As a general rule, laptop displays are difficult to read outdoors, whether you’ve got a matte or glossy screen. But glossy displays are distinctly difficult to see in brightly sunlit conditions where they effectively turn into mirrors. Some hardware makers, like Pixel Qi, are trying to solve this by producing screens that are readable both indoors and outdoors. Glarewear is taking another approach with anti-glare sunglasses designed to filter out the glare from your laptop display, making the screen easier to read outdoors.

Here’s how it’s supposed to work. The sunglasses are designed to let the light from an LCD display shine through while blocking other light sources. Because different laptops emit light differently. Glarewear glasses come with three sets of lenses that are designed to work with the most common types of laptop screens.The glasses don’t come cheap. They’ll set you back €99.00 plus shipping. That’s about $139 US.

I haven’t tested this product myself, so I can’t vouch for it. But the company does have a return policy that lets you send the glasses back for a 100% refund within 60 days if they don’t work for you. Have you tried Glarewear sunglasses? Let us know how it went in the comments.

via The Gadgeteer

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,545 other subscribers

8 replies on “Glarewear sunglasses promise outdoor viewing for glossy laptop displays”

  1. I don’t have these glasses, but I just tried linear polarized sunglasses with my new, shiny HP2140 screen. Rotating the polarizer around did brighten and dim the display contents, but I could see no impact on the glare itself.

  2. Yeah, it sounds like polarizing filter lenses, with the the choice of lenses based on correctly polarizing in the direction perpendicular to the light that needs to be filtered. I would guess three choice might cover most but not all screens BUT I would also assume it would only work well if the screen is at a certain angle, the reflected light coming from a certain angle, and all things being lined up.

    In other words….much fuss for a still imperfect solution.

  3. They work as a charm! The real deal for me is not the glares though, but the fact that all light is dimmed except for the screen light, which is really handy in bright environments, such as outdoors. I get a much better view of the screen.

  4. It would be a whole lot cheaper to apply some anti-glare film to the screen. Of course, those films are a major pain to apply and take a lot of work to get all the bubbles out…

  5. I’ve tried them… They don’t work!

    I was also harrassed by security at the pub : (

  6. Sounds like they’re probably fairly ordinary polarising sunnies, though if the polarisation is the wrong way round they might block all the output – so probably why the choice of lenses.

Comments are closed.