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Imagine living in a fantasy world where you can meet elves, fight trolls, and complete quests just like in role-playing games. Visualize yourself riding haunted rollercoasters, or meeting face to face with a serial killer, or looking around a room full of blood. Well now, you can stop imagining because you can experience it with virtual reality (VR). And you can experience all the suspense safely in your room with gadgets like the LG VR headset.

The age of virtual reality started in 2010 and has been taking over the gaming world up to present. Until recently, the manufacturer's innovations delivered virtual reality headsets that brought us to a computer-generated three-dimensional world that we could explore. But with a wearable gadget on our heads, we can experience more than what was available to us previously. Are VR headsets for you?



Black LG Monitor

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LG started as Lak Hui Chemical Industry Corp (currently LG Chem.) in 1947. The company branched out in electronics by 1958 and established Goldstar Company Ltd. By 1983, Lak Hui changed its name to Lucky Goldstar and unveiled its LG logo the year after. They finally changed their name from Lucky

Goldstar to LG in 1995 and have remained LG since. The company uses innovation aimed at improving customers’ lives and businesses with leading products. They offer optimal solutions and new experiences by constantly developing and modernizing their products. The company is contemporary, yet authentic, and communicates “Life’s Good.” And

LG puts a lot of effort into keeping close relationships with its customers all around the world.

Although the company launched as a specialist in cosmetic products, its Goldstar brand focused on electronic products. Currently, the products they offer include mobile phones, appliances, laptops and computers, solar technology, and the LG VR Headset.


Virtual Reality Headsets can either be Head Mounted Displays (HMD) or Heads-Up Displays (HUD.) The difference is that HUDs are static, while HMDs move with the movement of your head. They allow users to interact with a virtual environment from a first-person perspective. The VR headset replaces your surroundings with virtual reality content in the form of a film, a game, or a 360-degree image that allows you to look around the virtual world.

Mobile VR

The first type of VR headset is mobile VR. With this, you dock your smartphone in the compartment of the head mount. The product has lenses inside that divide the screen of the phone into two to provide a 3D experience.

Mobile VR headsets don't contain any motorized or electronic components; they're simple shells with specialized lenses. Some examples of mobile VR headsets available on the market include Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. 

Tethered VR

Tethered VR headsets, on the other hand, are devices designed to be more immersive than mobile VRs. They have better features, which include better motion sensors and head-tracking abilities. In some of the products, there are external cameras to track the movement of the user’s head accurately.

However, they are more expensive than the mobile type of VRs. Oculus VR products and the LG VR headset are good examples of high-quality tethered VR headsets. 


Woman holding her month while using LG VR headset

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Aside from appliances and computers, LG has another top-shelf product. It's the LG VR headset, which is also called the LG 360 Virtual Reality Headset.

The LG VR headset has a screen resolution of 920x720 per eye, with a pixel density of 639 pixels per inch. It also has a horizontal field of view and an 80-degree lens. In addition, the product uses a six-axis proximity sensor with gyroscope and accelerometer to detect movement.

However, you can only use the LG VR headset with the LG G5 phone and LG 360 VR manager to access games and videos. 

The 360 VR headset has a CNET rating of 5.4 out of 10 stars. The comfort it provides wins consumers hearts.

However, many users felt that the device’s access to LG G5 is restrictive. Even more, users didn't find an immersive experience with the LG VR headset. One even said that you might want to purchase 3D goggles instead. It also has the lowest visual specs among the products available in the market at 920x720 per eye.

Users say that this product is best for people who already have the LG G5. Other than that, you may want to consider buying other tethered VRs.


The price range of the tethered VR headsets on the market is between $$$ to $$$, depending on the specifications and additional features of the product. Sony PlayStation VR is the cheapest product available on the market. However, you can only use it with the PlayStation console. The most expensive top-shelf VR is the HTC Vive Pro.


To review the LG 360 VR headset, we researched various technology websites that talked about virtual reality headsets. And we checked third-party sellers and other sites for customer ratings for the products. We also thoroughly reviewed various websites, blogs, VR headset manufacturers, and re-seller sites for customer feedback and comments about the products we selected.


Man licking his controller while using VR headset

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There are only a few VR headsets currently available on the market because this trend is just starting. Below is a list of products that are comparable with the LG VR headset.

Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset
  • Top VR gaming library: Blast, slash and soar your way through the top library in VR gaming. Oculus Rift S lets you play hundreds of games and exclusives already available in the Oculus store, with so much more to come.
  • Improved Optics: Stare down the competition with next-generation lenses and a sharper display. Improved optics deliver bright, vivid colors and reduced "screen-door" effect.
  • Ergonomic Design: Keep your head in the game thanks to a halo headband redesigned with speed in mind. Rift S stays securely and comfortably in place with a quick twist of the fit wheel, so it can take-or double take-your fastest reactions.
  • Oculus Touch Controllers: Arm yourself with our updated Oculus Touch controllers. Your slashes, throws and grabs appear in VR with intuitive, realistic precision, transporting your hands and gestures right into the game.
  • Oculus Insight Tracking: Take a step forward with Oculus Insight. It translates your movements into VR no matter which way you're facing and provides room-scale tracking without external sensors.

The Oculus Rift, manufactured in the U.S., has a screen resolution of 1080x1200 per eye, with 461 pixels per inch. The Oculus Rift has motion sensors with external visual positioning and a field of view at 110 degrees. It connects to Oculus Home and Steam VR, both of which offer the best variety and quality of games and videos available.

Oculus Home alone has hundreds of games including Star Trek, Lone Echo, and other high-quality VR games. Additionally, this product’s access to Steam provides an even wider variety of games than most VR headsets. 

The Oculus Rift boasts a CNET rating of 8.0 out of 10 stars and a BestBuy rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Most customers enjoyed the vast collection of games available, and it is still growing. Additionally, some users commended the head and hand tracking capability of this product. One of the major setbacks is the price. Customers didn't like that the price doesn't include the controller.

