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Are PC Gaming Glasses a Hoax?

PC Gaming Glasses

A lot of people have been wondering if buying a set of gaming glasses is worth it. Will they improve your gaming performance and make you a better player? The short answer is probably not. They will marginally improve your viewing experience and will likely reduce eye strain. Furthermore they will up your nerdiness level by a multiple of 5 by extra geekifying you.

Science behind gaming glasses

Anti reflective glare technology. These glasses typically come with a coat of AR. The main thing you want to look for is a pair with a new high quality coating, as ones with older type coat will wear and smudge easily, actually increasing eye strain as a result. The worthwhile glasses have a new coat that is backed by a one year warranty. The coatings have really improved over the last few years, so make it a point to getting one of the latest pairs

Color tints. Usually a staple of gunners and xyz brand, color tints are a way manufactures tint their glasses. Yellow is the most common tint used. The tint increases the contrast of the screen reducing uncomfortable and harsh light spectrums. This assists the eye muscles in relaxing.

Will they work for you?

Computer glasses are something that should be considered on a case by case basis. You’ve heard all this before.. Everyone is different, everyone’s eyes are different blah blah.

If you aren’t experiencing any eye strain issues then you can stop here. This is one of those if it isn’t broke don’t fix it sort of things. However, if you are experiencing eye strain, a nice pair is worth looking into. Factor such as your daily computer usage time, visual genetics, viewing habits, and environmental conditions will effect how much a set of gaming glasses will help you.

There’s a few things to follow when purchasing a pair. The first thing is you want to find one that gives your vision a slight bump, which will make text and images on the screen appear slightly larger and clearer, allowing you to strain less. Secondly you AR coated lenses that I spoke about earlier. You also need to get a pair that has Transition lenses. These lenses adapt to changes in light so you will be setting your eyes up for success during the morning and night time hours when light is changing a lot. Also it won’t matter if you turn on and off lights.

If you wear glasses instead of contacts, or like to wear glasses from time to time to give your eyes a break from contacts, it may be worth seeing an optometrist about prescription computer glasses. Many optical shops issue 30 day refund periods so you can test them out for yourself and see if there’s an actual difference.

Advantages

  • Prevent headaches
  • Reduce eye strain and blurry vision
  • Look like your from the future
  • Not only for use infront of computer screen, but phone and tablet screens as well
  • Increase contrast (arguably allows you to see more game detail

So you’ve heard about 1440p and 4K monitors..

1440p and 4K Monitors

One of the big new things have been the recent advancements in display technology. These advancements have ushered in two new resolutions: 1440p and 4K. Some people have already purchased one of these new monitors but many folks are still on the fence about whether or not the timing is right, or even if dropping that kind of cash is worth it. In this article I will answer both those questions and clear up some of the confusion surrounding these new monitor breeds.

First things first. I am going to say here and now, it is definitely not worth buying a 4K monitor at this time. The main reason for this is that the technology is brand spanking new. Quite frankly, you will be paying a severe premium on a 4K monitor. Secondly, very few games are going to take advantage of 4K resolution, now and including the foreseeable future. The last reason is even if the game did support 4K, your going to need 2 titans to 3even run the damn thing. If your playing a competitive game you can forget about maintaining a nice fps rate.

Those who should buy 1440p

The prequisite here is that you’ll need a badass system hands down. The minimum specs you are going to need is xyz. Obviously if you don’t have a nice rig already going 1440p is an expensive endeavor. You are looking at a tall order between a new monitor and gaming PC. If you already have a nice rig, all you are looking at is the cost of the monitor.

As an aside your rig doesn’t matter nearly as much if you don’t care about maintaining a high fps rate. If you don’t play competitive games often then running lower frame rates isn’t a big deal. Though this is one of the chief reasons virtually all competitive gamers still use 1080p monitors, because they don’t want to sacrifice a shred of performance for a bit more visuals.

If you use your gaming Pc for a lot of work as well. The extra real estate is extremely conducive to working with multiple Windows. The crisp resolution makes font pleasing to read. Browsing, working with documents  and photos, is a real joy with 1440p.

Money isn’t an issue. Even the less expensive 1440p monitors are going to cost you an arm and a leg. But if you’re going to go 1440p you probably want to do it right and not half ass it. That means spending at least 500 for a good monitor.

People who shouldn’t go 1440p

You’re a hardcore competitive gamer. Even if you have a super beefy system, 1080p is still the best performance option. If you’re serious about competing at the very least you want a minimum consistent 60 fps. And that can be pretty dicey with running 1440p resolutions.

You don’t mind waiting about 6 months for the price to come down. If price is at all an issue, or say you already have a decent 1080p monitor and don’t mind waiting, the price will come down substantially over the next half year to a year. The technology is a new there is a bit of a premium for the first wave of buyers. If you don’t need the latest and greatest waiting to buy is a pragmatic decision. Although this is especially true with 4k monitors it still holds true with 1440p monitors.

If you mainly play older games, or games that just don’t support 1440p, you won’t benefit from upgrading. If you plan to play games that aren’t slated for 1440p support this is also a reason to not jump on the bandwagon.