Gamers Edge Gaming Eyewear Review – Get 20% Off Your Own Pair

Gunnar Optiks isn’t the only gaming eyewear company on the block. Vision Concepts and their Gamers Edge brand eyewear make a pretty suggestive statement that they belong in the gaming eyewear business. So, when a juggernaut is faced by an up and coming brand, who really wins? What are the pro’s and con’s when compared side by side? At the end of the day, is gaming eyewear even worth the money?

I was lucky enough to be sent a pair of Gamers Edge eyewear from Vision Concepts. The style frames I chose were that of the Silver Aviator style. Now, to get into a bit of the basics. With the amount of time we all spend in front of monitors and TV’s, it’s not a bad idea to think about investing in something to help our eyes out. With harsh digital glare and artificial UV light that emits from our TV’s, it takes it’s toll over time and can be damaging to your eye’s health. Have you ever gamed for a long session only to find your eyes getting dried out and irritated, maybe even feeling a bit fatigued? This is where companies like Gunnar Optiks and Vision Concepts come into play. They built a brand of performance enhancing glasses to help reduce the aforementioned side effects, as well as to help in terms of performance. Below I’ve broken down the two pairs in comparison to each other in a few crucial categories.

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Gamers Edge Silver Aviator Frame

Pricing

Right off the bat, the one thing that stands out about the Gamers Edge brand is the affordable prices. Weighing in at $39.99 USD, their models are very affordable for the average gamer in comparison to the more expensive Gunnar Optiks, which are around $79.99 USD. Then comes in the classic phrase, “you get what you pay for, right?” That does not necessarily hold true to form in this particular instance. Gamers Edge goes toe-to-toe with Gunnar Optiks in every category and holds its own better than you would think. Gamers Edge obviously wins here, as the Gunnar’s are almost twice as much.

Comfortability

Nobody wants to feel uncomfortable doing anything in life. If you aren’t used to wearing glasses, then regardless, beginning to wear a pair could take some getting used to. In comparison to the Gunnar Optiks, I’ve noticed the Gamers Edge model to be a bit more comfortable. The main area in which I had issues with my Gunnars was the nose pad. The Gamers Edge pair just fit my nose much better and I found myself adjusting the Gamers Edge glasses less often. Both pairs were very light on my face and I didn’t have any issues with the weight. Also, both pairs came headset ready, meaning the frame extends straight back past your ear so your headset doesn’t shove the frame into your head. Now, I wouldn’t go out on the limb and say the Gunnars are uncomfortable, because they are not, but the Gamers Edge model edges out Gunnar Optiks in this category. No pun intended.

Reliability

With owning any gaming item, you need to be careful with how you treat things. Especially with glasses. Tossing them around or accidentally stepping on them could result in a fatal outcome. Now, I’m happy to report that both pairs seem rather reliable, although I am the type of person to take extreme care of items I purchase. There’s not a worse feeling when your scratched disc won’t load, seemingly feeling like you just tossed $60 down the toilet. The same concept can be applied to gaming eyewear. As long as you take care of your pair and don’t toss them around, they seem to be reliable and will last you a long time. Neither pair seems cheaply made and both have good build structure. I’ll go with an even tie here.

Style

Sure, some of my fellow gamers out there are all about their swag. If you are going for a stylish look and you are the type of person to always look their best, I suggest going the Gunnar Optiks route. While the Gamers Edge brand isn’t ugly by any means, they are just limited to only four design choices, while the Gunnar brand has a variety of different choices to choose from. My pair of MLG Phantom Gunnars are extremely sleek and sexy, while my Gamers Edge model could be mistakened for your casual pair of sunglasses. Now, for me, I don’t care about looking good while gaming, regardless, but I know that some of you may. Gunnar Optiks wins the style category.

Lens Technology

Both claim to have their own specific lens formula. Gamers Edge has their “iEdge lens filter” while the Gunnar boasts “i-AMP lens technology.” Initially, in my review, it took time getting used to both pairs, considering I’ve gamed for a decade while wearing nothing. Once you get used to the lens tint on both glasses, which is that of an amber color, you come to appreciate it. The big difference that stood out to me was the Gunnars were lighter in color than the Gamers Edge pair. Textures seem to be more vibrant and detailed with both pairs, and all of that extra light emitted from my TV being cancelled out is a major plus. I tested both pairs while playing Battlefield 3 and Black Ops 2 and after going back and forth, I seemed to prefer the Gunnar’s over the Gamers Edge, but it wasn’t a definitive decision, which is quite surprising.

Overall, I believe the Gamers Edge brand to be worth your investment and I would gladly recommend it to anybody out there looking for a pair of gaming eyewear at an affordable price. You are getting comfortability, reliability and your helping your wallet at the same time. They belong in the conversation with Gunnars and should not be ignored.

You can eye up your very own pair of Gamers Edge eyewear right here. Using the code ‘MP1st’ after you add an item to your cart, you’ll receive a 20% discount on any pair.

Are you a heavy user of gaming eyewear? Do you consider it an important part of your gaming peripheral?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ethan.sacco Ethan Sacco

    I find it uncomfortable wearing glasses and my headset. So I guess this will be the same.

    • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

      How thick are your glasses? My prescription glasses are thick, but like the Gamers Edge, the frame handles go straight back behind my ear. It makes wearing a headset a little more tolerable, despite how thick they are.

      • Dirtknap

        On that note, do you know of solutions for those of us that wear prescription lenses? I’d like to experience these for myself first hand.

        • http://www.facebook.com/whatsupjosh60 Joshua Choate

          ^this. I’d love to be able to try these out, but I can’t wear contacts, and am blind as a bat without my normal glasses. Perhaps these companies should look into the feasability of a clip-on option or something similar.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1368218650 Tom ‘Timtom’ Smith

            Gunnar’s can be ordered with prescription lens’s as I have a pair myself. Don’t know about gamers edge though.

            • http://www.facebook.com/whatsupjosh60 Joshua Choate

              based on their website, it doesn’t appear so.

            • https://www.twitter.com/#!/PR0TENTIAL Shawn Kegarise

              I don’t believe Gamers Edge offers prescription lenses. I know the Gunnar ones are very expensive though.

        • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

          Yeah, It depends on whether or not the company makes prescription versions of their eyewear. Now, imagine progressive lenses that turn amber when sitting infront of a TV/Monitor for too long. That’d be the day.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ThaFallen5oulja Alex Melendez

            that would be a dream come true :D

      • arsh khan

        @Mister_V:disqus can i buy a perscription version of these, because i dont really want 2 glasses on my face followed by a headset

  • http://Youtube.com/user/lallyofthevalley Nemesis_96

    These are pretty stylish as far as gaming glasses go! Neat.

  • http://twitter.com/paulinacio91 Paul George Inacio J

    I get headaches pretty fast gaming so I’m curious if these glasses will reduce this??

    • Dirtknap

      Is that a recent occurrence, or has it always been the case for you? If its a new thing you might want to review your setup or maybe visit an optometrist?

      • http://twitter.com/paulinacio91 Paul George Inacio J

        it started when I got a bigger HDTV!! When I turn down the backlight it help a lot but I’m just curious if these glasses will help

        • https://www.twitter.com/#!/PR0TENTIAL Shawn Kegarise

          I too used to get headaches and dry itchy eyes while playing. Not anymore, give these pair a shot and you’ll notice a difference within the first week.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002367454310 Jonathan Stoffregen

            do you recomend them for the competitive gamer or casual gamer or both? and if so why would you recommend them for casual gamers? *by casual i mean people who play singleplayer and don’t play MP competitively*

            • https://www.twitter.com/#!/PR0TENTIAL Shawn Kegarise

              Absolutely. A gamer is a gamer regardless, and these would definitely help!

        • Dirtknap

          Could be worth making sure your TV is configured to its maximum potential, it should also do your eyes a favor (I’d still look into some gamer glasses to augment your gaming experience further). Here’s a link to a free tv calibration tool, if its not self explanatory enough there are a bunch of tutorials around if you google it. Good luck, let me know how it goes http://www.avsforum.com/t/948496/avs-hd-709-blu-ray-mp4-calibration

          • DanDustEmOff

            Ditch the tv for a monitor less input lag and better on the eyes

            • Dirtknap

              Agreed, if it suits the space you have to work with, monitor is hands down the best option. Doesn’t work for me I’m afraid, we don’t have the space for a man cave or even a man corner, so the only practical option is sharing the TV. First world problems huh?

            • DanDustEmOff

              Lol knock a wall down or get a shed u need that monitor goodness in your life

            • Dirtknap

              Haha, I like the way you think. Now how do I sell this idea to the wife?

            • DanDustEmOff

              Dont tell her just start doing it and if she asks what you are doing tell her that you are planning a suprise for her, the surprise being that she gets full control of the tv.

            • Spencer

              Iv been interested in a Monitor pacifically for my gaming, how much of a difference is it compared to a 1080 HD 42″ for example?

            • DanDustEmOff

              It depends on the model samsungs are notorios for it I did a lot of reasearch and went with a dell um23h the input lag is 0.1ms the best I could find and I can not put into words how happy I am with it

            • Jason

              That depends on the TV’s Hz (FPS) and the Pixel Refresh Time as well, I know of many TV’s that have a faster Pixel response time than any monitor ive seen, of course the TV’s are 240hz so they get a little pricey!

            • DanDustEmOff

              no tvs are anywhere near as fast as my monitor when it comes to input lag and its only 60htz and it has a 7ms response time large tvs have a massive amount of input lag no matter who manufacturers them they all have the same problem and when it comes to gaming input lag is the
              spec to base your purchase on. The tv I used to play on was a Samsung d8000 £2000 beast but it can not compete with my £170
              Monitor

    • betosobreira

      Go to a doctor and check if you need glasses. If so, always use them. Try to lower the bright in your TV and in the game options. Take pauses during gameplay. Don’t go beyond the limits.

  • imgin

    just take an ordinary item and attach “gamer” to it now you can sell it at ripoff prices.

  • http://twitter.com/Sleepzou Arvid

    I just use my sunglasses it works perfectly.

  • LOL

    Who ever buys this for that price has got there priority’s all fucked up. If these do not help people learn to play objectives then Ctrl Alt Delete this article please.

  • leeroy_newman

    This is seriously stupid, if you have problem when you watch your screen just stop playing it for a short time, is that really hard.

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