HTC VIVE Pro Virtual Reality Headset Only
  • ENHANCED GRAPHICS - Super-rich colors and sharper than ever details: 2880 x 1660 and 615 PPI
  • REAL-LIFE MOVEMENT - 360-degree controller and headset tracking covers your movements to the millimeter, floor-to-ceiling
  • IMMERSIVE AUDIO - Feel sound all around you with hi-res, high impedance headphones with active noise cancellation
  • DEFINE YOUR PLAYSPACE - Use VIVE seated, standing, or in a space up to 22'11"' x 22'11" with supporting base stations
  • DESIGNED FOR COMFORT - Enhanced ergonomics of the headset allows for greater comfort in VR for longer game play

HTC Vive Pro’s screen resolution is 1400x1600 per eye and has a pixel density of 615 pixels per inch. Accordingly, the HTC Vive Pro has one of the best visual specs among this list. It has a 110-degree field of vision, which is comparable with Oculus Rift. And it also has SteamVR tracking, G-Sensor, Gyroscope, proximity sensor, and IPD sensor. All of these sensors provide sub-millimeter tracking and large-scale tracked areas.

The product has access to Vive Port and also SteamVR which, like Oculus, increases the library of games it can access.

It has a BestBuy rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Many customers say that Vive Pro is best for people who have space for it. They claim that it is more immersive than the Oculus Rift because you can walk around in it due to the sensors built inside. But because it's one of the high-end brands with more technology, it's best for VR gaming veterans.

PlayStation VR - Astro Bot Rescue Mission + Moss Bundle
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission is a brand new platformer, developed exclusively for use with PS VR with gameplay unfolding around you in 360 degrees
  • Moss is an action adventure puzzle game tailor made for the VR platform that will transport you to expansive environments brimming with beguiling creatures and take you on a journey to help a young mouse named Quill
  • Bundle includes PlayStation VR headset, PlayStation Camera, Demo Disc 2.0, ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission Blue Ray Disc and Moss game voucher

The Sony PlayStation VR is another great headset for gamers. The product has a 1080x960 screen resolution and a pixel density of 386 pixels per inch. The sensors used by the PlayStation VR includes motion sensors, 3D depth sensors, PlayStation Camera, and nine LEDs located around the headset for pinpoint-accuracy in the gaming world.

As a gaming console VR, it has access to PlayStation 4 VR games. The software has access to Resident Evil 7, Skyrim, Star Trek: Bridge Force, and many other titles that gamers love. 

Sony PlayStation VR has a CNET rating of 7.5 out of 10 stars and a BestBuy rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. One user claims that he experienced image drift, which caused nausea while playing. Most of the gamers who loved this product commend the list of games available -- especially the Resident Evil 7, Star Trek, and Until Dawn. They also enjoyed the demo and default games available.

Samsung HMD Odyssey+ Windows Mixed Reality Headset with 2 Wireless Controllers 3.5" Black (XE800ZBA-HC1US)
  • 3K anti-sde AMOLED display (2880x1600) with wide 110O field of view
  • Easy setup process, leveraging inside-out tracking (no additional tracking equipment necessary)
  • Access to Windows mr store and steamer libraries for thousands of games & experiences
  • Premium, built-in AKG headphones w/360O spatial Sound and Mic
  • Adjustable headband, now 10% lighter with improved comfortable materials

The Samsung Odyssey has a screen resolution of 1440x1600, a pixel density at 661 pixels per inch, and a user-perceived 1,233 pixels per inch because of the Anti-SDE (screen door effect) AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode. Additionally, it has a field of view (FOV) of 110 degrees. Its optic specs are one of the best, if not the best, among the VR headsets available. This product uses a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, a three-axis magnetometer, a proximity sensor, and an interpupillary distance (IPD) sensor.

Samsung Odyssey has access to Mixed Reality gaming, which is Augmented Reality on Virtual Reality. That feature is possible because of the Windows Mixed Reality software accessible using this headset. 

Samsung Odyssey has a BestBuy rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. One of the comments says that the tracking of this device is poor despite changing the lighting and rearranging the room. Most of the users loved the visuals on this product, even the ones who gave 2-star ratings. They say that there were no screen-door effects or god rays observed while using this device, which is not true for the other products they tried.

Dell - Visor Virtual Reality Headset and Controllers for Compatible Windows PCs
  • Display Size: 2.89" x 2 LCD Display
  • Must be connected by a cable to a PC running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
  • Features an HDMI 2.0 video output, USB 3.0, and 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Display Native Resolution: 1440 x 1440 per eye (706 ppi); Field of View: 110 degree; Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
  • Tracking Sensors: Gyroscope, Accelerometer & Magnetometer; Two Motion Controllers Included

The Dell Visor has a screen resolution of 1440x1440 and 706 pixels per inch. The product has the best optic specs, if you don't consider the user-perceived pixel density of the Samsung Odyssey. Additionally, it has an inside-out tracking camera, which means that external sensors are no longer necessary.

It also uses accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer as sensors. Lastly, like the Samsung Odyssey, it has access to Microsoft Mixed Reality which is the latest in the VR industry. 

The Dell Visor has a BestBuy rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. One user said there are issues with occasional blurriness and that the images are not clear enough to read the fine print. According to many users, though, using a high-performance computer makes the graphics fluid and smooth. They also loved the cliffhouse interface where you can customize it, and even make it look like your actual desk.


In choosing the best among the tethered VR headsets, we looked at three things: the visual specifications of the products, sensors used, and the availability of VR games for that particular item. For optical specifications, we checked the resolution and pixel density of the lenses, given that the quality of the display affects the immersive feel of the product. We also looked at the sensors used by the product, as these affect the responsiveness of the device to the users’ movements. Finally, we checked the availability of games that can be accessed by the product’s compatible software.

Of all the products presented, we believe the HTC Vive Pro stood out the most. It has the most sensors, which helped with the large-area tracking capability. This feature makes this product the most immersive as long as you have space. Additionally, it has one of the highest visual specs in this list. The visual features of a VR headset are crucial in maintaining the authenticity of the experience, and this product delivered. Finally, its access to both Vive Port and

Steam VR gives you broad access to great games.

