This guide to the best gaming glasses will take you through some of the most popular on the market. We’ve spent hours testing these glasses. We’ve compared their features and benefits and ultimately, their value for money.
The Best Gaming Glasses: Our Top Recommendations
1Our TwoLeftSticks Pick: Gunnar MLG Phantom
It’s no surprise that gamer glasses from the Gunnar series is among our top three. We chose these as they offer a framework fit for a wide range of head shapes and sizes. They’re also compatible with most gaming headphones.
They provide an excellent level of protection from blue light as well as being lightweight. You’ll hardly notice you’re wearing them. They are very well priced and still maintain a level of style and provide a really wide field of vision.
2Runner-Up: Gunnar Optiks INT-00101
In third place are the Gunnar Optiks.
They have a broad frame which makes them very versatile and more resistant to breakage than some of the more fragile competitors. They’are very comfortable as they rest very easy on the face.
They also come with an anti-glare coating and offer distortion free optics. They are one of the best at reducing harmful blue light due the to lens being 59 millimeters thick.
3Third Place: Spektrum Premium Professional Gamer Glasses
The Spektrum Premium Professional gaming glasses come in at a close second.
The clear lenses offer great protection against harmful blue light. And they’re amongst the cheapest on the market.
4Special Mention: Duco Optiks Clip on Gaming Glasses
The Duco Optiks Clip on gaming glasses deserve a special mention on our list. They provide good protection against the damage that blue light can cause. Where they differ, is that they clip over existing glasses.
This means that if you need prescription glasses you can avoid the costs of having a separate pair of gaming glasses.
What Are Gaming Glasses and Why Do I Need Them?
It’s often thought that video game glasses will improve a gamer’s skill. This isn’t the case.
The best gaming glasses reduce eye strain caused by staring at devices that emit blue light. With the rapid increase in the amount of time spent gaming, the impact of blue light on people’s eyesight it is becoming more of a problem.
This eye strain can lead to headaches which could impair a gamer’s performance. Especially during prolonged gameplay. It could also cause future problems with eyesight.
Gaming glasses have proven to be very popular. Many hardcore and casual gamers, as well as popular YouTubers consider them a necessity.
In fact, they’re becoming so popular that commercial partnerships are being made. An example is the partnership between MLG, the competitive gaming community, and Gunnar gaming glasses.
Gaming glasses, especially when worn at night, are a huge help in reducing eye strain and preventing future sight problems.
How do Gaming Glasses Work?
All of this sounds great, however, are the claims made by the manufacturers of these glasses true? Do gamer glasses really work? Our research has found some scientific merit behind the concept.
A study by the vision council found that nearly 70% of American adults experience some form of digital eye strain.
Like sunglasses prevent harmful UV radiation from damaging your eyes, gaming glasses help reduce potential damage caused by staring at screens for long periods of time.
The blue light that gaming glasses filter out consists of wavelengths between 415 and 495 nanometers. When this light hits the eye, proteins referred to as “opsins” attach to the photons to allow more light particles into the eye. These particles penetrate the eye all the way back to the retina. This can cause long-term damage like cataracts. It has also been linked to sleep disorders.
A recent study by Northwestern University showed that blue light triggers certain chemical reactions in the brain. These can affect the body’s metabolism and lead to an insulin resistance. This, in turn, could lead to weight gain and even increase the risk of diabetes.
As you can see there are real concerns about the impact of Blue light that screens produce. The benefits of reducing the impact blue light can have on your whole life is significant.
What to Look For (and Avoid) When Buying Gaming Glasses
The main things to look and avoid when buying gaming glasses are,
- Get glasses with amber tinted lens as these will reduce the effects of blue light.
- Ensure they have adequate anti-reflective coatings on the lenses to reduce glare.
- Make sure your prescription is available in the style and model of gamer glasses you want.
- DO NOT buy on the style alone. Yes, looking good is important. But make sure your gamer glasses provide you with the level of protection you need.
- A larger price tag doesn’t always mean a better product.
Gunnar MLG Phantom Review
Our TwoLeft Stick Top Pick are the Gunnar MLG Phantom gaming glasses.
When you unbox these glasses from Gunnar you will notice their pleasant design. They look good and they’re functional. The wrap-around shape of the lenses give you get peripheral vision. The slender size of the frames makes them comfortable and they don’t impair your vision at all.
We did have some concerns that if the glasses are worn for a long period of time they might start to feel heavy. Potentially causing the irritation and eye strain they were designed to reduce.
But, they only weight 59g and have a good level of adjustment available using the silicone nose pads. As a result, there was little to no irritation at all and after a while, we forgot we were wearing them.
The specific frames we tested were the Onyx amber ones on the Gunnar MLG Phantom series. Their light and slender nature concerned us in that they might be more fragile than some other gaming glasses we tried. They were actually pretty solid!
In fact, their comfortable, flexible nature meant we could use them with almost any gaming headset quite comfortably. You might find they take some getting used to though.
Gunnar Optiks are one of the leading names in the gaming glasses industry. Any product with their name on it should be great as they all use the same technology that Gunnar Optiks have patented.
