Razer Synapse: What Is It & How To Use It [COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE]

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What is Razer Synapse?

It’s a software made by Razer to adjust the settings, such as DPI, lighting, macros, customize buttons, etc.

If you own a Razer mouse, we highly recommend you to download it. It’s important to make sure you’re using a comfortable DPI and highest polling rate.

If you want to find out how to use Razer Synapse, keep reading.

Razer Synapse

Where to Download Razer Synapse

If you haven’t downloaded it, you can visit the Razer’s official website to download it.

Once Razer Synapse is installed, open it. This is the first screen you will see:

If you have a Razer product plugged in, you should see it under “Devices” like the screenshot above.

How to Use Razer Synapse

Click on the product you want to customize. In this example, we will use the Razer Deathadder Elite.

Let’s go over each feature of the software, one by one.

Customize Buttons

In this screen, you can customize the buttons of your mouse.

If you click on one of the buttons, a menu opens on the left side with a variety of functions to choose from:

Change DPI and Polling Rate

The most important feature in the whole software is the ability to customize the DPI and polling rate.

If you click on the “Performance” tab, you will see this:

DPI Settings

You can choose to use only one DPI by unchecking “Sensitivity Stages”.

If you have multiple DPI’s, you can customize how many stages of DPI’s you want to have at “Number of Stages”.

Under that, you can pick the DPI for each stage. With the Razer Deathadder Elite, we can pick from 100 to 16000 DPI.

If you check “Enable X-Y”, you can pick different DPI for horizontal and vertical mouse movements:

Polling Rate Settings

You can change the polling rate of your mouse here. In the Deathadder Elite, the options are 125Hz, 500Hz and 1000Hz:

Lighting Settings

In the “Lighting” tab, you can see options to customize the brightness, lighting and effects:

If you are using a wireless mouse, you can save battery by turning off brightness.

You can also choose to turn off lighting when the computer display is turned off, and when the device has been idle. For the ladder option, you can customize how many minutes it will wait until it becomes idle.

Under Effects, you can choose one of these quick effects:

Or use the advanced effects, which will require you to install Chroma Studio module.

Once Chroma Studio is installed, you can further customize the lighting:

Calibration & Liftoff Distance

Under “Calibration” tab, this is the screen you will see:

As default, there is no calibration.

If you click on “Add a surface”, you can choose one of the many Razer mousepads, or just choose “Custom”.

In this case we’re using the Zowie G-SR, so we will choose Custom.

When calibrating, you just have to move your mouse in a zigzag pattern, and make sure you cover the entire mousepad.

After calibration is done, you can customize the lift-off range.


Under Profiles, you can add games to use different profile for each game.

For example, I can use different mouse customization for Valorant and League of Legends:

Now there are multiple profiles under Customize, Performance and Lighting:


One module that might be helpful for some people is Macros.

Once installed (in Synapse > Modules), you will see “Macros” tab on the top.

Here, you can create your own macros:

Let us know in the comment section if this guide was helpful!

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