The LG VR headset may be an option for those who already own the LG G5 phone. It's one of the most comfortable headsets, but we find it's not the best option for those who want to experience virtual reality. It may be least in price, but it is also least in quality.

We hope to have enlightened you whether to add the LG VR headset to your gadgets cart.

Have you checked out any of the VR headsets on this list? What did you think of them? Let us know in the comments below.

A Review on The Optoma UHD65 Product: Yes or No?

A working Optoma UHD65

Meta: If you’re looking for a top of the line projector, Optoma UHD65 must be at the top of your list.  It’s an affordable way to have the best quality in a home theater system.

Setting up your home theater system can take time and patience. With an excellent projector, you can pull the entire room together nicely. Learn everything worth knowing about the Optoma UHD65 before you buy below. We’ll even compare it to other industry leaders. 

What is the Optoma UHD65?

The Optoma UHD65 is a 4k projector for creating your home cinema. The images are ultra-sharp high definition so that you can see the highest level of detail in each shot. The colors truly pop, and the quality of the images is breathtaking.  The UHD65 model won awards in 2018 due to the sophistication and competitive price of this HDR projector. Its technology is among the top of its class. 

Unlike many other affordable projectors, the UHD65 is compatible with $K Blu-rays and streaming services. Many people enjoy this capability because that’s where most new movies and TV shows debut these days, and this projector was designed to help you take advantage of both modes of watching your favorites without venturing into prices that cost an arm and a leg. 

Product Specifications

Because the UHD65 is a home theater system, it uses Texas Instruments’ DLP projection technology and the best 4K HD viewing capabilities. The images are incredibly sharp, and you can see four times the number of pixels than other 1080p projectors. With over 2,000 lumens, a super high 1,200,00:1 contrast ratio, and an RGBRGB color wheel, the picture quality is breathtaking and vivid. When playing Blu-rays, expect the projector to provide more subtlety in the color gradients. 

This model also comes with high dynamic range thanks to the HDR10 and a vertical lens shift with zoom. The technology that powers the UHD65 is revolutionary, and the performance is high due to DMD and XPR video processing. The PureMotion technology takes care of noise and motion blur in fast action shots as well, so every image is smooth and precise.

You can even connect a range of other media players and systems, and the built-in speakers offer a decent playback to match your screen. Two HDMI ports support HDR content, two VGA connections, and a mass of other options. Optoma throws in a setting to convert Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) to HDR, which enhances the contrast, color, and detail of Blu-rays. It won’t, however, work with other HDR formats, such as broadcast content from Hybrid Log-Gamma or Dolby Vision. 


  • Type – home theater
  • Dimensions – 19.6 x 6 x 13 inches
  • Weight – 16 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight – 29 lbs.
  • Technology – DLP
  • Aspect Ratio – 16:9
  • Resolution – UHD 3840 x 2160
  • Brightness – 2200 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio – 1200000:1
  • Number of Colors – 1073.4 million
  • Lamp Type – 240W
  • Audio-In and Audio-Out
  • Power Consumption – 317W in bright mode; 259W in eco mode
  • Audible Noise Level – 28/25 dB
  • Lens – F=2.5~3.26; f=20.91~32.62mm
  • Zoom – 1.6x manual
  • Throw Distance – 4.3~31 ft.
  • Inputs – RJ-45
  • HDMI Ports
  • VGA Ports
  • Contrast Ratio – 1200000:1
  • USB Ports


Optoma offers a price that’s competitive with other 4K projectors on the market today. A warranty is also only available through certain sellers. Tiger Direct, for example, offers either two, three, or four-year protection plants for an additional $140-$160. This warranty covers the parts and labor, and if anything happens to the electrical or mechanical systems, you don’t even have to pay a deductible or shipping costs to have your projector fixed. Optoma may also offer a warranty. However, their website doesn’t mention how. It seems customers must purchase through an outside seller and claim the warranty through them as well. 

Although Optoma’s official website explains more about their projector, you can’t buy the UHD65 on their website. The page offers a list of online retailers where you can purchase the product, including Audio GeneralPro-Tech ProjectionFull Compass, and more. Tiger Direct offers nearly a 48% savings. 

This model isn’t currently available on Amazon either. However, you can find other Optoma models, such as the UHD60

Professional installation also costs more. Expect to pay an addition $150 to $200 for a pro to come in a rig the projector up for you. 

How It Compares

The UHD65 is a competitive price to competitors on the market today. However, they typically offer much better warranty options for an expensive piece of equipment. The model is easy to use, even though you must alter the lenses manually. Setup takes little to no time, even for beginners, and you can install this projector on your own. 

Compared to more expensive 4K HDR projectors, however, the Optoma doesn’t perform as well on dark scenes. The unit does work well on other images though, so expect most pictures to appear rich in color and sharp. The competition doesn’t keep up there. 

Sony VPLHW65ES 1080p 3D SXRD Home Theater Projector
  • Screen Size Range: 51-82 inches from 8 feet; 77-122 inches from 12 feet, 102-162 inches from 16 feet
  • Resolution: Full HD (1920 X 1080)
  • White Brightness: 1800 Lumens; Color Brightness: 1800 Lumens; Calibrated Brightness (cinema 1 mode): 1315 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 120,000:1;; Lens Shift: Vertical +/- 71%; Horizontal +/- 25%
  • Warranty: 3 Year Limited

The Sony VPL-HW65ES, for example, is a well-loved projector at a similar price. But it doesn’t hold up to the quality, and compatibility Optoma offers. Sony does provide an immersive picture quality, fine details, and excellent contrast. However, it’s neither HD or 4K. Sony has fewer lumens as well, but the same contrast detail ratio. The UHD65, on the other hand, has a better screen resolution and smooth action shots. 

VPL-VW300ES Sony Projector Lamp Replacement. Projector Lamp Assemblies with Genuine Bulb inside.
  • VPL-VW300ES Sony Projector Lamp Replacement. Projector Lamp Assemblies with High Quality Genuine Bulb inside.
  • 6 month warranty

Sony’s native 4K project for home use, the VPL-VW300ES, is closer. But even this Sony model can’t compete with Optoma’s price. This Sony option comes at an extremely high price. It does have fast response time and upscales excellent, but so does the UHD65 for a fraction of the cost. 

