Software

Alright we haven’t taken a look at a Razer product that needed software in a long time. That means with the Orbweaver this is our first time I had to directly deal with Razer’s Synapse 2.0 software. Of course I have kept my ear to the ground about it and heard all of the fuss that everyone made when Razer introduced it. So when I went to install the software to play with the Orbweaver I was a little a little hesitant. When booting up the software I was greeted with the login screen below. Much like most of you, I was very frustrated when I HAD to sign up for my account to log into the software for the Orbweaver. Of course this would be a really lame review if I just stopped there, so I did get signed up and once signed in the software asked me to update the firmware on my device and the software, after that I had to reboot.

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Finally in the software, the picture below is what I was greeted with on the home page. The software was worlds above what I have seen on previous Razer products both in simplicity and styling. There aren’t any bright green overlays this time around, just professional looking software. The home page lets you select and name your profile as well as select various key maps. Also on this page and all of the other pages on the bottom you can see your devices, much like Logitech’s software. I love that Razer finally has software that supports multiple devices rather than a program for ever device you might use. Also on this page you can flip between two different views of the Orbweaver and on each you can click and select each key for reprograming.

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When you click on any of the keys this is the list of options that you will be able to set them too. Basically you can set any key to any key, mouse function, macro, program, joystick, or multimedia function. Personally in most cases I just set all of the keys when in game, but if you go with the software you have a large selection of ways you can set everything up.

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Other than the home page there are two other pages with options. One is the lighting page where we can adjust the brightness of the Orbweaver or even set it to pulse if you would like.

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The macros tab allows you to record and program any macro you might need. I like that you can also set the delays, set no delay, or record the delay that it took you to type it in when recording.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31794 19 Jul 2013 19:10
Before the weekend we take a look at the Razer Orbweaver mechanical gaming pad
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Arxon replied the topic: #31840 24 Jul 2013 20:26
I like my logitech but would much rather have this.
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Hasbeen replied the topic: #31841 24 Jul 2013 21:27
Nice review, but at $130 I think I'll still hang on to my Belkin N52 Nostromo. I've got 2 of them that work just fine for the games I choose to use them on. I'm sure there are features on these newer gamepads that are nice, but the old saying still holds true. "If it aint broke don't fix it."
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31844 24 Jul 2013 23:21
I would agree, there isn't any reason for you to switch if you are happy with what you already have.

How often do you guys use your gamepads and how do you use them?
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Hasbeen replied the topic: #31846 25 Jul 2013 02:06
Well I've attempted to adjust my usage to almost all of my games at one time or another with varied results. Mostly these days I use it in any MMOs I'm playing. I also use it regularly if I'm playing Minecraft, and I've half way set it up for Star Craft 2.

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