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- Kill the glare with the only patented computer eyewear recommended by doctors to protect and enhance your vision through the use of their specially designed lenses featuring proprietary tints and coatings that block high-energy blue light, UV and glare
- Weighing in at only 25-grams, these lightweight glasses are properly balanced to reduce pressure points and combat eye strain, while the Amber tint lens makes these glasses ideal for gamers
- Ultra-slim 130-millimeter temples distribute headphone pressure to ensure headset compatibility; forged from stainless steel, these gaming glasses ensure lightweight durability, increase optical stability and enhance visual detail throughout the day
- Keep your glasses in place with the 20-millimeter bridge and adjustable pads that articulate (3) dimensions for a dynamic fit, while the interchangeable sockets create endless design and customization options
- Limited Warranty that covers against defects for (1) year after purchase; these Advanced Gaming glasses with wide fit have flexible temples to conform and ergonomically fit a wide range of head and face shapes
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- Product Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B004BUMICS
- Item model number: PPK-03001
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2010
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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A note about my specific setup: I use two 29" ultrawide monitors, side by side, in portrait mode for a total screen area of about 22.6" x 26.7". That means that the distance from my eyes to the center of the screen is a LOT shorter than the distance from my eyes to one of the edges. This is important context for my review, as you'll see.
With that out of the way, let's talk about the pros:
The tinting is fantastic and does a great job of filtering the fluorescent lighting overhead and the brightness from the large screen surface. The slight magnification also makes text on a screen really "pop". Even small fonts at the far top and bottom edges of my screens were crystal clear and easy to read. When I first put on the glasses, I was thrilled at how much of a difference they made. Had I written this review right then, it'd be 5/5 "Would buy again!"
But, unfortunately, that didn't turn out to be the case. Here's why:
After wearing the glasses for about 10-15 minutes, I started to experience severe nausea and a headache. It felt quite similar to motion sickness or snow blindness. I had to take the glasses off and it took a little while to recover. I tried them again several times over the course of the day and each time would start to feeling sick after just a few minutes of wearing them. I even tried again the next day with the same results.
So what happened?
I'm not really sure. I rarely, if ever, suffer from motion sickness. I can play first-person games for hours, read books in the car, etc, without any problems. So it seemed strange that these glasses would make me so ill. One thing that I did notice was that I tended to be fine so long as I was only working in one section of my monitor, such as the browser window I keep in the middle of my left monitor. As soon as I started using things at the top or bottom, it'd rapidly start feeling sick. So I suspect that it's the magnification combined with constantly changing the distance I was focusing at.
Ultimately, they just didn't end up being wearable for me and I had to return them. Your experience may well differ. In fact, I would still recommend trying these if you have a more standard monitor configuration. But if you have a particularly large monitor setup, or have to regularly look away from your monitor for other things, I'd recommend trying something else.
With the void in my free time left by my departure from gaming, I had more time to fine-tune my programming skills (I study Computer Science) and I actually ended up spending more time in front of the screens than I did when I was gaming, which resulted in more headaches like the same ones I had before. After a few instances of these headaches, I decided to dust off the glasses, which at this point I had just assumed were a placebo moneymaking scheme because of the gimmicky nature of "wearing-colored-lenses-that-look-cool-and-all-the-pro-gamers-wear-them".
--THE ACTUAL REVIEW--
The effect these lenses had was noticeable immediately. I'm now working at a summer internship and there's not a day I don't put these on. Not only have I not gotten a single-eye strain headache in the three weeks I've been working so far (the headaches would normally happen once or twice a week during periods of constant use), but I even feel less tired at the end of the day (now my girlfriend isn't always mad at me for being too tired to do stuff with her after work, bonus side effect), which I'm assuming has to do with the eye strain-reduction.
They are also extremely light weight and don't get in the way at all. I have on-ear headphones and I don't feel like I'm wearing these at all, and they're not heavy so they don't really get in the way or feel like I'm wearing something tacky on my face. The build seems a little flimsy, but that's just a natural drawback of being so lightweight; I bought a hard case to keep them in for transportation which is much nicer to have than the flimsy little bag/cleaning cloth that came with the lenses and I don't really see their flimsiness as being a problem.
Bottom line; if you have eye strain problems that cause headaches and "tired eyes", look no further than Gunnar Optiks. If you are on the fence because these lenses seem placebo-y, don't be. Two years later, I'm glad I finally get to benefit from what this product has to offer, and the difference is pretty remarkable. Would recommend, easy 5 stars for me.
I purchased a pair of Gamma Rays for myself so I could compare. There is a softer feel when looking through the Gunnars that help your eyes not feel strained. I honestly thought a yellow lens would be a yellow lens. The Gamma Rays do help but the experience of eye relaxation wasn't as strong. This is a case of getting what you pay for. Like most reviews, I can confirm the smudges. So an investment in good cleaning clothes and case is not a bad idea. We have the Gunnar case and for the price/quality, I will recommend it too.