Meet Lyte, a new generation of smart eyewear from Lucyd. These patent-pending Bluetooth frames offer a unique mix of designer styling, eye protection and smart features. All Lucyd frames include a 7-day moneyback guarantee and 1-year warranty against any defects in frame or lenses.
Sharp open-ear playback with flush speakers in each arm. Our largest volume range yet, supporting clear listening in noisy environments.
Noise-cancelling mic for calls and voice assistant.
Two buttons on the arms enable a selection of high-utility touch controls, including call answering, play/pause, track skip, volume adjustment and voice assistant activation.
Connect to most phones, PCs and smartwatches within a 50-foot range.
6.5-8 hours of playback per 2 hour charge. 160 hour standby connection time. A typical user who listens to 1 hour of music per day will only need to charge their glasses once a week or so.
Lenses and accessories
Includes black polarized UV400 lenses, reusable folding box, flat-folding case, cable, wall adapter, cleaning cloth and quick-start guide.
Listening to music, Sound quality, Use for phone calls
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great Concept, Good Audio & Mic
I love the idea of these glasses.
I know most people are wondering "Why would I want speakers on my glasses when I can just wear ear buds?" .Aside from being able to hear your surroundings, here's my answer. I have some hearing damage in my left ear, consequently I have tinnitus. However the real problem, due to the damage already done to my ear, is that earbuds and headphones aggravate my condition. Having all those forced audio waves only having one direction to flow, ends up hurting my ear further. It physically hurts, and then the tinnitus sound gets louder. With the open ear audio provided from these glasses, I can wear these all day long, and not have to deal with the pain or discomfort of aggravating my hearing condition. So, with that said, I find these glasses to be very useful.
However, I feel like these glasses are still in the early stages of their life. Some things are not as polished as I would like. So, I'm going to jump into one of the issues I have with them. The first and biggest issue that I have experienced is the virtual assistant interaction. There is barely any que or indication that you have activated the virtual assistant, if the screen on your phone is off and locked. I typically am guessing that the assistant started when it was supposed to, and would just begin speaking to it. Three out of four times, I get it on the money. If my surroundings are very quiet, I can hear the speaker in the frame kick on, after I have initiated the assistant, and then I use that as a que to start speaking, but if it is not quiet around me, it's just a guessing game. When the assistant activates, everything works just as it would if you were talking directly into your phone. You can send texts, make calls, play music, navigate to an address, do a google search and more, all by talking at a normal audio level. Plus you can do it up to 100 feet away from your phone, if your phone supports Bluetooth 5.0, and there are limited obstructions between you and your phone.
Initially I had an issue where Alexa kept starting through the glasses prompt, even though I had google assistant set as my default assistant for my phone. I kept setting the default assistant to Google Assistant in the settings menu, but that did not correct the problem. Eventually I had to go into Alexa's app settings and clear the specific defaults for that app.
If the assistant does not work with your lock screen on, then you need to adjust your phone's settings. I had to go into the Google Assistant settings under "Lock screen" and turn on "Assistant responses on lock screen" and then go to the setting labeled "Personal results" and turn on all three options under the "Your phone" tab. Make sure you turn on "Personal Results", "Personal suggestions on lock screen.." and "On Headphones". This will make the assistant still available with all functions when your screen is locked.
The microphone is actually pretty good on these. It is even better than the mic in my car, through it's stereo. Several people have commented on how good the calls have been sounding while I am driving. The speakers in the frame have a nice audio range also. For me, the max volume hurts my ear, so I am usually keeping the level around 60 to 70 percent based on what I am doing. I have had no issues hearing anyone on a call. In Fact it's actually gentler on my ears to use the frame than blast my calls through the car stereo. Using the glasses can even keep your conversations private while in the car. I can't tell you how many people I drive up next to, that have their calls blasting so loud, that I can hear what they are saying through their closed windows.
Speaking of calls, I would also like to point out that you need to be a little cautious of adjusting the volume on your glasses, while in a call. I had a caller that was speaking very loudly and I wanted to turn down the volume quickly( it's one press on the left button per increment ), and I ended up hitting the button too soon with two clicks. Two clicks on the button hangs up the call. So this would be the other thing that I would hope they could change in an update, maybe make it a 3 second hold of the button to end calls.
