Hardware Comparison: Vuzix M100 vs Epson Moverio BT-200

Vuzix M100

The Vuzix M100 and the Epson Moverio BT-200 are both popular devices when it comes to smart glasses. Google Glass is the leader of the smart glasses market, but right behind Google Glass are the Vuzix M100 and Epson Moverio BT-200. Since the Vuzix M100 and the Epson Moverio BT-200 are right behind Google Glass when it comes to popularity, I decided I’m going to do a hardware comparison of the two devices.

Moverio BT-200-2

This hardware comparison isn’t necessarily here to point out that one device is better than the other. After all, every device has its benefits. This post is just here to help people make the right purchasing decision and to help people pick the pair that will work best for them. Anyway, how about we begin?

CPU

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
CPUOMAP4460 at 1.2GHzOMAP 4460 at 1.2Ghz

The Vuzix M100 and the Epson Moverio BT-200 have the exact same processors. The Vuzix M100 and Epson Moverio BT-200 both have ARM Cortex-A9 dualcore (OMAP) processors that are running at 1.2Ghz. So, when it comes to the processor, both pairs of smart glasses are on equal ground.

Memory / RAM

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
Memory1GB1GB

The Vuzix M100 and the Epson Moverio BT-200 both have 1 gigabyte of ram in total. So, both devices are on equal ground when it comes to ram as well.

Storage

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
Storage4GB internal memory. 32GB of additional memory with a MicroSD card.8GB internal memory. 32GB of additional memory with a MicroSD card.

The Vuzix M100 comes with 4GBs of flash storage by default. While the M100 only comes with 4GBs of flash storage, it can be expanded with a 32 gigabyte MicroSD card.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 comes with 8GBs of flash storage, which is double the amount that the Vuzix comes with. The Epson Moverio BT-200 not only has double the storage that the Vuzix M100 comes with, but the Epson Moverio BT-200 can also be expanded storage wise with a 32 gigabyte MicroSD card.

Overall, both devices can store a lot of media, but the Epson Moverio BT-200 is slightly better than the Vuzix M100 when it comes to storage, because it has double the storage space out-of-box.

Battery

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
Battery550mAh rechargeable internal battery.Lithium polymer battery 2720mAh.

When it comes to the battery, the Epson Moverio BT-200 is definitely the winner. The Vuzix M100 features a 550mAh battery, which is way smaller than the 2720mAh battery that is inside of the Epson Moverio BT-200.

The difference in battery life is something that you cannot ignore. With the Epson Moverio BT-200 you can watch movies for 6+ hours straight, which is something you can’t do with the Vuzix M100. The only way you can get 6 hours worth of usage out of the Vuzix M100 is if you’re performing light tasks.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 is clearly the winner when it comes to battery life.

Display

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
Display6:9, WQVGA, full color display with 428 x 240 resolution.0.42” wide panel (16:9) with a 960×540 resolution.

The displays on these two devices are pretty different. The Vuzix M100 has a single display that is placed near / in front of the right eye. The Epson Moverio BT-200 has a transparent, dual screen display that is placed directly in front of both eyes. Not only are the displays different when it comes to where / how they are placed, but they also feature different resolutions. The display on the Vuzix M100 has a resolution of 428 x 240 and the display on the Moverio BT-200 has a resolution of 960×540.

Overall, I would have to say that the Moverio BT-200 display is better. It’s a wide, dual screen display with a decent resolution.  With that being said, the Vuzix display is far from bad. Really, both displays are good depending on what you’re using them for.

Camera

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
Camera5MP Photos, 1080p Videos.VGA (640 by 480)

Both devices have front facing cameras that can be used to snap pictures and record videos. Even though both devices have cameras, the Vuzix M100’s camera is far better. The camera on the Vuzix M100 can take 5MP photos and can record 1080p videos. The camera on the Epson Moverio BT-200 can only capture VGA quality photos and videos. So, 640 by 480 resolution videos and pictures which look terrible. Overall, the camera on the Vuzix M100 is way better.

Sensors

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
Sensors3 DOF gesture engine (L/R,U/D,N/F), Ambient light, GPS, Proximity, 3-degree of freedom head tracking, 3 axis gyro, 3 axis accelerometer, and 3 axis mag/integrated compassGPS*2, geomagnetic sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscopic sensor.

Both devices feature a plethora of sensors. With that being said, Vuzix has a couple of sensors that the Epson Moverio BT-200 doesn’t have. So, Vuzix wins when it comes to sensors.

Connectivity

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
ConnectivityWifi and bluetooth.Wifi and bluetooth.

There’s really not much to talk about when it comes to connectivity. Both devices can connect to wifi networks and can take advantage of bluetooth.

Sound

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
SoundEar speaker and a noise canceling microphone.Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and microphone.

Both devices have what you would expect when it comes to sound. They both have speakers and a microphone.

With that being said, the Epson Moverio BT-200 has surround sound while the Vuzix M100 does not. The Vuzix M100 has a standard stereo ear speaker. When it comes to the microphones, the microphone on the Vuzix M100 is slightly better than the one on the Moverio BT-200. The Vuzix M100 microphone has noise canceling while the Moverio BT-200 one does not. Overall, both devices have good sound options.

Controls

Vuzix M100Epson Moverio BT-200
Controls4 control buttons, remote control app, voice navigation and gestures.Separate controller with touchpad and buttons.

The ways that these two devices can be controlled are very different. The Vuzix M100 can be controlled by voice, an app, some buttons and by gestures. The Epson Moverio BT-200 can’t be controlled in the same fashion.

Moverio

The Epson Moverio BT-200 has a separate user control unit that is attached to it. The control unit looks like a smart phone, but it’s not actually a smart phone. The control unit is used to interact with the Epson Moverio BT-200.  The control unit has a textured touchpad and a bunch of buttons. The buttons on the control unit include power (lock), home, menu, back , function (Brightness, 2D/3D), volume (+/-), and reset.

The control unit that attaches to the Epson Moverio BT-200 is not only used to control the device, but it also houses some sensors, the battery, and some other important things.

Both devices have their advantages when it comes to controls, but I’d have to say that the Vuzix M100 wins in this category, because the Vuzix M100 controls are mostly built-in to the device.

Conclusion

So, that’s a hardware comparison of the Vuzix M100 and the Epson Moverio BT-200. Both devices are on equal grounds when it comes to the CPU, memory, and connectivity. But that’s about it.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 is pretty superior when it comes to storage space, the battery and the display. And, when compared to the Epson Moverio BT-200, the Vuzix M100 has a better microphone, a better camera, more sensors, and better control options. With all that being said, both pairs of smart glasses are great devices and can work well in all environments.

Anyway, if you want to check out a full comparison of these two devices, then head on over here.

So, which device do you think is better? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section down below! Also, don’t forget to share and like this article if you enjoyed it!