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Cyclops Gear CG Life 2 video glasses review: OK for easy hands-free video

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MSRP: $149.99

The Good The Cyclops Gear CGLife 2 1080p HD video sunglasses give you a fast and easy way to shoot hands-free video. They're lightweight and have good battery life.

The Bad The video quality is just OK, the build quality isn't great, it uses an atypical Micro-USB port for charging, and there's no software included for changing settings or editing.

The Bottom Line Lean on features with merely OK video and a design that isn't for everyone, the best part about the Cyclops Gear CGLife 2 HD video glasses is their simplicity.

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5.8 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 5
  • Performance 6
  • Image quality 6

Action cams typically need some sort of mount before you can start shooting hands-free video. That's not the case with the Cyclops Gear CGLife 2 1080p HD video sunglasses.

Basically, you just pop these glasses on your face, press a button on the left arm, and in a few seconds you're recording video at 720p or 1080p resolutions. You can take snapshots with them, too, using the same button.

You can get better video from full-size action cams, but you're paying for convenience and ease of use here and, I guess, a pair of sunglasses.

Also, Cyclops Gear is working on a Wi-Fi version of the GGLife 2 glasses using The campaign has ended, but you might want to keep an eye out for them if you must have something for shooting and sharing on the go.

Worth noting, too, is that these glasses are available for less through other vendors on eBay and elsewhere (just search for "1080p HD video sunglasses"). They aren't branded and it might be a crap shoot on returning them if you get a busted pair or just don't want them, but it's an option. Cyclops Gear does, however, have a 30-day money-back return policy and a 90-day warranty.

What's in the box

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Without a need for mounts or housings or really anything extra to use them, the CGLife 2 glasses don't come with much beyond the glasses. You do get a protective carrying case, which is nice, especially since there's room for its charger, USB cable, and a cleaning cloth. (A Cyclops Gear sticker is thrown in for good measure.)

The glasses come preloaded with a 4GB microSDHC card, so you can take them right out of their packaging and start recording. You should, however, charge them up first, which can be done with the included wall adapter or simply by connecting to a computer.

Design and features
These glasses aren't for everyone. Yes, they're designed for sports, so you're probably not going to walk around town in these. Still, I imagine the protruding camera barrel between the eyes might be enough to turn off potential buyers.

Then again, anyone who can get past the stares attracted by attaching an action cam on top of their helmet, probably won't care about wearing these.

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What you might care about is the build quality. While they are very lightweight, they don't feel particularly sturdy. If you bend or twist them in any way, parts of the frames start to pull away from other parts. The lenses pop out easily as well, which could be considered a good or bad thing. If you're shooting in overcast or low-light conditions, you can simply take out the lenses and still see what you're doing. They come out so easily, though, you might just do it accidentally and lose or damage the lens.

Under normal use, they'll probably hold up just fine. But, if you're the type to freely toss your gear in a bag or are generally tougher on things than perhaps you should be, you'll want to take a few extra seconds to get these back in their case when travelling.

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