A couple weeks ago, I blogged about Gunnar Optiks, and whether or not I thought they seemed legit/worth it/etc.
The tl;dr of that post was that I sort of “made” my own Gunnars; I’d heard of a company called Zenni optical that made inexpensive prescription eyeglass frames, and I discovered that they also allow you to add a yellow tint and anti-glare coating for about $5 each. Sure, I was actually adding the yellow tint as a part of my Halloween costume (Sniper from Team Fortress 2), but hey, yellow is yellow.
Here’s my analysis:
The yellow tint made looking at my dual monitors much more comfortable. It’s actually hard to describe; staring at some sort of screen (PC monitor, iPhone, 3DS, etc) all day wasn’t exactly uncomfortable before, but the Gunnars (well, the fake ones, anyway) make everything instantly warmer. Like the rose-colored glasses paradigm, everything was more pleasant.
Now, these faux Gunnars didn’t make me an instant pro gamer; they didn’t improve my aim, accuracy, nor k/d ratio. But hey, that’s not what Gunnar claims they do. They’re marketed simply as a (non-essential) gaming accessory that will reduce eyestrain and fatigue. And the fake ones did just that.
I actually am surprised, and will now admit that Gunnars are not a scam (disclaimer: this is my opinion based on my experience with a pair of “DIY Gunnars”, not with authentic Gunnar glasses). Sure, I still wouldn’t pay upwards of $80 for a pair, but that’s because they’re just not my cup of tea, and I can’t fault anyone who does so.
But if you’re like me and want a similar effect for a fraction of the cost, go to http://www.zennioptical.com, pick out any frames, and add 50% yellow tint and AR coating.