Review: Roccat Tyon Gaming Mouse
I must admit, before meeting the friendly Roccat team at EB Games Expo last month, I wasn’t too familiar with Roccat or their products. They did however bring quite a few of their products to the expo and after checking out the Ryos MK Glow keyboard and the Tyon mouse I had well and truly developed a tech crush. I had to get my hands on one of them and luckily for me – I did. Since the EB Games Expo I’ve managed to get my hand on a Roccat Tyon gaming mouse for review purposes. Here are my findings.
- 8200dpi Pro-aim (R3) Laser Sensor
- X-Celerator Thumb Paddle
- Fin Switch
- Roccat Easy-shift
- 16.8M Multi-colour Illumination
- Tracking and Distance Control Unit
- Pro-Aim Laser Sensor R3 with up to 8200dpi
- 1000Hz polling rate
- 1ms response time
- 12000fps, 10.8megapixel
- 30G acceleration
- 3.8m/s (150ips)
- 16-bit data channel
- 1-5mm Lift off distance
- Tracking & Distance Control Unit
- 72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU
- 576kB onboard memory
- Zero angle snapping/prediction
- 1.8m braided USB cable
The Roccat Tyon comes in a very stylish box. It’s unusual shape is immediately eye-catching, as is the very Hollywood use of blue and orange colours on the box itself. It reminds me of the artwork from recent Battlefield games (though as this mouse rather complements Battlefield 3 and 4 I suspect that may have been a deliberate move from Roccat) and it’s certainly a visually appealing box. The box also lists and details the Tyon’s various features and actually goes into detail with each one, helping potential buyers understand the benefits of the Tyon more easily. There’s also a book cover-style front panel that allows for a closer look at the mouse itself.
Outside of the box, the Tyon is very stylish. The mouse wheel and lower edges of the mouse light up various colours (it scrolls through the colour wheel by default but you can choose your own colour). The side panels of the mouse are matte black, with the middle panel being a charcoal like colour (it’s a few shades above black). A Roccat logo adorns the bottom of the mouse which in itself is also very stylish.
There are a total of 16 buttons on the Roccat Tyon and while the mouse looks a tad unconventional with its button layout, it’s still very impressive. My previous experience with a gaming mouse that had a decent amount of buttons was the Razer Naga which had all of its buttons congregating together on the left side of the mouse. I frequently managed to press the wrong button on the Razer Naga (though I really didn’t have enough time to get comfortable with it) so I had hoped that my experience with the Roccat Tyon would be different. It is.
When I first started using the Tyon, the mouse felt rather unusual. “Unusual” isn’t a bad thing, as I mean it in its literal sense – remarkable or interesting because it is different from or better than the others (Google). The mouse feels a great deal sturdier than other gaming mice, as it has a little more weight to it and a more durable feeling design. The mouse is also wider than a great deal of mice on the market, which is great. It means you don’t have to use that bizarre little finger grip to hold your mouse and it also means you won’t get hand cramps from normal use. Overall the Tyon is quite possibly one of the comfiest gaming mice I’ve used. It fits like a glove.
Now onto the many buttons and their specific uses for different games. The trailer for the Roccat Tyon specifically mentions the mouse’s X-celerator thumb paddle, located on the left side of the mouse. The X-celerator can be used in place of the W and S keys on your keyboard (or whatever keys you normally prefer to move backward and forward with. The trailer shows a gamer expertly piloting a helicopter in Battlefield with the Tyon’s X-celerator paddle, maneuvering the helicopter with only one hand. I really didn’t think the X-celerator would work as well as it would and even if it did, could it replace reliable ol’ W and S, but it truly could. The X-celerator is both precise and comfortable to use (with practice) not only with Battlefield, but with a variety of games.
With a little tweaking the Tyon makes a lot of games able to be played with one hand, or for an easier mouse and keyboard configuration. I played Left 4 Dead with the Tyon and it will absolutely become my new default mouse. I’m often clumsy when using the shift key to crouch and sneak around in Left 4 Dead, but using the top right mouse button instead of shift meant I was able to focus my left hand solely on the W, S, A and D keys. I’m already playing a much better game from the Tyon!
In regards to the other buttons, each is in a perfect position. The middle fin (which can be pushed either left or right to activate two switches) I admittedly haven’t used too often yet, as the rest of the buttons have me more than covered in my games and it’s in a slightly awkward place just that little bit past the mouse wheel. With the Roccat Tyon, I haven’t hit any buttons by accident, and each can be customised to suit any game – there are also a number of different profiles available to choose for a variety of games in the Roccat Tyon’s software.
Speaking of the Tyon’s software, there really is a staggering amount of customisation options available. There are five profiles available and everything from the buttons functions themselves, to the windows pointer speed, vertical and horizontal sensitivity and polling rate can be adjusted. You can also update or rollback the driver, create your own profiles from scratch and calibrate the analog X-celerator thumb paddle. If you’ve been wanting to fully take control of your games and mouse, this software is the answer.
- Comfortable to use
- Fantastic amount of customisation options and possibilities
- The X-celerator thumb paddle is incredibly handy
- Works in conjunction with Roccat Talk
- The fin button is in a difficult position
The Roccat Tyon is a brilliant mouse with an unconventional design. While I’m sure some people would prefer all their buttons in one place, I for one prefer the Tyon’s design. The X-celerator thumb paddle is ingenious and the analog control in place of the W and S keys is a very welcome addition to my gaming. The amount of customisation for the Tyon also means that you can improve your gameplay across all of your games. A brilliant piece of gaming gear.