While you can find steep deals on brand new Windows VR headsets, if you’re not afraid to buy refurbished you can get a rather phenomenal deal in the form of a factory recertified Acer VR headset and controllers for just $135.
Update (July 24th, 2018): It appears Acer is having a 10% off deal at their digital storefront, including the refurbished Acer Windows VR headset. This effectively brings the price down from $150 to $135 for the entire kit. Simply apply coupon code FBlike102018 at checkout to get $15 off.
The original article follows below.
Original Article (July 17th, 2018): Spotted by Reddit user ‘nosfusion’, the deal can be found on Acer’s official US recertified site offering the company’s VR headset, the AH101 and Windows Mixed Reality controllers, for $150. That’s a $250 discount off the MSRP of a new headset (and about $150 less than you can find them on sale new elsewhere). According to Acer’s site, recertified products come with a 90 day warranty and a 30 day return period, and the company also offers an extended warranty service.
We reviewed the Acer Mixed Reality headset when it launched back in October 2017 and found it to be a competent device is worthy of consideration for those looking to buy their first VR headset—if you’re on a budget, you’re simply not going to find a better headset at this price point. Incumbents like the Rift and Vive will cost you around $400 and $500 respectively.
While the Rift and Vive are arguably better, the Acer VR headset has a handful of clear advantages—like the dead simple setup which uses inside-out tracking instead of external sensors, and it’s higher resolution.
While Microsoft has done a poor job of curating VR applications in its own Windows Store, the Acer VR headset (and all of the Windows VR headsets), can play most SteamVR applications through an official utility, which means you’ll be able to get your groove on with Beat Saber even with a Windows VR headset. You can even play Oculus exclusive games via the unofficial Revive hack.