Razer Synapse Review

Synapse is preinstalled on most Razer PC products, including laptops. It keeps your devices up-to-date while offering customizable settings such as macros for condensing multiple button presses into one action.

Philips Hue and Nanoleaf lighting systems allow your gaming lights to respond accordingly during gameplay.

Configuration

Most gaming peripheral manufacturers provide software suites to customize your gear to your preference, and Razer Synapse is no different. This free program serves as the central configuration tool for all PC products from Razer and allows you to sync up Chroma lighting across devices.

Razer Synapse is an accessible tool, and you can access it easily by searching for “Razer Synapse” in either your Windows Start menu or system tray icon. When launching for the first time, you may be asked to create a free Razer account – this allows you to synchronize profiles and settings across computers running Razer Synapse while providing access to support and device registration services.

One of the key features is being able to reassign buttons on both keyboard and mouse to any action of your choosing, or set up macros which record and replay inputs with just the press of a button – this feature is especially handy if playing games that require frequent button presses, as it enables you to compress all those press into one macro for easier management.

Another key benefit is that this program allows you to calibrate your mouse for specific surfaces. Doing this allows the sensor to remember the exact color, topography and characteristics of a specific area so it can respond more accurately when moving it over that spot. This makes achieving more consistent and precise response from your mouse much simpler when playing games requiring high levels of accuracy.

The software enables you to synchronize your lighting with other Chroma-enabled products, like laptop or desktop PC monitors, creating unique lighting effects and setting them off automatically when your display shuts off.

Synapse allows you to customize and back up your profiles and settings, which is especially helpful when switching PCs or installing drivers for older hardware. Furthermore, Synapse lets you create Tournament Drivers installers to bring to LAN events or other venues where reconfiguring hardware will be necessary.

Macro Settings

Macro settings in Razer Synapse can be an invaluable asset to gamers looking to harness all the potential of their hardware. A macro is an automated sequence of keystrokes or mouse clicks which you can assign to any programmable button on your Razer mouse or keyboard.

Synapse makes creating macros easy: just select your device from the dashboard, click “MACRO” in its options menu, and create/test macros here before assigning them to your device. Should any adjustments need to be made later on, do so from within Synapse rather than directly on its device itself.

Store your macros in the cloud to have instant access no matter where life takes you – even if that means switching computers! Once your macro has been created in Razer Synapse, simply transfer it directly from its dashboard onto any new mouse or keyboard you purchase.

Razer Synapse’s dashboard not only lets you remap buttons and set macros, but it also lets you integrate your device with other platforms through modules – apps that run atop software that allow you to do things such as sync your Razer Chroma RGB lighting with Philips Hue or Nanoleaf smart light systems.

Depending on which modules are installed, you can do everything from turning lights on and off with voice command to controlling them with mobile device. Unfortunately, current options are somewhat limited but Razer continues to add more.

To add modules, click the “+” button at the top of your dashboard and then “Modules”. Although there may not be many modules right now, expect more to become available in time. To remove a module simply use the “-” button; keep in mind you cannot install more than one type of module at any time; some popular examples of modules could include:

Syncing

Razer Synapse stands out from its competition by being compatible with Chroma-enabled devices that sync up, enabling you to create lighting effects triggered by in-game events or link with smart lights like Philips Hue or Nanoleaf.

Gaming mice, keyboards and monitors that all sync up through one program can make switching PCs seamless by automatically loading all your personalized settings – including macros. Switching PCs won’t require you to re-adjust how your setup operates manually either!

Razer has also added an extra level of security to their program by including cloud storage for all of your custom settings. In case you upgrade or replace one of your gaming devices, having the same setup on both systems if logged into the same Razer account makes synching simple as you won’t have to reconfigure anything or risk losing any work you put into creating them.

The Modules tab in the app allows you to access new features and integrations for your Razer gear. Though not many options are currently available, Razer is continually expanding their catalogue. Once installed, modules appear as their own tab in the top bar of the app for easy configuration of any number of settings or features.

An exceptional feature we appreciate is the Linked Games subtab, which enables you to view all games linked with a device and manage their lighting effects. This is an enormous improvement over Synapse, which would power cycle through each plugged-in USB device every time an update was released – something which could prove frustrating if playing a game requiring multiple button presses for certain actions.

Security

Razer Synapse provides an easy way to stay current on all your devices by providing a central hub for settings, like rebinding buttons or creating macros. Furthermore, this software also makes synchronising Chroma RGB lighting across multiple devices possible.

The centralized configuration software can also prove invaluable to gamers who frequently switch between PCs or gaming platforms, as all your settings will automatically load when reconnecting Razer gear – saving you the trouble of having to rebind controls or adjust macros manually every time a switch occurs.

One major security flaw has been identified in the latest version of Razer Synapse by an un-named white hat hacker who made public disclosure via Twitter (including an exploit video showing how easy it would be).

This vulnerability takes the form of a malicious EXE that can be run during setup of a Razer device. When connecting any new mouse or keyboard, Windows retrieves a Razer installer package with drivers for both peripherals as well as Synapse utility installed and run it with full SYSTEM privileges (the highest possible in Windows 10). This enables an attacker to select any directory on disk where to install this installer package and creates a command prompt at this location with full SYSTEM privileges so he or she has complete power to do whatever he or she desires.

Of course, in order to exploit this vulnerability effectively an attacker would need physical access to your system; however, this could occur in a public environment like an office shared space or, with respect to laptops used while traveling for work purposes, in a hotel room during use.

Razer has acknowledged and promised to address the vulnerability in an upcoming update. Furthermore, they released a statement acknowledging some user concerns about security for data shared online and pledge to continue working towards protecting all data at all times.

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