The Sony models also come with an interesting environmental notice about the product containing mercury, which changes the way you can dispose of or recycle the projector later. Mercury isn’t a material that’s common in forward-thinking products today, so it may not hold up well over time either. 

Warranty wise, Sony offers the best option. They have a three-year limited warranty for parts and labor and a 90-day warranty on the projector lamp. However, where Optoma shines comes with the basic user interface that’s simple to use. 

Pros and Cons

Optoma UHD51ALV True 4K UHD Smart Projector with HDR | Super Bright 3,000 Lumens | HDR10 | Works with Alexa and Google Assistant | Voice Command to Activate Projector | USB Media Streamer
  • COMPATIBLE WITH ALEXA & GOOGLE ASSISTANT: With Echo devices or Google Home, take control of the UHD51A with voice commands to power on/off, adjust volume, change inputs, and control USB media playback
  • True 4K Ultra HD: experience high-quality home cinema feel with 4K Ultra HD with 8. 3 million distinct addressable on-screen pixels, enabled by the Texas Instruments 4K UHD DLP chipset
  • HD compatible: HDR10 technology with dci-p3 wide color gamut support displays everything in the rec. 2020 colors to match Television and Film quality; also Providing brighter whites, deeper blacks, and greater color depth
  • 4K video playback with the integrated USB media player. Operating Temperature-41-104°F (5-40°C), 85% max humidity
  • Ultra-sharp picture: Ultra detail technology ensures enhanced image sharpness with a higher frame rate to deliver a crystal clear picture

With top of the line technology, a huge range of connectivity and audio ports, and some of the clearest pictures available, Optoma makes a decent projector. They even provide a remote that’s backlit to allow you to control the system in the dark. There are dedicated buttons you can set for quick access to your favorites, and the system itself is very simple to use. Some people may find the number of buttons to be excessive, but others enjoy having all their options in one easy-to-use location.  

The UHD65 already costs a pretty penny, so you may want to consider completing the installation yourself rather than paying an expensive pro. Due to the wide array of connections to power the projector, installation is easy for you to install yourself. Setup is extremely easy and straightforward. 

Another pro is that the UHD65 is slightly smaller than competitors, particularly among most 4K HDR projectors on the market. Because the unit isn’t exactly the most elegant design, many customers will enjoy how they can install this model easily along with the ceiling and never look at it again.  

However, consider the location you keep this projector well in advance because you’ll need to focus and zoom the lens manually. The process is a snap. All you must do is pop open a flap along the top of the projector and alter the controls. However, if you don’t want to get out a ladder each time you need to access the controls, you may want to house the unit somewhere else. 

The biggest setback to this awesome projector is the SDR to HDR conversion, which often makes the image appear overcooked. When this happens, the detail is more difficult to make out than otherwise. We don’t recommend you try it at all. The detail also isn’t as clear in dark scenes, so if you plan to watch a dark film like Batman, don’t plan on having a crisp picture. 

We also suggest setting up the speakers with a better sound system. Although the two 4-watt speakers create an enjoyable sound quality, it pairs well with other systems to create the optimal home theater. 


  • Impressive detail
  • Wide range of colors
  • Doesn’t mess up with sharp movements
  • Upscales both SD and HD films
  • Bright and clean picture quality, even when upscaling
  • No rainbow effects
  • Quiet


  • No motorized lens movement
  • Dark scenes aren’t as detailed
  • Avoid SDR to HDR conversion with this projector
  • Price may be competitive, but it’s expensive for most consumers

Our Final Verdict

We give the Optoma UHD65 a 4-star rating. Finding a seller with a decent warranty to purchase your projector through was a more complicated process than necessary. However, this model competes well with other home theater projects on the market today. 

It’s a powerful display, range of vivid color, and smooth motion sets it at top-notch. Although it doesn’t come with the additional bells and whistles you typically see in 4K high-end projectors, this model will last. For the price, this Optoma model is the best you can buy. 

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The Denon DP-300F: Blast Your Records with This

Denon DP-300F turn table

Vinyl records, unlike CDs, have a timely quality that makes them popular even today. The sound quality is unique. They’re not going anywhere any time soon, so there are multiple companies producing turntables again. With so many new options to choose from, it’s tricky to find the best option for you. In this review, we’ll show you what you need to know about the Denon DP-300F. It's an excellent turntable for beginners just getting into vinyl, and it’s available at a reasonable price. 

What is the Denon DP-300F?

The Denon DP-300F is an entirely automatic analog turntable that will play your records. It’s excellent for beginners due to the fully automatic nature, which means you can press a button to start and stop the record instead of physically moving the arm. This feature is what brings this turntable into the 21st century, and it means the tonearm will also automatically flip the record over and start playing the other side when its time. 

You never need to touch the arm at all, and this helps beginners decrease the likelihood of premature needle wears o you can use your machine for a long time. The sound quality is among average for its price point, and beginners typically find the quality useful enough for their needs. However, professionals and audiophiles won't find this turntable impressive. There are no high-quality speakers built-in or headphones along with your purchase. It’s a bare-bones way to play records. 

Although Denon turntables aren’t the most well-known, they have been in the industry since 1910. The electronics company, based in Japan, has cornered the home theater industry. They offer Blu-ray players, receivers, and anything else you need to create the coolest possible home system. The turntables they make today typically sound excellent and are well made. The top models are tough to find, but Denon does offer cheaper options worth considering like the DP-300F. 

Product Specifications

The DP-300F has a simple, all black plastic design. It appears generic, but the black is still slightly metallic to dazzle beginners. A belt drives the turntable itself, and the plastic tonearm has a replaceable headshell that allows you to replace the needles and experiment with sound as you learn more about vinyl. You’ll even find an extra set of leads included in the box. 

It’s simple to use, as the speed button allows you to control the belt. You don’t have to manually do this, which is again an awesome beginner-friendly feature. Next, to the speed controls, there is a size option button to switch from 7-inch to 12-inch records. If you have a record of a different size, however, don’t worry. You can manually queue your needles as well using the tonearm lever to make your record fit. 

