One of the very well-known gaming peripherals manufacturer Razer has announced an update to its widely famous and infamous Death Adder mouse. The update brings with it a new 4G sensor, capable of 6400DPi and a grip on the side of the mouse. The mouse is still for right handed users just like how it was for previous DA editions. One point to note however is that the mouse’s sides have rubber grips. Nice!
It requires the user to login to Razer’s cloud service via Synapse 2.0 to set the mouse according to your preference. Much has been said about the software, including the point being that people would rather prefer having a small memory and a standalone software, rather than signing up, signing in and then switching the synapse 2.0 to work in offline mode. This isn’t the first time a specific hardware is having such way of setting up. Cache drives with Nvelo such as Corsair Accelerator requires you to register the serial number on the site so that you can download their software to enable SSD Caching rather than providing a standalone firmware.
Quoting the words from Overclock.net that is a source of a widespread disappointment among existing and potential Razer buyers:
[quote]Thought I would clarify a few things since Ive been asked about this a lot.
Razer forces you to create an account with them before you can use the software with the mouse. You cant configure the mouse in any way until you make an account with them and activate your computer and account through their server. If they decide to take down their activation server for any reason, you will never be able to use the software. If you live somewhere without access to internet, you will not be able to activate and use the software. If you work somewhere that has a network behind firewalls, chances are even though you can download the Synapse software, the firewall may also block you from activating and using the software as well.
If your connection drops out for any reason, the Synapse software will make a habit of locking up on you while it transitions to offline mode. During that time your settings may revert or possibly not be saved.
On a personal note: Yes, you can use the mouse as plug and play with basic functionality if you choose not to make an account and activate your computer, but who pays $80 for a basic plug and play mouse? The reason people buy the a mouse such as Naga 2012 is for the configurable buttons and to change the DPI, polling rate, set up macros and profiles along with everything else. Razer has no right to lock this away from customers who paid for these features unless they sign up using Synapse 2.0. The worst part is: there is no offline version. Synapse 2.0 is your only option.
From the Razer Synapse TOS agreement:
The mouse is priced for U.S. $69.99