If I told you that Razer is making something it calls “smart glasses” (and if you were a jaded, cynical fan of tech news), you might ask, “but where do RGB lights go?” The answer is nowhere. Surprisingly, Razer’s new Anzu smart glasses don’t have any. They’re essentially a riff on Bose’s Bluetooth audio sunglasses, and they don’t feel especially gamer-focused.
Inside the thick temples are all the electronics, including the small open-ear speakers on the bottom edge, the battery and radio, and an omni-directional microphone for calls. Touch controls along the temple allow you to pause or skip tracks, while the POGO pins take care of reloading. They are also compatible with voice assistants. Razer says the glasses will last “over five hours” on one charge, after which they are, you know, very thick normal glasses. The Bluetooth connection turns on when the pins are open and is “splash proof” with an IPX4 resistance rating.
The Anzu comes with two sets of interchangeable lenses: clear for use on your computer that filters 35% of blue light, and a standard version of polarized sunglasses that filters 99% of UVA and UVB light. Replacement lenses will sell for $ 30 a set. Those who want to wear them as standard prescription lenses have the option of ordering an additional set through Lensabl.com, offering a 15% discount coupon at the time of writing. There are also two style options, a conventional Ray-Ban-ish design and a somewhat more feminine rounded frame, and small or large size options.
The glasses cost $ 200, which is hefty, but not ridiculous when you think of them as sunglasses and Bluetooth headphones combined. Should you get them? If Bose glasses appeal to you, but you want a slightly cheaper option with extra clear lenses for indoor work, sure. But there are probably less expensive ways to protect your eyes and / or disturb people on public transportation.