Just like the technology of the Google Glass, the Sony HMZ-T1 and Epson Moverio BT-100 are personal viewers which are wearable on the head just like normal glasses. The only thing is that these devices may be a little heavier than the normal eye wear and are only worn for entertainment purposes. It can be incorporated into regular home devices to showcase a personal viewing experience that is exceptionally out of the ordinary. Let’s consider the specifications of these two devices and see what they can do.
Fun Personal Viewing of Anything 2D and 3D
The Sony HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer is packed with the latest technology to offer home theater systems a new accessory. The Head Mount Display is a comfortable fit in the head which exhibits a 150-inch screen at a remoteness of only twelve feet. With two OLED display screens that highlight this device, users can switch from watching 2D to 3D without experiencing changes in quality especially the levels of darkness. The surround sound is a consistent feature which adds a real like effect to the display. Without leaving their homes, entertainment comes in handy with this personal viewer which can be used to watch anything or play anything that users want.
See Through Display for Both Indoors and Outdoors
The Epson Moverio BT-100 is a similar device that mainly showcases an Android operating system and Wi-Fi connectivity. This means that users can surf the internet on a built in web browser and directly download applications such as Facebook and Netflix. This feature definitely sets this device apart in comparison with its Sony rival. In addition, this personal viewer has an interactive and a see-through screen which is an advantage in the outdoors. The built in battery back – although it may be a little bulky on the outside – can last up to a maximum of 5.8 hours according to Epson. However, experts suggest that it can highly depend on the brightness settings.
Blurry Disadvantages and Missing Features
The bar is raised and unfortunately for the Sony HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer, it has no wireless connectivity and application compatibility that the Epson personal viewer has. It is also not powered by a Google Android operating system. Technically, using this visor-like device for long hours may end up making the user feel uncomfortable and with a heavy head. Another disadvantage is that the display is not that flawless given that, along the way, there are sometimes blurry edges, pixilated images and low resolution details that show up on screen.
Heavy Burden and Limited Compatibility
In terms of the Epson Moverio BT-100, this personal viewer may not be comfortable at all for petite users. The headset, worn like a normal eye wear, seems too heavy for some. Similar to Sony’s problem, it also takes a lot of effort use of extended time. Also, even though this device supports applications that can be downloaded online, there is no built-in app store which users can browse from. It has a MicroSD memory card slot for additional data but no A/V input. And it may have a great display specs but it has only less compatible with file types.
The Sony HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer is available at online surplus shops accredited by Amazon at a starting price of $593.88. On eBay, it has a price range that reaches up to $749.00 which is a huge difference and obviously pretty expensive.
Meanwhile, the Epson Moverio BT-100 is also available on eBay at a maximum retail price of about more or less $700. This is a reasonable price but it depends on the consumer if they are willing to spend this much money to buy a personal viewer.
The Sony HMZ-T1 is a simple device which sports simple display features. The 2D to 3D viewing comes in handy which appropriately matched the surround sound audio quality. Although it is a shame that it does not have a Wi-Fi connection which most devices now have. On the other hand, the Epson Moverio BT-100 has that wireless connectivity that everyone is talking about but the limited file format compatibility definitely comes at an issue. What is the purpose of having a high definition and Dolby supported personal viewer if you can’t do anything with it?
Meanwhile, the price range provided above can still vary depending on the available online sellers. For consumers who want a humbler device with respectable functions, they should buy the Sony product. It has lesser complications especially in terms of the control buttons which are provided on the handset. The Epson device still has an included touchpad although it may or may not exactly be an added burden for its users.
Given this review and comparison, are you willing to check one of these products and give it a try?