The best virtual reality headsets under $100


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If the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR headsets give you sticker shock, there are cheaper devices that still deliver a solid virtual reality experience. Check out the five best VR headsets under $100:

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1. Noton VR: $6

The Noton VR may be bare-bones, but it’s sturdy, lightweight and can hold any brand of smartphone. However, you can’t adjust the lenses, the headset doesn’t fit over glasses and Noton lacks a control button. It’s easy to clean, though.


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2. Mattel View-Master VR: $11

The Mattel View-Master is a sturdy device that comes with augmented reality experience reels.

The downside is that it has no straps, so you have to hold the headset in place against your eyes. The headset’s lenses are also not adjustable, and those “experience reels” are just a marketing gimmick. Users are better off downloading apps.

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3. Goggle Tech C-1 Glass: $10

Want a headset that’s no smaller than your sunglasses? Check out the Goggle Tech C-1. The device lacks straps, but the headset easy to use.

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4. Samsung Gear VR: $93

Although it’s the priciest headset on this list, the Samsung Gear VR comes with motion controllers and extra sensors. In addition, it includes a trackpad, back button and volume controls. 

Gear VR also features some great games and supports Netflix and Hulu. Unfortunately,  its game selection is small and Gear VR only works with the most recent Samsung phones.

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5. Google Daydream View: $39

The Daydream View is the best VR headset for recent Android smartphones. It comes with a motion controller, is easy to use and is lightweight. It also supports a large collection of apps, including Netflix and Hulu.

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