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Best gaming glasses for 2020

PC gaming makes for an excellent hobby, but it’s not easy on the eyes. Hours of dazzling monitor display action and RGB accent lighting can take their toll, especially with high levels of blue light. This makes your eyes feel tired and dry, can exacerbate existing conditions, and may even create focusing problems or headaches. That’s where gaming glasses can make a difference.

Designed with colored lenses and filters to hide disruptive elements of the spectrum and ease eye strain, these glasses could be the ideal accessory for you, too (and they work just as well for console gaming). Here are several of our top picks, how they work, and why they’re a worthy accompaniment to your gaming setup.

If you’re looking for more general computer reading glasses, we have a guide for the best models here as well.

Gunnar Optiks Gaming Glasses (Intercept/Onyx)

Gunnar creates some of the best gaming glasses around, and this model is particularly effective while still looking stylish. The tinted glasses can block 65% of blue light and 100% of UV light if you’re gaming near a window. They’re also anti-reflective to help deal with other surrounding light sources. That combination is perfect for protecting against dry eyes, headaches, and blurry vision. A purchase will also include a microfiber pouch and cleaning cloth, plus a 30-day return policy if you really don’t think that they’re right for you.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what that Intercept/Onyx tag means, it defines the design and color of the frames. We like Intercept/Onyx because it’s a nice middle ground that can fit a wide variety of styles, but you can also explore Gunnar’s other options if you’d prefer a different look. The lens and their protective capabilities stay largely the same from model to model.

Hyper X Gaming Eyewear

Most gaming glasses are tinted, typically a yellow/orange shade, as a cost-effective way to combat blue light waves. It works but can have an impact on gaming quality that may not be worth it to some gamers. These Hyper X glasses are expensive, but they are designed with clear lenses so that you can still enjoy accurate color information while you game. Don’t worry! They’ll still help protect against blue light — you’ll just have less color distortion.

There are four different frame styles to choose from, but otherwise, there isn’t much customization for these glasses. Every buyer also gets a hard-shell case for storage.

GameKing Ultra Clip-On

Some gamers already wear glasses while at the computer. Sometimes, optometrists can help you find glasses that include a prescription-level correction along with blue light and UV light protection. But if that’s not an option for you, we suggest these GameKing clip-on computer glasses. The rimless design works with a wide variety of glasses, and the lenses are very effective, blocking 60% of all blue light and 85% of the most harmful blue light spectrum. They also help protect against UV light and reflections to give your eyes as much comfort as possible. You do have a choice between clip styles, but it is recommended that your glasses have a frame not more than 38mm in height.

Gamma Ray Blue Light Blocking Glasses

There’s another feature that some gaming lenses offer — magnification. This isn’t really designed to meet any prescription requirements, so the lenses aren’t corrective in a real sense. But for mild issues, they can be helpful for magnifying text on your monitor so you can navigate through gaming menus more easily, which can be very helpful when playing real-time strategy (RTS) games. It may also help reduce blurry vision across the board. You can choose magnification anywhere from 1.00x to 2.25x. In addition to protecting from blue light, the glasses will also block UV light and reduce glare.

If you aren’t sure what level of magnification will be helpful for you, don’t buy until you have a good idea. If you already have clear vision, magnification will hurt more than it will help – it’s not really a gaming enhancement on its own.

Altec Vision Gaming Glasses

Want to save your money for other key gaming accessories? Then we recommend these low-cost glasses from Altec Vision. They have a durable, low-profile stainless steel frame with resin lenses to reduce blue light and block UV light. There’s no magnification or additional benefits, but it’s a very solid pick at this price range, and the frames are better than more expensive versions if you’re worried about the glasses breaking.

J+S Vision Reading/Gaming Glasses

These glasses offer a wide variety of choices for gamers who prefer some customization options. There are several styles to pick from, including round, square, and classic rectangle. You can also pick out different lenses, including lenses designed for low color distortion and lenses for high definition, although this may lock in some of your style choices, too. No matter what you choose, all versions will help protect against 50% to 60% of blue light.


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Verizon has a far-reaching wireless network in the US and compliments it with a wide variety of phone choices. There’s no shortage of selection, at any price point, and the carrier does well to support its growing 5G network. Indeed, it also nabs an exclusive phone from time to time, too.Here, we gather up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Verizon today. This isn’t a list of the best overall with the top-notch performance. Rather, our list aims to speak to specific users.Samsung Galaxy Note 20 UltraBiggest and BestIf you’re looking for the biggest and most powerful all-around device from Verizon, this is it. With a screen size (6.9-inches) that rivals early tablets, it packs an upgraded S Pen stylus and cutting-edge hardware. Oh, and then there’s a first-of-its-kind 108-megapixel camera, too.Powered by Android 10 with Samsung’s custom UI, the handset has generous battery, tons of (expandable) storage, and support for Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G network. Choose from Cosmic Black and Cosmic Gray color options, both of which are stunning.Shop Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at VerizonSamsung Galaxy A51The Affordable Galaxy ExperienceSamsung’s Galaxy is a big one, to be sure. But if you’re not careful, you could end up spending more money on a phone than necessary. The “Galaxy A” series is a great way to get many of the better features found in more prominent models.Here you’ll get a sizable (6.5-inch) screen, plenty of memory and storage, and a triple-camera setup on the back. Powered by Android 10, it also supports Verizon’s 5G network. The best part? It leaves a few hundred bucks in your pocket.Shop Samsung Galaxy A51 at VerizonGoogle Pixel 4aHard to Beat Value PropositionSure, there are plenty of other devices with considerably more robust hardware at Verizon. Do you want, or need to spend hundreds for that luxury? Nope. This phone is a mid-range phone that punches above its weight. The stock Android experience stays as current as anything you’ll find and it only get better with each, timely update. Toss in a camera that wows anyone and everyone, a solid battery, and a surprising $350 price tag and you’ll just why we like it so much.Shop Google Pixel 4a at Verizon Google Pixel 52020 FlagshipGoogle’s latest smartphone, the Pixel 5, builds on its predecessors in all the right ways, including price. Slightly less expensive than the previous generation, it’s a well-rounded phone that dances between mid-range and high-end hardware.It runs the newest and most powerful version of Android yet and features another excellent camera experience. Standout details include water-resistant coating, wireless charging, and support for Verizon’s Ultra-Wideband 5G network.Shop Google Pixel 5 at VerizonMotorola Moto G PowerEntry-level AttractionWhen you care more about messaging, social media, and tasks than gaming, you don’t need to worry about high-end hardware. But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the important stuff.This phone runs a lean and mean Android 10 and features a sizable 6.2-inch FHD+ screen. The inner workings are sufficient enough to get the job done for many users and the 5,000mAh battery ensures it goes all day.Shop Motorola Moto G Power at VerizonMotorola RazrBest Folding PhoneThe selection of folding phones isn’t all that vast, but we do have a favorite. Indeed, we’re fond of the Motorola Razr and it’s not just for its familiar branding.Instead of two phone screens unfolding to form a giant tablet-like display, the Razr is a throwback to clam shell phones. Once opened you’ve got a generous 6.2-inch screen with the same ultra-wide dimensions used by the film industry.It doesn’t hurt that there’s a solid processor and plenty of storage tucked away. The camera experience is also cooler and more practical than you’d imagine, too.Shop Motorola Razr at Verizon

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