GUNNAR_BETA_TESTING PROGRAM_Overclock (2).docx 35k .docx file
Finished my testing period. All the results are recorded in the provided tables in the testing document I was sent. In the event there is any trouble with the attachment, here is a plain-text version of the tables:
What do you spend most time doing in front of a Digital Screen?
2) School work (research, word documents, spreadsheets, databases, programing)
3) Art and Web Design (Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Flash, Dreamweaver)
Give us your initial thoughts of GUNNAR eyewear BEFORE and AFTER your first use:
Before: Having taken basic courses in optics, I believe I have an understanding of the underlying principles of how products like GUNNAR lenses aim to improve screen-viewing experience. The logic behind most of it appears sound; however I remain skeptical of the actual results, especially the claims of increased color contrast and detail.
Not sure what to expect yet.
After: Everything is pretty yellow, hopefully that will “wear off” as my eyes get used to it. Not noticing a huge difference otherwise. Think I need to bend them a bit for a better fit, but the frame seems pretty flexible so that should be ok.
After Day 1 - What were some of the biggest things that stood out? Positive or Negative:
Positive: They are very light weight and do not interfere much with my oversized headphones (ATH-A700). They certainly increase the contrast of anything within the green, yellow, and orange spectrums, and help dull the harshness of white light. They do slightly magnify the screen (making my 25.5inch appear more like a 26inch but without having to turn my eyes/head any more than I would with a 25.5) which is pretty awesome.
Negative: They do discolor whites and blues and seem to blow-out mild greens. They are also defiantly made only for use on up-close screens. Anything beyond a certain distance becomes slightly blurred. The nose-pads are quite uncomfortable and are extremely difficult to adjust. Immediately after putting them on, everything is extremely discolored until my eyes adjust to the hue. They also may be giving me a slight headache but that may be completely unrelated.
After Day 2 - Did you notice a difference when taking off the glasses? Talk about noticeable changes:
I’m becoming more accustomed to the amber hue of the lenses. It’s still noticeable but it feels less unnatural. The slight headache I was feeling yesterday returned again today at the beginning of my computer session but quickly dissipated. That too seems to be a matter of becoming accustomed to the change.
The lenses do indeed seem to help in games. Over the past two days I’ve consistently been playing some of my very best rounds of Battlefield 3. Target acquisition feels snappier and the overpowering brightness weapon muzzle flash is much more controlled, allowing accurate tracking of targets during automatic fire.
Taking the glasses off after growing somewhat accustomed to them, the screen appears overly bright and anything against a white background appears almost washed out. I still feel they have an overall somewhat negative effect on color contrast and detail, but they are certainly helping with image definition. Spreadsheets or even this word document are much gentler on the eyes and the words are easier to read and enemies are more easily distinguished even in games with overdone bloom effects which typically obscure targets.
After Day 3-6 – Talk about your experience with GUNNARs after the first week. What changes have you noticed with your eyes in relation to what you do on the Computer/Console, please elaborate:
I’m quite accustomed to the glasses now. I’ve noticed that they do in fact “enhance” the color in certain games and images (in games mostly due to the terrible blue filters that are becoming increasingly common and in images that are poorly exposed or compressed). They do cut out a minor degree of glare although it is not particularly noticeable (be every bit does help) and the slight magnification is lovely.
I can’t say I’ve noticed any great endurance/fatigue changes but perhaps that is a good thing in a way as I haven’t noticed that they negatively impact those aspects. The one “serious” issue I’m having is that the particular model I was sent for testing seems to be somewhat poorly matched to my face. They need to be pressed as close to my face as possible in order to cover the entirely of the computer screen at a natural head angle, and when I wear them in that way, my eyelashes “scrape” along the inside of the lenses. It’s quite awkward and somewhat uncomfortable. I suspect however that this would not be an issue with certain other frames. I can’t really fault these frames either as I do have quite long eyelashes and this problem exists with many sunglasses as well.
After Day 7-14 – Give your final thoughts on the GUNNAR Eyewear. Please elaborate on as much as you can and feel free to add any additional positive/negative comments that might help us at GUNNAR Optiks:
After having tested the glasses for almost two weeks, I’ve become fond of them. Most of my previous issues with them have dissipated and I would overall recommend them for gaming and general computer use. My biggest issues are that they discolor images when working with photography or creating art in photoshop and illustrator, and they do not quite fit my face. Both of these issues would be solved entirely were I to choose my own lenses and frames as opposed to the ones I was randomly provided for testing. I do feel they have improved my endurance and reduced fatigue. They do enhance readability of text and the slight magnification is wonderful. Even the color-changing tint I previously stated issue with is a blessing when not working with photos or art as it helps filter out the horrible blue tint that seems to have invaded every modern videogame and movie. Overall great products for what they are.