Razer Removes Mention of ‘N95 Grade’ From Razer Zephyr Marketing Material – IGN
Following online criticism, Razer has begun removing all references to “N95 grade” from marketing material for its Zephyr products.
As spotted by Tom’s Hardware, the company began removing any instances of “N95 grade” protection as early as January 5. Per Wayback Machine, Razer originally noted on its official website that its Zephyr product will allow owners to “[s]tay safe with its replaceable N95 Grade filters for daily protection.”
A Razer representative confirmed to IGN via email that the company has been removing “all references to ‘N95 Grade Filter,’ from [its] marketing material” further noting it will directly reach out to existing customers to clarify the proprietary filters the Razer Zephyr uses.
The news comes less than a week after Razer announced a Pro variant of the Zephyr, which shares the same design as the original, adds voice amplification. Following the announcement at CES 2022, Tech YouTuber Naomi Wu called out the company in a detailed thread, noting that neither Razer Zephyr mask is not a certified N95 respirator.
I love how @Razer‘s lovingly astroturfed press releases are recited verbatim by tech “reporters” with no technical qualifications to speak of who fail to mention the revised mask still provides practically no protection what so ever😁
They know who pays their bills at least… https://t.co/mFiCATSgKE
— Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg) January 6, 2022
Wu claims that Razer began removing references of “N95 Grade” after The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reached out to the gaming peripheral maker.
NIOSH did not immediately respond to IGN’s request for comment.
While Razer’s Zephyr mask has been a hot topic given its cyberpunk-inspired design, there hasn’t been much discussion about its practical use, and it seems that despite the aesthetic, it may be better to stick with medical-grade masks while out and about.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.