odyssey has an AMOLED display which makes the colors look great in VR.
The Lenovo headset offers a 1440 x 1440 px resolution per lens which is slightly better than the Oculus Rift and similar to the Acer VR headset. The resolution is pretty good, however, it does feel a little sharp because of the LCD display.
These headsets from Lenovo do not come with headphones but instead, you need to plug in your headphones to the headset in order to get a completely immersive VR experience.
Only the Samsung Mixed Reality headset comes with headphones. So, if you want to get an inbuilt headphone feature then you might have to take a look at the Samsung Odyssey.
Refresh rate and Field of View
The Refresh rate on this headset is anywhere between 60-90 Hz depending on the power of the PC used for running this headset. The refresh rate on the Oculus Rift and the Vive is 90 Hz as well.
The headset was pleasant to wear and it did take care of the motion sickness. For most of the games that we played no one got motion sick, however, it really depends on the game you are playing as well.
The overall gameplay was pretty good and there was no lag whatsoever. The display was crisp and the experience was as good as any other premium VR headset.
The FOV is almost equal to that of the Rift VR headset which is 110 degrees. You would actually like the experience that this VR headset has to offer apart from a little bit of the screen door effect.
Overall the FOV and the refresh rate was as good as any of the Premium VR headsets out there, the only drawback would be that you cannot adjust the IPD physically.
You can adjust the IPD using the software but if feel that you would want to change the IPD physically then the only Mixed Reality headset that would offer that is the Samsung Odyssey Mixed Reality headset.
Tracking and Controllers
The headset has the inside out tracking which means you do not need to set up sensors or cameras like the Oculus Rift, Vive or PS VR to track your position in VR.
This makes setting up and using the headset really easy. Honestly, the entire set up process is so much easier than the other VR headsets out there.
If you are comparing the tracking of the Lenovo Mixed Reality headset to a smartphone VR headset like Gear VR, then the controllers and tracking are definitely better.
The controllers are intuitive and they give you an immersive VR experience, however, something that the headset lacks is that there is no 360-degree tracking, basically, it feels like the tracking is excellent when the controllers are in the front of the headset and when you place your hands behind, the controllers go still in the game.
This is something that needs to improve with the inside out tracking. This is something that is commonly seen with all the Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Games on the Lenovo Mixed Reality Headset
This Mixed Reality headset might be a little late to the Party but there are a ton of releases that you can play on them as well. The library keeps growing and you would not feel like you missed out on anything by investing in this headset.
Since they have even added Steam VR, it is almost like most of the games that you have on the Rift and the Vive are going to be there on the Lenovo headset.
You can play some really standard VR titles like the Arizona Sunshine, Super Hot, VR Chat, etc. If you are interested in taking a look at the gameplay then check out the video below!
The Mixed Reality Environment
The Mixed Reality Headsets definitely have the advantage that you can use them to create an environment where you merge Virtual World and Real Life. This way you can see a character running across your hall or even place something imaginary on your carpet.
The whole idea seems one step ahead from the usual Virtual Reality headsets that we have out there already. Having Augmented reality merged in the headset is amazing and opens up possibilities for new interactive software and games that you can use with these headsets.
If you are going to get the Mixed Reality headset then it is definitely going to be easy for you to use all the Microsft apps and honestly, that just gives you something new to play around with.
Overall, there is definitely a lot more than you would get with the Lenovo Mixed Reality headset and you can expect to have a lot more fun using the Mixed Reality feature offered by Microsoft.
The Lenovo Mixed Reality headset is pretty good and honestly, it is really lightweight and comfortable to wear. You can even flip the visor in order to take a quick look in the real world.
The whole idea of having the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality merged in one headset is probably the reason I would recommend Lenovo Headset.
The price of the headset is pretty affordable as well and the fact that you do not need to set up any cameras or sensors for tracking is another added advantage.
If you are looking to buy a new Mixed Reality headset then you can definitely go for this one from Lenovo. Apart from the tracking, everything was pretty good and a few features were even better than the Oculus Rift.
The games and apps that come with the headset are pretty entertaining as well, so this headset from Lenovo is something that you can invest in, in comparison to all the Mixed Reality headsets but the Samsung Odyssey headset is a clear winner among all.
If you are willing to shell out a bit more money then you can go ahead and invest in the Samsung MR headset as well.
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