Razer Anzu – Design & Options
Not like most gaming glasses, the Razer Anzu frames appear to be a generic pair of Ray-Ban-style sun shades. Manufactured from thick, black plastic, the frames are classically fashionable and extra snug than my metallic Gunnar glasses. The oblong Anzu frames – you may as well get spherical ones – actually appear to be a bigger clone of my Ray-Ban shades. I see their innocuous design as a giant improve over most gaming eyewear I’ve used or seen. Nobody’s going to offer you a humorous look strolling down the road since you’re carrying a bit of tech in your face the best way they could for those who wore Google Glass, or perhaps a gaming headset.
Anzu is made for each indoor and outside use, and the glasses include two units of lenses. By default, they’ve a pair of clear blue-light blocking lenses to reduce the destructive results of watching a display screen all day. Anzu makes use of clear blue mild blocking lenses, and are rated to dam 35% of blue mild. That’s the identical quantity you’d get from most clear gaming glasses, however it’s not as efficient as dearer fashions with shiny orange lenses. Alternatively, between their snug match and frames that appear to be regular glasses, I might be rather more snug carrying these glasses on a video name or stream than a pair of shiny orange Gunnars.
In addition they include a pair of polarized sunglass lenses, which you’ll swap in at any time. You may actually push the lenses out and snap the brand new ones in. You wish to watch out whereas doing it to keep away from scratching the lenses happening the best way in or out, so it’s not one thing you’d wish to do when you’re out and about. Nonetheless, it solely takes a few minutes to go from blue-blockers to shades, or vice versa.
The “good” elements of the Anzu are the audio system, that are constructed into the entrance part of the frames, simply in entrance of your ears. The 16mm drivers pump out of the underside of the temples, so if you are enjoying your audio “out loud,” it’s going immediately into your ears. Even at max quantity, solely people who find themselves standing inside a pair ft will hear something, and even then, will probably be a delicate, illegible ambient noise.
Pairing the Razer Anzu is remarkably simple, even relative to your common Bluetooth machine. All you must do is open the hinges of the glasses, and so they routinely enter pairing mode and develop into detectable in your gadgets. The glasses flip off and unpair if you shut them, which helps stretch out battery life and forces your gaming PC or smartphone to modify to a different audio choice after they aren’t in use. It’s a really elegant, seamless expertise that takes the final little bit of trouble out of organising Bluetooth headphones.
As somebody who wears over-ear headphones all day, nearly daily, there’s something very releasing about mixing issues up and utilizing an open air audio machine like Anzu. Whereas noise cancelling is mostly a boon for higher listening and filtering out the stress of the world, I felt extra relaxed than normal strolling by the grocery retailer with simply glasses on. I wouldn’t say it’s higher on a pure technical degree – it undoubtedly isn’t – however having the liberty to decide on between chill glasses sound and targeted headphone sound is lush, and that shouldn’t go ignored at a time when small acts of self-care and leisure is usually a actual consolation.
Close to the audio system, on the underside of the temples, you’ll discover two units of copper contacts that magnetically hook up with the Anzu’s bespoke two-pronged charging cable. It’s value noting that the 2 audio system every have their very own batteries: Whenever you verify the battery life within the Anzu cellular app, there are two battery meters. Having run by the battery a number of occasions, I discovered that they’re nearly universally in sync, so that you aren’t going to expire of battery on one first. (Although that will change a pair years down the road as they independently lose the power to carry a cost).
The Anzu will get fairly good battery life, however not fairly as a lot as I’d like. In accordance with Razer, the Anzu ought to run for “over 5 hours” on a single cost. That’s according to comparable gadgets just like the Bose Frames (5.5 hours) and Flows good glasses (5 hours). Anecdotally, I discovered that translated to only below a day, utilizing them on and off at my pc and each time I left the home. The glasses’ battery lasts longer than you’d anticipate, due to battery-saving shutoff after a couple of minutes of inactivity, and the truth that they routinely flip off if you fold the hinges. Nonetheless, the Anzu doesn’t fairly have sufficient juice to exchange a superb pair of headphones or the first audio resolution to go together with your PC. They’re geared up to deal with short-medium size bursts like your commute, enjoying a recreation in your cellphone whereas ready in line, or the occasional assembly. In the event you want audio all day, you’ll wish to complement them with some Bluetooth headphones or a headset.
Anzu has a pair of omnidirectional microphones – purely for calls, from what I can inform – constructed into the entrance of the temples proper behind the hinges. (They’re fairly small. It’s a must to look near see them). You’ll find them simply when pairing the sun shades, although, as there are small indicator lights subsequent to the mics. The decision high quality on the mics was, by all accounts, glorious. My household didn’t discover a distinction in sound high quality between once I took calls on Anzu, versus utilizing the cellphone immediately.
