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Gunnar Assassin's Creed glasses

Gunnar’s Assassin’s Creed “gaming” glasses are seriously good quality — but we’re not sold on the tech

As someone who can’t see a damn thing unless they wear glasses, I’ve never really got why someone might want to wear glasses if they don’t need to. I mean, I understand why: blue light filters, eye strain, all that. I’m just not convinced it actually makes much difference. Wearing glasses is a pain: if you don’t need to, enjoy your facial freedom!

However, Gunnar doesn’t quite agree with me. It specialises in glasses aimed at gamers and people who use computers a lot. You can buy lenses with or without a prescription, and they’re designed to combat eye strain, prevent dry eyes and minimise glare (the latter, at the very least, regular prescription glasses should do, too). You can read about Gunnar’s technology here. It all sounds good on paper, and if you suffer with eye strain or dry eyes, it could be a very tempting prospect.

I’ve had my hands (and eyes) on a pair of Gunnar’s gaming glasses. Themed on Assassin’s Creed Mirage, they’re super stylish and extremely well-made. The packaging alone is impressive: they come in a bespoke case and a protective cloth bag. Much fancier than glasses you’ll get from a trip to the opticians — even if you buy designer frames, they’re rarely as well packaged as these.

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The packaging of the Gunnar Assassin’s Creed glasses. Image: GameSpew

They’re very good quality frames too. The hinges feel sturdy, and the legs are beautifully designed with an orange and blue pattern. (The ones I was sent to test unfortunately aren’t available anymore, but an Assassin’s Creed Valhalla pair is, which instead has an attractive turquoise pattern). There’s an attractive Assassin’s Creed icon on the sides, too: not too obvious that they scream GAMER, but obvious enough that you know it’s there. Personally, I think they look great — and I’d have no problem wearing these as my regular glasses.

The problem is the yellow tint to the lenses. This is Gunnar’s technology, designed to block out blue light and reduce eye strain. It takes some getting used to, and if you already wear glasses, you’ll probably not remember to switch pairs over when you sit down to play a game. Having a pair to wear all the time is ideal, then, but I don’t want everything to be yellow when I move away from my TV.

Gunnar Assassin's Creed glasses
Image: GameSpew

The Assassin’s Creed glasses — which are a reskin of Gunnar’s standard ‘Enigma’ range — are also rather large. I’m not used to wearing large glasses, so for me the focal point of the lenses fell in a different place to what I’m used to. It meant not everything was in focus as I moved my eyes around. It’s not necessarily Gunnar’s fault: you have to provide a pupillary distance (along with various other measurements) when you purchase your glasses. But if you’ve been to an optician before, you know it’s easy for things not to be quite right, and repeat trips aren’t that unusual. When you’re buying glasses online, it’s not an option.

It’s also worth noting that not every prescription is available in each frame type. The Assassin’s Creed glasses are available from -5 to +5, while the Vertex style, for example, goes up +6. If your prescription is particularly strong, then, make sure you check that your desired frame is actually available for you.

Since you can purchase Gunnar glasses with a lesser tint, I’d be very tempted to treat myself the next time I need new specs. They’re great frames and, although they’re about the same price as a designer pair from the optician (the Valhalla pair with a single vision prescription costs $230 — which is roughly £180), they are different, and very well made. You’re also getting anti-smudge and anti-glare glass that you’ll generally pay extra for elsewhere. It’s just unfortunate that I didn’t get much benefit from the tech that Gunnar promotes. If you don’t wear glasses, it’s much cheaper to try these out, however: non-prescription frames start from just $50.

Thanks to Gunnar for supplying us with a set of glasses for the purposes of this review

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