Razer Deathstalker Ultimate Review
The Razer Synapse 2.0 software has quickly established itself as one of the best customisation packages around. Everything is easy to find, clearly labelled and, thanks to the cloud storage, available wherever you happen to be.
Initially the Deathstalker seems like so many other keyboards. Multiple profiles are available, and you can name them and provide a keyboard shortcut for them. The function key modifies the F-keys for media controls and adjustments to the brightness of the lighting. Scratch the surface and it's clear the Deathstalker has everything you could hope to find. As we said on the previous page, calling the lighting "tri-colour" is doing it a disservice. Not only can it be adjusted to one of forty preset colours, but you can also click custom and pick any colour you like, with surprisingly effective results.
As well as adjusting the backlighting with the F-keys you can change it in the Synapse software, and the brightness of the Switchblade UI can be adjusted too.
The excellent gaming mode can be setup here, or on the Switchblade UI with one of the applications. You also have a lot of control over the performance of the trackpad and associated keys.
Speaking of the trackpad you can change what it displays too. By default it's a soft Razer logo but can, as we'll soon show you, be set to display any image you like. The Synapse 2.0 software automatically squishes or stretches it to fit, but of course you're better off using an image in 16:9 to ensure it has a decent aspect ratio.
Reassigning keys, whether the macros, the 10 LCD display ones above the trackpad, or any key you fancy, is a simple procedure. Select the key you wish to change. Pick what you'd like it to do from the drop-down box and you're good to go.
The ten dynamic keys can also include an icon of your choosing to help you remember what each does. The Synapse comes with a selection of ones for some specific programs but they're thankfully generic enough that you could use them for anything. If none of them suit your purpose then any square image can be displayed and we'll show you a couple on the next page.
Finally the macro editor is extremely robust, offering everything you could desire. If you want to create one on the fly then the Switchblade UI includes a macro editor application so you can create them without leaving your game. Unbelievably useful.
We've kept you in suspense long enough, let's see exactly how the Deathstalker Ultimate looks in action.