As implied by the name these are in fact air conduction speakers, which is only indicated because there is another speaker technology that has become fairly popular, called bone conduction. The difference between the two is that air conduction uses the standard way of hearing, when sound waves are carried over the air and find their path down our ear canal to our eardrum. Bone conduction speakers use sound to induce vibrations through the bones near the ear, which in turn follows through to the inner ear, which then translates the vibrations into sounds.
There is not much bass in these speakers, but the music still sounds pretty good. If you would like to adjust the sound, you can go into the phone settings and change the EQ and sound preferences to figure out what profiles sound best for these speakers and your music.
The polarized lenses work well at protecting the eye from blinding light, but also aiding in clarity and reduced solar flaring from extremely bright lights. The manufacturer sells replacement lenses for their frames. You can either add prescription lenses, a few different colored sunglass lenses or even a clear Blue-light blocking lenses. The lenses are not super easy to pop out, but they do come out without needing any additional tools or excessive force.
These are IP56 water resistant, so they are supposed to be able to handle sweat and direct water pressure, so rain and technically even a shower would be ok. But I would not press your luck by submerging these in water.
The battery has been pretty good at lasting me all day, and charges fairly quickly at just 2 hours. The plastic frames are definitely light, I honestly can not tell the difference in weight between these and a regular pair of sunglasses on my face. Even though the frames are light, the plastic and metal construction seems solid, I have had no hint of anything feeling like it is going to break or fall apart under use.
I do not hold the manufacturer in bad light because of the few issues I had mentioned, as I believe these are all things that could be fixed in an update, or at least future versions. I spoke with customer service and they seem to be very eager to help customers in any way needed, and listen to feedback. There is no app anywhere for these glasses, so they would also need to develop a small app to handle the updating process, as it would probably not be too feasible for people to send their glasses back in for the updates.
These come in a low-profile attractive design. I think they look great. They are very comfortable. But I wish they would add some rubber to allow them to stay in place. Instead they slide easily on your face leading to constant adjustment. It comes with a soft and hard carrying case which are great. They fold up nicely and take up very little room. They are polarized with UV400 rating meaning they block 100% of UV light. However, with the lenses being so small I found I still got a lot of light through the sides and top of the shades.
These work similarly to how truly wireless earbuds work. Where each arm having a speaker and a battery and operate separately from each other and when both are turned on they will pair to each other. With them being so low-profile you don’t have a lot of range to get good bass response as the resonance chamber is tiny and with them not going directly into your ears it can’t utilize your ear canal like earbuds can. Due to all of this (low-profile design, being separate from your ear, small speaker) you are left with nearly no bass and a very treble focused sound that can come across as harsh, especially at louder volumes. However, there is still mid-range making male voices and female voices sound goodish. These get VERY loud to the point I think they could damage your hearing. I found that I preferred them on my iPhone to be about 25 – 30% in a quietish environment and about 50 – 60% in a loud one. I found I liked spoken word (audible books, conversations, media) better than I liked music. As a lot is lost in music but normal speaking sounded pretty good. Best way I can explain it is a higher end gaming microphone type sound. It won’t blow your socks off and you shouldn’t expect them to sound great. In the end I wouldn’t buy these for their sound quality but more I want semi-nice sunglasses and them having speakers and a microphone is a bonus for when I do forget my earbuds, if I’m constantly in and out of somewhere taking on and off my glasses, if I don’t want to look like I’m listening to anything, if I want to maintain full situational awareness, if I’m getting directions in my car in maps, or need to answer a quick phone call. In other words, as a supplement device over a main device.
I was pleasantly surprised which isn’t to say these are great. Just not as terrible as I was expecting. When I was in a controlled environment (with little wind or ambient noise) these sound really good (again think standard headset microphone sound). But once I added a moderate amount of wind or noise it went downhill. If you are in a quiet environment, you could easily use them for calls. But if you aren’t then the other end may keep the conversation short and sweet.
