Back in 2021, Razer announced Project Hazel at CES. A reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, Project Hazel was the creation of a stylish, sustainable, and highly effective face mask. It was originally planned to feature built-in microphones in order to amplify the wearer’s voice. Check out the original video revealing the mask below!
In August last year, Razer began beta testing Project Hazel, which became known as the Zephyr.
Over the course of the last 12 months, the Zephyr developed and changed. One of the notable changes was the axing of the voice amplification system. Now, Razer intends to upsell this feature to you, by way of the Zephyr Pro.
Set to be released sometime this year, the Zephyr Pro will cost $149.99. That’s a 50% increase on its older sibling the Zephyr, which costs $99.99 currently.
In appearance, the two masks are almost identical. There are a handful of differences between the two, however. Besides the built-in microphones and amplifiers, the Zephyr Pro features two small speaker grills towards the bottom, for added ventilation.
The voice amp feature, one of the more technically interesting specs of the original Zephyr, was removed due to concerns around the weight and battery life. But now, Razer believe that the Zephyr pro will weigh about the same as the Zephyr, even with these added extras.
The Zephyr pro also follows the same goal in sustainability. The mask features N95 grade filters which have been lab tested to last up to 3 days. They are replaceable, meaning not a hint of disposable mask in sight.
Speaking to The Verge, Razer has stated its aiming for a 5-6 hour battery life, which is similar to the regular Razer that just features fans. You can check out the Zephyr Pro mask CES 2022 reveal below.