The base is heavy and sturdy, and the platter offers stable rotation and solid playback. You can adjust the tonearm or anti-skating control to track properly or alter the size of the records you play. For all the automation, you have a machine that’s easy to use without compromising sound quality. 

With the touch of a button, you can entirely operate the turntable. It has a built-in phono preamp to equalize and connect the turntable to an amp, and the machine runs on a DC servo motor with a two-speed belt drive. There’s a MM cartridge so you can connect your records to a home hi-fi system as well. 


  • Dimensions – 15 x 17.1 x 4.8 inches
  • Weight – 12 lbs. 
  • Speeds – 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm
  • Warranty – 2 years
  • 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Heavy base construction
  • Aluminum platter
  • Belt-driven system
  • Built-in phono preamp
  • Manual lifter
  • Fully automatic operation
  • Dynamic balance tonearm and universal mount
  • Replaceable magnet cartridge 


The DP-300F is widely available from a wide range of sellers, including Denon themselves. You can find this model for sale near you from big names like Best Buy or online sellers like Amazon and Crutchfield. Most places set their price at around $330. 

However, you can find deals and awesome perks on Amazon to go along with your purchase. Amazon offers free shipping whether you’re a Prime member or not, small monthly payments with an Amazon Store Card, or two or three-year protection plans. The additional protection is available for between $25 and $34. You can also find used options for sale for closer to $200 if you want to save even more. 

How It Compares

Marantz TT42 Fully automatic Belt Drive Turntable with Cartridge,Black
  • Fully automatic
  • Dc servo belt drive
  • Moving magnet cartridge
  • Transparent dust cover

To use the DP-300F, all you must do is assemble the turntable and plug it into a home theater or living room system. The connections are simple, and you can start listening to all your favorite records in no time. You don’t need to know how to set up old school record players to work this model. Compared to old school record players, this ability is stunning. 

The Marantz TT42 is probably the closest competitor to the DP-300F, and they come at a similar price. Both are fully automatic turntables, and the two models are surprisingly similar. The Marantz, however, doesn’t offer a preamp. However, it does have better construction than Denon and comes with a dust cover to keep the machine safe for years to come.  

Pro-Ject - Debut Carbon Esprit SB (Black)
  • 8.6" carbon tonearm
  • Pro-Ject Speed Box Built-in
  • Plays 33, 45 and 78RPM (78RPM with belt change)
  • Heavy non-resonant acrylic platter
  • Precision belt drive with synchronous motor

Although it’s not automatic, the Pro-Ject Debut Esprit SB comes at a similar price point and appears similar. However, they offer much better cartridges and speed options than Denon. They also come in varying colors and offer a satisfaction guarantee. It’s made using magnets, but it’s not as ideal for beginners who are new to vinyl. 

Denon also offers a two-year limited warranty, which you can obtain even if you purchase your model on Amazon. This warranty option is much better than the competitors, which tend only to offer a year or so and you must request the warranty through Amazon customer service to talk directly to the manufacturer to obtain the warranty. Denon stands behind their products. 

Pros and Cons

Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable with Built-in Phono Equalizer | Unique Tonearm Design | Hologram Vibration Analysis | Slim Design
  • REDISCOVER YOUR PASSION FOR VINYL -Listen to your analog music in a brand new way with this rigid diecast aluminum turntable that comes with standard mount headshell, MM Cartridge, DC servo motor, and has rotation speeds of 33 1/3 or 45 rpm
  • LOWER VIBRATIONS DRIVE BETTER PERFORMANCE - This slim and sleek turntable is designed with a heavier base construction that helps decrease vibrations, giving you a noiseless, rich and detailed sound
  • SMOOTH & GENTLE AUTOMATIC MOTIONS - The automatic startup feature allows the turntable to begin play. With the touch of a button, the tonearm gets lifted and comes to rest so smoothly ensuring NO SCRATCHES OR DAMAGE TO YOUR RECORDS
  • BUILT-IN PHONO EQUALIZER creates an open, enveloping sound stage that enlivens your vinyl collection while staying true to the original recording. Connect it directly to a mini component or integrated amp that lacks a phono terminal for seamless use
  • EASY INSTALLATION & SETUP - Assemble the turntable, set it up in your living room or home theater with simple connections and start listening to your old or new records almost instantly

Simple is better when it comes to turntables, and the Denon is easy enough for beginners who have never touched a record player before. Many people worry that, while automatic mechanisms make it easier for beginners, they also intensify the likelihood of tracking errors. However, the DP-300F performs well. High-end turntables are never fully automatic, and this option performs surprisingly well at what it does. 

For the money, Denon matches up well with entry-level competitors. It performs well and offers only basic sound quality, but it has better components than other beginner turntables, like the tonearm and option to switch out cartridges. If you live in a small apartment or an old house with creaky floors, however, you can expect the needle to skip when the floors wobble. 

The needle, unlike more expensive options, can’t separate itself from the vibrations from your environment. But you shouldn’t expect to find features like this in a cheap beginner model anyway. Damping, as the process is called, is average with Denon. 

The biggest downside to the Denon model is in the design. The switch that toggles the phono preamp is built into the bottom, so you have to lift the mat and move the platter before you can even access the on/off switch. Although this is a small con, as most beginners won’t mess with this function often, it’s an odd placement. 

Denon also doesn’t offer a USB output so you can bring your records into the digital age. Many records sole today, however, are sold with a code you can use to download the MP3 version as well. If you have old records, you may not enjoy the lack of this feature though. 


  • Perfect for beginners
  • Fully automatic playback
  • The phono preamp is built-in
  • Easy to find a decent deal from various sellers


  • Only average sound quality
  • Cheap feeling buttons
  • No USB recording capabilities
  • No headphones 

Our Final Verdict

We give the Denon DP-300F a 3.75 out of 5-star rating because, while it’s excellent for beginners, the plastic feels cheap. You also can’t connect devices to record or plugin headphones. Although the sound quality is only average, however, beginners don’t need fancy features they don’t know how to use yet. Therefore, this model is an excellent choice to grow with you as you get used to listening to vinyl. It’s easy to use, sets up in moments, and comes with a decent warranty. 

