I got a chance to test out the Vertex gaming glasses from Gunnar Optiks for the last few weeks. I've got to admit, cutting out some of the blue-glare from staring at screens all day was a bit nice, helped up the contrast on what I was seeing, especially while playing Mass Effect: Andromeda. Any game that's a bit over-saturated blue is a definite candidate for gaming or computer eyewear.
The full list of features for the Vertex glasses are as follows:
- Wide format lenses create an unobstructed panoramic, high-resolution field of view
- Pin hinge design creates incredible durability
- Curved nose rests provide even weight distribution and eliminate pressure points
- Injection molded engineering grade frame polymers provide durability and flexibility
- Asian Fit Compatible
The pair I received were in the smoke frame color with amber lenses, so while not the best color for my face, they fit well. The hinges were a bit tight, but that helped keep the glasses on my face. The lenses are in that wayfarer shape that's super popular in glasses these days, but managed to give me an unobstructed field of view. There were no major pressure points on my face, the glasses just fit snug. Not that I ever forgot I had them on, but they weren't the most uncomfortable glasses. In fact, they were probably more comfortable than my actual prescription glass frames.
The glasses also come in Onyx if you'd rather get the full artsy look with thick black framed glasses. If given a choice, I'd probably prefer the onyx just because they'd go better with my usual New York wardrobe of black-on-navy-blue.
While I didn't notice much of a difference in eyestrain while wearing the Vertex glasses, but then I was wearing contacts underneath them, which kind of voided that whole "prevents dry eye" portion of the Gunnar sales pitch. The change in color did help my shooting a bit. It's a lot easier to see when you've got increased contrast, and the lenses were perfectly clear to see through, not foggy or distorted.
Granted, if you're a PC gamer, you have multiple options on how to cut down that blue-overload. There are multiple filters you can install to cut down on the blue glow, or you can manually adjust your screen settings. Console gamers can change their TV colors, but that usually ends up with you getting too sepia toned.
If you tend to game late into the night and then further disrupt your sleep cycle with all that artificial blue-light screwing with your sleep cycle, game glasses are probably something you should look into. Especially with amber lenses.
Hell, you can use them while reading off a tablet, doing work late at night on a computer or laptop, or even while scrolling through your various social media feeds while lying in bed at the end of the day. But the Vertex are designed with gamers in mind.
Overall, the Vertex frames are pretty comfortable and do what Gunnar tells you they will – they enhance contrast and visual performance while minimizing screen glare and diminishing the harshest parts of the color spectrum. If you're in the market for gaming glasses, or interested in trying them out, definitely give these a look.