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May 18 2012

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Review: Gunnar Optiks MW3 Gaming Edition Eyewear


Over the last few months I’d been experiencing a slight increase in the frequency of headaches I’d get after a few brief hours of gaming or even just normal daily computer use. As someone who is an avid gamer, headaches generally come with the territory of long gaming sessions. However, even with a casual session of 45 minutes I found myself needing to pause and take breaks away from the screen.

Growing tired of this practice, I had gone online to research a way to remedy this situation. After a few weeks of searching and per some of my friends’ advice, I was pointed i the direction of Gunnar optics. I’d seen several ads promoting this eyewear as well as several videos of them being using at huge gaming competitions and conventions. Admittedly at first I thought it was just another huge marketing franchise gimmick and nothing more. However, after speaking with a few people who actually use the eyewear on a regular basis and hearing their positive reviews of it I decided to read more into it.

Last week, I took a spontaneous trip into my local best buy and decided to try out a demo pair they had on display. Initially the pair I tested didn’t really wow me in terms of seeing a huge improvement of what these glasses promised to do, but as with most products of this nature it would take a little time to get used to them. I decided to purchase them and see for myself if they lived up to the hype.

Overall Performance::
Upon my initial use of the product,  I did notice a great improvement in eye fatigue. I was able to spend at least an extra two hours in gaming time the first night alone. Over the few days that followed there were no headaches, and the tint within the glasses was almost non existant in my line of sight. I also noticed a heightened sense of clarity in the picture on the screen as well. According to Gunnar, they went with the amber tinting to counter balance the backlighting of most standard led/lcd monitors. This will take a bit of getting used to by most people, as expected the time frame will vary upon the person.

Flexibility:
While these glasses in particular are a part of the “Advanced Gaming” variety, I find myself using them almost daily on other tasks involving my computer monitor as well. These glasses have definitely aided in the improvement of my overall eye sight in general applications, such as writing this blog. Another great feature of this eyewear is the ability to order a set of custom prescription lenses with each pair. This idea alone was a huge plus for me even ifit might come with a slightly heavier price tag based on style, prescription needs, etc.

To sum up my review, with the level of customization options combined with prolonging the overall health of your eyes if you spend a vast majority of your day working at a computer than these are definitely worth an investment.

For a more detailed look into the specifications and the technology behind the eyewear, be sure to check out their website here. If you want to know more about what I have to say about them that isn’t posted here, please be sure to leave a comment and I’ll be glad to reply as soon as I can. I hope this review was a help to any of you who have been debating on buying these

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