- Attractive low-profile design.
- Polarized with UV400 Protection
- Gets plenty loud.
- Mostly intuitive on-board controls.
- Good battery life w/ alright charge time.
- Excellent microfiber cloth carrying case.
- Excellent low profile/foldable hard case.
- Buttons are easy to find, responsive, and feel good when pressed.
- That I can keep full situational awareness while listening to something while out and about while protecting my eyes.
- Good for voices (audible books, script focused shows, conversations).
- Proprietary charging cable. While neat means if it breaks it makes it harder to replace. Also, it is magnetized which is appreciated but still difficult to plug in as the cord is stiff and is enough to pull it off if not careful.
- Lenses appear to be thin with large openings on the side which let in a lot of light/sun. I much prefer my other sunglasses as they are built to limit sun from all angles.
- Plastic lens don’t have any rubber on them. Which makes them slip down my ears and nose even when not sweating or exercising which leads to constant adjustment. Adding a bit of rubber to the nose piece and arms would help greatly.
- Sound quality is below average for music. Very treble focused with no bass. Which is to be expected with this design.
- Sound bleed is real with these above 25% volume.
- Microphone is acceptable.
The design on these is a double-edged sword. On one side you have very attractive low-profile sunglasses that have speakers without anyone knowing that. Where a lot of the competition the arms are huge and ugly. But with that low-profile design you don’t get as good of acoustics which leaves you with a treble focused sound. Which works well for voice and media but not for music. Sunglass frames are polarized with UV400 rating providing good protection. But with the open design I found they didn’t block as much light as I’m used to with my other sunglasses. Especially, since the sides have the lowest profile which looks good from an aesthetics point of view but blocks zero sun. So, my recommendation is if you are looking for sunglasses that are attractive with good protection for your eyes and want some speakers to supplement them while out and about for occasional use these are a good option. If you plan on constantly using these to listen to music or media, then I’d skip them and go with ones with larger arms or even better dedicated wireless earbuds.
TLDR: Attractive sunglasses that have tiny slit openings for speakers that fire toward your outer ear fold to capture sound. The temple and the temple tips are both large; temple tips extend further back than normal sunglasses. Polarized lenses. IP56 Rated. Bluetooth 5.0. Sound quality is satisfactory, so don’t expect high quality audio when listening to music. Noise canceling mic works great. Not discreet if you turn up the volume. Included charging cable seems a bit awkward and clunky.
The Lucyd Lyte bluetooth sunglasses are an interesting marriage of eye protection and music. After all, sunglasses are designed, first and foremost, to protect your eyes from the sun. And music is created to stimulate your auditory nerves and excite emotion, depending on what you’re listening to. Now you can have both in one lightweight package, with an added bonus of style and swag. Wearing them is no different than wearing your typical go-to pair. Just slip them over your eyes and go. The temple arms are much, much thicker than your typical sunglasses, but they really go unnoticed, especially if you have a head full of hair or a cap/hat/hoodie to cover them up. And you don’t really notice how large they are when worn.
They’re not complicated to operate, either. They model their usage after a lot of bluetooth headphones or earbuds. There is a button on either side of the temple. Push either button once to raise or lower volume. Press either twice to pause. Press either three times to advance or repeat/go back a track. Hold either down to summon Google Assistant or Siri. For phone calls, a single press will answer, and a hold will decline. You get the picture. Sound quality is not the best I’ve heard, but then again, maybe these were designed for overall convenience in having both a pair of sunglasses and music/phone capability. The sound output lacks the low and midrange frequencies as you would need to get a full rich sound. Yet, dialog is clear from both music and taking a call and I never had an issue having a conversation with them using the built-in microphone. Since there is no device literally in your ear, you'll still be able to hear your surroundings normally. Battery life is adequate for a full day out. 4-6 hours of music playback is plenty, well, unless you intend to stream music for 4-6 hours straight. There is no indicator for battery life remaining on the sunglasses itself, but you’ll be able to see that from your phone.
