Razer is formally announcing its Anzu “smart” glasses tonight, which follow Bose, Amazon and other companies by integrating audio speakers directly into the glasses’ temples. The $ 199.99 Anzu glasses will be available in rectangular and round frames, and each will come in two sizes: small and large. You can place an order starting today.
The retail package includes two sets of lenses: a regular clear pair that offers 35 percent blocking against blue light, and Razer also includes sunglasses with 99 percent UV protection.
But Razer has deviated from the competition with its approach to audio glasses – the company has used a true wireless design that completely divides the left and right speakers. Razer says this allows for more comfort, as the frames allow for more flexibility and flexibility. On the other hand, it could lead to strange charging situations: you have to charge both of them temples at the same time (there are pogo pins on each one) and theoretically you might encounter real occasional wireless frustrations like audio dropouts on one side.
If you need prescription lenses, Razer has partnered with Lensabl for a 15 percent discount that is available to Anzu buyers. Obviously that will end up well above the standard cost, but what should we eyeglass wearers do?
Razer has equipped each side with a 16mm driver, and there are also touch-sensitive touch gesture controls on either pin that will allow you to change tracks, answer calls, or activate a voice assistant. Anzu goggles have an IPX4 rating for water resistance, so you’ll want to avoid heavy rain, but they should handle light splashes well. Razer says it has reduced the Bluetooth latency to 60ms.
Anzu glasses automatically turn off when folded and closed, which achieves up to two weeks of standby time, and then pairs with the latest device once they are reopened. Battery life is rated at “up to five hours”. That’s on par with Bose, which estimates 5.5 hours for its Tenor audio sunglasses. As for sound bleeding, which is always a side effect with these audio glasses, Razer told me that people within arm’s reach will likely pick up on your music.
The included leatherette case has a magnetic latch and flap for storing the charging cable or extra lenses. Anzu glasses are available exclusively at Razer.com and at physical RazerStore locations. In North America, you can get them at Best Buy US and Best Buy Canada.