Announced a company Razer officially announced its Anzu smart glasses, and the company is following in the footsteps of Bose, Amazon and others by integrating speakers directly into the arms of the glasses.
The $ 199.99 Anzu glasses are available in both rectangular and round frames, and each comes in two sizes: small and large.
Eyewear that functions as headphones is an increasingly popular category, and after Bose unveiled its version in 2019 and launched Amazon Echo Frames in 2020, the next big company to arrive is Razer.
Razer smart glasses filter out blue light and also deliver sound to your ears without completely blocking the environmental sound.
The main differences between Anzu and Echo Frames are that blue light filtering appears to be a default feature in the Razer version.
And while you can get prescription lenses installed via Echo Frames, the standard option comes without sun protection or blue light.
Depending on the specifications, Anzu is about 10 grams heavier than Echo Frames, and while Amazon offers only one lens, Razer has either round or rectangular options, and you can use Anzu with lenses that it converts into sunglasses.
It is not clear if Anzu glasses will be available in multiple colors, including the company’s distinctive green, but the Amazon product comes in three colors.
Razer offers touch controls via a side panel, and you can use these to manage music playback, accept or reject calls, activate your phone assistant, or start game mode.
The glasses use a dedicated Bluetooth 5.1 connection that provides a latency of 60ms, which should prevent sound from stuttering.
The Razer promises more than 5 hours of battery life, up to two weeks of standby power when you’re not actively using the device, and there’s also a multi-directional microphone across the board so callers can hear you.
Anzu is rated IPX4 supportive, which means it’s splash resistant, and comes with a carrying case, USB-A charging cable, and UVA / UVB polarized lenses for sunglasses.