Razer officially announces tonight its Anzu “smart” glasses, which follow Bose, Amazon and other companies in integrating audio speakers directly into the temples of the glasses. 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 from today.
Two sets of lenses are included in the retail package: a regular, clear pair that offers 35% blue light blocking, and Razer is also adding sunglasses with 99% UV protection.
But Razer has moved away from its 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 improved comfort since the frames allow more flexibility and flexibility. On the other hand, it can lead to strange charging situations: you have to charge both temples at the same time – there are pogo pins on each of them – and could theoretically experience occasional real wireless frustrations like audio loss on one side.
If you need prescription lenses, Razer has partnered with Lensabl for a 15% discount for Anzu buyers. This will obviously end up well above the standard cost, but what should we do to us eyeglass wearers?
Razer has equipped each side with a 16mm driver, and there are also touchscreen controls on both spokes that will let you change tracks, answer calls, or activate a voice assistant. Anzu goggles are rated IPX4 for water resistance, so you’ll want to avoid heavy rain – but they need to handle light splashes well. Razer says it has reduced Bluetooth latency to 60ms.
The Anzu glasses automatically turn off when folded up, achieving up to two weeks of standby time, then pair with the last device when reopened. Battery life is estimated to be “up to five hours”. That’s about on par with Bose, which estimates 5.5 hours for its Tenor audio sunglasses. Regarding sound bleeding, which is always a side effect with these audio glasses, Razer told me that people within arms’ length will likely pick up your music.
The included leatherette case has a magnetic latch and flap to store the charging cable or additional lenses. Anzu glasses are exclusively available on Razer.com and physical RazerStore stores. In North America, you can get them from Best Buy US and Best Buy Canada.