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Razer breaks into the smart glasses game with the first-gen Anzu frames

Razer also does glasses now. (Source: Razer)
Razer also does glasses now. (Source: Razer)
Razer is known for gaming audio peripherals; however, its new Anzu product is something else altogether. They are of the smart-glass type that incorporate personal speakers for the wearer's audio, which, as the OEM claims, will reach the user's head with reduced latency and increased immersion. They are available in Razer's store from now for US$199.99.

Smart glasses might be the future, as OEMs such as Samsung and Lenovo might now think. This may be why one of Razer's most recently-announced products is a pair of "open-ear audio glasses". Accordingly, these are not so much full mixed reality devices as they are spectacles that also function as wearable speakers.

Therefore, the Razer Anzu glasses have stepped into an arena already dominated by products such as the Bose Altos or Zungles. The OEM has fitted its take on the form-factor out with blue-light filtering lenses, although polarized tinted alternates are also shipped with each pair so they might double as sunglasses.

Once on the face, Razer asserts that the user can enjoy smooth, "stutter-free" audio streamed via Bluetooth with a latency that can go down to 60 milliseconds (ms). They are operated via touch controls, which may also activate a voice assistant when paired to a compatible smartphone.

The Anzus can apparently perform these functions for up to 5 hours, and charge back up via an included USB type A cable. Razer now offers its first-gen smart glasses in 2 sizes (small/medium or large) and in round or rectangular styles on its website for US$199.99.

Those who want this logo on their prescription glasses will have to go through the OEM's partner Lensabl, although the customer can get 15% off their first order of customized Anzus.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03- 5 (Update: 2021-03- 5)