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Written by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 07 November 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Mad Catz CoD: Black Ops ProGaming Glasses
Closer Look: Mad Catz ProGaming Glasses
Eyewear Tests and Experience
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops ProGaming Glasses Review

I've always disliked wearing eyewear. From my elementary school up through high school, I wore glasses to see anything beyond arms reach. Contact lens were a fashionable alternative, so long as I didn't blink, or need to wear them for more than a few minutes. Eventually laser corrective surgery fixed my vision to better than perfect, and I've been happy ever since. Then came 3D products, putting me behind eyewear reminiscent of Marine Corps BCG's (birth control glasses). While I'm supremely optimistic for a 3D future without eyewear, there are still times when I must endure the burden of a frame resting on my nose. This is another one of those occasions.

Over the past four years of operating Benchmark Reviews, I've worked absurdly long hours to produce quality articles for this website. It's a lot of fun, but fourteen-hour work days on nearly every day of the week can truly wear down a person's body. It's not necessarily hard physical work, aside from keeping awake well past a normal bed time, but it really puts a terrible strain on my premium-priced eyes. Making matters worse, ironically, there are times in my day when testing a product means playing a video game for extended periods. Collectively, these tireless efforts have turned my eyes from green to red. As a result, I decided to visit the evil realm of eyewear once again.

Enter Gunnar Optiks, the designers behind the Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops ProGaming glasses. Still a week away from debut, the Call of Duty: Black Ops game is a highly-anticipated title among gamers. I'm actually aware of this, because I'm also reviewing the game and conducting out-of-screen NVIDIA 3D Vision testing. Then it occurred to me: I'm going to work from dusk until dawn, and Mad Catz offers a themed product that promises optical clarity and reduced eye strain. Behold, the Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops ProGaming glasses!


When there is no time to blink, you need performance optics. The Call of Duty: Black Ops ProGaming Glasses enhance the visual experience for the most demanding gamers. Whether playing on console or PC, GUNNAR advanced gaming eyewear improves your overall gaming experience and delivers the optical clarity required to focus on mission-critical objectives.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise and the follow-up to last year's blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The Cold War has ended - or at least, it appears that it has. You are one of the few to know the secrets of the deadly conflicts that persist and to complete the classified operations that quietly protect the nation. You are Black Ops. Descend into the explosive combat with all-new force and all-new technologies to destroy the enemy, including new Killstreaks like Napalm Strikes, a remote-controlled explosive device and controllable helicopters.

Gunnar Optics Features

  • i-AMP Lens Technology
  • Microfiber Pouch
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Carry Case
  • Limited Edition 1GB Dog Tag USB Memory stick preloaded with download code for BradyGames Call of Duty: Black Ops Mini guide.

Manufacturer: Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Product Name: Call of Duty: Black Ops ProGaming Glasses
Model Number: CD76180300A1/02/1
Price As Tested: $64.96 at Amazon / $79.99 at NewEgg

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Mad Catz.



# RE: Mad Catz CoD: Black Ops ProGaming GlassesAthlonite 2010-11-07 21:44
I use a cheap pair I bought for 15 buck at an servo station they work fine for me
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# ???Particle 44 2011-11-05 11:42
cheap pair of what kind
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# Very CoolInteller 2010-11-07 22:36
Nice review, and I would pay that to get them for the reasons stated in your review! But, I do need to wear glasses, so these are not for me. Carp!
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# They come in prescription too!Thingie 2010-11-08 15:27
They have ways to get glasses like this in prescription form. I don't know about the CoD one specifically, but they have many styles available. Worth a look.
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# RE: Mad Catz CoD: Black Ops ProGaming GlassesDoug 2010-11-07 23:52
I stared wearing reading glasses about 3 years ago. They mad my screen viewing at 1900 x 1200 noticeably better. For anyone that has 20/20 vision, but can't afford these glasses, do yourself a favor and pick up a cheap pair of full sized reading glasses at 1.2 power or the most you can handle w/o feeling nauseous. You will be amazed at how much more enjoyable your screen experience is. Or you could get the cheap version as the other poster said. Either way, it is worth it.
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# RE: Mad Catz CoD: Black Ops ProGaming GlassesVlcun 2010-11-15 18:43
se ven bakanes, buen diseño, aunque no habituo a usar ningun tipo de lentes. lastima que en chile dificilmente los veamos.
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# dogtags usb memory stickmike 2010-12-30 19:40
hey i got the glasses and they work great, but where do i go on the website to get the free digital mini guide from the dogtags???? i have went on almost everything on the website and still have not been able to find it!!!!!!! any input would really help
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# RE: dogtags usb memory stickOlin Coles 2011-01-01 10:15
That's a very good question. I suggest that you contact the manufacturer (MadCatz) to see if they have an update. Let us know what you find out!
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# seem a little overpriced...Michael Dubois 2011-02-04 05:46
I'd probably pay $10, $15 for these at most. They're really not necessary for computer usage...just another gimmick in an industry that is full of them.

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# I disagreeJoe 2011-05-17 16:04
Since I have experience using them and I didn't get them for gaming but general usage, including gaming in front of a 37" screen.

They have helped a good deal with eyestrain.
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# I got these today for $29.99Joe 2011-05-17 16:02
FYI-Microcenter is selling these for $29.99 and I picked it up today. I have been suffering from eyestrain of late.

In 2007 I built a new rig and have been gaming and doing other stuff many times on a 37" Westy LCD monitor. (The W3 is not a TV, but a monitor as it has no TV tuner)

I sit it back from the desk a good deal and built a custom keyboard tray so I am seated about 3 feet away when using this screen. For a few years it was fine for the most part.

Now, I am starting to get eyestrain and the plain fact is 3 feet may now be too close for me. I probably need to be 4 feet away but that would entail making a new tray which I want to avoid.

So these Gunnar glasses came to mind. I didn't want to pay $70 though (Newegg is selling them for that much ATM)

In came microcenter with a great price of $ I took the plunge.

I have to say I notice a big difference. I gamed for hours on these glasses and had no eye discomfort for the first time in months. I also use it for web surfing now-anytime i am in front of this 37" screen really.

So I would say these are great. I am just glad I got them cheap. Maybe microcenter is trying to unload these as that game they are based around has been out awhile and not many may realize these are rebranded $100 glasses.
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