Spektrum’s Prospek-50s are a sight for sore eyes.
If you’re anything like me, then you probably spend a lot of time staring at your computer screen. And, if that’s the case, you’re more than likely already accustomed to the tired eyes and headaches that come with long nights of sending emails or, if you’re lucky, marathon sessions of your favorite games. While the glasses gurus at Gunnar have become synonymous with gaming optics over the past few years, Vancouver, British Columbia-based manufacturer Spektrum aims to close the gap with their new Prospek line of computer glasses. Capable of filtering out much of the harmful blue light our computers, TVs, and tablets produce that causes eye strain, these glasses may not look quite as flashy as the competition’s specs, but they sure do a great job of mitigating the discomfort that comes from long hours working at your computer or gaming.
In this review, I’ll be focusing on Spektrum’s Prospek-50 series of glasses, which are designed to filter out 50% of the High Energy Visible (HEV) blue light that our gadgets emit. What does blue light do, you ask? Well, it can cause a myriad of symptoms including blurred vision, headaches, and even sleeplessness, among other things. The Prospek-50s aim to remedy these ills without sacrificing much in the way of color or clarity.
Upon slipping our review pair on my face, I was immediately surprised at just how light these glasses are despite their considerable size. Seriously, they’re virtually weightless, and rest very comfortably on the bridge of the nose and ears while a pair of very sturdy hinges keeps them from slipping. Hell, they even stayed firmly planted on my face while I was digging around in the guts of an arcade machine without fogging up once. If that’s not a testament to Spektrum’s craftsmanship when it comes to these glasses, I don’t know what is. Hands down, these are some of the most comfortable and versatile computer glasses I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing.
Despite being so easy on your face, these glasses are also quite durable. They feature the full gamut anti-scratch, anti-glare, anti-fog, and fingerprint-resistant coatings and block out 100% of that harmful UVA and UVB light, too. Simply put, the build quality of Spektrum’s Prospek line is nothing short of awesome. These things should be able to withstand everything short of a nuclear war (or the meandering feet of a sugared-up ten-year-old).
The Prospek line is available in a wide variety of styles. Looking for something a bit bookish? If so, then the Artist frames might be for you. Feeling something a bit sporty? I’d recommend the Peaks. Spektrum even offers clip-ons for those of us who require prescription eyewear. With so many styles to choose from, it’s very easy to find one that fits your tastes. We at Hey Poor Player were provided with a pair of Wayfarers for this review, which feature a slightly oversized frame and tasteful gold accents on the hinges. While the pair was a bit large for my rather diminutive noggin, their understated design keeps them from standing out too much. That said, you won’t have to worry about looking like a rogue sci-fi Larper when working from your favorite coffee shop or running errands around town.
Sure, these glasses look fantastic and are exceptionally comfortable. But do they really make a difference in day to day computer use and gaming? My answer is a resounding “absolutely!” By the end of the day, it’s not unusual for me to experience considerable eye strain and blurred vision. And I was pleased to find the Prospek-50s alleviated this discomfort considerably, allowing me maintain my focus well into the night. The HEV blue light-absorbing lenses provided a welcome boost in clarity. This really helped when it came to focusing on large blocks of text. Additionally, the slight amber hue of the lenses was subtle enough that it was still possible to appreciate the vibrant colors of Hope, Montana as I mowed down waves of crazed cultists in Far Cry 5.
You really can’t ask for much more than that, can you? I didn’t think so.
For anyone who suffers from the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, Spektrum’s Prospek-50s are a sight for sore eyes. These high-quality glasses are incredibly comfortable and really help mitigate the strain that comes from spending long hours in front of a screen. And with a price tag of less than $50, you really can’t beat the bang you’re getting for your buck. While they may not be as flashy as other computer and gaming glasses we’ve seen, Spektrum’s Prospek series provides superb protection in a low-key package.
Final Verdict: 4./5
Full disclosure: This review is based on a product sample provided by the manufacturer.