GUNNAR Optiks Call of Duty Alpha Edition glasses review — The Alpha of vision solutions

Recently Lead Editor David Burdette showed off his new GUNNAR Optiks Call of Duty UAV glasses, giving them a rocking 90 out of 100 score, but he isn’t the only one getting to have some Call of Duty fun. While I might not be as much of a Call of Duty fangirl as David, I have still spent my fair share of hours in Search & Destroy, Team Deathmatch, and Warzone, and what all of those modes have in common is that you need to be able to see what you’re trying to shoot. I recently got to check out the GUNNAR Optiks Call of Duty Alpha Edition glasses, which are not only great to add to any Call of Duty enthusiast’s collection, they’re also great for getting eyes on the target.

While David’s UAV glasses feature a Task Force 141 design, these Alpha Edition glasses flip to the other side of the battlefield, featuring the Russian Ultranationalist private military company known as the Konni Group, with a red and black color scheme on the polymer frame, glasses pouch, and cleaning cloth. These glasses also come with the same carrying case that came with the UAV glasses.

The build of these glasses is similar to the way the Assassin’s Creed Mirage Intercept glasses are made, although with some minor measurement differences. Most notably for me is the nose bridge is a little wider than I would like, so it’s hard to optimally position them on my face. They tend to slide down my nose more, especially when I’m wearing a headset, so I have to adjust them occasionally. On the plus side, however, whereas my other glasses sometimes cause pain or discomfort where they sit on my nose, I have not had that issue with the COD Alpha Edition.

These glasses are made with the same signature lenses GUNNAR Optiks are known for, with the amber lenses with premium AR coating, blocking out harmful blue light and UV light. These are also in my prescription, so I use them all the time for work and play. My glasses also came with a backup set of lenses, which is pretty cool. I’m not sure if they’re identical (they look like they’re the same tint and all), but it’s nice to have them in case something happens to the current lenses. I’m not sure if this is the standard to ship with every pair of glasses, however.

My favorite thing about wearing these glasses is when I take them off and I can see the difference immediately. Some people don’t understand what is meant by ‘blue light,’ but if you wear these glasses for a bit and then take them off and look at your computer screen again, you’ll see it, the blue coming from your screen. All of my screens are already using warm color settings, but that only goes so far. The glasses make all the difference. Since I started using blue light-filtering glasses, my eyes don’t hurt nearly as much as they used to and I’m not straining to see everything, in game and on the job.

Cassie Peterson is an Editor for Gaming Trend but also a sporadic content creator and exceedingly average Rainbow Six Siege player. She goes by MzPanik on Twitter and Twitch and all of the gaming platforms.



GUNNAR Optiks Call of Duty Alpha Edition glasses

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The GUNNAR Optiks Call of Duty Alpha Edition glasses are a fantastic addition to any Call of Duty fan’s collection, but go far and beyond that by also being the perfect companion for your eyes when you’re gaming, working, or even just browsing.

Cassie Peterson

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