We got two bad ass holographic sights here to compare.
Vortex Razor UH 1 VS EOTech EXPS3 - Which is better?
EOTech products have been proven in real world applications, but what about the new Vortex RAZOR UH 1 Gen 2?
Let's check out their specs and point out what major differences they have.
Vortex Razor AMG UH1 vs. EOTech EXPS2 Comparison Chart
Vortex UH1 Gen 2
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The Vortex RAZOR AMG UH-1 feels slightly larger sight due to the hood structure extending all the way forward, but it's almost the same length and width as an EOTech, and also weigh the same.
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Both optics offer a 1 MOA center dot and a 65 MOA outer reticle for range estimation. The AMG UH-1 holographic reticle is similar to the EOTech, but with a little triangle on the bottom for offset holdover point for a CQB zero.
Works well for a 36 yard zero when shooting 5.56mm
However, users with astigmatism will not see the details of the reticle well.
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EOTech features a full circle 68 MOA reticle, and the AMG UH 1 Gen 2 features an open section 68 MOA reticle to allow slightly better visibility so the reticle doesn't completely cover up targets down range.
The open section reticle works better under a magnifier scope.
The EOTech EXPS3 cost right around $750, and the new UH 1 costs around $500.
From the price perspective, the Vortex UH1 is a steal for the quality and performance is as good as the EOTech
Both optics will get a 5 star for holding zero on hard recoil rifle. Both optics feature integrated quick detach mounts, and the difference in the AMG UH 1 is that the windage adjustment is spring loaded.
It's the similar design like the ELCAN SpecterDR. It holds zero as long as the user adjust the QD tension so the optic doesn't fall off the top rail.
The battery compartments on both optic are very tightly sealed, so it will not just randomly get lose or experience waterproof problems.
All holographic reticles will have a little parallax ESPECIALLY at super close distances, and then almost no shift at longer distances.
No optic is exactly 100% parallax free regardless how the companies promote them to be.
The EOTech has a big field of view in width, and the protective hood beefs up the optic a lot, but it also slightly takes up the user's field of view.
The Vortex RAZOR UH-1's field of view is similar to the EOTech with a bit vertical stretch that appears to be more squared, and the stretched lens inner hood wall slightly blocks the field of view if the eye isn't aligned with the optic.
For better situational awareness, both optics delivery the result. If you had to pick one, I would go with the EOTech for its super clear lens without any tint.
The EOTech has the clearest lens coating with no tint or glare. The Vortex RAZOR AMG has a bit of tint when you look through the sight.
It doesn't really distract you on a sunny day, but its unnoticeable if you don't pay attention to it.
Vortex RAZOR AMG and EOTech EXPS3 both use laser to project the reticle instead of LED diode, so the battery life for holographic sight lasts about 1400 hrs.
This is where a red dot sight maybe better than a holosight in terms of battery performance. Read more on red dot vs holographic sight
Even though both sights have auto shut off features to conserve as much battery as possible, however, this is the current state of holographic sight technology.
The Razor AMG Gen 2 model got rid of the USB charging port this time since not many people use it from the Gen 1 model.
If optic battery life matters a lot to you, please check out a red dot sight or prism sight.
Night Vision Capable
Both optics offer night vision capability, and the button is very easy to access.
All buttons for the UH 1 is facing the user, and buttons for the EOTECH is located on the side of the optic.
Waterproof / Fogproof
Both optics are perfectly sealed, and there is nothing to worry about. Most optics out there have this specification handled without any problem.
Final Thoughts on Razor UH-1 VS EOTech
EOTECH is what all full time professional use, and the Vortex AMG UH1 is just as good and offers a slightly different look.
If durability is something you can't live without, please go with the EOTech for that additional lens hood protection.