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Curse GUNNAR Optiks Sweepstakes Feedback

Back in August, Curse ran a sweepstakes giving Curse users a chance to win a pair of GUNNAR Optiks gaming eyewear. The winners were kind enough to run through some testing as a part of GUNNAR's beta program and send some feedback our direction.

As a special bonus, Curse and GUNNAR have teamed up to give our readers some extra savings. Use the coupon code, 'CURSELOOT' when you're ready to purchase a pair of GUNNARS to get 20% off of your order! 

We provided some initial feedback last month, but we've had some more time to gather data from our Sweepstakes winners and formulate more opinions ourselves, so we're back with a fresh batch of beta test results and feedback. We've included a sample of the feedback below but you're definitely going to want to visit the page that Gunnar has set up for Curse feedback, which can be accessed at http://www.gunnars.com/curse.

Below you will find a sneek peek at the feedback from members of the Curse team and our Sweepstakes winners.

Donovan Duncan

What were your initial thoughts (before using the glases)?

I wasn’t really convinced that they would ease strain on my eyes, I thought if anything wearing some glasses would give me a headache.

What were your thoughts after your First Use?

After the first hour or so I started to notice some decreased tension on my eyes, and by the end of a full day I somehow felt a little less tired and my eyes weren’t so tired.

Lesley Abernathy

What were your initial thoughts (before using the glases)?

Before using the glasses I thought that the glasses would hardly make a difference. I did not see the use!
 
What were your thoughts after your First Use?

I was pleasantly surprised at how helpful they were after my first use!

What were the pros & cons about wearing GUNNARS?

The pros were that they absolutely helped my eyes while gaming. The only con is that I usually wear prescription glasses, so when using the gunnars I have to wear contacts. No big deal!

Ryan Blanton

What were your initial thoughts (before using the glases)?

I was extremely skeptical that a product actually existed that increased your gaming experience.

What were your thoughts after your First Use?

WOW! I could tell immediately that the screen just looked clearer and more defined.
 
What were the key benefits you noticed when using GUNNARS while gaming and viewing the computer?

The difference between colors and objects seemed much more distinguishable. Couple that with less stress and strain on my eyes and I’m one happy gamer.

Paige Williams

What were your thoughts after your First Use?

After first, I couldn't tell much other than the warmer tint on the screen.  The glasses were comfortable and light.

What were the key benefits you noticed when using GUNNARS while gaming and viewing the computer?

Key benefits I noticed were marked improved contrast on screen, extended playtime without any eye strain, and I was able to see and react to information on my screen quicker than usual.  I didn't realize that I had been experiencing eye fatigue before using Gunnars, but once I had worn them for a few nights, I noticed I didn't rub my eyes or strain to focus on the screen like I usually did.

Jack Inscoe

What were your initial thoughts (before using the glasses)?

I was extremely skeptical of gaming/computer glasses. I don't wear glasses and rarely even wear sunglasses, so the idea of wearing glasses while I game or work on the computer seemed like a stretch.

What were the key benefits you noticed when using GUNNARS while gaming and viewing the computer?

They made display clearer and sharper. I began to notice textures and shapes in games that I hadn't really seen or paid attention to before. They are also surprisingly lightweight and comfortable. In the past, I've had sunglasses that began to irritate my ears and nose after a few hours of use, but I haven't had this problem with the Gunnars and have even forgotten that I was wearing them. After wearing them for a while, I've also noticed my eyes are more relaxed.

Gabriel Champion

What were your initial thoughts (before using the glasses)?

To begin with I was really skeptical. I did not think they would do anything except sit there and look cool.

What were the key benefits you noticed when using GUNNARS while gaming and viewing the computer?
 
I noticed that in games and even on the internet colors looked better and clearer. Also, my eyes normally start to hurt after a few hours of looking at the computer screen, but did not when wearing the glasses.
 

What was the #1 thing you liked about wearing GUNNARS?

The fact that they enhanced the visual pleasure of gaming without looking dorky like many products that claim to do the same thing.

Charles Weaver

What were your initial thoughts (before using the glasses)?

When I was selected to participate in this study I really did not know much about the GUNNAR products.  I'm hoping that these glasses will help me with the tired eye problem and also increase other things like maybe my reaction time. I am an older player so any edge can help.
 
What were your thoughts after your First Use?

I received my package containing my GUNNAR glasses I opened it and put them on.  I wore them for about 2 hours the first day I had them and immediately started noticing a difference.  I didn't like the yellow lenses at first but  I hardly noticed that after awhile.  So far I have been wearing them about 50% of my game time and 50% of the time I am on my computer.

Jeff Wolfhope

What were your initial thoughts (before using the glasses)?

Before I received my Parallax Onyx Gunnars, I was intrigued by the concept, but was skeptical that playing games in "yellow tint" wouldn't be distracting.  I looked into trying a prescription pair, but my optometrist didn't stock them, so I was left wondering just how they'd work out.  Then I lucked into this contest, and had the ability to try them out for myself.  For my first "testing session", I played Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine and Gears of War 2 on the Xbox 360.  Even though my glasses are for distance and I don't always require them to watch TV, I wore my glasses with the gunnars in front of them, just so I could test the glasses without being distracted by blurry text.

Needless to say, I was an odd looking sight, but that's where the negatives end.  I played for 2 or so hours with each game, and found that I easily got used to the color change.  It is very similar to the "f.lux" application that changes the light intensity of your computer screen for use at night.  It's not yellow so much as a slight amber tint.  I am eager to try them out in my Gears 3 marathon this Monday at midnight, and I'll report my findings next week.

Brandon Ferrua

What were your initial thoughts (before using the glasses)?

I was intrigued by the design and curious why the lenses were yellow.

What was the #1 thing you liked about wearing GUNNARS?

Has to be the reduce strain on my eyes. Working and playing on computers most my day leads to a lot of strain in my eyes. These glasses made a difference in that respect.

Final closing thoughts on GUNNAR?

These are high quality products that won’t let you down


As you can see, the wealth of feedback we got was substantial. The information here is just a tiny sample of the overall feedback that the Sweepstakes winners submitted and that we gathered internally from our team.

For the full gathering of feedback from our Sweepstakes winners and from the Curse team, be sure to visit http://www.gunnars.com/curse. GUNNAR Optiks are currently availble at your local Best Buy and you can check out http://www.gunnars.com/bestbuy/ to get more information on that.

Comments

  • #1

    I would like to join the gunne optics sweepstakes Cool

  • #2

    Just so everyone knows, the coupon code for gunnars website is not valid. Wanted to order a pair with that 20% off but does not work. And yes I re-entered it making sure i spelled it correctly (even copied and pasted). Hope it gets fixed I really want a pair!

  • #3

    I'm noticing this as well, really wanting a pair of these!

  • #4

    Hi guys! We're looking into the issue with the promo code you're having right now. I will have an update for you soon!

    Update: Okay, the code is working now! Go get your Gunnars! 

    Last edited by Izelia on 10/25/2011 6:58:39 PM
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