Originally Posted by forthedisplay
Look, I'll keep it simple.
Synapse doesn't have any next level complexity. Everything on the market from companies like Logitech, Roccat, hell, even Corsair and Gigabyte do exactly the same things. Hotkey remapping, macros, profiles.
The only thing that Synapse 2.0 does "better" is the cloud thing. And that's some basic level convenience most people wouldn't use and convenience that's worth of 20 seconds of effort. All it does is upload your profile data to cloud, and let's you download them there from another computer. The amount of data those profiles amount for is so little that you can even e-mail yourself and then get them from your inbox when you need them.
Is that bad? Not really, it's added convenience even if it's not worth much.
What is bad, is being forced to do that initial online registration in the first place, accept Razer's sketchy privacy policies. It should just work. There's no reason not to keep it optional. If customers deem it a necessary sometime in the future, they'll use it. Maybe Razer incorporates some other services into it and makes it even better, who knows. And makes their policies more transparent. Initially you couldn't even edit your profiles offline. At least the amended that a bit.
Having a login for drivers is a joke.
For me, the added inconvenience far outweighs the added convenience.
I'll UN-simplify it again. It's not just about the hardware and games sold 'today', but also about how developers can gear up for the next generation of products.
The fact that they have invested in server software, technology, and bandwidth to store the profiles IS a stepping stone to 'next level complexity' that currently no one else offers. It IS a pretty MAJOR foundation to offering more tools for DEVELOPERS (both in house at Razer, or third party) to do all kinds of interesting things with gaming interface devices. Right now it's just a storage area, but that's the ground floor for potentially more things to come. Again you say 'who needs the cloud'? Smartphones, GPS, Tablets....all that stuff is set up to work on the cloud...so it makes sense that more game developers are setting up games to work with those types of devices. Razer is just trying to get a foot in the door and be ready for those paradigm shifts. AGAIN, it might not be much longer that people buy mice and keyboards as we know them anyway....so what's a company like Razer supposed to do then?
Again, you're not FORCED to use Synapse at all....period. The stuff works out of the box on bog standard OS supplied drivers if need be. You can even use third party mapping and sensor setting software if that's your choice. Oh, and to get those third party 'software packages'...many of them are going to ask to you register too! Registering software is NOTHING NEW....hell, even my 1988 Atari ST had me register my software....PLUS had a friggin stack of 'dongles'...an PIRATES till were able to clone their wares and have much to do with eventually driving them out of business.
Next, why is it such a big deal to take a moment to register your new mouse? Why would you NOT want to do this anyway? Especially if it's something you paid that much for...and want to lock in the warranty info and stuff?
Why the heck can every other company in the world do 'optional' auto update checks (YES, MY LOGITECH and MICROSOFT MICE and Synaptic TOUCHPADS have software that does this too)...but not Razer?
YES...just two days ago I plugged a Microsoft wireless mouse into my computer and the first thing it did was throw up a dialog that it was checking the internet for an update. It was pretty elaborate stuff that was specific to this product (not just a little Windows Notification in the bottom corner of the screen). It took me to a page in my default web browser specific for the mouse. In this case I didn't have to 'register' again because I already went through that with the Windows OS and all that is tied together for MS stuff anyway.
Next, I notice that all my laptops are powered by Logitech touch pads. They ALSO regularly ping about checking for 'updates', and they ALSO have stuff that is started at boot and run in the system tray, etc. They also had me 'register' my new product(s) for full support and warranty...etc.
The list goes on and on. Several posts on this thread are just a bad attempt at a smear campaign...
If there's something you like better than Razer that's fine...no one cares. The part that's just full of it is pretending they are operating on a different set of ethics and legal grounds for privacy and security than any other software/hardware company out there. It's simply not true. While a younger/smaller company is bound to make more mistakes than a huge experienced corp, and their products or their prices are not going to be for everyone...they're no where near the bully/tyrant/snooping/unethical ripoff outfit some folks are trying to imply.Edited by Credo1970 - 7/26/13 at 8:12pm