Epson Moverio BT-200 review

Augmented reality is still far away, and these smart glasses prove it

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Our Verdict

With a clunky design an interface in dire need of an update, it's best to avoid the Moverio BT-200 smart glasses and wait for what Epson cooks up next.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 960 x 540

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  • Decent augmented reality
  • Good battery life


  • Not enough apps
  • Heavy
  • Unattractive
  • Needs updated interface
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Epson Moverio BT 200 review
Epson Moverio BT 200 review
Epson Moverio BT 200 review
Epson Moverio BT 200 review
Epson Moverio BT 200 review

Augmented reality is an older technology but, like virtual reality, is starting to regain attention again.

Mostly known for making printers and sensors, Epson branched out into the world of AR with the Moverio BT-100 a couple years ago. The design was clunkier and was solely for enterprise purposes.

The new Moverio BT-200 model remains a cumbersome device but after shedding 60% of its weight, is far sleeker than the BT-100 and offers up more features that take it beyond the office space.

Still, at $699 (£568, AU$849) a pop and fairly experimental, Epson has a ways to go to make the augmented reality device more accessible for everyone.


A colleague of mine noticed me testing out the BT-200 and said, "I can't decide if that's the coolest thing ever or the most ridiculous." It's true, the glasses look a bit silly though when the shades are popped on, though they don't look as odd and instead take on a futuristic visage.

Epson Moverio BT 200 review

The BT-200 are also a far cry from Google Glass. Where Glass is just a tiny speck seen from one eye, this Moverio model fits on your face like normal spectacles - except they're larger and reminiscent of coke bottle glasses.

The 1.3 x 7.1 x 2.2-inch (not including the flexible plastic arms), 3.7-ounce frames have thick, clear rectangular lenses.

Epson Moverio BT 200 review

A bendable nose-guard sits on the inside, allowing you to better fit the glasses to your face. It also can lay flat on top of prescription glasses. Further adjustments can be made with the plastic arms and rubber stabilizer fins.

Epson Moverio BT 200 review

Wearing these outside of the house or office is frankly, something I can't see happening. In fact, I can't even imagine anyone wearing them in the office. They're not attractive and downright awkward.


The new Moverio smart glasses project a transparent 960 x 540 resolution display (yes, it appears the resolution has been decreased since the BT-100) in front of wearers' eyes using two "Ultimicron" ultra-compact, high-resolution, full color LCD projectors that are capable of projecting 3D images.

Epson Moverio BT 200 review

The glasses are fully transparent but two removable covers provide varying degrees of contrast and have been useful for Netflix or gaming. There's also a lens insert for prescription glasses which you can ask your eye doctor to fulfill.


I was pleased to see that I could use the BT-200 over my own glasses because I couldn't really use my own frames with Google Glass. However, it wasn't a comfortable experience and the combined weight forced me to hold the whole thing up on my face to stop it from sliding off. Now that I think about it, generally speaking the Moverio really pushed down on my face.

Epson Moverio BT 200 review

The discomfort may have been due to my heavy frames though. With lighter frames, the BT-200 actually sit and stay on pretty well even when walking around. One colleague of mine didn't experience the extra weight sliding around when he used them and his prescription glasses aren't as large as mine. Other colleagues who didn't wear glasses every day didn't like the feel and couldn't get the nose-guard to adjust properly, but didn't think it was excessively weighty.

After hearing impressions from several people with different face shapes and eyesight requirements, I think it's safe to say that the BT-200s aren't for everyone.

Tech Specs

Product TypeVideo Glasses
Virtual Screen Size2032 mm
Brand NameEpson
Battery RechargeableYes
Graphic ModeqHD
Field of View23°
Viewing Distance5 m
Height32 mm
Width185 mm
Depth170 mm
Video SignalsNTSC
Battery Run Time6 Hour
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelBT-200
Product NameSee-Through Smart Glasses
Product LineMoverio
Screen TypeLCD
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV11H560140
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe Moverio BT-200 is packed full of technology, enabling you to make the most of Augmented Reality (AR) apps or watch HD and 3D content, on the go or at home. See things your way with the only affordable, binocular, see-through, smart glasses on the market that unlock the power of AR for consumers and businesses. Experience films, games and apps in a new way.
Interfaces/PortsUSB 2.0 - USB, Mini-phone
Package Contents
  • See-Through Smart Glasses
  • AC Adapter
  • Carrying Case
  • Ear Hook
  • Inner Frame for Optical Lenses
  • Intraauricular Earphone with Microphone
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Shade x 2 (Light and Dark)
  • USB Cable
  • User Manual (CD-ROM)
Screen Resolution960 x 540
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)88 g