Finding the right EEG device for your research can be a tricky process. There are a multitude of aspects to consider, and the importance of each can depend on your approach. To add to the confusion, each manufacturer shows (or doesn’t show!) the information in different ways, making the search for the right device even more difficult.

Below, we’ve put together a listing of some of the most important variables that you’ll want to consider when investing in an EEG headset. As with any hardware, the experience of using the equipment can differ from what the manufacturer reports (the operating times in particular reflect this, which we have found to often be below the stated times).

These EEG devices are from some of the most widely used EEG manufacturers – we will also be updating this list continuously, so check back for more if you want to see how your favorite device compares.

Neuroelectrics Enobio 32 Emotiv Epoc OpenBCI Cyton ABM B-Alert X24 Brain Products ActiCHamp
Number of channels 32 14 16 24 Up to 160
Sampling rate 500Hz 128Hz 250Hz 256Hz 100kHz
Communication Bluetooth / WiFi Proprietary wireless Bluetooth / RFDuino radio Bluetooth Wired
Operating time 14 hours 12 hours 24 hours 6 hours Bluetooth / 16 hours SD card Unlimited (wired)
Weight 65g 125g 260g 110g 1.1kg
Onboard storage Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Medically certified CE / FDA investigational No No No No
Price $$ $ $ $$ $$$


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AntNeuro eego BioSemi g.tec nautilus Cognionics Mobile 72 mBrainTrain Smarting
Number of channels 64 256 64 72 24
Sampling rate 2048Hz 2-16kHz 500Hz 500-1000Hz 250-500Hz
Wireless Yes (Bluetooth / WiFi) No Yes (Bluetooth) Yes (Bluetooth) Yes (Bluetooth)
Operating time 6 hours 5 hours (or unlimited when wired) 10 hours 6 hours Bluetooth / 10 hours SD card 5 hours
Weight 500g 1.1kg 360g 250g 60g
Onboard storage Yes No Yes Yes No
Accelerometer  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Medically certified CE No No No No
Price $$ $$$ $$ $$ $$


We hope that this technical comparison proves helpful – if you’d like to learn more about the details and understand the best research practices of EEG, then download our EEG guide below. If you’d like more help deciding which EEG headset is right for you, then reach out and talk to one of our experts.


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