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The Hardware Review: Razer Orochi Bluetooth Mouse

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Razer Synapse Software

Interval: Razer’s Synapse Software

If you’re familiar with Razer accessories, you’re likely also familiar with Razer’s Synapse software. Synapse is what allows you to customize your Razer accessory, record macros and assign them to buttons, change color options etc. It’s a usable piece of software if not overly intuitive and it’s always a bit of a shame when companies which make great hardware (I count Razer as one of those) often struggle to make great software and vice versa. Synapse has been around for a few years now, I didn’t use it in the early days but reports on it weren’t amazing. Nowadays, the software is stable and does what it says on the tin. The UI could use some work to make it more user friendly and intuitive but it does what it’s supposed to and I’m sure the Razer crew will continue to improve it.

Synapse certainly gives you the kind of functionality you’d expect. For the purposes of the Orochi it’s not too bad as there aren’t as many options as there are for my Orbweaver Chroma, for example. Using it on some of my other Razer accessories with more options, things can get complicated fairly quickly (particularly with layered lighting color options!), but here, the main options are to change the color of the Chroma wheel and customize the buttons to enable/disable or apply a macro to them etc.

Synapse Settings

One thing is quite handy in Synapse: you create a profile which stores your settings in the cloud. What this does mean is that if you use any of your Razer devices on multiple machines, installing Synapse on those machines lets you login to your profile and have all customized settings there immediately, without needing to set them up again. Additionally, you can apply different profile sets to a device, so one profile if you’re just using it for normal windows navigation and different ones for certain games where you can apply macros to different buttons/keys. I’m not the road warrior I used to be with regards to travel, but I can see the appeal. If your Steam library and save games are available to both your laptop and desktop, it makes sense that your custom mouse bindings should be too so you don’t have to set it up every time from scratch.

A quick setup change later, and the right buttons on the Orochi are disabled. Now it’s a bit more usable. I’ve played around with the DPI settings a bit and find my sweet spot to be about 2500 for general windows navigation, otherwise it’s just too fast, some people will obviously want to assign some macros to these buttons I’ve just disabled for various game profiles they may wish to use assuming they’re also not prone to accidentally hitting them.

Razer is of course a gaming brand, but the Synapse software is useful for not just gamers. Got an app you use regularly and then close? You can assign a button to launch it. Stuff like this is pretty easy to configure.

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