If you want to listen to your records without having to queue or manually work the machine, this is the turntable for you. It’s simple, but it works well and holds up over time even though the plastic seems like a cheap material. However, don’t expect it to sound like an entry-level manual turntable. They will sound better with vinyl every time. 

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4 Of The Best Cheap Bluetooth Headphones Available

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Honestly, I never thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and buy wireless headphones. After all, I mostly use headphones when I'm sitting down with my laptop or carrying my phone in my pocket. It never occurred to me that I would want them to be wireless. That was before I started working out, though, which lead me to the conclusion that wireless headphones are a cool gadget after all.

However, I don't care about sporting the latest name brands or spending a ton of money on a product that I only use for 5 to 10 percent of my day. When I set out to pick up some cheap wireless headphones, I was overwhelmed by the choices and not sure how to pick the quality sets over the junky sets. 

Here, I put together a list of the best cheap Bluetooth headphones, so you don't waste your money or get stuck with a low-quality pair.

Comparison Table

Product FAQs

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Let us answer some of the questions people tend to get confused about. Below are several FAQs and more in-depth information that might be helpful in your quest to find the best cheap Bluetooth headphones. 

In-ear/earbuds versus over-ear headphones, which is better?

What to look for in budget Bluetooth headphones?

How We Reviewed Each Set of Bluetooth Headphones

To find the best, budget-friendly models, we focused on consumer reviews and ratings and testing out some of the products ourselves. The only surefire way to find out how well headphones work is to use them. Of course, so we found out what people were saying after they used them and brought you the details.  

Overall Price Range of Cheap 

Bluetooth Headphones

Before you jump into shopping, you may be curious to know what a pair of Bluetooth headphones will run you, investment-wise. You’ll be happy to know that you can purchase wireless headphones for under $100. While you may be able to find a decent pair or two under $50, you should expect to stay in the $50 to $100 range. 

Cheap Bluetooth Headphones Product Buyer’s Guide

Take a look at each review, and you'll find the key features, pros and cons, and any other relevant information you might need to know. Remember what we mentioned in the FAQ section as you read through these. We'll say those same things in each review to help you get a better idea of which wireless headphones might be right for you.

The Top 4 Products

 Without holding you up any further, here are our top four picks for the best cheap Bluetooth headphones available on the market today.  

Shure SE112 Sound Isolating Earphones

Shure SE112-K-BT1 Wireless Sound Isolating Earphones with Bluetooth Enabled Communication Cable
  • Great sound with deep bass elevates audio performance in a CONVENIENT and portable mobile package
  • Sound Isolating design featuring comfortable sound Isolating sleeves blocks up to 37 dB of ambient noise for extended listening, without distractions
  • Bluetooth 4. 1 pairs with most phones, laptops and tablets, with up to 8 hours of battery life and 30 feet (10 meters) of range
  • Multi-point pairing enables pairing of up to two devices transition from the office to on-the-go between multiple sources and media
  • Control your world at your fingertips three-button remote and mic offers audio for phone calls, voice commands and other Voice-activated device features

Shure previously manufacture wired headphones, but they came out with the SE112 Sound Isolating Wireless Earphones about two years ago. Although they're not quite the high-quality of Shure's other models, they're a great budget model.  

Key Features

These wireless headphones feature a clothing clip, plus small, medium, and large soft flex silicone ear tips for maximum comfort. Shure claims that these headphones can cancel p to 37db of ambient noise while providing a decent-sound experience. 


  • Great sound isolation
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Sound control feature built-in
  • Dynamic MicroDriver


  • In-line three-button remote only comes as an upgrade option
  • Wired ear-buds can take some getting used to
  • Not completely noise-canceling


See Amazon’s 30-day return policy. 



AKG Bluetooth Headphone Black (Y50BTBLK)
  • Legendary AKG sound.Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Bluetooth enabled for music and calls
  • More than 20 hours battery life
  • By-pass 1.2m detachable cable included if the battery dies
  • Frequency Response - 20-20kHz and Impedance - 32ohms

AKG’s Y50BT isn't new to the market, but they are a popular wireless option. That's because, for their cost, the sound quality and durability are exceptional. We included them in our budget list because you can pick up a refurbished pair.

Key Features

These wireless headphones have a sound quality that's not usually found at this price point. Even though they aren't noise-canceling, you'll find that you don't notice a lot of interruptions while wearing these. Connectivity is simple, and you'll find buttons for power/pairing, play/pause, and volume on the right ear cup.  


  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Excellent clarity and insight
  • Simple to use
  • Impressive battery life at 20 hours
  • Easily charge with micro USB


  • At the higher end of the price range
  • Although good for light physical activity, may not stay on well with rigorous exercise
  • Not as high-quality as their wired sibling products


Harman Audio Return Policy - Products purchased online or from an authorized local retailer and under warranty may qualify for an exchange with a valid receipt.


Jabra Move Wireless Headphones

Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headphones - Blue
  • Listen to your tunes and never miss a call
  • Ultra lightweight and adjustable headband fits all head types
  • Durable stainless steel headband and dirt resistant fabric for life on the move
  • Connects to all Bluetooth ready devices phones, computers, tablets and more; includes optional cord so you can use your headphones on flights
  • Up to 8 hours talk time/music time and up to 12 days standby time

For those interested in an eye-catching pair of wireless headphones, these Jabra Move Wireless Headphones come in a sleek design available in six color options.  The headband is adjustable and lightweight for comfort. These headphones will connect to all Bluetooth ready devices. 

Key Features

The Jabra Move wireless headphones are made with a stainless-steel headband and dirt-resistant fabric for lasting durability. Though these headphones don’t come with a lot of extras, they have superior sound quality that’s great for those interested in heavy bass. 


  • One of the best quality headphones for the low-cost
  • Up to 8 hours battery life for talk/music, can last up to 12 days on standby
  • Lightweight, comfortable
  • Don’t get hot too fast
  • Comfortable enough to do light physical activity without slipping


  • These headphones don't cancel noise
  • Sound leakage
  • Not many accessories


See Amazon’s 30-day return policy.


