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Alright, Here is the deal. I've always been interested in the gamer/computer glasses, and if they actually do anything, or are more of a placibo or a "cool factor" effect.

And this little blog is intended to be a skeptical review of the glasses.
There are as many of you know, the high end gunnar glasses, which run from anywhere between $60 up to the $120+ range
And yes, I am aware of F.lux, and have used it in the past, but not sure how to compare a software against a physical lens

I would say I have 20-20 vision, never needed contacts or glasses, and can't say i've ever had headaches from staring at a monitor for too long, but I do get this weird thing where things on a screen start to look a bit 3d-ish on occasion. I work 40 hours a week on a computer, as well as the unknown hours of work/play at home. I figure in this test i'll use them for a little bit, and If i like them, and find them useful, I'll either keep them, or return them for some Gunnars, if not, i'll just return them to the store.

On a trip to my local frys, I noticed the gunnars, and also noticed a cheaper brand called "Gamers Edge" gaming/computer glasses, They didn't look anywhere near as nice as the Gunnars, but for $27 a pair ( comes in 3 styles ) A sporty style, an aviator style, and a more traditional square style. I've never really been a fan of sun glasses either, as when I was a kid, my best friend kicked me in the face resulting a broken and now crooked nose, so glasses never really sat right for me.

I picked the traditional style with the neon green frame, as I thought they looked neat.

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So without delay, here is a mini-blog of these glasses.

First Impression Wens Feb. 6th
Box: ( I think unboxing videos are the most retarded thing ever )
Plain and simple, the box, a soft case, and thats it. easy enough.

Construction: Seem very thin, as a non glasses wearer, not sure if they are too thin, but i like the straight 'arms' or whatever they call them.
seems to be okay for the price, i'm sure not as polished as the Gunnars. According to the Gamers Edge website, the version I bought is the lightest and most durable of the models, good to know.

Wearing them: They seem not very tall, and the neon green frame is a bit noticeable while wearing them. But are very light weight, and when looking at my 27" monitor at a normal viewing distance, the tinted lenses just cover the screen, I can clearly glance down and see my hands on the keyboard underneath the lense. Not sure if its designed to be like that or not. The other models are a bit taller, but I didn't like how they looked. There is no magnification, from what I understand, the Gunnars have a slight magnification to them. I don't have a need for that.

Screen Viewing: They obviously have a bit of a green tint to them, and I like my monitors with around a 6000-6500k color temperature, which is a bit more 'blue' than normal, and my korean 2560x1440 does not have any color temperature settings. The glasses basically make them look like they are around the 5000-5500k color temperature range. Greens pop very well, colors, once again, seem more warm than cold, and after wearing them for an hour or so, I took them off, and noticed how bright and blue my monitors default set up is, so there is a very noticeable difference there. I've noticed blacks seem more dark and uniform, so thats a good thing.

BF3: Played a few rounds of BF3, it seems to help some of the colors in some situations, but in others, the way it makes blacks look more, well, black, makes the game look better, but also hides enemies a bit better as well. Taking the glasses off after playing for a good bit, my monitor seemed a bit harsh to look at. Interesting.

I'm home sick today, so I will just test them for general computer use and gaming today, but tomorrow I'll be back at work and see how they are in an office setting.

Update: So it seems after wearing them a few hours, i've actually started to get a bit of a headache, so I'm really starting to think these types of products are not for me.
Edited by Jixr - 2/6/13 at 12:44pm
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Subbed. Always wanted to see if they were worth the purchase.
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I have Gunnars glasses, they have yellow glas.

It definitively helps me or maybe now that I'm older my eyes are less sensitive.

I used to get pain in the eyes and red eye, still do but less then before the glasses.
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I'm deffinately thinking of taking these back, Adjusting to them started to give me a headache rather than prevent them. And I think they are a bit too small for my head. I was really hoping that they would help me out, but it does not seem that way.
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I <3 my Gunnar. I bought a pair for gaming but took them to work to use at work all day. I then later purchased a pair to wear when gaming at home.
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I'm deffinately thinking of taking these back, Adjusting to them started to give me a headache rather than prevent them. And I think they are a bit too small for my head. I was really hoping that they would help me out, but it does not seem that way.

I would actually take them back and give gunnars a shot. Cheap optics (like the lime-green glasses) cause headaches, other artifacts, and eyestrain. Not to mention using optics not made for your eyes can damage them. I equate gunnars to oakly sunglasses. Yes some of it is for style, but there is real optometry going on behind the scenes to make sure they are not only comfortable to wear, but better for your eyes than not wearing them.

I haven't tried the gunnars yet, mainly because I need perscription glasses. But after being at work all day and seeing white spots and other weird visual artifacts, I really wanna give the gunnars a shot. Might get a pair made after tax time.

When is the last time you got your eyes checked?
Edited by Nocturin - 2/7/13 at 7:25am
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I haven't tried the gunnars yet, mainly because I need perscription glasses. But after being at work all day and seeing white spots and other weird visual artifacts, I really wanna give the gunnars a shot. Might get a pair made after tax time.

Gunnar actually does sell Prescription Glasses. They cost alot more of course but if you need prescription. I have been saving a little here and there for when I need to wear my Glasses more often. (A prescription helps my vision but is not needed)

http://shop.gunnars.com/prescription-eyewear-gunnar-amber-lens/l/915
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I have been gazing at monitors for 20 years using illustrator and photoshop. When my eye became over-sore and red daily I was using eye drops every 2 hours. I picked up a pair of http://nerdiwear.com glasses with a light gray tint and all my eye issues went away in a few weeks. I noticed the difference right away. They say they are non-prescription but they work wonders. K7
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Alright, Here is the deal. I've always been interested in the gamer/computer glasses, and if they actually do anything, or are more of a placibo or a "cool factor" effect.
As I know the main and the only purpose of the computer glasses is to reduce glares like polarizer filters do in photography. Certainly if you buy cheap chinese fake there is no any effect at all. smile.gif

Edited by defcon5 - 3/19/14 at 10:31pm
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