Samsung’s HMD Odyssey
While the other four headsets seemingly delivered the same headset with minor alternations, Samsung’s approach seems wholly different. At first glance, the design looks relatively similar, but the Odyssey features built-in, padded headphones and an array of microphones, so you don’t have to worry about connecting your own audio solution once you plug in. The headset also is luxuriously padded, though with a slightly thinner front design than Acer’s. It uses soft rubber flaps to block out light around the nose. Unfortunately, Samsung opted not to include the ability to flip the visor up and out of the way. You can pull it away from your face a bit, but that seems more like a design for taking it off rather than peeking around at reality. This pull-away design does allow for the best seal of the bunch, not letting any light in when I’m wearing it. The headset also includes volume up and down buttons under the right eye and the ability to adjust your interpupillary distance with a dial found on the outside edge of the headset, between the eyes. Because the headset delivers a higher fidelity resolution to larger, better screens, the Odyssey is hands-down the best of the bunch. Whether spending an extra $50 to $100 on a WMR headset is another question. I might wait for the second round of headsets to decide.