Dell Launches Its Mixed Reality Headset
Andrew Wheeler posted on September 19, 2017 | 1216 views

Dell joins Acer, Lenovo and HP in producing mixed reality (MR) hardware that brings the price point of Microsoft HoloLens down from $3,000 (consumer version), and $5,000 (enterprise version) down to $350 for the headset, and $450 for the headset and controllers.

I’m unsure how useful the Dell Visor would be without the controllers, so I would probably buy the “bundle.”Keep in mind that the controllers cost $99, so there would be no cost savings by going this route.

The ability to flip up the visor will come in handy when taking a break. The controllers are similar to HTC Vive’s. (Image courtesy of Dell.)
The ability to flip up the visor will come in handy when taking a break. The controllers are similar to HTC Vive’s. (Image courtesy of Dell.)

Since Microsoft announced a partnership with SteamVR, some of HTC Vive’s games will be available. Besides immersive gaming, there is immersive entertainment and common 2D apps such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

There wasn’t information available about sharing 3D models via a shared conference, but 2D Skype on the headset could potentially be used.

Specs

Panel

2.89 inches LCD (RGB subpixel)

Resolution

1440 x 1440 per eye; 760 (pixels per inch)

Refresh Rate

90 Hz

Field-Of-View (FOV)

110 Degrees

Lens Adjustment

Software Inter-Pupillary-Distance (IPD)

Tracking Architecture

6 Degrees-Of-Freedom, Inside-out tracking

Tracking Sensors

Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Headset Tracking Hardware

Dual Black and White VGA Camera for mapping

 

Visor has a cable manager that allows the user to control whether the cable faces forward or backward, and an audio jack for standard headphones on the side. The industrial design aesthetic is enhanced compared to the MR headsets from Acer, HP and Lenovo.

Hardware and Software Requirements

Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs

Windows Mixed Reality PCs

Operating System

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3) - Home, Pro, Business, Education

Processor

Intel Core i5 4590 (4th generation), quad core (or better) AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad core (or better)

Intel Core i5 7200U (7th generation mobile), dual core with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled (or better)

RAM

8GB DDR3 (or better)

8GB DDR3 dual channel (or better)

Free disk space

At least 10 GB

Graphics Card

NVidia GTX 960/965M/1050 (or greater), DX12-capable discrete GPU AMD RX 460 (or greater), DX12-capable discrete GPU; GPU must be hosted in a PCIe 3.0 x4+ Link slot

Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 (or greater) DX12-capable integrated GPU

Graphics Driver

Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2 (7/17/2017 or later)

Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2 (7/24/2017 or later)

Graphics display port

HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2

HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2

Display

Connected external or integrated VGA (800x600) display (or better)

USB connectivity

USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C

Bluetooth connectivity (for motion controllers)

Bluetooth 4.0

Expected headset framerate

90 Hz

60 Hz

 

Bottom Line

The Dell Visor is a good-looking version of the new MR headsets that leverage Windows Mixed Reality OS. It appears the company focused on making it more comfortable to wear, and it shows. Reviewers are saying it is the most comfortable MR headset they have worn. Potential downsides to the Visor are that it weighs more than headsets from Dell, HP and Lenovo; and other brands’ bundles may cost less.


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