Aimpoint Micro VS EOTECH EXPS3 [Detailed Specs & UX Compared]

Aimpoint Micro VS EOTech holographic sight is a hot topic in the gun optics community. This guide will compare them side by side and discuss a couple of unobvious specs no one else seems to talk about.

Let's check them out:

Major Differences

aimpoint micro vs eotech exps3

Aimpoint Micro is a tube profile red dot sight, and the EOTech is a holographic sight.

The method of reticle projection is much more complex in EOTech, but the user gets the same "floating HUD" aiming experience. 

So this is red dot vs holographic sight comparison, but in this guide we only focus on these two optics.

eotech exps3 vs aimpoint micro top view

Both optics are "No BS" battle-proven and used in many real-world applications. Even though many optic brands market their products for military and law enforcement. However, you will typically see Aimpoint and EOTech in the field for serious use.

Aimpoint Micro

aimpoint micro on f1 ar

This is the red dot sight that everyone else tries to clone.

Pros

  • Super low profile and doesn't take up rail space
  • Leave it on! Much long batter life than EOTECH
  • Much lighter than EOTECH
  • Accepts various Aimpoint Micro aftermarket mounts
  • Uncluttered sight picture with a simple 2 MOA dot

Cons

  • Likely to get LED emitter reflection
  • Smaller field of view
  • Reticle can be blurry for shooters with bad eye sight

EOTech EXPS3

eotech on f1 ar

Pros

  • Ranging capability with the 68 MOA ring
  • Larger field of view
  • Best passive aiming optic performance
  • Night vision capable
  • No glare when brightness is cranked up

Cons

  • Use only integrated QD mount (Not a bad thing)
  • Only 1200 - 1400 hrs of battery
  • 68 MOA reticle can obscure target in certain environments
  • Reticle can be blurry for shooters with bad eye sight

Read detailed review here

Side By Side Comparison

Overall Profile

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Both optics' aesthetics are great, and the Aimpoint Micro is much smaller for a low-profile setup.

EOTECH EXPS3 weighs

EOTECH EXPS3 weighs 11.2 oz

Aimpoint Micro with Scalarworks LEAP weighs average 4.8lbs

Field Of View

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EOTech's field of view is larger and feels more comfortable acquiring targets than the Aimpoint Micro. Once you pick up the EOTech then the Aimpoint, you might have some mental reservation to stick with the EOTECH.

However, the Aimpoint Micro doesn't obscure the shooter's situational awareness because it's small regardless of aiming with two eyes open or not.

Reticle - Day VS Night

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EOTech's 68 MOA ring reticle can be obscuring in low light environment.

Aimpoint Micro's 2 MOA center dot unclutters the sight picture, and makes the eye easier to aim without any distraction.

Parallax

Watch this video. We test this for 14 yards, 55 yards. 

The closer the target the more parallax shift for both optics. Before you say anything negative, it's important to understand that no optic is 100% parallax-free even if the company markets them to be "no parallax".

Lens Glare

eotech 68 moa ring reticle bright with cloud defensive rein

The EOTech has no lens glare on the front glass even when the brightness is cranked up high. However, at max setting the distracting reflection is visible along the edge of the glass.

This is extremely helpful in low-light situations, so something like this doesn't obscure the sight picture or target down range:

You may crank up the reticle brightness while using a weapon light to ID targets so the reticle doesn't get washed out by the hot beam.

The Aimpoint Micro, however, will have significantly more emitter reflection in low light situations if the user cranks up the dot brightness. Then the entire field of view is filled with glare making it hard to aim.

Experienced users can work around it, and for shooters new to red dot and holosights, this is a thing to be cognizant of.

Lens Tint

Vortex micro 3x pov with aimpoint micro

The Aimpoint Micro H1 has more tint, and EOTECH doesn't.

For the most part, glass tint doesn't really bother most shooters, but it does bother some in low-light situations.

For glass clarity, the EOTECH is better.

Target ID - Day VS Night

aimpoint with vortex micro 3x

When it comes to target ID, most people tend to like the Aimpoint Micro better because the sight picture isn't cluttered.

Shooters can still ID targets with the 68 MOA ring reticle, but the circle reticle tends to cover up the target especially at a long distance if it's too bright.

For CQB targets, both work well during the day and night.

Ranging Capability

eotech exps3 aiming steel target

Even though the EOTech's 68 MOA ring can help range targets based on known target size, but a trained Aimpoint Micro user can also range target effortlessly with a simple 2 MOA center dot without any visual reticle references.

Overall, it's based on user preference.

If having that visual reference

Zero Retention

Both optics are recoil proven to hold zero. We have used the EOTECH and Aimpoint for more than 5 years on various firearms including machine guns.

We have never lost zero under normal use.

As long as the user mounts the optic to factory recommended torque specs, and aligns the optic on the top rail before torquing it down, these optics will never lose zero.

For hard use, please check out this article for more test data.

Mounts

Aimpoint Micro can accept all types of mounts from low mount to NV height mounts, and we love it.

The EOTech EXPS3 comes with a default 1/3rd co-witness height, and it works on most rifle platforms, but it's going to be too tall when the user wants it to sit low. For that, we recommend the EOTech XPS2.

Overall User Experience

Both optics are field-grade optics, and they are truly battle-proven products serious professionals use in the field.

Aimpoint Micro is great for a low-profile, lightweight setup. The battery lasts longer than EOTech and it's built like a tank. Its simple 2 MOA center dot gives the shooter an unclutter sight picture, which is very helpful for target ID in a visually busy environment.

EOTech is great for CQB-style shooting where people can acquire targets fast and range targets with visual aid. No glass tint or glare is a huge plus over the Aimpoint, so it doesn't bother the shooter in low-light situations.