Last October and after a lot of communication, Razer launched the Zephyr, a high-tech and colorful filtering mask which was again available this year at the CES 2022 show in a Pro version equipped with a voice amplifier.
The brand presented its accessory as an appropriate response to the health crisis and yet it appears that the filtration system with which the mask is equipped is in no way that advanced by Razer.
Razer has always advertised that its mask meets the N95 standard … But in fact, the mask has never obtained certification from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The N95 certification is clear: the product must filter at least 95% of airborne particles, it is an equivalent of the FFP2 standard in Europe.
In fact, the filtering capacity of the Zephyr is well below these two standards and therefore proves useless to protect against Covid-19, while Razer has built all of its communication and its strategy around this.
In recent days, Razer has removed all mention of the N95 certification on the product pages of its mask and even added messages to clarify that the Zephyr “are not intended for use in medical or clinical settings”.
It is nevertheless advisable to qualify the situation: the Zephyr mask would be well equipped with filters to the N95 standard. However, it is the mask ventilation system that would not be able to offer optimal filtration. Razer thus probably thought that the integration of N95 filters in its device would be enough to have the entire product certified, while the awarding of the certification is based on the analysis of the product in its entirety. Razer could thus simply have moved forward on obtaining certification, before retracing its steps following NIOSH’s refusal.
Source: GNT – actualités by www.generation-nt.com.
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