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It seems the latest Razer products using the Synapse 2.0 drivers require the user to not only register online to get the full functionality out of the drivers, but internet connectivity is required. There are also provisions in the license agreement that allow Razer to gather information on what the user is doing, and then to sell that information to third parties.
I'm really disappointed about this. I've build a peripheral myself (gaming keyboard) with on board memory, Windows Control Panel, etc. I know what those off the shelf components cost me, and how long it took to write the control panel. It is not feasible that a company like Razer would require user data be stored in the 'cloud' for cost reasons. They are doing it to collect information from their users.
Theoretically, you're supposed to be able to operate in 'offline' mode, but that doesn't seem to work as well as Razer says. If your internet connection goes out, or if Razer's servers go down, the advanced features of your peripheral no longer work. It's lame.
It would be different if Razer asked people to participate. I can almost see the tidal wave of people giving Razer their info and money in order to be part of a product improvement system. They didn't do that though. The rolled out Synapse 2.0, and moved functionality out of the peripherals and into the 'cloud'. Just, lame.
I have been buying Razer mice for about 10 years now. I've talked people into buying Razer mice because the DeathAdder is probably the most ergonomic mouse that exists, and that will ever exist. This would probably explain my level of disappointment.
I can not remember winning or losing a single debate on the internet.