HP Reverb G2 is the best VR headset that comes from the Windows mixed reality group, but it is not the most outstanding value for its normal selling price of $ 599. Luckily it goes on sale from time to time. This is one of those times – you can buy it directly from HP for $ 449.
That’s a tidy $ 150 savings, and while it’s not the deepest discount we’ve seen on the Reverb G2, which briefly dropped to $ 399 at Walmart in June, it’s still much cheaper than what’s normally sold. Equally important, the lower price facilitates the digestion of some of its shortcomings.
Overall, as we pointed out in our review of Reverb G2, the main selling point is its high resolution, at 2160p per eyeball. In our tests, the annoying effect of the screen door is completely absent. The caveat is that you need a powerful PC that can run virtual reality games seamlessly in 4K. Although if not, you can reduce the resolution by eye.
Another highlight is that internal tracking is used. This means that there are no base stations to set up or clutter your living space. Unfortunately, we found that the overall tracking volume was limited, but it is still very useful for virtual reality headsets. In addition, the excellent gyroscopic motion sensors built into the controllers help overcome tracking difficulties by predicting hand movements when outside the tracking area.
We still really like Oculus Quest 2, but between the requirement to link it to a Facebook account and the recent remember about the face mask, the Reverb G2 is a good alternative.