Razer has removed all mention of its smart and recently announced face masks, including “N95-grade” filters from its website and other marketing materials. “The wearable itself is not a medical device nor is it certified as an N95 mask,” a Razer spokesperson told Engadget. “To avoid any confusion, we are in the process of removing all references to the ‘N95 quality filter’ from our marketing materials.”
The company’s website now states that “Razer Zephyr is not an N95 certified mask, medical device, respirator, surgical mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) and is not intended for use. in medical or clinical environments. Following the change, Razer claims the Zephyr filters are 95% effective at filtering out particles and 99% effective against bacteria. The company told Engadget that it will also notify Zephyr owners of the tweak.
The change comes after YouTuber Naomi Wu wrote a on the laptop during the weekend and publications like drew attention to Razer’s labeling. In November, Wu posted an in-depth review and the teardown of the Razer Zephyr in which it said the company’s marketing of the smart mask was “misleading”. Wu reiterated these claims after the company announced its new “Pro” variant of the Zephyr at CES 2022.
As Wu points out in the video, “N95” is an official certification granted by the (NIOSH) for respirators that filter at least 95% of airborne particles. It is a designation that involves an entire mask, not just a part of it, and takes into account both fit and filtration. Neither the Zephyr nor the Zephyr Pro are listed on the agency’s website as a NIOSH approved respirator.
According to Wu, Razer made the switch following pressure from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and NIOSH, a claim the company disputes. “The clarification came from Razer ourselves rather than from an outside entity,” the company told Engadget.
The moment of the reversal comes as public health officials in the United States and other countries have called on the public to wear surgical masks, N95 and KN95, as opposed to just a cloth mask, the better. protect yourself from the highly contagious variant of omicron. The new strain of coronavirus has skyrocketed COVID-19 cases across much of the world, further straining hospital systems that are already on the verge of burnout.
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