I was at a low vision exam when I got on the subject of assistive technology with the ophthalmologist, who had recently started selling the Eschenbach SmartLux. He asked me if I was interested in trying it out, and I basically jumped out of my chair. I was super excited, and still love the device three years later. Here is my Eschenbach SmartLux review for users with low vision.
What is the Eschenbach SmartLux?
The Eschenbach SmartLux is a video magnifier, sometimes referred to as a portable CCTV, that’s about the size of a smartphone. It can zoom in up to 12x and has its own built in kickstand on the back for hands free use. It uses large colorful buttons in order to control the device, with tactile labels to help assist users.
Device cost and purchase information
The Eschenbach SmartLux costs about $600, but there may be discounts available depending on your circumstances. For example, if you receive vocational rehabilitation services from your state, then you can get the device at a free or reduced cost.
- Eschenbach SmartLux on Amazon
- Eschenbach SmartLux on Eschenbach website
- Vocational rehabilitation for vision impairment
Eschenbach SmartLux Interface
There are only four buttons on the Eschenbach SmartLux:
- Zoom in/out
- Change contrast
- Freeze image
The Eschenbach SmartLux is very easy to use. Users just have to click the buttons to adjust the various settings, no confusing setting menus needed. The display feels natural for me to read on, even in bright sunlight.
Changing the color contrast
There are several different contrast settings for the images. These include:
- Natural light
- White on black
- Black on white
- Black on yellow
- Yellow on black.
I typically work with black on white or black on yellow, unless I’m working with a photograph or another situation where color is important. In the white on black display mode, I am able to read fine pencil marks, something I can’t do with any other device.
What I use it for
- Reading a graphic novel for my English class
- Looking at pencil drawings that my friends create
- Accessing a menu in a restaurant
- Magnifying a word search
Should I buy the Eschenbach SmartLux?
This device is worth its eight ounce weight in gold. I can’t use conventional magnifying lenses due to the prism in my glasses, so these digital magnifiers have given me the freedom to access print materials along with my peers. I highly recommend the Eschenbach SmartLux for anyone that has low vision, vision impairment, or otherwise uses large print and encounters a lot of paper materials.