Duco vs Gunnar

Gunnar are one of the biggest names within the gaming industry. In fact, they’re likely the biggest name – if you think about gaming or computer glasses, the likelihood is that the first brand you’re going to think of is Gunnar.

On the other hand, Duco is a competitor to Gunnar that’s creating a small stir within the field. They represent a cheaper version of essentially the same product in a slightly different design. But does cheaper necessarily mean worse in this scenario? Or in general, a Gunnar Glasses overpriced?

Let’s have a look at the two brands and see which one of them would make a good choice if you’re looking for some gaming or computer glasses.

Duco vs Gunnar

The main difference between the two glasses is the price. Whilst you can find some good deals on Gunnar glasses sometimes on Amazon, the majority of the time, they’ll run you around $50. This is the cheaper sets of Gunnar Glasses too; some of the more expensive sets can be over $100.

When you compare this to Duco Glasses, they usually are around the $20-25 dollar mark. This is far more reasonable for most people, and affordability is the key in this scenario. The reality is that there isn’t anything drastically amazing about the Gunnar glasses that make them that much different than any other computer glasses out there.

They use the same technology as the other brands out there and for the most part, charge double or even treble the price of glasses similar to them. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should disregard Gunnar completely; there are some reasons that you might want to consider them over their competitors.

Are Gunnar Glasses worth it?

In my opinion, it’s still a no. But, there are some reasons why you might still want to consider getting Gunnar glasses over the other brands that are available on the market.

  • Wide variety of choice – Gunnar undoubtedly have the widest variety of choice if you compare them to other computer glasses brands out there. They make everything nowadays, from computer glasses to prescription glasses, so there can be little surprise that they’re so popular. With a wide variety of different glasses to pick from, they really do allow you a multitude of different choices.
  • Good customer service – Like many other leaders in their field, they’ve paved the way by offering unparalleled customer service. Of course you can find cheaper brands out there; but will they honour the product warranty if the product breaks? Although Gunnar are expensive, you do get that peace of mind, which for some people is valuable.
  • Fashion – I’m not a massive fan of the Gunnar glasses myself, but there’s no denying that some of their models do look pretty funky. If fashion is a major part of your reason for purchasing glasses, then that could be another factor into your purchase of Gunnar glasses.

Overall, there’s a reason why people buy Nike t shirts over cheaper brands – it’s the same with Gunnar. They were the first real company to make a splash within the gaming/computer glasses sector, so it’s no surprise that they continue to be one of the most popular brands within gaming.

Are Duco any good?

At the other end of the spectrum, Duco glasses represent a more budget friendly option in comparison to Gunnar. They may not be as fashionable as some Gunnar glasses, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook them completely. Duco do also have a relatively wide range of glasses that you can use, so you should overlook them if you’re looking for a new set.

There are some reasons that you might want to consider Duco over Gunnar, which are;

  • Price – Undoubtedly, the main reason that you may want to opt for Duco glasses as opposed to Gunnar glasses is that they are much cheaper – generally they’re around half the price. If you’re just trying computer glasses for the first time, then spending $50-100 on a set of Gunnar’s can be a little daunting.
  • Design – Although some people prefer the generally slicker design of the Gunnar glasses, personally I much prefer the Duco’s. They certainly look a little nerdier, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t look good on you. Some people may suit the Gunnar glasses more, but personally I prefer the nerdier look.
  • Magnification – Duco glasses generally have no magnification, which means that the view through the glasses is exactly as it would be normally. Most Gunnar glasses have a little magnification, which won’t make them suitable for people who want to avoid this. It can be an issue, especially looking over long distances.


Overall, it’s really down to you whether you want to purchase Gunnar or Duco sunglasses. If you’re going to opt for Gunnar, then just be aware that you’re going to be paying a bit more for a similar product, although some of their glasses are more stylish. With Duco, you’re going to get a decent quality set of glasses, though they aren’t top of the range and you might be better off scrolling Amazon and seeing what else is out there.

All in all, you should consider getting yourself a decent set of computer or gaming glasses if you’re spending a considerable amount of time looking at screens every day. They do make a difference, so if you’re looking to avoid eye strain or get a better nights sleep, then you could choose a set of Gunnar or Duco glasses.

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