This brings us to Razer’s cloud based solution for their devices. Synapse 2.0 was released this past year and packages multiple features into one driver. The idea was to have your Razer devices’ settings available from any machine that you used them on, downloading your settings instantly from “the cloud.” Personally, this was a strange decision in my mind; this feature was already available with many of Razer’s previous products with the use of on-board memory that would store individual profiles…accomplishing essentially the same thing without an internet connection. I wasn’t excited about setting up yet another account for an internet-based product, especially one that was “always on.” Thankfully, a recent update allows for an offline mode that seems to work well. Razer devices can be used without Synapse, if you are satisfied with the default settings.
In any case, the software itself seems to work well – I didn’t experience any crashes or difficulties getting it to work and detect the Ouroboros. In a departure from the bright green stylized windows from previous Razer products, the Synapse product uses dark metallic textures and manages to look pretty sophisticated and polished for a gaming product.
The “Customize” screen above is familiar to those that have assigned functions to a programmable mouse, and is simple to use. All of the expected functions are here; assigning single keys, macros and media shortcuts is straightforward.
Simply click on the button you wish to customize, and select the desired function. The Ouroboros is an eleven button mouse, so there’s a lot of customization that can be done. While nine buttons are obvious, the remaining two are located under the side grips and are labeled “sensitivity clutches.” When selecting these two a custom screen pops up, allowing you to select a DPI to instantly switch to when the clutch is depressed. If you think “sniper button,” you’re on the right track. If squeezing a mouse from the sides throws off your aim in the first place (like it does for me), the clutch switches can be individually “locked” from sliders on the bottom of the Ouroboros.
Of course, you can customize up to five different sensitivity stages to switch between using the default DPI up/down buttons using the “Performance” tab, as well as setting mouse acceleration and polling rate. An independent X-Y sensitivity setting is available here as well.
For those that wish to squeeze a little more life out of the battery in wireless mode (or aren’t a fan of green lights) the LEDs can be adjusted using the “Lighting” tab of Synapse.
The Razer Ouroboros packs two sensors – an 8200 DPI laser/optical combo that allows for precise tracking on many different surfaces. It has been tuned and tested on most of Razer’s mouse mats, and can be instantly calibrated by selecting which of their surfaces you are using. It is nice to see the option to add your own surface as well; after following a zig-zag pattern the sensor will adjust to whatever surface you are currently using.
Finally, the “Power” tab contains a few settings to adjust the sleep timer, as well as a peek at the current battery status.