So those Watch dogs-esque, Cyberpunk 2077– Face masks from computer maker Razer do not actually use N95 grade filters as previously promoted, according to company updated marketing.
Various points of sale, including Engaged and The edge, note that the company has removed all references to “N95 quality filters” from the product pages for both the $ 100 Zephyr and recently announced the Zephyr Pro goggles. The deletion took place after Technical YouTuber Naomi Wu not only released a teardown of the Zephyr in November 2021, but also tore Razer apart for promoting what Wu called a “fraudulent product.”
N95 is a certificate issued by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in which respirators must filter at least 95% of airborne particles. This requirement applies to the entire product, not just the filters. This is why none of Razer’s masks appear on NIOSH Approved List respirators filtering particles of N95 quality.
Wu’s detailed breakdown of the Zephyr Mask’s ineffectiveness in protecting you from covid-19, its myriad variants, and various other ailments is revealing. Wu called the product “unnecessary” and accused Razer of “misleading marketing”, especially since the mask is not a valid replacement for real personal protective equipment (PPE).
We have reached out to Razer for comment and will update if we have a response.
For its part, Razer has has chosen to update its marketing materials for the Zephyr while cleaning the phrase “N95 quality filters” from the product page of the site. The company now claims that the $ 100 mask is “not an N95 mask / respirator” and “is not intended for use in medical or clinical settings.”
So sure, it can look cool, like you’re living in the cyberpunk future you’ve always wanted with a light up mask and all that jazz. But that doesn’t protect you from the basics: a disease that could literally kill you.