Byerdynamic Byron BT

beyerdynamic Byron BT Bluetooth In-ear Headset
  • Frequency Response - 20 - 23,000 Hz and Impedance - 28 ohms

If you prefer the in-ear earbuds over the full headphones, you can't go wrong with the Beyerdynamic Byron BT. Although this is another pair that's at the higher end of the price range, it's worth the investment since the sound quality is excellent and they come with a variety of features.

Key Features

Not all wireless headphones (especially budget models) come with the in-line controls, but these too. The earpieces are made of aluminum instead of a lower-quality material, making them durable. Both earpieces feature a magnetic backing to stick together when not in use. For those interested in using these for physical activity, they integrate well with an in-ear hook and silicone tips for a more stable fit. 


  • Features in-line controls and mic
  • Great price for value
  • Superior bass quality
  • Excellent definition
  • Made from quality materials


  • At the higher end of the price range
  • The treble tone could be improved
  • No wired function in case battery dies


2-year protection plan available via eBay


Comparison Table

Here are our top four picks at a glance for easy comparison. 



Battery Life

Noise Cancelling

Where to Buy

Shure SE112 Sound Isolating Earphones

In-ear earbud

Up to 8 hours

Passive noise isolation


Over-ear full headphone

Up to 20 hours

Not noise canceling

Jabra Move Wireless Headphones

Over-ear full headphone

Up to 8 hours

Passive noise isolation

Beyerdynamic Byron BT

In-ear earbud

Up to 7.5 Hours

Not noise canceling

Final Verdict

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When it comes down to deciphering which budget-friendly Bluetooth headphones were worth it, we were surprised that so many held up to the scrutiny of users. Again, to the average joe who enjoys listening to music and being wireless, most of these are going to have similar sound quality.

That being said, we had two favorites, the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones, and the Byerdynamic Byron BT. Jabra's headphones are fantastic because they're over-ear, have an excellent sound quality, and are so immersive. Plus, you can't argue with 20-hour battery life.  

However, for those who enjoy having headphones in for more extended parts of the day – working out, grocery shopping, relaxing at home, we would have to choose the Beyerdynamic Byron BTs. These headphones had unmatched sound quality while still letting us be aware of our surroundings.

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Best VR Headset: Our Top 7 Picks Revealed

Man wearing black shirt using a VR headset

You might have heard about VR headsets. You might even have wondered which is the best VR headset on the market. This is a complicated question. You can find different models at a surprising range of prices, from under $​ to over $​$$. What's the difference? Turns out -- a lot.

VR stands for Virtual Reality. A VR headset provides an immersive environment for playing games in 3D. On the cheaper end of the spectrum, the headset is a smartphone holder with special lenses that allow you to view content on your phone in 3D. The more expensive VR headsets come with different kinds of hardware and software that create a virtual environment within the set itself. They may have handheld controllers that allow you to interact with the virtual world created by the headset's software. They may also have high definition graphics and adjustable settings.

People refer to both of these products as "VR headsets," and each one fulfills a specific need. Which is the best VR headset for your money? That's going to depend on you.

What is a VR Headset?

A Virtual Reality headset is a head-mounted device that enables the wearer to immerse themselves in a computer-based virtual environment. The virtual environment may be a game, movie, music video, or other environment. There are basically two types of VR headsets: VR goggles, which pair with a smartphone, and VR headsets, which can pair with a PC or video game console -- or even run their own built-in virtual environment.

It's worth pointing out that high-end VR headsets may require you to subscribe to special services before you can fully enjoy their potential. These devices offer built-in apps and special sensors for extra immersion. VR Goggles provide basic features and do not include controllers or extra hardware.

​How to Pick the Best VR Headset

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​When picking the best VR headset, whether it be a standalone device or VR goggles, there are a number of factors to consider. These include comfort, cost, ease of use, image quality, and safety features.

​How to Pick the Best VR Headset

​When picking the best VR headset, whether it be a standalone device or VR goggles, there are a number of factors to consider. These include comfort, cost, ease of use, image quality, and safety features.

Overall comfort

Your headset should feature soft padding to prevent irritation. Also, lightweight headsets tend to be more comfortable, because they exert less pressure on your face.


There are basic VR headsets or goggles available at a price range of $15 to $250. On the other hand, high-end standalone Virtual Reality systems may cost as little as several hundred dollars, or as much as several thousand. Either way, you often get what you pay for. Consider which features are dealbreakers for you, and choose accordingly.

Image quality

The best VR headset, regardless of type, will strive for good image quality, whether through a built-in screen or via special lenses.

Ease of use

Of course, the best VR headset for you will be the one you find easiest and most intuitive to operate. Look for models that are easy to set up and have a simple interface, so you can stay in the game.

​How We Reviewed

​To find the best VR headset on the market in both categories, we relied primarily on consumer ratings. After all, the people who have purchased a product know best how well it holds up to scrutiny. But we also looked at how well each one fulfills our requirements for ease of use, compatibility with a variety of apps, image quality, and comfort.

​​​​​​​Our 8 Best VR Headset Picks

1. HTC Vive with controllers

HTC Vive Virtual Reality System

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The HTC Vive is a VR headset with an integrated display, PC interfacing technology, and special controllers that enable you to move around and interact with the virtual world. Its two built-in screens have a resolution of 1080 x 1200 pixels. It also comes with two sensor cubes that let the system know your exact location. A chaperone function warns you when you get too close to the boundaries of the gaming area.

You can find the HTC Vive on Amazon, where it has a consumer rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars and a price range of $​$ to $​$$.


  • ​The HTC Vive comes with over 2,800 games. The system’s 360-degree controller and headset tracker cover your movements to the millimeter, thereby offering an exceptionally immersive experience. Directional audio and HD haptic feedback enhance the overall experience.


  • ​Some users say it’s not the best VR headset because it malfunctions after a few months of gaming.

