Razer now says that Zephyr and Zephyr Pro are not ‘N95 Grade’ masks

Razer now says that Zephyr masks do not use N95 filters. The change is a response to criticism of what health standards the masks meet.

Razer now rolls back claims that their new Zephyr and Zephyr Pro smart face masks are comparable to N95 quality masks. Since it was advertised as Project Hazel at CES 2021, the electronics company has announced its masks to hold N95 filtration inserts. For better or worse, the recyclable mask inserts were an important selling point for the mask. Zephyr and Zephyr Pro were presented as a recyclable alternative to fabric masks, but when the filters are replaced at the recommended times, replacements can cost up to $ 300 a year.

The Zephyr series of masks, which have just been updated with one “Pro” model at CES 2022, use a dual intake fan system to supply air to the mesh wearer. The fans on each side of the mask suck air into the mask at two speeds: 4200 rpm and 6200 rpm. Detachable filtration inserts, at a time equivalent to N95 protection equipment, line the intake fans. The unveiling of the Zephyr Pro last week revived concerns that Razer is marketing the smart face mask as personal protective equipment (PPE) or that meets N95 health standards.


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All product pages on Razer’s website for the Zephyr masks now lack any reference to the health claims that were originally next to the products. On a new page, Razer detailed the health and safety tests performed by Zephyr and Zephyr Pro. The company drew outward-looking statements about their decency filters that matched the N95 standards, saying “Razer Zephyr and Zephyr Pro are non-certified N95 masks, medical devices, respirators, surgical masks, or personal protective equipment (PPE) and are not intended to be used in medical or clinical settings.“It’s the latest change in Zephyr’s features since the concept was first unveiled, which calls into question how useful the masks are.

Razer explains Zephyr’s effectiveness

That "drawing board" of Razer's smart face mask.

Razer now identifies its mask as a type ‘air purification technology, ‘ instead of N95 degree or PPE. Despite the change in wording, the company stands by its efforts to consult with relevant health authorities in the design of the Zephyr line. In an effort to provide transparency about the effectiveness of the Zephyr, the company released the results of each test performed on its face masks. In some of the more important tests, the masks received a 95% particle filtration efficiency (PFE) and a 99% bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE), according to Razer.

From Early stages of Zephyr, Razer was forced to point toes around the effectiveness of his mask. The Zephyr series of face masks has not been approved for PPE designation by any U.S. health agency, limiting the marketing claims that the company may make. Although Razer initially claimed that Zephyr was the PPE on its website as late as December, the statement in the FAQ section was quietly removed. Now, in response to growing criticism, Razer only claims that the masks are air purification systems.

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