Let’s not forget that they are still sunglasses at heart. They do come with polarized lenses and come in various colors and styles. I have the Darkside polarized UV400 lenses with the red mirror finish. The red lenses are fire and do attract attention when I’m out and about.
If I have one complaint about the design of these sunglasses, it’s the included charging cable, which is a proprietary magnetic attachment like a MagSafe or Surface charger. First issue is that the magnets themselves are weak to attach to their dock on the temple arm. A simple nudge can dislodge the charger, and the rest is history. At least you’ll still have sunglasses to use. The second issue is that the cable itself is a split Y-cable and you’ll need to attach to each arm. This is probably due to the batteries living in the temple tips and needing their own path for charging and powering the tiny driver. Maybe next time they can just find a clever way to use a single USB-C port. Maybe for now make the magnets stronger and make the proprietary cable a bit longer so we have some slack to attach the charger to the sunglasses. So I took a star off for that. Hey, at least they provide a wall charger.
As with all sunglasses, these are best used when…well…when you’re under the sun. During my last visit to The Happiest Place On Earth, I found myself putting them on when in direct sunlight, then taking them off when the queue would enter a building, then vice versa. Normally, that would be fine, but when you’re having to take them off while listening to music, then it gets a little annoying. I found that you can keep the sunglasses affixed to your temples, but raise the lenses enough so that they sit on your forehead and still listen to music or even take a call. A more permanent fix would be to get transition lenses, especially if you wear a prescription. If you’re not a fan of earbuds or headphones, then these might spark your interest. Overall, I think these sunglasses are definitely more suited for a beach day or sitting beside the pool.
For my first pair of smart sunglasses the Lucyd Lyte Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses do ok. I’ll begin by saying, make sure that you follow the instructions closely and read up on them and how to operate. The setup and use can be an issue if you do not follow the provided pamphlet in the box. As long as you do, set up will be fairly easy. They come well packaged in a very sturdy box. I like that a hard case and soft carrying bag is provided.
The fit and comfort of the Lucyd Lytes is very good. My family and I spent two days at Universal Studios in Orlando and I have to say these are some of the more comfortable sunglasses I have worn. I wore them each day for more than 6 hours and never once felt discomfort on the sides of my head, ears or bridge of my nose. As far as the sun protection, they aren’t at the level of some other name brand lenses, but they do provide a level of protection. I like the look of these and unlike other brands they aren’t as bulky.
As for the sound quality while listening to music is where they lack. I will say that there isn’t a lack of volume with the Lucyds, I was able to hear music over the crowd of people, and even carry on a conversation while using them. The problem comes in with the muffled sound of the music. Unlike traditional headphones where you can hear the low, mid, and high frequencies with these, you miss a lot of that. On the upside, you have physical buttons to control your music.
Call quality is where they stand out a bit over traditional earbuds or headphones. Although I’m sure a few people thought I was crazy while taking a phone call, the Lucyd Lytes did not disappoint. I was able to receive calls and chat with the person without ever once needing to remove my phone from my pocket.
I would definitely recommend the Lucyd Lyte Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses to anyone looking to get into a set of these. The incorporation of eyewear with music is done tastefully and stylish. They are comfortable and for me do quite a few things ok. If nothing else, these sunglasses take a few items from your travel list and condenses them down to one. At this price point you can’t go wrong.
--- SETUP ---
The Lucyd Sunglasses are quick to set up. Simply hold either the left or right buttons on the temples of the glasses to turn them on and have your mobile device set to bluetooth. The Sunglasses will appear, select them, and you’re ready to listen to your tunes.
--- FEATURES ---
These frames feature smart assistant compatibility, 6.5-8 hours of music and calls per charge, noise-canceling microphone, polarized, UV400 lenses, user-friendly physical-button controls, 50-foot range, Bluetooth 5.0, and Rx ready.
