Mixed Reality might sound like the kind of dodgy cocktail you’d find on the menu at a university bar crawl, but it’s actually Microsoft’s big play for a piece of the VR pie.

With Oculus and HTC battling it out for big spenders with colossal gaming PCs, and Sony doing its own thing on PlayStation with PSVR, Microsoft is trying to make VR more affordable - and Medion is here to help.

The Erazer X1000 MR is the second Mixed Reality headset we've tested, and we're already beginning to see a pattern - but don't think every take on MR is equal...

MEDION ERAZER X1000 CONTROLLERS

Beyond a bit of branding, the light-up controllers look identical to those bundled with any other Mixed Reality Headset: a little chunky, with a glowing ring of LED lights around the top to track their position in VR.

The triggers, grip buttons, touchpads and joysticks are a mishmash of the Oculus Touch and HTC’s Vive controllers. Microsoft has given developers a helping hand by forcing its partners to use identical layouts, but it would have been nice to have rechargeable controllers instead of battery-powered ones.

When you’ve got ‘em out in front of you, the controllers work brilliantly, with accurate tracking and smooth movement. Move out of sight of the headset cameras, though, and the controllers disappear from view. Vive and Oculus work better for room-scale VR, because they know where your controllers are at all times - not just when the camera detects them.

MEDION ERAZER X1000 UI & EXPERIENCE

Mixed Reality does work with room-scale VR: you plot out your boundaries when you first install the software, and then a white barrier appears in-VR to stop you bashing into your room’s furniture.

Exploring Microsoft’s Cliff House environment is easy if you’re stationary or moving about, with the controllers warping you between spots and launching VR apps like they were massive pictures sprawled across every wall.

You can add your own shortcuts as 3D objects, or run desktop apps in VR, but to be honest it’s a real gimmick.

Valve’s menu-based SteamVR interface is miles better, but support for Mixed Reality headsets is still technically in early access, and getting your floating cursor lined up with the game you want can be a bit of a dark art.

That’s a problem, because Microsoft just doesn’t have that many VR apps or games of its own. Beyond a few standout titles like time-bending shooter Superhot VR, most of the apps in the store are simple videos or minute-long virtual experiences.

Tech Specs 
SCREEN
1440x1440, 90Hz LCD w/ 105° field of view
CONNECTIVITY
HDMI 2.0, USB3, 3.5mm audio
WEIGHT
568g
Stuff says... 

Medion Erazer X1000 MR Glasses review

Microsoft’s restrictions mean there’s not much variation between Mixed Reality headsets, making it hard to pick the Medion when more comfortable alternatives cost the same
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Good Stuff 
Setup is a cinch
Tracking very good
Great image quality
Bad Stuff 
Not as comfortable as other MR headsets
Microsoft’s rules still restrictive
Cliff House interface is irritating

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