Bestware is XMG-Schenker’s in-house shop, where you can find VR hardware as well as many interesting notebooks.
Not only notebook fans but also VR enthusiasts work at XMG-Schenker and their shop Bestware – otherwise hard-to-find hardware such as VR gloves with real feedback are available there as well as laptops for gamers and media professionals. For Black Friday, many of the products are now reduced in price and you can get a real bargain, especially with the HP Reverb G2 VR glasses.
High resolution into the future
However, the reputation of the Reverb G2 is a bit cracked due to a rather suboptimal product launch: At the release there were problems with the cable and thus a lot of stress when connecting and connecting – but now HP’s high-resolution VR glasses work without any problems, the teething problems have been overcome. And the tracking of the four built-in cameras, which was initially rather mediocre, has also become very good thanks to updates.
Since the author of this news happens to be a big VR fan and operator of vr-legion.de there is no lack of comparisons with other VR glasses and these result: Even the HTC Vive Pro 2 does not come close to the image sharpness of the Reverb G2. Admittedly only barely, but still – there is also the price. While HTC offers slightly better tracking due to the expensive Lighthouse system, a Pro2 complete package costs more than double the G2.
Perfect PC-VR entry point for Facebook objectors: In general, I would rather recommend the Oculus Quest 2 to get started. However, this offers a slightly poorer image quality on the PC compared to the HP Reverb G2. And then there is the Facebook compulsion that not every user likes.
As a SteamVR-compatible VR headset, the G2 works with every PC VR game, so nothing stands in the way of Beat Saber, Blade & Sorcery, Half Life Alyx and Saints & Sinners. You can currently get the headset for an effective price of only 449 euros instead of 599 euros thanks to 100 euros direct deduction and 50 euros cashback from HP. A more than fair price for the hardware and for everyone who is not yet familiar with VR, a jump into a completely new dimension of gaming. Not convinced yet? Then read through Sasha’s experience with the VR version of Skyrim.
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If you hear me play Skyrim you will think I’m insane
- Resolution: 4,320×2,160 pixels
- Field of view: 114 degrees
- Tracking: Inside-Out, vier Kameras
- Connection: Displayport / USB-C + USB A
- Loudspeaker: Valve On-Ear
- incl. 2 motion controllers
The XMG Neo 15 easily replaces the desktop PC thanks to its fast hardware.
The matching notebooks are of course also available – we have already been able to test many XMG notebooks ourselves and of course have checked them for VR suitability. The XMG Neo in the 2021 version did particularly well – but of course the notebook also brings the high performance to the monitor for classic games.
AMDs and Nvidia’s high-end: In the configurator you can pimp the notebook for a surcharge, but also the standard configuration with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX (8/16 cores / threads with up to 4.6 GHz), 16 gigabytes of RAM and Nvidia RTX 3070 (8 gigabytes), which are also not is turned down to the Max-Q level, ensures a good performance. Optionally, you can also configure an RTX 3080 with 16 gigabytes of GDDR6, which can then also use the maximum TGP budget provided by Nvidia.
WQHD with 165 Hz and very good keyboard: We were impressed by the keyboard, which made gaming and typing much more enjoyable than that of many other notebooks. But the display is also convincing: WQHD resolution at 15.6 “results in a first-class pixel density and 165 Hz ensure smooth gaming.
Discounts: Bestware is currently giving a € 300 discount on each of the possible configurations. You save another 50 euros if you use Samsung for the SSD. Not a bad manufacturer, so nothing speaks against it. We are assuming the basic configuration with 16 gigabytes of RAM, RTX 3070 and 500 gigabytes of Samsung 970 Evo Plus SSD – for this you pay 1,848.98 euros with the discount. Still a lot of wood for a notebook but actually with the corresponding equivalent value – competitors offer poorer devices for significantly more money.
Inexpensive entry: XMG Core 17
The XMG Core is the entry-level class; you do without a particularly flat case, for example, and the equipment is also geared more towards the entry-level price. But that can also be configured a little upwards. What we would advise you to do, with only 8 gigabytes of RAM and 250 GB SSD there is little joy.
So if you are interested, contact the configurator and equips the notebook with 16 gigabytes of RAM and ideally a 1 TB Samsung SSD (you should take an extra 50 euros discount for Samsung with you). When it comes to the processor, you have to decide for yourself whether you can get by with the Ryzen 7 4800H or whether you prefer to use the newer CPU generation Ryzen 7 5800H – the latter sometimes brings noticeably more performance.
For the price consideration, let’s leave it with the 4800H – together with 16 gigabytes of RAM and 1 TB Samsung SSD, you only pay a manageable 1,123.96 euros for the notebook with 17.3 “FHD 144 Hz display and Nvidia’s RTX 3060.