Gunnar Phenom 3D Glasses Review: A Slick Extravagance

Whats the worst thing about 3D? The glasses. Gunnar Optiks realised that and decided to come up with their own line of fashionable, pricey 3D glasses.

Let's take them for a spin.

Loved Stylin': Today's cinema RealD 3D glasses are big headache-inducing affairs, so clunky that they manage to avoid being even geek chic. Enter the Gunnar 3D glasses with a choice of either Anime or Phenom frames, frames which look pretty great when you're wearing them.

Comfy: These feather-weight glasses include spring-tension hinges and rubber grips. The three times I used them in movies I ended up forgetting they were even on my head. Fantastic fit and feel.

Hated Pricey: It's hard to make an argument for paying $US100 for something you get for free every time you need to use them. Sure the Gunnar 3D glasses are amazingly comfortable and look great, but they cost $US100 more than what you usually use during a 3D movie. While you could in theory also use these for home viewing on a 3D television, they'll only work on RealD 3D TVs. Now that makes sense.

I'm all for fashionable optics, but I'm not sure how relevant they are when you only wear them in a darkened theatre. At $US90 a pop I think Gunnar should make the lenses interchangeable so you can pop them out and switch them with something that will protect your eyes from the sun too.

Phenom Graphite 3D glasses were developed by Gunnar Optiks. Retails for $US99. A pair of the glasses was given to us for reviewing purposes. Watched three movies with them on, mocked other moviegoers for their lame eyewear.

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