OS Neutral 50% off on all Razer peripherals for 24 hours

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by talhasyed, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. talhasyed macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2012
    To celebrate winning some awards in CES, Razer is discounting all their peripherals by 50% for 24 hours. The announcements and coupon code is on their FaceBook page:


    I am thinking of picking up the Razer Naga 2013, and was wondering how their Mac support was. Do I need to install their drivers? If so, are they relatively bloat free?
  2. beerijuana macrumors newbie


  3. ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    Think twice about buying a Razer mouse.

    Their software (which is required to use the mouse properly) requires online mandatory activation and a user account creation so it can store your settings "in the cloud". There has also been reports of the same software ("Synapse 2.0") recording your usage habits on your computer and uploading it to Razer (according to their terms of service, they have the right to do so).

  4. beerijuana macrumors newbie


    Credible cite?
  5. lightz39 macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2012
    People are paranoid. Who cares if they track what you do to make the products better. Do you think they are going to sell photos of you or turn you in to the Feds for stealing software?
  6. ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008

    More random crap at:


    Companies like Razer give us every right to be paranoid. I care if they track me. We are talking about a mouse here, not a piece of software like Photoshop CS6. This is a piece of hardware with extraneous software requirements, and it's ridiculous.

    If you can't see that, then you're precisely the kind of consumer they expect to buy this garbage and put up with it.

    By the way, the USB HID class for mice supports a nearly infinite amount of hardware buttons on the device itself. That means that you should be able to plug any mouse into your computer and expect that all the buttons "just work". This is how most Logitech mice operate.

    Companies like Razer and Madcatz don't adhere to the USB HID spec completely though. They go out of their way to obfuscate the communication protocols their hardware uses so you need kernel level drivers and software packages just to make all the buttons work.

    Why is this necessary? Why is it considered OK?

    They can make a mouse that works out of the box with no software at all, but they chose not to. Instead, you've got to sign up for an online account for a friggin' mouse and agree to two separate EULAs before you can use the hardware you paid for. It's a mouse, give me a break.

    What would you say if your printer, monitor, speakers, and keyboard all required separate online accounts to activate and operate? What would you say if each of those devices required drivers and software to operate that sat around in the background watching what you do so that company can "improve their products"? It's all just a big song and dance, they just want your information to sell it- hence the clauses in the TOS linked to above.

  7. beerijuana macrumors newbie


    Did you miss this?

    Lions and Tigers and Newsletters ...oh my!

    Here's the tinfoil option:

    SO, any actual examples of ...actual malfeasance via Synapse ...or the mailing list?

    Or, just the usual "The TOS wants to eat your babies!" kinda' thing?
  8. ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    I'm not going to argue with you.

    Clearly you don't get the point, in that they're pushing non-standard hardware (which should be standard- that's why we have the USB HID class after all) that requires online activation to use.

    Fine by me, enjoy your new mouse with the bloated software that insists on maintaining a persistent connection to Razer's servers. Oh, and let me know how things are working when you can't get through to Razer's activation servers for whatever reason, rendering the vast majority of your hardware features inoperable.

    It's not about the TOS, that's just the icing on the cake. It's about the fact that there IS a TOS in the first place, especially one for a mandatory online service that has no off switch and is required before you can use your hardware properly.


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