Vuzix M300 vs. Microsoft HoloLens

When choosing the right smart glasses there are many factors in play. It all depends on what you need and how you will use them. The main factors are usually the price, weight (ergonomics) and the kind of display.

There are many different kinds and producers of smart glasses. In this thread, we will compare Vuzix M300 smart glasses with Microsoft HoloLens.

The main differences between the two are the way the content is displayed and the frames. Vuzix smart glasses use a small LED display for the right (or left) eye, while HoloLens projects content on the lenses of the glasses. First glasses are shaped as ordinary glasses, while the latter are shaped as goggles.

Vuzix M300 pros:
Vuzix M300
  • Hot-swappable batteries (can be swapped while operating)
  • Built-in features 
  • Multi-platform compatibility (compatible with both Android and iOS devices)  
  • Rugged (water, dust, and drop resistant)
  • Touchpad controls (+physical buttons)
  • Configurable mounting options
  • Affordable (~$1500)

Vuzix M300 cons:

  • Poor battery life (can be extended with multiple swappable batteries and use of 'Power bank')

Microsoft HoloLens
HoloLens pros:

  • Stand-alone device (no external wires)
  • Recognizes speech, gestures, eye movement
  • Comfortable to wear (balances weight with headband)

HoloLens cons:

  • Weighs more than others (~10x the weight)
  • Poor battery life
  • Developers only (Only available to Microsoft Insider developers from the USA and Canada)
  • High cost (~$3000)