Razer surprised many by hosting its own event at E3 2021, a show that tends to focus more on software than hardware. The company revealed a new Razer Blade 14 with AMD Ryzen 9 processors, an updated Raptor 27 gaming monitor and more during the multi-hour event.
But by far the most interesting announcement was confirmation that Project Hazel, the concept smart face mask first showcased earlier this year, will be going into mass production – and it’s going on sale later this year.
The question is when, and more importantly, how much will it cost? We outline all there is to know about buying Razer’s Project Hazel face mask right here.
When will the Razer Project Hazel mask be released?
Razer has confirmed that the Project Hazel mask will be released in Q4 2021, which runs from October until December, so expect to see it appear just in time for the Christmas rush.
Limited stock means the mask won’t go on general sale – at least not initially – with Razer planning a series of “drops” where it’ll sell small batches of the mask to keen fans. It’s not clear right now whether the masks are part of a limited run or if stock will be more readily available in 2022, but let’s hope it’s the latter!
If you can’t wait until Q4 2021 to see what you’d look like donning the RGB-enabled face mask, there’s an Instagram AR filter that’ll give you a rough idea.
We know you’ve been waiting for the Project Hazel smart mask to become a reality – we’re working on it and there’ll be news soon! Meantime, we’ve made our Project Hazel smart mask available as an Instagram AR Filter. Check out how it looks like on you: https://t.co/jGFjDnZHDU pic.twitter.com/j8bo5twjYU— R Λ Z Ξ R (@Razer) April 24, 2021
Specific drop timings are yet to be revealed, but we’ll be sure to update this section once we get confirmation. You can also sign up for notifications on the Project Hazel website.
How much will the Razer Project Hazel face mask cost?
There’s a big question mark around the potential price of Razer’s Project Hazel mask right now, simply because there’s nothing quite like it on the market to compare it to.
Most face masks are inexpensive because they’re disposable, whereas Razer’s option has power, electronics, active filtration and a case that wirelessly charges the built-in battery, all of which will likely result in a pricey smart face mask that we at Tech Advisor will cost more than £100/$100 at release.
It’s a little too early for Razer to confirm pricing, especially with the company revealing that the design had already changed compared to its January reveal, and it’ll likely continue to be tweaked before its Q4 2021 release, so expect pricing to be revealed close to launch.
Where can I buy the Razer Project Hazel mask?
Here’s the catch: due to the limited stock expected at launch, Razer will be selling the Project Hazel face mask exclusively via Razer.com with third-party retailers like Amazon and GAME left out in the cold – for now, anyway.
There’s no word on which territories the mask will be available in, but we’d expect UK, US and Singapore at the very least.