Review: ROCCAT Tyon has more colors than a double rainbow

The Tyon is the latest computer mouse offering from ROCCAT, the German manufacturer of gaming accessories. Set for a Sep. 18 release date, the Tyon series boasts several features that make it unique, including dual lighting, a thumb paddle, and a fin switch.

This review takes a look at whether or not the $99.99 Tyon is capable of outshining its rivals in the crowded market of gaming mice.

Features

The Tyon advertises a total of 16 buttons that may be programmed in two layouts for a maximum of 32 buttons by using the easy-shift key, conveniently located below the thumb rest.  Realistically, you’ll probably end up using no more than eight of these buttons (for a max of 16 programmable buttons) as it’s hard to imagine a usage scenario where you’ll  reprogram your left and right click buttons or the scroll wheel.

A heavily touted feature of the Tyon is the “x-celerator” thumb paddle, which is designed for Battlefield-type games where you would adjust the tilt, pitch, and throttle of your vehicles by raising or lowering the button. The Tyon also features a programmable "dorsal fin switch" on the top of the mouse, below the wheel.

Like several other ROCCAT mice, the Tyon has an integrated tracking and distance control unit, which actively monitors the mouse’s behavior and self-adjusts the sensor to accommodate for different surfaces and mouse liftoff (this happens sometimes when you slightly lift your mouse off your desk). Not configured by default, this option would need to be enabled with the bundled software.

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Those who are sensitivity-obsessed will be delighted by the Tyon’s 8200 dpi (dots per inch) maximum setting, though most gamers will never find a practical use for a dpi that high. The 1000Hz polling rate (the rate at which your computer communicates with the mouse) is capable of 1ms response times.

In addition to the underbody lighting, the Tyon is the first ROCCAT mouse to feature scroll wheel lighting. The dual lighting systems are each capable of producing 16.8 million colors, and different light effects, like “breathing,” “blinking,” and “heartbeat” may be set using the software.

Software

Once out of the box and plugged into the USB port, the Tyon was instantly recognized by the computer and there were no issues getting it to work. However, to gain access to the many settings of the mouse, you would need to install the bundled software, which was also a breeze.

ROCCAT’s software to set up the mouse proved to be intuitive and easy to use. Assigning functions and macros to different buttons was easily accomplished, as was setting up custom profiles for different games.

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I particularly enjoyed playing around with the seemingly infinite amount of lighting combinations and decided to settle on a “breathing” pattern that cycles through light blue and canary yellow to mint green and ice blue. While not adding any real functionality to the mouse, the lighting effects are impressive—so much so that I was told a few of my co-workers were huddled around my desk when I wasn't around, oohing and aahing at the rotating color schemes.

The final bonus feature included in the software is a statistics counter for your mouse usage. The picture below shows the stats for the one week that I spent with the device. You can also unlock achievements through an unspecified set of milestones, though it is unclear what they are.

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Comfort

The Tyon is one of the most comfortable gaming mice I’ve used. After several hours of use, the Tyon felt less like a computer accessory than a natural extension of my own hand.

Aesthetics aside, the mouse’s contours are designed to provide a firm grip. The smoother topside allows you to easily maneuver between the click and scroll buttons, as well as the set of double buttons flanking the very top of the Tyon.

While weighing slightly more than the popular Razer Deathadder, I had no problem picking up and moving the mouse around. The bottom gliders allowed for extremely smooth movement over both a mouse pad and a desk surface.

As someone with bigger hands, I experienced no discomfort while using the mouse over extended periods of time.

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Performance

Over the course of a week, I used the Tyon to perform a variety of things ranging from typical computing tasks, like browsing and using productivity software, to playing games like StarCraft II, World of Tanks, and Microsoft Flight.

Here’s how the mouse fared for each category:

Internet and Productivity Software

Surfing the internet proved to be easy with the Tyon. Clicking, right-clicking, and using the scroll wheel felt accurate, as did the side buttons to navigate between the previous and next pages.

Using word processors and photo editing tools was similarly easy. Selecting text, brushing up a photo, and dragging and dropping elements felt smooth.

Gaming

For StarCraft II, I was able to achieve similar APM (actions per minute) as I do with my regular mouse. Splitting, selecting, and stutter stepping felt accurate with the Tyon. I found the side buttons (which I use for camera locations) easy to reach, but on more than one occasion I accidentally pressed the wrong button.

To remedy this, I disabled the neighboring buttons using the bundled software. It should be mentioned that StarCraft II players routinely remove the Win and Caps keys from their keyboards—so removing functionality from the Tyon is not so much a design flaw on the part of ROCCAT as it is a testament to the intense button smashing that StarCraft II requires.

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To test the “x-celerator," or thumb paddle, of the Tyon, I decided to assign airplane pitch and movement controls to the mouse for Microsoft Flight and World of Tanks respectively.

msflight The thumb paddle can be used in a variety of games, like Microsoft Flight

In Microsoft Flight, the thumb paddle responded fairly accurately, though the sensitivity took some getting used to.

In World of Tanks, moving forward and reverse felt more intuitive, and I found speed adjustment easier than I did with the keyboard keys. As I’m not a regular World of Tanks player, though, I can’t say if this feature is something that will ultimately make a difference.

I didn't personally find much use for the fin switch on the top of the mouse, but it also didn't get in the way. It provides another interesting option for those who want to give it a try.

All in all, the Tyon performed very well in terms of both accuracy and speed, but I had to disable some of the buttons to keep them from interfering with my layout.

My View

Features: 9/10

The Tyon can be customized in thousands of ways, and the lighting options are great for those who want to break up the monotony of their desk setup.

Software: 9/10

Setting up macros and gaming profiles is a breeze, and having a data counter is a nice treat.

Comfort: 9/10

The mouse felt instantly comfortable and produced no discomfort, even after hours of prolonged use.

Gaming: 8/10

While excellent at handling games that require accuracy and speed, the mouse’s numerous buttons occasionally got in the way of pressing the correct button.

Overall Score: 8.8/10

As a mouse for gaming and everyday computing, the Tyon is an excellent choice, but may require some fine-tuning.

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