The sun shades even have very refined, considerably finicky, touch-based onboard media controls. Utilizing a set of fast faucets and lengthy presses, you may pause, skip again and ahead, activate Siri or Google Assistant, and toggle the glasses’ low-latency gaming mode. The identical controls additionally allow you to reply, grasp up, and reject cellphone calls. Among the inputs work each time, however a pair, together with the fundamental faucet to pause or choose up the cellphone, are pretty inconsistent. It may be onerous to determine the precise spot on the glasses to press – there’s a small bump on the entrance of every temple marking the spot, however it’s shallow and straightforward to overlook. Even when the spot, although, the glasses don’t all the time choose up the distinction between the primary of two or three faucets and a single press.
Razer Anzu – Software program
Razer Anzu permits for some mild configuration and customization by a devoted cellular Anzu app on iOS and Android. The app, which routinely syncs with the glasses in the event that they’re paired together with your cellphone, lets you swap from three EQ settings, reassign the onboard controls, and toggle the glasses’ low-latency “gaming” mode. The app works positive: All of those settings are simple to seek out and alter. Given the fundamental nature of those options, although, you’ll not often want to make use of it to regulate something. There aren’t any alternate choices for the onboard controls, so you may transfer the inputs and capabilities round, however that’s it. And, by default, you may toggle gaming mode utilizing the onboard controls.
That mentioned, you’ll nonetheless open the app fairly typically, as a result of it is the one strategy to verify the Anzu’s battery life. On condition that Anzu received’t final by a full day with out a cost, it’s one thing you’ll wish to control. It’s a little bit annoying that there’s no exterior meter or strategy to immediate an audio model of the batteries’ ranges, however there’s a low battery warning so that you received’t get caught fully off-guard for those who overlook to peep the app for too lengthy.
Razer Anzu – Listening & Gaming
As you may anticipate of a pair of sun shades with Bluetooth audio system jammed inside, the Razer Anzu isn’t the head of audiophile expertise. The sound high quality is ok for informal listening and play, although the open-air supply results in you shedding lots of the positive particulars in music and sound results. It additionally permits ambient sound to get in.
Anzu’s audio system work greatest if you’re listening to one thing with a single main focus. When listening to podcasts or utilizing it for cellphone calls, for instance, I by no means felt like I misplaced any element or that the sound high quality was even barely diminished.
Whenever you change to music, both on Spotify or in a recreation, elements of a track which can be “within the background” are usually softer, and don’t come by at low quantity. In the event you’re understanding or going to the shop, you in all probability wouldn’t discover the distinction, however there is a noticeable hole in high quality between listening with these and with a pleasant pair of over-ear headphones like my present go-tos, the Drop Pandas.
With a Bluetooth connection, audio lag is unavoidable, however the hole between your inputs and the music created by Anzu’s connection is pretty small. In most video games with solely passive audio like Spelltower on iOS and Dorfromantik on PC, I solely observed the lag once I actively appeared for it.
The compromises are extra extreme in video games the place the music is extra central to the expertise, because the hole between my inputs and the audio responses impacted my play fairly a bit. In Taito No Tatsujin Pop Faucet Beat, the Apple Arcade-exclusive model of the longstanding Japanese drumming rhythm recreation, the delay between my faucets and the sound of the Taiko drum made it unimaginable for me to maintain rhythm. Likewise, in Name of Responsibility: Black Ops Chilly Warfare on PC, the hole between when bullets hearth and once I heard them led to me getting killed much more than normal. I additionally had issues maintaining observe of footsteps and different, extra refined sounds.
Anzu comes with a low latency “gaming mode,” which Razer claims cuts down on audio lag, however I discovered that isn’t actually the case. I observed little to no distinction in efficiency. Worse, there’s a noticeable decline in audio high quality if you use it. The impact varies from recreation to recreation, however each recreation I attempted throughout each iOS and PC sounded higher with gaming mode off.
Razer Anzu good glasses can be found now for $199.99 on the Razer retailer’ and Greatest Purchase. The glasses are available in two types, sq. and spherical frames, and two sizes, small and huge. For reference, the pictures on this assessment function the massive, rectangular frames.
Prescription lenses for the Anzu can be found by eyeglass lens substitute service Lensabl, for which Razer gives a 15 % low cost coupon. Primarily based on the Lensabl web site, prescription blue-light lenses value $97. Polarized prescription sun shades lenses value $177-$217, relying on model. (These costs don’t issue within the coupon).