Tifosi is a brand best known for making sports glasses for men and women. These high-quality specs can be kitted out with custom features and cover a wide range of price points. Eyeing up esports, Tifosi has released a new gaming sub-brand with the new Swank Gaming glasses for extended sessions.
Available in a variety of colors, the new glasses from Tifosi promises to help combat eye strain when staring at a screen for countless hours each day. Do they work and are they worth the asking price?
$30 (opens in new tab)Bottom line: PC glasses are becoming more popular as people spend more hours in front of a screen, and the Tifosi Swank specs are a great fit for gamers.
- Integrated hinge
- Lightweight build
- Helps combat eye strain
- Enliven lens
- No aggressive filtering
- No option for prescriptions
- No sunlight protection
Tifosi Swank Gaming glasses are great for gamers
The Tifosi Swank Gaming glasses are well-made and look sporty, as one would expect from the brand. The frame is a Grilamid TR-90, making it light to wear and durable in case you somehow knock them off your head. The lenses used are Enliven Gaming, which focuses on filtering blue light thrown out from displays.
How these glasses are marketed to work — and I believe they do to a certain point after years of use — is by filtering out the more harmful blue rays of the light spectrum. By allowing your eyes to absorb said rays for long periods, it's more likely you'll encounter eye fatigue and dry eyes. It's why you often see professionals wearing them, aside from sponsorships, of course.
Another handy feature of the Swank (I love the name) Gaming is the integrated hinge, which is designed in such a way that it shouldn't pull on any hair. The frame can be found in five different colors, though it's not currently possible to add a prescription or other custom elements to order.
As for comfort, the Swank Gaming is very comfortable to wear, even for hours at a time. Prefer to use headphones? That's no problem either. I did find with some pairs of lenses; they can either prevent cups from forming an insulated seal around your ears or be pushed into the side of your skull. Testing a few different headphones found no issues.
It's difficult to tell whether or not the Tifosi Swank Gaming lenses work better for me compared to my trusty Gunnars, but there's certainly less of a tint with these glasses. That could mean my equivalent Gunnars pair — though more expensive — is blocking more of the harmful rays, but messing with the colors ever so slightly more.
Still, that doesn't mean the Tifosi Swank Gaming glasses don't work, because they do. Wearing these for a good 8-10 hours each day for the past week has not resulted in any more blurriness than usual when away from the screen. If I go completely without some sort of protection for my eyes, I can expect to strain my eyesight considerably, so it's worth the money if you experience similar symptoms.
What you might dislike about the Tifosi Swank Gaming
The main issue with Tifosi's Swank Gaming is the lack of customization. With competitor glasses, you're able to add a prescription, as well as other features like different lenses, depending on how strong you want the filtering to be. This isn't possible with Swank Gaming. Tifosi ships a single type of lens with one frame, albeit in five different colors.
Working off this complaint is the lack of sunlight protection. There's no option to add UV shielding, which would allow you to wear the same glasses both in front of the PC and outside, much like transition lenses found from other brands. This could be something Tifosi adds in the future, but for the time being, it's a deal-breaker if you require such additions.
Should you buy the Tifosi Swank Gaming?
Should you use your PC often enough and struggle with strained or tired eyes afterward, you may need to look at picking up a pair of glasses with blue light shielding. This Swank Gaming pair from Tifosi is a solid option, coming in at an affordable price with the excellent build quality, and you won't notice much of a difference while wearing them.
If you already wear glasses with prescriptions, you'll want to look elsewhere since it's not currently possible to customize these glasses with lenses to correct sight, nor can you add transition technology for use outside. Still, as a simple pair of specs for your PC, this is well worth considering.
Good value PC glasses
Gamers or professionals who sit in front of a PC screen for countless hours each day may need some additional protection for their eyes, and Tifosi has just that with the Swank Gaming glasses.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
I was skeptical of gaming glasses first but after using it for a while it does work better than software/app solutions that reduce blue light (night light, f.lux etc). I am not sure why, perhaps glasses also block other light or reflections or such that otherwise fatigues the eyes?
Glasses also have the advantage to partly block that annoying flickering light from fluorescent lamps. Personally I use glasses with a thick frame and with yellower lenses (no special lenses, just seems to be plastic). Before I also tried glasses with a thinner frame (but those broke to fast) and less yellow lenses (but those did not work as good).
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