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 32Emotiv EpocOpenBCI CytonABM B-Alert X24Brain Products ActiCHamp
Number of channels32141624Up to 160
Sampling rate500Hz128Hz250Hz256Hz100kHz
CommunicationBluetooth / WiFiProprietary wirelessBluetooth / RFDuino radioBluetoothWired
Operating time14 hours12 hours24 hours6 hours Bluetooth / 16 hours SD cardUnlimited (wired)
Onboard storageYesNoYesYesYes
Accelerometer YesYesYesYesYes
Medically certifiedCE / FDA investigationalNoNoNoNo


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AntNeuro eegoBioSemig.tec nautilusCognionics Mobile 72mBrainTrain Smarting
Number of channels64256647224
Sampling rate2048Hz2-16kHz500Hz500-1000Hz250-500Hz
WirelessYes (Bluetooth / WiFi)NoYes (Bluetooth)Yes (Bluetooth)Yes (Bluetooth)
Operating time6 hours5 hours (or unlimited when wired)10 hours6 hours Bluetooth / 10 hours SD card5 hours
Onboard storageYesNoYesYesNo
Accelerometer YesYesYesYesYes
Medically certifiedCENoNoNoNo


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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