Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Peripherals by Razer
User Experience – Software
The Razer Star Wars mouse, headset and keyboard along with the Naga are components which use the new Synapse 2.0 software. This new software replaces the standard driver and control panel method used by Razer.
We start by using a standard installer and are then prompted to login to, or set up an account with Razer. Once this is complete the update manager checks for the latest device software, downloads it and installs it… from then on Synapse is ready to use, but what is it?
Essentially Razer Synapse 2.0 brings all of our items configuration into one control panel but more than that it sync’s all of our settings with Razer which means that if we move to a LAN event we can instantly download/sync our configuration to the PC there… or if we have to reinstall or buy a new system the settings can be immediately applied to that too.
When Synapse 2.0 finds the SW: TOR peripherals it applies appropriate branding to the control panel and on the first screens we find the options to configure our profiles (program linking possible), buttons and macro’s.
On the other tabs we also get the option to configure our mouse sensitivity, acceleration and polling rate, configure and monitor power and power saving settings as well as change our lighting options. This includes a cycling through the entire colour spectrum as well as enabling the lights to interact with in-game events.
Moving to the headset area within Synapse 2.0 our first tab looks at volume, balance, Dolby and microphone settings. The next tab allows us to fine tune the equalizer and the final screen looks at lighting, again with the option to sync our headset illumination with in-game events.
Also worth noting is that we generate our colour crystal code from within this application, allowing us to change or blaster fire or light sabre blade to Razer green as well as linking out to Facebook, Twitter and Razer.