My trusty Microsoft/Razer Habu mouse finally kicked the bucket after about 6 or so years of service. I picked up a Razer DeathAdder on sale for about $35, plugged it in, went to the Razer site to look for drivers and "all I got was this lousy Synapse 2.0 program".
Razer has this thing called "Synapse 2.0" which apparently has been around for almost a year.. I've been out of the loop. Basically, Razer has moved their driver config files to a cloud service. The upshot is that if you want access to the driver config files (your sensitivity adjustments/profiles, macros, button assignment, etc) YOU HAVE TO SIGN IN WITH A USERNAME AND PASSWORD!! Are you kidding me Razer?
The rationale is that this service allows you to take your keyboard/mouse with you and use them on any computer and have your profiles available via cloud. Sounds good in theory. But who actually uses this? Who actually takes keyboards and mouses with them to game on multiple systems? The upshot is that you need to log into the cloud service every time your computer starts or else all you get is a "dumb" input device.
It's like Steam or Origin for your mouse! I will ask again: Are you kidding me?
Update: Thanks to responses to this thread, it has become apparent that Razer does keep archived drivers that are business as usual, AT LEAST FOR SOME DEVICES, though they don't make them easy to locate on their website. For example, for Deathadder drivers, navigate to them by: Click on Support -> Drivers software, manuals -> Razer mouse products (ignore synapse download options above) -> Deathadder(s) -> Specific type ->Drivers (again, ignore Synapse download options) -> Archive.
Unfortunately, it looks like Razer is committed to this new cloud model going forward as their most recently updated drivers are only available in Synapse form, so those with razer devices may soon be stuck with this nonsense that is cloud drivers. Hope I am wrong.
Note: While there are archived drivers for the Deathadder on Razer's site, I could not find any for other devices: The Naga mouse for example. Looks like if you have a Naga, you may be stuck with synapse. Same goes for the Blackwidow range of keyboards (though I admit having a driver for a keyboard is less of a necessity).
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on Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:29 pm, edited 8 times in total.