They refer to these innovative technologies as;
- FRACTYL lens geometry
- DIAMIX lens material
- IONIK lens tints, and
- i-FI lens coatings
All those fancy names for glasses might sound impressive but we wanted to know what they meant to you.
Gunnar claim that FRACTYL lens geometry providing the best focus and clarity. By wrapping the lens around the face, it reduces air currents around the eye, preventing from drying out. This sounds great and would be useful to those people who can’t blink. For the rest of us, this might be a bit of a marketing gimmick that’s meant to sound cool.
Their second claim is that the DIAMIX material used in the lenses creates a clear and distortion free gaming experience. They also claim to be scratch resistant. We found that the lenses were clear and distortion free. But, remember, ‘scratch resistant’ and ‘scratch proof’ aren’t the same thing. If you abuse them, they will scratch like any other glasses.
The Gunnar Optiks IONIK lens tints are the main reason these particular glasses came top of our list of the best gaming glasses. The distinctive Gunnar yellow tint to the lens, reduces the amount of blue light that enters your eyes. This is in our opinion, the whole reason you would buy gaming glasses in the first place.
The fourth element to Gunnar Optiks patented formula is the i-Fi lens coating. This doesn’t mean your gaming glasses will be able to connect to the internet (much to our disappointment). It refers to the hard coat applied to the lens which prevents scratching. Which as we have already made note of, works fine until the glasses are abused.
Overall, we think these are the best gaming glasses on the market. They offer arguably the best protection against the harmful blue light and they are comfortable.
There is a potential downside though…
For some, they can break the gaming immersions as there is a slight yellow tint to the game. In our opinion though, that’s a price worth paying for fewer headaches and a better all-round gaming experience.
Although priced towards the higher end of the market, the cost is reasonable – and you do get what you pay for.
The only way Gunnar could make these gaming glasses better is by putting Bluetooth on them.
Because, well, everything is better with Bluetooth!
Gunnar Optiks INT-00101 Review
These Gunnar computer gaming glasses make our list for all the reasons mentioned above. They do the job, are very well made, have a great brand name and have a pleasing design.
With the thick lens they are up to the task of filtering out the blue light emitted from our gaming screens.
After a few hours of gaming followed by writing this review wearing these glasses our eyes do not feel tired at all.
The only reason these gaming glasses are not on the top of our list is because we didn’t like the style of them as much as we did the Phantoms. This is purely a personal taste issue.
The only downside as far as we can see, taking our personal taste out of the equation, is that we found it a bit difficult to wear these and wear our headphones at the same time.
If you’re a gamer who wears over the ear or on ear headphones then you may struggle to like this style. You’d be better off going for the Gunnar MLG Phantom series instead.
Spektrum Premium Professional Review
These Spektrum video game glasses ranked a close second for us.
Made with high-quality optic glass, the lenses use modern technologies to filter out a lot of blue light. And unlike the Gunnar’s they didn’t taint colours of the screen while gaming.
Whilst these glasses do have a slight amber tint they look just like regular glasses. Wearing them in public is not as much of an issue for the image conscious.
We noticed there was a slight magnification to these glasses which put us off to start with as it took a bit of time to get used to. That said, after a while playing some Star Wars Battlefront 2 we got used to them. In fact, we found the slight magnification made text somewhat clearer and less of a strain to read.
They didn’t make the top pick for our list because we felt they didn’t offer quite as good protection against blue light.
For us, they weren’t as comfortable, they were a little bit heavier on the face than the Gunnar MLG Phantoms. The magnification got a bit annoying too. But they are cheaper and are less obviously tinted than the Gunnar Glasses.
The Spektrum Premium computer glasses are less of a gamer glasses and more for general computer use. This makes them our runner-up as they can be used more generally and at a lower price point.
But if you’re a hard core gamer, choose the Gunnar’s.
Special Mention: The Duco Optiks Clip on Gaming Glasses
We included these glasses as they are a good option for those who wear prescription glasses.
Gunnar Optiks will make gaming glasses with your prescription lens, but they do have a cost. If you don’t have that kind of budget, a good alternative are the Duco Optiks Clip on gaming glasses. They turn your normal prescription glasses into gaming glasses.
As the name suggests they clip on your normal glasses. They’re made of a high-quality plastics and out of the box, they come with a hard case, a cleaning cloth, and an adjustment tool.
They seem to fit well to our existing glasses and flip up and down allowing us to swap between the two lenses easily.
That said, if you flip between gaming and non-gaming regularly, they do smudge. It seemed we were forever taking them off to clean the smudges off the lenses.
These Duco Clip on Optiks are a good cheaper alternative to getting a custom made prescription gaming glasses.
They’re well made, easy to fit as well and offer great protection against the blue light.
After wearing them to play Fortnite Battle Royale for a few hours we had no problems with eye straining at all.
If you’re looking for the best gaming glasses, we say go for the Gunnar Optiks MLG Phantom.
They were the best gaming glasses in our tests.
Let us know your experience with Gaming glasses. Are there any that you would like to see us review in the future?
If you suffer from headaches or insomnia after gaming Blue light could be issue. Try using a pair of gaming glasses, they made a difference to us and now we wear them for long gaming sessions all the time. We experience less eye strain and fatigue as a result. Get in touch and let us know your experience.