The world of electronic sights, there really is only one EOTech, as it remains head-and-shoulders above the rest of the competition. While companies like Aimpoint also produce some top quality electronic sights, the type of holographic sight used by EOTech still provides many advantages not found anywhere else.
I’ve previously written extensively about the differences between the various types of electronic sights. I’ve also directly compared Aimpoint and EOTech to show why holographic sights are slightly better. Therefore, this post will be focused specifically on reviewing the EOTech XPS2 so you can see how it stacks up against other similar holographic sights.
Still, before we get to the actual EOTech XPS2 review, it’s important to look at the differences between each of the models in this line to allow you to make the most informed decision.
EOTech XPS2 Review: XPS2-0 vs 2-1 vs 2-2
EOTech actually produces a number of different models under the XPS2 line, namely the XPS2-0 , XPS2-1 and XPS2-2 . As well, the company more recently released the XPS2-300 Blackout model designed for zeroing in both super and subsonic rounds, making it difficult for some hunters to decide which one is best.
In truth, there is actually very little difference in any of the models, as all of the factors listed below apply to every version of the XPS2. Where there is a difference, however, is in the reticle, as each model uses a slightly different aiming point.
EOTech has become famous over the years for its unique electronic reticle, which uses a small 1 MOA red dot surrounded by a larger 65 MOA red circle. This type of sight is particularly innovative and incredibly useful, as the tiny center dot allows for greater accuracy and more precise shot placement over longer distances, while the larger circle allows for faster target acquisition at shorter distances.
This dot-and-circle combination is one of the reasons that EOTech has garnered such a strong following. It also happens to be the reticle used on the EOTech XPS2-0, which explains why it is still the most popular model. The XPS2-1 uses a simple red dot, similar to the reticles found on Aimpoint scopes, albeit slightly smaller at only 1 MOA vs. 2.
The XPS2-2 and XPS2-300, on the other hand, use the same dot-and-circle design, except with the addition of an extra 1 MOA red dot located below the center, which makes it easier to compensate for bullet drop at longer distances. For tactical shooters and those looking for ultimate accuracy at shorter distances, the company also offers the XPS2-FN and XPS2-SAGE reticles, which offer ballistic drop dots set at distances between 0-70 meters and 0-100 meters, respectively.
Considering the usefulness of the additional 65 MOA circle, for my money, the XPS2-0 and 2-2 are definitely the better option. Still, choosing between the two will depend on whether you need the ballistic drop function. Some hunters will find this extra feature super useful, while others may find it makes the reticle a bit too busy.
- Wide field of view and crystal-clear picture
- Easy to use, with a range of brightness settings suitable for all light conditions
- Rugged, military-grade construction
- Space-saving, lightweight design
- Inferior battery life compared to other electronic sights
All EOTech products are built to the highest military specifications, meaning you can rest assured that they will stand the test of time. Compared to other EOTech scopes, there’s really not much that separates the XPS2 from all of its counterparts. However, this definitely isn’t the case when compared with most other electronic sights, as EOTech routinely outperforms virtually all others with the exception of Aimpoint .
The fully sealed, nitrogen-filled body ensures totally fog-proof internal optics and also makes the sight waterproof up to a depth of 10 feet. The XPS2 also features shatterproof windows and a super hard exterior coating that helps to resist scratching. These sights also have a huge amount of tolerable temperatures, being able to function properly in anything from a freezing -40 degrees Fahrenheit to an intolerably hot 150 degrees.
Due to its military-grade construction, the XPS2 is built to withstand any amount of recoil without moving a fraction of an inch. Useful not just on smaller rifles, many hunters have started using these sights on their 12-gauge shotguns and other powerful firearms.
While EOTech holographic weapons sights only come with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, the rugged design and overall durability should ensure that the XPS2 keeps functioning exactly as it should long after the warranty has expired.
