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Great mouse, but worst driver software ever (Synapse)
on 14 October 2013
This is my third Deathadder Left Handed. I play lots of games and the mouse tends to last about two years with heavy use.
It is the best mouse I have ever used and the side buttons are properly placed for a left handed person. The mouse has very high resolution and is very responsive. The buttons have a nice feel and the cable is plenty long enough and easy to route around obstacles and through gaps. In isolation, the mouse would score at least four stars.
Unfortunately, since the advent of the Synapse drivers, you can't configure the mouse until you have created an online account with Razer and logged in. That's right - if you want full functionality on the mouse, you have to create an online account. If the Synapse software can't connect, then you have no account and you can't configure your mouse (although it still works as a basic mouse).
Fortunately it's still possible to get the old drivers (they call them "legacy" drivers on the website) if you look hard enough but I don't know how long they will keep them up there.
I'm hoping that Razer will have abandoned the Synapse monstrosity by the time I need another mouse. I definitely won't be buying a Razer next time if Synapse is the only driver available.
Synapse is really, really bad and that's such a shame because the hardware itself is very good.