This is not a joke - I just have bought a brand new Vive Pro and decided to share some thoughts here for those interested .
I bought used OG Vive (complete set) in 2018 in an anticipation of my Pimax 5k+. This was the best investment I made as I got everything to run my 5k+ when it materialized in 2019, plus I could tinker with SteamVR using the OG Vive.
I was looking forward to Index, but when it was eventually released, it did not support my IPD (72 mm). And then basically every other headset after that. I am not sure how to interpret that. Did the OEMs decide that it did not matter whether you had worse optics or skewed geometry? (Well, it does.). Or they just do not care? Hard to say.
Surprisingly there was another headset which fit me in 2019 - Oculus Quest and I bought one just before the last year Christmas. At the same time I RMAd my 5k+ because of bad pixels and black dots (202 series). It took Pimax 5 months to replace it and then another 6 to deliver the KS box and my v2 bases. Once received everything I added Index controllers (from Valve - took two weeks) migrated my home setup to v2 lighthouse tracking and sold my OG Vive set.
Meanhwile neither Quest 2 nor Reveb G2 really helped and I felt like I really needed some native SteamVR headset (mostly for tinkering). At the same time two things happened. I started playing HL:Alyx the long anticipated game (and possibly the only one on my “must-play list”) and I borrowed Vive Pro to do an OTA firmware update of the bases Pimax sent me. And I tried Vive Pro with Alyx and then got confused.
I was quite familiar with 5k+ and I was getting more and more irritated by it. Not sure if it was some FW upgrade and/or the new hardware (203 series) I got as a replacement, but the 5k+ was dull, distorted and flat in Alyx, which I only realized once I tried Vive Pro. (I am going to explain why a bit later, but I believe anyone frequenting this forum most likely already knows why.)
So the dull, distorted, no sweet spot (in the eye-box sense) and flat Pimax version was replaced by SDE-ed and toilet-paper-tubed version of Vive Pro. And I liked it better. In fact I liked it so much that after I returned borrowed Vive Pro I told myself to by one ASAP, before continuing Alyx.
Buying Vive Pro
You may think that buying Vive Pro should be an easy task. While the price did not drop much from the release there should be plenty of them used, right? Not really, at least for me. I could probably import one from either the US or AUS, but even with a favorable price, including the shipping and taxes made it immediately a lost deal.
The situation was different in Europe. On Ebay (which I checked mostly) there were only Germans selling there and they always ship only to Germany. I guess the other countries use their local auction/sell web sites, which I did not know, except one in France (leboncoin) where I even found some really good deals there. Too bad no one even bothered to answer my offers even when there were no one else interested . So in the end I bought a new one (headset only) locally and paid probably as much as I would if I imported a used one from overseas.
After finally getting one I realized why Pimax needed two years to come up with the KD/S-MAS. They were trying to copy the Vive Pro strap, but they could not copy it entirely because of the off-ear design, therefore the delay. When looking from the right angle, I would not be able to tell which one is which.
Playing Vive Pro
I am well aware of OLED vs LCD difference (had OG Vive, have Quest 1) yet I was again surprised how much difference it makes (in Alyx) when compared with 5k+. The colors, the brightness the contrast for me were worthy the buy. The SDE is definitely worse, the resolution is also worse (because of the pentile matrix and the subpixel deficiency), the FOV is terrible. Yet, when I decide to spend some time in HL, I do not hesitate. The added bonus was that my prescription inserts I had made for OG Vive are compatible with Vive Pro. And the general ease of use - I do not want to debug the VR stack every other time I start the headset .