Published on March 6th, 2021 📆 | 5659 Views ⚑0
Razer Anzu: Glasses with an earpiece
2020 was a bewildering year for innovation in the tech industry. I didn’t expect any decent and baffling innovations to surface in such a short time. In the past eight months, there have been numerous folding smartphones, a rolling display smartphone announcement from Huawei, SpaceX Starlink consumer version, and Apple silicon, to name a few. Razer is trying to topple the innovation title from these brands by launching Razer Anzu, eyewear that doubles up as a standard pair of tiny speaker cum earphones. The concept seems fresh but has been earlier implemented by Amazon and Bose.
What is Razer Anzu?
Razer Anzu is a pair of smart glasses that come with a tiny speaker located in the temple area. Unlike the earphones, the glasses do not need to be inserted into the ear cavity. There are tiny speakers located at the temple region that transmits audio to the ears. It also has a tiny microphone built into the frame that can be used for calling. The smart feature is obviously that they double up as glasses in addition to relaying the audio to the ears.
If you find wearable glasses with speakers any good, Razer Anzu is the latest addition to your limited number of options. Razer Anzu comes in two frame sizes, small, medium, and large. The small and medium sizes differ slightly in overall length but are also comparatively lighter than the large size. There are two frame designs to choose from, a rectangular one and a circular one. Like all Razer products, the color stays matte black, and I am relieved that they didn’t build RGB glasses.
Razer Anzu works like your traditional headphones or earphones. The only difference is that they adopt an open ear design and do not need to be pressed against the ear cavity. The tiny speaker is located at the temple, close to the ear, and delivers sound, or what Razer calls “immersive” sound. To be blunt, one cannot experience immersive sound without such a tiny driver that is positioned outside the ear cavity. The glasses use touch gestures to operate the speakers, microphones and even support voice assistant activation. All this is done using different tapping and swiping gestures, that operate the audio functions of the glasses.
Even working with a tiny driver on the Razer Anzu, the brand has managed to reduce the latency to 60 milliseconds. It is impressive for a BlueTooth device and is on par with most avant-garde earbuds and headphones. The glasses are IPX4 water-resistant and can sustain light splashes and sweat. I do not understand how would someone use glasses in a high mobility workout, but if Razer says so, believe it for a moment. The glasses are water-resistant and can only survive low-pressure splashes. If you accidentally drop them in a puddle or in a pool, the chances of them surviving the drop is slim to none.
The glasses provide up to five hours of battery life and are charged using a Pogo pin connector. There is no mention about charging the glasses but it does come with a USB Type-A cable so there must be a port somewhere on the glasses. It also comes with a leather carrying case that looks very premium yet unsafe for a delicate device like this. The lenses installed in the frame provide 35 percent blue light filterability with 99 percent UVA and UVB rays protection. You can also choose your prescription lenses that can be installed in the frame. Razer has partnered with Lensabl to provide top-notch prescription lens integration into the frame. It will come at an added cost though.
At 200 USD, Razer Anzu demands way more than it should. It is just an average pair of glasses with headphones and a tiny microphone. For 200 USD, you can get Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and experience good quality audio with active noise cancellation and longer battery life. Unless calling while blocking direct UV rays is a necessity, I do not see any mindful user buying the Razer Anzu. That being said, I’m sure other brands will jump on the bandwagon and continue building ludicrous alternatives until the trend lasts.