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Lifewire / Sandra Stafford
Flexible, lightweight steel frame
Comfortable silicone nose pads
Blocks 65 percent of blue light
Difficult to clean
The Gunnar Razer FPS glasses offer eye strain reducing features like magnification and an amber tint that blocks 65 percent of sleep-disruptive blue light without overly intruding on the colors of games.
With people spending more time on screens that emit blue light, it’s important to protect your eyes from strain. The Gunnar Razer FPS glasses promise to reduce blue light, preventing eye strain and headaches by making your screen time more comfortable. We tested them for several weeks to see if they met those marks.
As we don’t wear glasses regularly, finding a comfortable pair can be a real struggle. Glasses that are too tight can cause the very headaches they are trying to prevent. The first time we tried the Gunnar Razer FPS glasses was during a five-hour work session at Starbucks.
Wide-format lenses offered a panoramic viewing experience that worked well with double monitor setups, keeping the frames out of our field of vision.
The lightweight steel frame was comfortable and flexible enough that we never took them off. The nose pads are soft silicone that was comfortable on the bridge of the nose and didn’t leave red marks behind. Wide-format lenses offered a panoramic viewing experience that worked well with double monitor setups, keeping the frames out of your field of vision.
Gunnar Razer FPS glasses have a subtle amber tint that reduces 65 percent of blue light at wavelengths of 380-450nm (nanometers, a measure of the wavelength of electromagnetic radiation). They also reportedly block 100 percent of UV rays. Modern computer monitors don’t emit UV rays, but the glasses took the edge off the bright sunlight coming in through our office window. Unlike some cheap glasses that leave white screens distractingly yellow, the amber tint softens bright white screens to a more natural off-white.
When watching videos or playing games, we actually preferred the color quality with the glasses. Black appeared more true black without the blue tint. Other colors were sharper. If amber lenses are distracting or inappropriate in your workplace, there are several other lens options on Gunnar’s website that provide varying amounts of blue light filtration in colors that will not draw as much attention.
Standard, premium, and progressive prescriptions can be purchased on Gunnar’s website.
The standard lenses have a 0.20x magnification that makes reading long blocks of text a little more comfortable. We didn’t notice the small amount of magnification the first time we wore the glasses, so it’s not jarring at all. The anti-reflective coating completely prevented distracting reflections in the corners of our vision even in bright light. We did find the lenses a little tricky to get completely clean. It took a thorough buffing with the included microfiber cloth to remove all the little smudges. Cleaning them with your shirt seems virtually impossible.
For people who need prescription lenses, these glasses are still an option. Standard, premium, and progressive prescriptions can be purchased on Gunnar’s website. Prescription lenses come with a two-year warranty. Scratches count as normal wear and tear, so when you’re not wearing them you should keep them in the drawstring polyester bag that came in the box.
Gunnar advertises the Razer FPS glasses as gaming glasses, so after testing them for our usual long iPad Air writing sessions we fired up the Nintendo Switch. The painfully bright colors in Splatoon 2 weren’t noticeably different through amber lenses. We have a relatively small television, so the slight magnification made shooting long distances while playing Breath of the Wild a little easier. We also slid the glasses on during a two-hour Portal 2 co-op session to test their fit and comfort under a pair of headphones. The thin metal frames were comfortable the entire time, even with a headset squeezing against them.
We were skeptical when we first began testing these, but found ourselves reaching for a pair every time we sat down at the computer.
Magnification is where the Razer FPS lenses really shone. Squinting to look at small text is a major source of eye strain and headaches. We were skeptical when we first began testing these, but found ourselves reaching for a pair every time we sat down at the computer. Magnification made text easier to see without looking unnatural. The magnification and the amber tint that reduced 65 percent of blue light worked well together to reduce eye strain.
Gunnar products are excellent, but they come with a high price tag. The standard Razer FPS glasses starts at around $70 and the most expensive prescription lens option is going to cost $250 before you get them shipped. Dozens of computer glasses are on the market for half the price of the Razer FPS glasses, which may make them difficult to justify. If the slight magnification and more comfortable frame are important, these are worth the money. If most plastic frames aren’t uncomfortable for you, you can probably find a cheaper option.
The more affordable Gunnar Intercept glasses cost a good deal less at around $45 and still have what we loved most about FPS by Razer glasses—an amber tint that doesn’t make everything look completely yellow. They don’t have magnification, so they aren’t ideal for people who need them to read large amounts of text. They’re also available with prescription lenses, but the prescription options cost the same in either glasses style. In the medium-large fit, we found the Gunnar Intercept glasses to be a lot less comfortable than the similarly sized Razer FPS thanks to the rigid plastic frames.
Prospek Dynamic glasses cost the same as the Gunnar Intercepts, around $45, but with clear lenses that are better suited to the office. Clear lenses still block 50 percent of blue light from screens, achieving an off-white color in web browsers that was very close to the Gunnar glasses with their amber lenses. The frames are a mix of flexible metal and plastic that made them durable but still comfortable to wear. We found the Razer FPS glasses to be more comfortable, and magnification was a great feature for work that was lacking in the Prospek Dynamic glasses. Considering Prospek Dynamic has a neutral look suited to office wear, it would be nice if they came with a standard magnification option.
Great glasses for gaming or work.
The Gunnar Razer FPS glasses are comfortable enough for all-day wear even with gaming headsets. Slight magnification makes texts and targets a little easier to see and amber lenses sharpen color without casting everything in bright yellow. We recommend these glasses equally for gaming or work.