A smart pair of glasses that offer true wireless audio.
Razer’s Anzu smart glasses are a decent pair of glasses that offer blue light and UV protection with their included lenses. The built-in audio speakers produce decent sound, though it is evident that the bass is still lacking.
The Anzu is Razer’s newest pair of smart glasses that bring true wireless audio to a pair of glasses. Similar to the Bose Frames line, Razer ups the ante by offering a clear pair of lenses that is able to block 35 percent of blue light as well as another pair of sunglass lenses that offer 99 percent U protection.
Of course, the Anzu still caters to Razer’s main audience: gamers. These glasses can be beneficial especially when you’re staring at a computer screen directly for hours which we know isn’t recommended. Filtering blue light has been recently been proven to help reduce eye strain, and has been quickly adopted by other devices like smartphones and monitors.
The Anzu’s built-in speakers hang on the temple, one on each side for the left and right channels and both have a 16mm driver. It’s surprisingly light too considering it has extra components on the temple, though I’m not a fan of the glossy exterior that is a huge fingerprint magnet.
The speakers on the Anzu offer a truly wireless design, meaning that completely splits the left and right speakers. This means that each speaker has power points that would require you to charge both at the same time (as opposed to one singular power point like the one of the Bose Frames). While the idea here is that it can give the glasses more flexibility, occasional audio dropouts can occur in this type of design – which I’ve personally experienced in the weeks that I have been using it.
The sides of the temple are also touch-sensitive, letting you tap on it to control playback, answer calls or activate your virtual assistant. It also has an IPX4 rating and while that means it is water-resistant, you should still avoid the glasses from getting wet.
In the weeks I’ve spent with the Anzu, I felt less strain on my eyes after wearing it for a whole day – this is coming from a user who spends 10-12 hours per day in front of a computer. But of course, the main question here is how the audio performs, and there’s only one thing to say: it’s decent.
Trebles were muffled at first but you can change to a different preset using the Anzu app that needs to be installed on your iOS or Android device. Bass is lacking though, but that’s usually the case with open-ear speakers. The open-ear design also meant that someone within arm’s reach of you will be able to hear what you’re listening to.
There is no power button on the Anzu, and it automatically shuts off when the glasses are folded. It offers up to five hours of battery life before it needs to be charged, and Razer promises up to two weeks of standby time. There is an included leather case where you can store the Anzu along with the charging cable.
The Razer Anzu might not be the accessory for everyone, but it’s a pair of glasses that I would gladly wear in front of my computer.
+ Lenses can block 35 percent of blue light
+ Package includes sunglass lenses with 99 percent UV protection
+ Low-latency Bluetooth
– Bass is lacking
– Occasional audio dropouts
Final Rating: 3.5/5