Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Razer’s smart glasses are like Echo frames with blue light filtering

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Glasses that can function as headphones are an increasingly popular category. After the unveiling of Bose its version in 2019 and Amazon launched Echo frames in 2020, the next big company to jump on this trend is Razer. Today he officially announces the Anzu smart glasses that will filter blue light and also project audio into your ears without completely drowning out environmental sound. These are available now at $ 200 – $ 50 less than the Amazon device.

The main differences between the Anzu and Echo frames are the fact that blue light filtering appears to be a default feature on Razer’s version. While you can install corrective lenses on Echo frames, the standard option is transparent without sun protection or blue light protection.

Based on the renderings, the Anzu looks incredibly similar to Echo frames in terms of overall bulk. That is, they seem just as compact. According to the datasheets, the Anzu weighs about 10 grams more than the Echo frames. While Amazon only offered one lens shape, Razer will have round or rectangular options, and you can tailor the Anzu with lenses that turn them into sunglasses. It’s not yet clear whether the Anzu will be available in multiple colors, including the company’s signature green, but Amazon Product comes in three shades.

Gallery: Razer Anzu smart glasses press images | 14 photos

Like the Echo frames, the Anzu offers touchscreen controls via a side panel, and you can use it to manage music playback, accept or reject calls, activate your phone’s assistant, or activate ‘mode. Game”. They use a custom Bluetooth 5.1 connection which brings 60ms latency which should keep your audio from stuttering. Additionally, Razer promises “over 5 hours of battery life” and up to two weeks of standby power when you’re not actively using the device. There’s also a built-in omnidirectional mic so your callers can hear you.

If you need corrective lenses with the Anzu, you can get a 15% discount if you purchase them through Razer Partner Lensabl. The standard option comes with 35% blue light filtering lenses, which is a feature I thought Echo frames could have benefited from.

Finally, the Anzu is rated IPX4, so it is splash resistant. This means that while you shouldn’t take it for a swim, it will survive being caught in the rain for a short time. For $ 200, the Anzu comes with a carrying case, USB-A charging cable, and UVA / UVB polarized replacement sunglasses lenses. It is available via Razer website and Best buy already if you fancy buying one, but I recommend you wait until we can test it out before spending your hard earned money.


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