Razer last week announced the Zephyr Pro, an upgrade that adds sound amplification to its base Zephyr RGB mask. The new announcement sparked criticism that Razer was exaggerating the amount of protection offered by cyberpunk masks, prompting the company to remove claims that the mask contains “N65-grade” filters, The Verge reports.
While Razer never said the mask itself received an N95 rating, its product page repeatedly referred to replaceable mask filters as “N95 grade.” That claim was based on a 99 percent bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE), which it compared to PPE devices such as respirators and surgical masks. These references have now been removed, while the product page refers to the filters as “air purifier filters,” stating only that they are “FDA registered and lab tested for 99% BFE.”
An update has also been added to a blog post called “The Science Behind the Razer Zephyr,” which now clearly states that “the Razer Zephyr and Zephyr Pro are not certified N95 masks.”
While Razer’s FAQ section on the Zephyr initially compared the mask to a medical device, it has now clearly stated that’s not the case. Under the headline “Will the Razer Zephyr protect me from Covid-19?” The page now states that “The Razer Zephyr is not a medical device, respirator, surgical mask, or personal protective equipment (PPE) and is not intended for use in medical or clinical settings.” This disclaimer has also been posted on the official Razer account.
* The Razer Zephyr and Zephyr Pro are not medical devices, respirators, surgical masks, or personal protective equipment (PPE) and are not intended for use in medical or clinical settings.
– R Λ Z Ξ R (Razer) January 8, 2022
As of Zephyr’s initial release on October 21, 2021, the mask complies with mask mandates in the USA and UK, but the webpage encourages users to review local laws before they take this as gospel.
Although the mask has undergone a number of internal tests, the device has not been approved by relevant authorities including the FDA, CDC, or OSHA. Despite Razer’s own testing, both the Zephyr and Zephyr Pro must be externally reviewed to properly classify them as PPE.