--- EXPECTATIONS and PERFORMANCE ---
Out of the box, the sunglasses look very stylish. The frames are transparent and the lenses have a reflective, metallic look. I turned them on immediately, as they had charge in them. I was able to pair them to my iPhone Pro Max 12 in about 30 seconds and I was listening to my podcast in less than a minute. I went on some errands and I was using them so I could listen to my choice of sound. I switched between podcasts, music, and audiobooks. I was able to listen to everything with no problem, but I did have to raise the volume at louder environments, such as the mall. While walking around and shopping, two people complimented me on the glasses. I shared with one of them that they had speakers in the temples, and they exclaimed that they didn’t even know such tech existed.
The glasses themselves do a great job of protecting my eyesight from the sun while walking and driving against the sunlight. This is actually my third pair of bluetooth sunglasses. The issues I’ve had with my previous pair is that they all have tried to push touch controls on the temples; this has always given me mixed results. The Lucyd Lyte sunglasses have physical buttons. To pause, raise/lower the volume, or skip/rewind a track, you have to push on either the left or right metallic physical buttons near the hinges of the glasses. This was a welcomed change in my smart glasses as there was less guesswork from the eyewear as to what I wanted it to do. To lower the volume, you press the left temple button once every time you want to lower it. To raise the volume, you use the right temple button. To play or pause your audio, you press either of the buttons twice. To skip a track, you press the right button three times, and to rewind the button, you press the left button three times. The button presses are fairly intuitive and easy to understand. The fact that they are physical buttons eliminates the guesswork of finding where the touch controls would be.
While being away from my phone, the connectivity remained. Sometimes, I would go back to my apartment to get something and my phone stayed in the vehicle. The music continued seamlessly and without dropping audio. Speaking of not dropping audio, phone calls are very clear. Since the microphone has noise-canceling capabilities, my own voice is clear as well when speaking back to my callers.
The only issue I had was at the beginning of setup. I couldn’t get the volume to work with the button presses. All the other functions worked fine except the volume. What I did was unpair the sunglasses from my phone and re-paired them. After that, all functionalities have worked well.
Lastly, if you are a prescription-glass wearer, these glasses are Rx ready. I spend more time using my prescription glasses vs. my prescription sunglasses. I will be going to the doctor to change the prescription on these as the frames and the audio create a great user experience that I want with me at all times.
--- APPROVAL ---
I recommend these glasses to someone who spends a lot of time under the sun and wants to enjoy music without covering their ears. I also encourage prescription-glasses users to give these a try to level up your traditional eyewear.
I would recommend this to a friend
Bluetooth, Design, Sound quality
Battery life, Wiring
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
a few issues, there are better alternatives
I've been using the Lucyd Lyte Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses for several days now. It pains me to say this, but I think there are too many shortcomings to recommend them.
Out of the box, the Lucyd Lyte Sunglasses look promising. There's a hard case that will fold flat when not in use (love these cases), a pouch for when you don't want the hard case, a 5v charging plug, a cleaning cloth, and the USB charging cable. Setup is easy, no apps, no registration, you just pair the Lucyd Lyte Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses as you would any pair of headphones.
The Lucyd Lyte Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses turn on automatically when you put them on and you will hear a kadonk sound twice when they turn on and pair with a voice prompt of "connected".
This is where the quality leaves a lot to be desired. Whenever I used the Lucyd's, like with Siri's voice prompts, there's a "static hiss" for about 5-10 seconds before and after. I have never experienced anything like this before with any headset or smart glasses (and I own them all, Rayban, Snap, Echo). So it's definitely something with the Lucyd's.
Audio playback is also very washed out - even Siri sounded awful. Again, I know these are smart glasses and audio can sound different, but if I compare them against other smart glasses it's noticeably bad). The treble is way off, so everything sounds tinny and cheap vs comparable alternatives. I tried to wear the speakers in by playing audio for an hour, but that didn't help.
You would think not having an app is a plus, but that means there are no firmware updates. It also means that some functionality is just missing. I could get the Lucyd Lyte Sunglasses to announce incoming calls, but it wouldn't announce text messages even with announce messages turn on in my iPhone settings. This could have been an issue for me, but no other glasses with speakers have ever had this limitation (that said, they all have apps and the Lucyd does not).
