A new challenger appears as Razer formally announces today that it is releasing its own Smart Glasses brand to compete with Bose, Amazon, and other companies by integrating audio speakers directly into the glasses temples.
The Razer Anzu Smart Glasses
Digital Trends reports that the Razer Anzu Smart Glasses are not only for gamers as but also for Razer fans. The eyewear's clear lenses block 35 percent of blue light, reducing glare and eye strain, while its sunglasses cut out 99 percent of UVA and UVB light.
Razer has done right in not forcing consumers to pick which one they will purchase, but instead, two pairs of Anzu Smart Glasses lenses are bundled in one box. Therefore, consumers can pick one that can suit their lifestyle.
Besides that, Razer has collaborated with Lensabi for a 15 percent discount available for Anzu Smart Glasses' future buyers. Those consumers who need prescription glasses can rest assured that the company has been thoughtful about including this deal.
Razer also deviated from competitors with its approach to audio glasses. The company has used a true wireless design for the Anzu Smart Glasses that completely splits the left and right speakers. The company also says that this feature allows for improved comfort since the frames allow for more flexibility.
On the other hand, it can lead to some unusual charging situations as users have to charge both temples simultaneously using pogo pins on each one. Meaning, users could encounter the occasional true wireless frustrations such as audio dropouts on one side.
Meanwhile, The Verge reports that Razer has outfitted each side of the Anzu Smart Glasses with a 16mm driver, and features touch-responsive tap gestures controls on either temple that will let users change tracks, answer calls, or even activate a voice assistant. The eyewear connects to an Android or an iPhone, where an equalizer adjusts the sound from the speakers, plus gamers can tweak the Bluetooth latency time.
Latency can be challenging for Bluetooth audio devices, especially when watching videos or playing games. But, the Anzu Smart Glasses features Bluetooth 5.1 that promises a 60ms latency time. The Razer eyewear also has an omnidirectional microphone for calls and chat during gaming.
The Anzu Smart Glasses are IPX4-certified for water resistance, so users should avoid wearing the Anzu Smart Glasses in cases of heavy rains. The glasses automatically power down when folded shut and achieves two weeks of standby time, and then pair back to the last connected device once opened back up.
The battery is rated at up five hours of using time. That is about on par with the Bose, which estimates 5.5 hours for its Tenor audio sunglasses. The Razer Anzu Smart Glasses are priced at $200, with round frames and square frame options.
Smart Glasses Catching up in the Tech World
Cnet reports that audio glasses has now became a thing. Last year, Bose followed its original Frames with three second-generation models, including the Tempo Frames. Meanwhile, Amazon is selling the second-generation of its Echo Frames.
The publication also thinks that the Anzu Smart Glasses might not have good sound quality as audio glasses tend to be lacking in the bass department and tend to leak sound at higher volumes. Meanwhile, the new Bose 2.0 Frames are easily the best sounding on the market thus far, but Amazon's Echo Frames are lighter and arguably more comfortable to wear.
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Written by: Luis Smith