Size & Weight
The smallest EOTech sight without night vision capabilities, the lightweight XPS2 is a great choice for those who want a high quality electronic sight, without having to add too much extra weight or sacrifice too much space on their rail. Weighing a mere eight ounces and taking up only 2 3/4 inches of your rail, this sight is also an excellent option for those that wish to co-witness with iron sights.
The XPS2 is designed with similar optics specifications as the popular EOTech 512 , just in a much smaller package. By switching from two AA batteries in the 512 to a single 123 lithium battery, EOTech created the perfect space-saving holographic sight.
Ease of Use
A sight that offers true two-eye aiming, the XPS2 allows for ultra-fast target acquisition and improved accuracy—thanks in large part to its famous dot-and-circle reticle. Despite its small size, it provides an impressively wide field of view and features crystal-clear glass. The aluminum hood also helps to shield the sight from glare, providing you with an exceptionally bright, clear picture.
As well, the sight is fully parallax-free; making the holographic reticle is easy to see from any angle. It offers 20 different brightness settings to allow you to adjust it for virtually any light situation. While it may not have night-vision capabilities like the XPS3 line, it is effectively the same in every other regard.
The windage and elevation knobs are sunken into the right side of the sight, where they are protected and yet still readily accessible. Turning the holographic reticle on and off and adjusting the brightness are done through the two buttons located on the back of the sight. Pressing the right button turns the sight on for eight hours, after which it automatically shuts off, while the left button turns it on for four hours. You can also press both buttons at once to turn the reticle off instantly to help preserve battery life.
The reason that the XPS2 is EOTech’s smallest holographic sight to date relies solely on its battery. Using the smaller 123 lithium battery allowed the company to further shrink the size compared to models like the aforementioned 512 and the EOTech 511. Compared to the 511, which used a slightly larger N-cell battery, the XPS2 actually offers increased battery life.
However, compared to the two batteries used in the 512, the XPS2’s one lithium battery can’t match up. The lithium battery is rated to provide approximately 600 hours of life at the nominal setting in average temperatures, which means that the life can fluctuate quite a bit depending on how high or low you have the brightness set and on the temperature. Still, even if it’s nowhere near the 80,000-hour rating found on some Aimpoint scopes, 600 hours is still quite a lot of time.
While it’s always a good idea to keep a spare battery or two with you just in case, the sight does give you a warning as the reticle begins to flash when the battery starts running low. Unfortunately, compared to easily available AA batteries like those used in the 512, the 123 lithium batteries used in the XPS2 are not always so easy to find in local shops—although this is really only a minor issue. Overall, it really depends on what is most important to you, the increased battery life of the EOTech 512 or the smaller size of the XPS2. If the smaller size appeals to you more, the decrease in battery life definitely shouldn’t deter you, as it probably not something you’ll ever pay attention to in the long run.
Value for the Money
When we compare the XPS2 to other EOTech sights, it falls right about in the middle of the price range. It’s slightly more expensive than the 512, but nowhere nearly as costly as some of the higher tech models. Also, it is slightly cheaper than the closely related XPS3, which features the addition of 12 night-vision settings.
However, compared to many other electronic sights, the EOTech XPS2 and other holographic sights are generally quite a bit more expensive than the others (again with the exception of Aimpoint). Again, this has more to do with the holographic reticle itself than anything else, so in this sense, it all depends on whether the added benefits of a holographic sight outweigh the extra cost. Still, if you’re looking for a truly outstanding electronic sight, few, if any can compare to EOTech. This makes the XPS2 more than worth the added price in the eyes of many hunters.
As you’ve seen from this EOTech XPS2 review, this holographic sight is an outstanding choice for its combination of crystal-clear, high quality optics and small, lightweight size. Rugged enough to withstand whatever you throw at it, and yet still sensitive enough to provide increased accuracy at any distance thanks to its unique dot-and-circle holographic reticle—the EOTech XPS2 definitely ranks up there with the absolute best electronic sights on the market.