But the bit that is the deal-breaker for me on the Lucyd Lyte Sunglasses is the charging mechanism (see picture). It's USB but with two magnetic plugs that attach to each stem. So you need to attach both. The magnets are weak, the cable is stiff, and the slightest bump will disconnect one or both of them. It's super frustrating. If it was a softer or braided cable, it would be kind of OK, but even then, these are the only smart glasses I know that require you to connect a charging cable to both arms of the glasses. The charging experience is to connect the cables and then pray nothing bumps or moves the cable or glasses, as the charging cable will just fall off.
The last piece of all of this is the Lucyd glasses just don't fit comfortably. I'm an adult, with a normal-sized head, and these felt loose. I measured the Lucyd's against other smart glasses and the arms and width of the Lucyd glasses are larger. So you may find them just a little too big for your head, even if they do look good.
Overall, this means I can't recommend the Lucyd's. They look good but are not comfortable. The audio is poor quality. There's this odd hiss sound when you use them with your voice assistant. The charging cable makes charging more frustrating than it needs to be. These definitely feel like a version 1.0 device and there are better alternatives out there.
PS. A tip for iOS users, go into Bluetooth settings and change the device type to Headphone (tap the i icon next to the Lucyd Lyte, and select Device Type "headphone" for the best result)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Bluetooth, Design, Sound quality
Battery life, Speakers
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Poor Sound/Build Quality, Proprietary Charging
Lucyd Lyte Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses are one of the latest audio integrated sunglasses on the market. These are meant to compete against a popular, name brand with their sunglasses but having owned those competing glasses, I can tell you these fall very short in just about every aspect. I am disappointed and here is why.
In the Box:
- Sunglasses with Cloth and Hard Case
- Proprietary Charge Cable with USB Charge Brick
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Setup is pretty simple. Plug in the glasses to charge (Harder than pairing, seriously) and charge them up. Once charged, take them off the charger and they will automatically search for devices. Connect via Bluetooth on your phone and you’re done. If you need to pair a new device, hold the buttons on each side until you hear “Power on”. There is no app integration.
These sound very bad compared to the competition (rhymes with Hose). The speaker output has ok volume levels but the speaker quality is just bad. They sound worse than your cell phone speaker. Given the frames are very narrow they don’t have room for a larger driver or echo chamber and it shows. Very tinny sounding at all levels and the clarity is not good.
These feel light on the face with no discomfort over my usage. The nose pad is just hard plastic so they may slip down with sweat. The arms are hard, glossy plastic so this may vary from user to user. They have plenty of width for wider heads so they shouldn’t squeeze much if at all. The hinges appear to be metal but other than that the rest of the glasses are glossy plastic. They immediately had fingerprints all over and looked pretty dingy. Just keep in mind if you buy these that they will not appear shiny and glossy during normal usage like pictures show. The lenses I got are a red mirror type which looks very good and stylish.
In terms of battery life, they claim 6.5-8 hours of playback which seems plausible on a full charge. Charging is done via proprietary magnetic connectors which are finicky. If you lose the cable, then you cannot charge these glasses. This is due to each side operating somewhat separately but are connected via Bluetooth. Not a great design choice. They are IP56 water resistant and feature polarized UV400 lenses.
Each side features a single button. This controls audio, phone, and power. The buttons are very tactile which is nice and located towards the front so each to reach. The commands work well.
- Light Weight
- Easy Controls
- Hard, Collapsible Case
- Sound Quality
- Build Quality
- Propriety Charging Connector/Finicky
- Fingerprint Magnet
Overall, I was really looking forward to trying this product only to get them and be very disappointed in the build and audio quality along with proprietary charging. These seriously do not compare to at least one of the others on the market in those two areas. Are these slightly more stylish due to the slim frames? Sure. That doesn’t make up for all the downfalls. They just seem like a cheap product from overseas that are being marketed as a higher quality product with a bunch of features at a fairly premium price point. If the main function of the product (Quality Audio Sunglasses) doesn’t live up to the hype, then the product won’t meet the expectations of consumers.
Nice concept things to come. Love the glasses and the quality, nice case as well. The speaker quality is not that of ear bud sound.
Also those around you can hear your conversation. Nice for a bike ride or around the yard.