I was excited to receive the Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality Headset for review and compare it with the Star Wars: Lenovo Jedi Challenges AR Headset. It comes with the Lenovo Explorer headset, two motion controllers and 4 x AA batteries to power your motion controllers. Make sure that you have a compatible PC. I tried to use it with my Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro and it wasn’t compatible. It works great with my Lenovo 720 laptop. The setup is straightforward with the user guide documentation and a compatible device.
There is no external set up required with inside-out tracking built right in. Enjoy Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality at home or on the go! You’ll need the latest Intel Core i7 processor to have the best virtual reality experience. There are over 2,500 games and VR experiences available from Steam VR and the Microsoft Store. You literally just do a Windows Mixed Reality PC check and follow the prompts. I had to update my graphics driver and download the Mixed Reality Portal.
Once everything was set up I browsed the Microsoft store and started to download games and VR experiences I wanted to try. Hands down Halo Recruit is one of my favorite games. You’re in a Virtual World and get training experience with characters and weapons. HoloTour is another favorite of mine where you are immersed in 360-degree video with sound and holographic scenery that creates a realistic environment. Head to Rome or China among many other places in the comfort of your own home.
My Mom had a blast experiencing the Lenovo Explorer. She wears glasses and said that the adjustable headset fit comfortably on her with the glasses. She also liked that it was lightweight, and the USB 3.0 connector and HDMI video cable didn’t get in her way. She’s not much of a gamer so she opted to experience the HoloTour and enjoyed it. I had fun watching her move around and experience the 360 videos as if she were physically there. It was her first virtual reality experience and she loved it.
I had to purchase a USB Type-C Multiport Adapter to connect the USB 3.0 and HDMI cable to my Lenovo YOGA 720 laptop.
I tend to binge watch movies and got excited at the thought of being able to launch Netflix on my Lenovo Explorer, plug in my headphones and get comfortable in my favorite spot to watch movies. Sometimes you just need a moment to tune everything and everyone out and I think this just might do the trick! I haven’t done this yet since I’m exploring all the other games and features but, stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted when I experience Netflix via the Lenovo Explorer.
Overall, I’ve had a great time learning and enjoying the Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality Headset. The main difference between this device and the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR headset is that you can’t see your surroundings with Virtual Reality. You have the option to set a perimeter in a 11.5ft x 11.5ft space or not and sit or stand in the same place while you explore. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR headset allows you to see your surroundings while you play the game.
Disclosure: Thank you Lenovo for sponsoring this post. I received the Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality Headset and Lenovo YOGA 720 Laptop to conduct my review and share my experience. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own. #DifferentIsBetter #SponsoredDevice #LenovoIN