Pros:Perfect size, weight, and attachments to fit any size hand comfortably. Amazing Performance
Cons:Razer Synapse 2.0 software, needing to be connected to the internet to download drivers first
The Bottom Line: I would HIGHLY recommend this to ANYONE looking for a high-performance wired or wireless gaming mouse.
This mouse is an amazing piece of work, so let's not waste any time getting to know it better. Word to the wise, this mouse is designed and only for right handed people...
Recommend this product?
Button Count and Positioning
This mouse has a total of 17 buttons. 12 of which are at your thumb for ease of use! The other 5 buttons are your standard left, middle wheel, right, and two buttons below the scroll wheel in the middle. The only gripe I have is that these extra two buttons are literally under your palm when using the mouse, so using them means taking your hand to the back of the mouse to use them... which kinda makes them useless.
The 12 buttons on the side of the mouse have a slider switch underneath the mouse for either simple 123 mode (which literally just makes the 12 buttons the same as your number bar above the keyboard from 1 to 0, and - as 11 and = as 12. There's an advanced NUM mode (which makes the buttons work numpad style instead of the bar. I've not used this mode so I can't review it).
This mouse is extremely sensitive! It has a DPI rating of 5600 and a polling rate of 1000 hz. This mouse picks up on the slightest of movements and smallest of vibrations on the table/desk it's on. My phone vibrates sitting on the other side of the table and the mouse wobbles around on screen. That's saying something (also, try to not have your phone in vibrate mode around the mouse because of this reason). You also have the ability to program individual gaming profiles and macros for each individual profile (if you're the kind of person that enjoys macros for ease of use).
Quality of Build
This mouse feels very solid and has an amazing click response on all buttons. You know when you've clicked it, and that feeling is amazing. The mouse isn't heavy, but isn't so light that it just feels like a crappy plastic housing with nothing inside. The cable that comes with it is not only gold tipped on both ends, but also braided providing a very durable casing for the cable allowing for a bit more abuse if you are the kind of person that needs an extra-durable cable.
Using this mouse for any length of time is exceedingly comfortable. I can use it literally all day without my hand cramping up or feeling uncomfortable. It's literally the perfect size for those with large or small hands. It also has that "soft" feeling to the plastic providing for an extra smooth surface to hold onto all day.
Wireless & Battery Life
Thus far I have had literally 0 issues with the wireless feature of this mouse. It comes with a handy charging base (which is also how it does wireless) that you can set the mouse on top of to charge instead of having to plug the cable into the mouse. The battery generally lasts for around 8 to 10 hours on a single charge.
This mouse comes with lights! Yea, that's right, lights! It lights up pretty brightly actually, and you can completely control how it lights up, what color or colors it lights up with, and how often it does it, not to mention how it does it (fade, blink, pulsate, etc). If you're in wireless mode, it also starts rapidly blinking the mouse wheel red to indicate that it's getting low on juice. You can even change the percentage of battery left when it starts to alert you. Like it at 10%? Cool, you can set it there. Like it to start letting you know when it's at 30%? Cool, you can set it there too!
Razer Synapse 2.0 & Legacy 3.03 Drivers
Now we get to the absolutely horrible part of this review... This horrible software that's required to utilize the mouse completely.
Razer Synapse 2.0 has to be the worst software I've ever used in my life. It rarely ever actually runs properly - It usually just crashes before it runs, and it may take 15 minutes after trying to open it before it actually crashes. The worst part about this is that inside that program is where you set the mouse's sensitivity and performance, not to mention macros if you're a macro kind of person. Also, this program is where the mouse and wireless base get their drivers from. You have to go to razer's support site in order to download this software as it is NOT bundled with the mouse - so this means to get started with using it you have to have access to the internet. Go figure. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the program also needs to constantly be connected to the internet in order for you to manage your profiles and macros... not entirely something needed or wanted in a gaming mouse. Basically, think Steam for a gaming mouse. That's about as basic as it gets.
There is a positive side to all of this: The Legacy 3.03 Drivers. These saved me from the horrible quality of that Synapse 2.0 program. There is one drawback though - these legacy drivers only work on Windows XP thru Windows 7. They run fine on Windows 8, however they do NOT detect the mouse whatsoever, so they're of no use. These drivers handle everything exactly the same as Synapse 2.0, however you don't need to be connected to the internet in order to utilize your profiles and macros, and this software just works. It never crashes, and never hangs or lags.
Bottom line for these:
If you're on Windows 8: You're stuck with Synapse 2.0
If you're on Windows XP thru Windows 7: You can use either the Legacy 3.03 Drivers (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) OR you can use Synapse 2.0 if you really want to.
I would highly recommend this mouse to anyone looking for the absolute best in gaming mice. Nothing else compares to it - period.
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Amount Paid (US$): 105.99