​2. Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset

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The Oculus Rift is another computer-based VR headset with integrated hardware. The Rift features two AMOLED screens for each eye. These screens give up to 1200 x 1080 pixels of resolution. The system comes with two touch controllers that allow you to interact with the virtual world easily. These controllers have twin IR sensors that track your movements while gaming. You can buy a third sensor separately if you wish to enjoy 360-degree immersion while gaming.

This VR headset also comes with a remote control that you can fasten to your arm and use to adjust volume and other system functions without taking time off. The system’s built-in headphones ensure that you get top quality audio. You can find the Rift on Amazon. It has a consumer rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars and will cost you between $​$ and $​$$.


  • ​The Oculus Rift is relatively lighter in weight when compared to the HTC Vive. This makes it more comfortable. Also, upon purchase, you'll get six free video games including "Robo Recall," "Lucky’s Tale," "Dead and Buried," "Quill," and "ToyBox."


  • ​Some users claim that the Rift isn't the best VR headset because its screens develop defects after a few gaming sessions. Individuals also raise concerns regarding the slow response they receive from customer support.

3. PlayStation VR headset

PlayStation VR

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Like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, the Playstation VR Headset offers integrated hardware and software. It is also very easy to use. All you have to do is plug it into your PlayStation 4 system (sold separately) and start enjoying the 3D gaming experience. It packs a 3D audio technology that allows you to pinpoint the exact source of sound whether below, above, or directly ahead of you.

This system utilizes a 5.7-inch OLED display that makes for seamless visuals at 1080p running up to 120 frames per second. It has DualShock 4 controllers and the PlayStation Move motion controller to ensure that your movements are captured in the virtual world with utmost accuracy. This system is on Amazon with a consumer rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars and a price range of $​$ to $​$.


  • ​On purchase, you get access to several games including "Golem," "PlayStation VR Worlds," "Star Wars Battlefront," and "Until Dawn: Rush of Blood." The system is quite simple to set up and operate. It is compatible with most regular games and movies.


  • ​Some users claim it’s not the best VR headset because it loses track of your movement when the camera is not well positioned. Its wire connections are relatively short and may limit the space in which you can move.

4. ​OPTOSLON Virtual Reality headset/VR goggles

 Virtual Reality Headset, Osloon 3D VR Glasses for Mobile Games

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If you're looking for a gentle, inexpensive introduction to VR technology, these VR goggles, which pair with your smartphone, might be just the ticket. The ​​OPTOSLON
VR headset is lightweight and features a breathable fabric padding for extra comfort.

This system offers a 360-degree panoramic view of music videos, games, and movies. Additionally, it offers adjustable pupil and object distance enabling so you to get an optimal view of images. This headset is compatible with smartphones with 4- to 6-inch displays. You can find it on Amazon with a consumer rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars and a price range of $​ to $​.


  • ​This is the best VR headset system for individuals that want to experience Virtual Reality without spending too much. It's comfortable and easy to use.


  • ​Some users claim it isn't the best VR headset because its image quality is not as impressive as others in this category.

​5. KAMLE Virtual Reality Headset/VR goggles

VR Headset KAMLE Virtual Reality Headset

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​The ​ KAMLE Virtual Reality Headset makes it possible for you to enjoy 2D, 3D, and 360-degree content with relative ease. All you have to do is connect it to a compatible smartphone and start enjoying your favorite games, music, and videos. It features quality leather and elastic sponge cushioning to ensure that your face doesn't experience any discomfort. Its adjustable head strap allows you to make adjustments depending on the size of your head.

This system comes with an easy-to-use remote controller that allows you to adjust settings quickly. The system also features Bluetooth capability for pairing with your device. It’s on Amazon with a consumer rating of ​3.​5 out of 5 stars and a price range of $​ to $​.


  • ​The ​KAMLE Virtual Reality Headset has HD resin aspherical lenses that provide protection to your eyes and prevents the feeling of vertigo that can sometimes occur with VR. It's compatible with most Android and iPhone devices with a screen size of between 3.5 and 5.7 inches.


  • ​For some people, this may not be the best VR headset because its remote cannot be used for gaming. Others say the display isn't as clear as they would like it to be.

6. Google’s VR cardboard headset/VR goggles

 Official Google Cardboard

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​If you're just getting your feet wet with VR, then Google’s Cardboard VR Goggles may be the best VR headset option for you. Its custom-designed, high-quality lenses provide seamless and immersive visuals when you are gaming, watching movies, or watching music videos. It has a partially laminated body to ensure that it remains in excellent condition regardless of the frequency of use.

What’s more, this system supports most Android and iOS devices with screens of between 4 to 6 inches. An interactive click button on the Cardboard allows you to easily control the system. You will have to download and install the Cardboard app to browse through games, videos, and other content. This set is available on Amazon, where it has a consumer rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars and a price range of $​ to $​.


  • ​This is the best VR headset for individuals that want to explore virtual reality on a budget. It's compatible with most Android and iOS devices, meaning that you probably own a device that can work with this system already.


  • ​This particular VR headset doesn't have any padding, so you may experience discomfort.

​7. Pansonite VR headset/VR goggles with remote controller

Pansonite Vr Headset with Remote Controller

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The Pansonite VR headset features HD resin aspherical lenses to eliminate the vertigo that is common with many VR headsets. Soft and breathable leather padding enhance comfort even while you enjoy gaming for hours. This system features an adjustable pupil and focus distance setting that lets you enjoy Virtual Reality whether you are short-sighted or not.

The system’s adjustable T-shape strap allows you to loosen it just in case you feel too much pressure on your face or eyes. It's compatible with most Android smartphones with a screen size of 4.7 to 6 inches. Additionally, the system comes with a remote control that lets you change settings or make adjustments as you desire. It’s available on Amazon with a consumer rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars and a price range of $​ to $$​.


  • ​This system’s large nose groove, leather padding, and adjustable head strap make it the best VR headset for individuals that often complain of discomfort. Its multifunctional Bluetooth remote control gives you full control of different features and functions. To clean the system, all you need is a piece of cloth to wipe off any dirt or particles.


  • ​Some consumers say it’s not the best VR headset because it's difficult to operate. They also add that it frequently malfunctions.