About 1 Week In
Some of the benefits GUNNAR eye wear brings to the table are immediately noticeable. The color contrast and the increased detail are obvious from the first moment you put the GUNNAR glasses on.
Another way the GUNNAR PPKs affect my computer use only became truly evident to me after a few days of use. I noticed that I wasn't having any trouble looking at my monitor for extended periods of time, like I sometimes had previous to trying out the GUNNAR PPKs. My main gaming monitor is just a few ticks
brighter than my secondary screen (which I pretty much use solely for hardware monitoring and chat programs when I am in-game) and it's intentionally a tad bit brighter because I have it set that way. Mainly for gaming purposes.
In the past I would sometimes suffer from the usual compliment of eye fatigue symptoms :
- Dry eyes
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes
These normally came about during some really intense, marathon
gaming sessions, or, after I had spent a couple of hours staring into the glaring white background of a document I was working on using a WORD program. I'm sure you've been there yourself:
- You lean back in your chair, close your eyes and rub them down hard with the heels of your palms; or,
- You lean back in your chair and tilt your head upwards to stare at the ceiling for a few seconds, just to get a break from the screen; or,
- You just spontaneously get up and leave your computer because it's beginning to wear on you too much--you need an immediate break
Think about it for a second, when you sit and stare into a computer monitor for hours and hours on end you are basically just staring into a source of light. And though computer monitors are, indeed, highly adjustable when it comes to settings such as brightness and contrast in the end it just doesn't matter: you will still be staring
into a source of light for hours and hours on end. There's no getting around it--no matter how good your monitor is--over time it will wear on your eyes and cause you to be less focused and less productive at whatever it is you are doing because you will have to deal with eye fatigue and it's many symptoms as you go. Whether it's working in Excel, a WORD program, editing videos and photos, or shooting noobs in the face in Battlefield 3 eye fatigue will eventually cause you issues with your efficiency.
About three-to-four days into my GUNNAR PPK testing I opened a WORD program to start trying to make some sense of the notes I was kind of scribbling on random pieces of paper at my desk. I was about 20 minutes in and getting nowhere fast when it dawned on me: my monitor had actually become easier
for me to look at. The normally glaring white background of the WORD document I was working on seemed subdued somewhat with the GUNNAR PPKs on. I worked, more like typed random thoughts
, for at least an hour before giving up and closing the WORD program. It was then that I scribbled "monitor easier to look at..?
" as a sort of Layman's Hypothesis.
That weekend the PPKs got their first real test in regards to eye fatigue. Because up until this point I had only used the PPKs modestly. Hadn't really "burned them in" yet. On that weekend I really went at it in Battlefield 3. I'm an avid player of the game as is it but, that first weekend with the PPKs I logged some serious
hours. Continuous stretches of up to 3 1/2 or 4 hours. NOT ONCE did I suffer from any of the previous symptoms of eye fatigue. Never once did I feel the need to rub my eyes. Or squint at my screen to keep my focus on what I was doing. And at no point did I feel the need for the eye drops I keep in one of my desk drawers. Quite simply, I noticed that my eyes just felt
better. Over the course of that entire first weekend with the GUNNARs I actually noticed that my eyes did indeed feel better, even after hours in front of my pc monitor playing Battlefield 3.
Eye fatigue is something people who work in an office environment, looking into a computer screen for hours on end, should really consider when deciding on whether GUNNAR eye wear is for them or not. It is, let me tell you. Excel, WORD programs, Power Point Presentations ... anything that requires you to maintain complete focus on your monitor for an extended period of time is going to cause you eye strain and eye fatigue. The difference between my computer use now
and my computer use before
is like night and day. I absolutely recommend GUNNAR eye wear to anyone who works in front of a computer monitor for hours on a daily basis.
A+ for their ability to stop the onset of eye fatigue. Or, at the very least, to delay it until you will end up getting up from in front of your monitor before it affects you anyway.
This is also the point where I decided that I would take to watching a few of my favorite television shows online rather than on my TV using my DVR's recorded list. A few I would still watch on my television.
The Good Wife and Two and a Half Men I began watching online. I also dug out some of our DVDs and would watch one here and there.
Game of Thrones and Nurse Jackie I continued to watch using our television. And would watch the occasional movie on the DVR List or On Demand.
This is where the GUNNAR PPKs kind of stumbled, though. As I mentioned previously: Pure Whites aren't exactly Pure White
once you are wearing a pair of GUNNARs. I can't really find flaw with any other colors when I am wearing the PPKs and watching a show or a movie; but, white does indeed suffer from the lens tinting. It was pretty apparent on both my computer monitors and both our televisions. I made sure to watch a variety of movies especially just to see what effect the GUNNARs would have on the visual quality: Curse of the Golden Flower, House of Flying Daggers, The Runaways, Saving Private Ryan..... In the end my conclusion is still the same:
- Reds, Blues and Greens seem to benefit from GUNNAR Amber tint lenses
- Color contrast and overall detail is increased immediately
- Whites suffer from the lens tint
In gaming or creating a simple document in a WORD program, I can live with it. Already I've become accustomed to it. It's a non-issue for me at this point in regards to my games and WORD program struggles. The overall benefits of wearing a pair of GUNNARs when gaming or making a simple document FAR out weigh the impact the Amber lens tint has on the color white.
But when it comes to watching a movie or a show or a video, it really becomes an issue. Take the show Game of Thrones for example: the color white, in the snow, the frost created by the mens' breath and numerous other things, is really necessary to create the ambiance...to convey the feeling of cold
to the viewer when the story shifts to the Far North--North of the Wall. I have watched the newest episodes both with and without the PPKs on. The impact is tangible and a negative.
It's a shame really because most colors in the movies I watched seemed, overall, cleaner and better looking with the GUNNAR PPKs on. But white plays such an important role in movies and television that I've noticed it's something I'm just not willing to sacrifice. Not for those two forms of visual media.
So here, I personally have to give the GUNNAR eye wear a B- grade. Which is not all bad. In the livingroom or bedroom I would not use them to watch something on television. At my computer, I might depending on what exactly it is.Edited by crashdummy35 - 4/17/12 at 7:12pm