Review: Roccat Tyon gaming mouse

The Roccat Tyon bears a vague resemblance to a warthog, and is arguably one of the ugliest gaming mice this side of Mad Catz Cyborg mice—but despite its surly appearance it’s surprisingly comfortable, very well-designed, and eminently functional.

In short, the Tyon is a triumph of function over form—which is a good thing of course, because when this paradigm is reversed you get disastrous results, like the Razer Tron gaming mouse or the Tt eSports Level 10m gaming mouse (the latter of which actually failed on both fronts).

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Roccat Tyon (Credit – Roccat)
The Roccat Tyon has a subtle right-handed ergonomic shape riddled with ‘warts’ in the form of 6 protruding, sculpted buttons (in addition to a couple of streamlined thumb buttons and the Easy Shift button)—similar to the sculpted buttons on Logitech’s G700s gaming mouse.
Lumpy though the Roccat Tyon may be, its still comfortable thanks to its soft-touch backside and matte plastic sides. The shark-like fin (a 2-directional switch) on the middle of its back is probably a flight aid.
 And as is common for virtually all Roccat products, the Tyon offers a wealth of features powered by impressive software. You can tweak and customize virtually every aspect of it: polling rate, 5-levels of DPI settings, change the LED color, and create macros.

Features and specifications

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Credit – Roccat

Roccat is rarely content to offer the exact same thing as everyone else—and if nothing else, their highly customizable driver software almost guarantees they always have an ace up their sleeve for trumping the competition—or innovating in areas in which others do not tread. In this case, the Tyon has an interesting ‘Accelerator’ thumb paddle, a shark-fin like 2-directional click switch, and an Easy Shift button (common to many of their mice and keyboards) to effectively double the number of customized commands you can assign to its many buttons.

Also like many other Roccat mice and keyboards, the Tyon has an onboard CPU to help ensure it doesn’t consume any processing power on your gaming rig.

Roccat Tyon Technical Specifications

Roccat Tyon (box)
Credit – Roccat
  • 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

Performance

Despite the Tyon’s “prickly” appearance courtesy of its many extruding buttons and controls, it’s subtle, right-handed ergonomic design is actually quite comfortable, somewhat similar in feel to Razer’s excellent Deathadder (but bumpier and a bit narrower perhaps). The sculpted buttons make finger-surfing and clicking buttons on the mouse easier, and each of them delivers a solid mechanical ‘click’ when pressed.

The Tyon’s buttons are well-placed and within easy reach of your thumb and fingers. The sculpted shape makes it easier to reach and identify by them by touch, and even the most difficult to reach (at the furthest, outer edges of the mouse buttons) can still be pretty useful. At the very least they are good for assigning tasks such as profile switching, changing the DPI, and other functions that you may not use while gaming much but are still convenient for day-to-day use.

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Credit – Roccat

The Fin switch is a 2-directional horizontal clicker, basically acting as 2 buttons (left-click/right-click). It’s handy for horizontal scrolling, but the fin’s placement in the middle, back part of the mouse makes it easy to reach and thus perfect for frequent gaming tasks. Similarly, the ‘thumb accelerator’ along the top, thumb-side of the mouse is very useful; it can be toggled up and down like an analog switch.

Roccat’s Easy Shift button is also smartly placed: at the bottom edge of the thumb buttons where your thumb rests within easy reach of it. If the Tyon’s extra buttons aren’t enough for you, the Easy Shift buttons doubles the number of functions you can store for each button in a single profile—and there are 5 profiles to store commands in, by the way.

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The Tyon’s software is typical for Roccat and gives you the ability to tweak virtually every aspect of the mouse, including its LED lighting, polling rate, DPI levels, macros, and more. I found it a bit strange that the DPI levels are only adjustable in 200DPI increments (some mice enable you to adjust the DPI in 25 or 50DPI for more granular fine-tuning), but this is hardly an issue for all but the most dedicated tweakers.

And Roccat’s software is some of the best out there generally speaking, although it could probably benefit from a more streamlined user interface—it’s a little ‘busy’ and sometimes a bit hard to hunt through everything and find what you want). Regardless, like the Tyon (and Roccat peripherals in general), it’s crammed with features, including a powerful macro editor and Roccat’s unique achievement system and voice notification system (which you’ll probably turn off).

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The Tyon is enough gaming mouse for virtually any application or game you can throw at it. It’s excellent as a general mouse of course, but with as many buttons as features as the Tyon has it’s particularly well-suited to games where you can take advantage of all its features—especially MMOs, RPGs, and RTS games that tend to have a lot of keyboard shortcuts.

Overall: 8.5/10

The Tyon may by look like an angry mutated warthog, but underneath its ‘rugged’ exterior is a comfortable gaming mouse that is eminently functional and loaded with features and customization options. At about $100 it’s a solid contender in the high-end gaming mouse space, and Roccat continues to hold a sterling reputation in the PC gaming peripheral space.

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