Swanwick glasses are marketed for both gaming and sleep, offering blue light blocking with a stylish look. The main question when examining and testing these glasses was then: How well do they accomplish that? The answer in short is, quite well! I tested them by simply wearing and using them, as well as looking at light spectrum differences. The other thing to look at is whether they match up in quality or price with the competition.
The main competitor for these in the gaming and computer world is probably Gunnar. Their brand has been heavily marketed and has a presence in computer and electronics stores like Best Buy. There are a variety of other options online as well, and luckily I was able to test a variety of glasses against these, including two different types of Gunnars, Cygnus, Gamma Ray, and NoScope.
The science behind these is that blue light causes eye strain, as well as disrupting sleep by messing with your circadian rhythm. Swanwick recommends wearing their glasses at night at least and hour before going to sleep to help alleviate that. I did test them as recommended, and while I didn’t have any trouble sleeping, I’m not sure how much of that is attributable specifically to these glasses. It would take a much longer test period to properly evaluate that effect.
One thing I CAN say for certain is that these offer the best quality in blue light blocking, in its purest sense. This is tested rather simply by looking at a light spectrum and seeing how much of the blue is removed from your vision. I used a standard spectrum presented side-by-side with a pre-adjusted spectrum that had the blue removed. What you would expect to see from a high blue-blocking lens is that the two should look very similar when viewed through them. That’s exactly what I saw. Most of the blue spectrum was blocked by these glasses, far more than any other (including both tinted and clear versions of Gunnar glasses).
The only unusual/different thing I noted was that when wearing these outside in full bright sun, some angles presented an almost rainbow effect from lens reflections. It was a bit odd, but not what I would call a “problem”. I know they’re not specifically designed to be worn in those conditions, but as the description does say you can wear them “all the time”, I wanted to test it out. They’re supposed to have full UV blocking, like a pair of sunglasses. So I’ll say you CAN wear them outside, but things might seem a bit weird at times in bright sunlight.
Final Score: 5/5Overall there’s nothing to complain about, and the only concern becomes whether you’re interested in paying $20-30 more for the best blue light blocking over the competition. As that’s an entirely personal choice, it’s not really something I can weigh in on. I’d certainly recommend these for pro gamers, or anyone who spends large amounts of time in front of a computer screen. So if you can afford them and have some problems with computer-related eye strain, these are going to be the best option for you.
Swanwick Gaming Glasses: $89.00 – Amazon.com