Razer is going to start shipping its 'Project Hazel' reusable smart mask in early Q4

Razer Hazel
Razer Hazel (Image credit: Razer)

What you need to know

  • Razer's Project Hazel is a smart mask built for the future.
  • N95-grade filters, transparent mask, voice amp, and LEDs set it apart from the rest.
  • Shipments are expected to begin "in early Q4."
  • Razer expects very high demand for Project Hazel, which will ship in limited drops later this summer.

Earlier this year, Razer surprised everyone with its 'Project Hazel' announcement. The plan was to make a reusable mask ideal for the COVID pandemic, but also future ones (in case they arise), or for those who just want to breathe cleaner air (a problem in many countries with dense cities).

Of course, being Razer, Project Hazel not only looks incredible but features RGB lighting too. That lighting, though, served a purpose as the mask is transparent so people can see more of your face, and when lit, can assist those who read lips to understand you in public.

At its E3 virtual event, which just wrapped, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan gave an update to the project, noting that it is still going forward. Indeed, first shipments of Project Hazel should drop sometime in "early Q4" (sometime between July, August, and September).

Tan also noted how the mask will use replaceable N95 filters, confirmed the ability to achieve a lab-tested Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) rating of bacteria larger than 3 microns in size, and have a secure silicon face seal. There is still the clear, transparent design, interior lighting, and anti-fog coating from the earlier announcement.

Razer expects a very high demand for the mask and encourages those interested to sign up at Razer at rzr.to/project-hazel to get a head start on ordering. Razer will ship them as fast as they can be produced, but due to the demand, they will ship in limited batches. The masks are only going to be sold through Razer.com exclusively.

No word on pricing just yet, but we're itching to get our fingers (and face) into one as soon as possible.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.