Why Are Razer Making A Face Mask?
Originally named Project Hazel, the Razer face mask was announced at the beginning of 2021 in response to the fact that gaming events held irl have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is likely that future events will be irreversibly changed even as lockdown lifts, with a greater consideration made to reduce the potential transmission of infection at esports and other communal gaming events.
The History Of The Razer Face Mask
In a commendable move, earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, Razer converted some of its factories into churning out medical-grade masks – making and donating 1 million of them in total.
Following this, seeing both a gap in the market and also being concerned about the high number of disposable masks and their environmental impact, Razer decided to make their own branded mask for gamers.
The Original Razer Face Mask Design
The above images show the first design of the Razer face mask, which were released earlier this year. Key to note is the transparent front to the mask, which Razer have incorporated into their design for ease of communication (particularly between attendees of gaming events who might be interviewed and such). It should be noted that neither this original design, not the newer one, are of a medical grade standard (so aren’t suitable for essential workers), though they certainly look a bit better than the typical mask you see people wearing day-to-day.
Features touted to be included in the Razer mask were:
- a built-in voice amplifier
- low-light mode
- rechargeable ventilators