Review – Vue Lite smart glasses: technology in your spectacle frame

Today is a rare day when you will see me wearing glasses because I usually don’t wear them at all. These are the Vue Lite smart glasses and I’ve been using them for a while, so let’s unpack them and show what this pair of smart glasses is all about.

Thus, the Vue Lite is available in a variety of different frames to choose from. At Vue website, the Vue Lite comes in a variety of different shapes and even sizes – for a low bridge fit.

I chose Leo because I don’t know, it looks good – I guess? And since I don’t need eyeglasses, I just chose sunglasses because I want a pair of sunglasses to combat the blinding sun.

So the Leo sunglasses with polarized lenses arrived.

Lite view

Inside the box we get all of these – the glasses, a soft pouch, a charging cable, a microfiber cloth and also a user manual.

We’ll put all of that aside and take a look at the glasses first. While I can’t comment on the whole aspect of the glasses, I can comment on the technical side of things.

Lite view

These Vue Lite smart glasses are basically just a pair of TWS headphones that turned into the ‘legs’ of these glasses. The speaker is located somewhere near the ear and the touch zone is located at the start of the leg.

Lite view

For the features we will need to take out the user manual and – it only has two gestures. Double-tap to play / pause or answer the call – or double-tap in the Camera app to take a photo – and hold for 3 seconds will trigger the voice assistant.

Lite view
This touch sensor is located on the Vue logo.

And yes, the Vue Lite does make hair microphones – which you can hear here.

As you can see here, the left and right sides of the “legs” are completely independent of each other. This is why in the Bluetooth menu, there are two Vue Lite displayed.

Lite view

To turn the Vue Lite on or off, you will need to hold the touch zone for approximately 8 seconds. You can technically use it unilaterally but… it’s just weird.

Okay, enough about the features – how is the sound quality?
I walked in knowing it wouldn’t sound good for music because the bass was going to be heavily affected – and I was kinda right. It’s not entirely bassless but it just sounds missing.

Lite view

However, I wore the Vue Lite while cleaning my room recently. Yes, it’s weird since I’m wearing a pair of sunglasses while tidying my room but that’s not the point.

I was listening to podcasts while wearing the Vue Lite and have to say it sounds really good. The frequency of human speech is clear on the Vue Lite and I think that’s its strong point.

Lite view

There are some people who don’t like wearing TWS headphones and this Vue Lite can serve as an alternative. However, in very tight spaces, anyone right next to me might be able to hear what I am listening to.

The volume depends on the phone and it is not particularly loud even at maximum volume. Hmmm …

And the battery life. It is complicated. While I was testing the Vue Lite with a bunch of things like music, podcasts, its microphone and so on, the battery life dropped 10% in about half an hour.

As for the charger, it is not elegant. The proprietary charging cable is a USB-A to a Y cable that consists of pogo pins and snaps into either side of the goggle feet for charging.

Lite view
However, this is not the most elegant solution …

Should I buy Vue Lite?

It’s a tough question, honestly. I will say that the Vue Lite is a niche product. If you don’t like wearing a smartwatch or smart bracelet for notifications, then the Vue Lite might be right for you.

For example, my mother. She can wear the Vue Lite while she is in the kitchen and wants to continue her conversation with her friends. This means that she doesn’t need to wear another pair of TWS headphones or hold her phone to continue the conversation.

The Vue Lite will literally free his hands. If you already need to wear a pair of glasses anyway, why not put some technology on them?

Battery life and charging cable isn’t a fancy fix, although I can see why.

But in the end, the Vue Lite starts up at $ 149 and I think that’s a very low price for a pair of smart glasses – especially compared to other smart glasses like the Huawei x Gentle Monster we reviewed last year.

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