Pros: Great ergonomics, Huge customization, Well developed software, Easy-Shift [+], Many macro buttons, Designed for modern games
Cons: Fin switch is awkward, No weights, Price
The box is eye catching like all of Roccat's products. It lists key features like the illumination and laser sensor. The side does the same. The main new features the Tyon brings are the "X-Celerator" and the fin switch. They are supposed to help in games where the player is switching vehicles or characters each with their own set of controls.
The back again highlights the same key areas. We also see the 32-Bit 72MHz processor with on board storage, the 8200 DPI Pro-Aim Laser Sensor, and much more. Since the unit has storage built in, the stored macros should work on other computers. The beefy processor will also ensure that the mouse keeps up with any game.
The front flap opens to reveal the same features highlighted yet again. We also get our first glimpse of the mouse.
Opening the package we get the mouse and an instruction manual. No weights or any other accessories. The weighting is perfect for me but some users may prefer a heavier mouse for more control. Unfortunately the Tyon can't be modified.
The mouse features 16 programmable surfaces with 9 distinct buttons. They includes two each to the left and right of the scroll wheel, a fin switch, the X-Celerator, two thumb buttons, and the Easy-Shift [+] button. They are all ergonomically placed for easy use. The fin switch must be activated with the knuckles so it is difficult to access quickly. The body of the mouse is made of a soft touch plastic with the sides a specially coated plastic. This coating is designed for sweaty hands in long gaming sessions. It isn't perfect, but it is pretty good. The mouse is on the small size and is perfect for palm users. The back features a minimalistic Roccat logo with no buttons.
From the front we see the slight curve which helps with ergonomics. The scroll wheel is the best I have ever used. It is firm but super easy to use. It isn't mushy like some mice. The scroll positions are defined very well and the middle mouse gives a satisfying click. It only moves in one direction though. I really liked what Roccat did with the Kone XTD (review here). It has a scroll wheel that also goes left to right. This is much easier to use than the fin switch since your fingers are already there.
From this angle we can see the X-Celerator switch. It is almost like a side mounted rudder. It is spring loaded to return to the middle position. I find it very useful for switching tabs while web browsing but it also works great for switching views in game, raising and lowering helicopters, switching weapons, and so much more. On the bottom right we see the Easy-Shift [+] button. It adds a second set of functionality to all the buttons. It is like a shift key for a keyboard. This effectively doubles the commands the mouse can execute. It is one of my favorite features of Roccat mice. There is no need to pack the mouse with buttons on every surface. The Tyon also features Roccat Talk. This allows it to communicate with other Roccat products like keyboards for increased functionality.
The bottom of the mouse isn't too interesting. We find the non-stick pads that provide smooth motion. We also see the 8200DPI sensor. Keep in mind that DPI means almost nothing in terms of performance for the mouse.
Capturing the lighting was difficult with studio lights, so here is a picture with no external lighting. The picture doesn't quite to the mouse justice though. The LEDs are vivid without being overpowering. All the colors are vibrant. The second picture shows the led ring around the bottom. It goes all around the mouse providing a nice ambient glow.
Now on to the software. Roccat's software is my personal favorite. Everything you could ever want is neatly categorized. The main page is where you would set DPI, sensitivity, and scroll settings.
The button assignment is where Roccat shines. There is so much customization available that it must be split up into two pages. The software comes pre loaded with many key combinations. Many more can be added with the Macro Manager.
The Macro Manager is where you will create custom macros. Simply record the key combination then bind it to the mouse button.
The advanced tab deals with polling rate, individualized sensitivities, various controls, and the sounds. These sounds can alert you to changes in mouse settings. It got annoying after a while so I just turned it off. Most of these settings can be left alone.
Finally we have the color control section. Here you can control the two LED zones. They can be any of 16.8 million colors as well as feature numerous effects. They can be helpful for determining what profile you are on if you use multiple.
That’s about all I have. The Roccat Tyon is truly an all action, all purpose gaming mouse. Roccat's claims about the mouse on the modern battlefield are correct. As games change, peripherals should change to match them. The Tyon is the perfect mouse for anyone wanting a great gaming experience with huge customization, comfort, and control. If you are looking for a $100 mouse that will do everything you want and more, look no further than the Roccat Tyon.