We first learned about the Razer Zephyr during CES 2021 when it was called Project Hazel. Zephyr is a reusable transparent N95 respirator with active ventilation, wireless auto-sterilization case, and, of course, RGB. Razer is looking to get these on faces for what they are calling a community beta test.
Razer is now referring to the Zephyr as a wearable air purifier, and it seems like it's gone through some design tweaks. For starters, it looks like Razer ditched the ear loops for over-the-head adjustable straps, which I assume is to better fit your face and makes wearing glasses a little more comfortable. I also noticed an additional vent near the chin area of the mask and a more compact design, making wearers look less like a cyberpunk criminal and more neo-punk nightclub chic.
There has been no word if some of the cooler features showcased earlier this year will be making their way into the masks during the community beta test, such as the built-in voice amp, low-light mode, and rechargeable ventilators.
You can sign up for the community beta test right here (opens in new tab). Razer still hasn't given the Zephyr a price or release date. It's also important to mention that Razer has said these are not medical-grade masks and don't meet the requirements for doing essential work.
Though the notion of a beta test for a facemask seems a little odd, we did reach out to Razer to ask specifically what this beta phase will entail and if the beta versions of the Zephyr will be safe to use in public settings.