As an avid gamer, and a person that uses his PC for very long periods of time, I use to suffer from Eye Strain, Dry Eyes, Headaches and Migraines all the time, but since I have started using these types of glasses, classed as Computer & Gaming Glasses from the likes of NoScope & Gunnar all symptoms have dissipated.
What Computer & Gaming Glasses are out there?
Now there are people out there that think these types of glasses are a waste of money and they just fix what is called the placebo effect, I can tell you now, unless you have actually tried them, you really do not know. For some time these types of glasses have been rather expensive, but the quality and design have been beyond par with the likes of SteelSeries backing them, these are known as The Gunnar Series of Computer and Gaming Glasses. Now we have a cheaper alternative and they do exactly the same thing as the expensive brand, NoScope has entered the arena with 3 different gaming glasses now, and most likely more to come in time.
Prescription or not Prescription,
NoScope do not have a wide range like Gunnar and they do not offer a prescription version for their glasses, but there prices are so cheap you would not care. If you require prescription glasses you would be stuck having to purchase the more expensive brand from Gunnar. I have personally experienced people with contact lens using these glasses that are non-prescription, they instantly do not do well with them, this may be different from others, so its touch and go, just be warned.
Design & Construction
So NoScope ‘Hydra’ Gaming Glasses, one of their two new glasses, the other being the more lightweight professional Computer Glasses called the ‘Orion’. The ‘Hydra’ takes on a more sporty look built using a metal alloy frame, making them very durable and lightweight. The arms come spring loaded, so they open and close with ease, even giving that ‘click ‘noise when when the two surfaces come together.
As stated before, I have used Gaming Glasses/Computer Glasses for some time now, so when the opportunity arrived to try a cheaper model from a different company, I really wanted to check them out and make sure they do the same as my Gunnar SteelSeries Glasses have done for me. I am happy to tell you now, they do, they do exactly the same, they also feel better on, which to me just goes to prove one thing cost & branding is not everything, great comfort is also essential.
Now do not get me wrong, the Gunnar Glasses for a long time have served me well, fitted well and even felt ok when using a headset. For gamers out there that wish to know what Headsets I have tested them with, these are they, SteelSeries Siberia Elite, SteelSeries H Wireless, SteelSeries Fnatic, Steelseries Siberia V2 and the Razer Tiamat, each and every one of them felt great while wearing the glasses.
Now the question for me was, do these Gaming Glasses from NoScope feel the same, well they felt nice wearing, nice snug fit, but the arms were thicker than the Gunnar Glasses, but to my surprise though, they did not feel any different when I was wearing them with any of my headsets.
Gaming is what I do, so what games did I use with the NoScope Gaming Glasses, well recently I have been playing Dark Souls 2 DLC, Metro Redux and some Wasteland 2, Now Wasteland 2 is not a graphically intense game, but the likes of Metro is, and it’s this type of game that would give me migraines all the time, cause me to feel sick and need to get away from my gaming system. Now when I started using the Gunnar Glasses these issues no longer persisted, so would these ones do the same thing, well, I am happy to say they did, I was able to play the games that I love now, for a very long period of time without any issues.
Expensive or cheap Gaming/Computer Glasses?
So we have NoScope with their much cheaper gaming glasses and Gunnar with their expensive glasses. Down to pros and cons;
- Does everything the expensive glasses can do
- Well-built Glasses
- Comfortable to wear, with or without headphones
- Not a huge selection
- Does not offer prescription service
- Well-built Glasses
- Comfortable to wear
- Huge selection of glasses to choose from
- Prescription service available
- Does everything the cheap glasses can do
So this really comes down to, three main areas you need to look at before buying. 1 do you need a prescription, if so you will have to go for Gunnar, 2, Price, if you do not need a prescription then it’s down to cost, how much can you afford and finally 3, selection, how fussy are you when it comes to style, then have a look at both and decide, if your not fussy then you cannot go wrong with NoScope.
There is only one annoying little issue, for some reason, most of the time, I could see the rubber supports which have a metal surround around them, these would reflect on the glass and you could easily see them.
NoScope now have three Gaming/Computer Glasses available, the Hydra Gaming Glasses that I own are very well designed, comfortable, built well and does the job you purchase them to do. They come well packaged with a leather pouch and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Delivery from America does take a little time, due to international shipping to the UK otherwise pretty fast. Like previously stated the only issue I found with these glasses is the Rubber Support reflected in the glass, which the designers can fix by hiding or removing the metal surrounding them, and I am sorry to say it does get very annoying after a while and become UN-usable for me, otherwise these glasses do everything you would expect.
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