Razer Taipan Gaming Mouse Review
A quick pop along to the Razer website and a reasonable download later and we're the proud possessors of the Synapse 2.0, Razers all-purpose customisation software. Very well laid out, with everything clearly marked rather than hidden behind some obscure icon, it's a very pleasant place to be. The first surprise is that you need to create an account and login before it will let you at the tinkering tools. This is because Razer use cloud computing to store your settings, allowing you to pick them up from wherever you're at. It would be nice to at least get at the settings before making us log in.
The sensor has five steps of sensitivity. Even the most hardened gamer would find 8200 just too sensitive for general use. Multiple profiles sit alongside the lighting controls. Sadly your choices are only on or off, and there appears to be no way to stop the breathing effect on the palm light.
The Synapse 2.0 software comes with a lot of profiles for Razer gaming surfaces built in, but you can also tune it to your own particular pad if you use an alternative one. It's been a very long time since we've had a Razer surface in the office, so we stuck to the manual calibration mode.
Finally the Macro recorder is robust and easy to use, supporting all the clicks and keyboard commands you can desire, although pointer co-ordinates aren't something that you can record. Otherwise it's simplicity itself and you'll be up and running in moments.