Roccat Tyon Multi-Button White Gaming Mouse Review
Peter Donnell / 2 weeks ago
A Closer Look
Without a doubt, the white Tyon makes a hell of a first impression. This is a fantastic looking piece of kit, like something from the Lamborghini design board, painted up to look like a Storm Trooper. If that’s not your idea of a cool looking product, then I’m at a loss. As you can see, it comes equipped with buttons on the… well, they’re all over the place. More on those in a moment.
The mouse uses a hard shell design on the left side but features a large recess. This scooped out shape allows you to really get a firm grip with your thumb. The tiny side wing provides a good thumb resting position too. However, there’s a small switch just below the thumb. Personally, I set this to emulate the keyboards Enter key, which is very productive for me. However, you could set that to reload, melee, or anything that suits your play/work styles.
On the back of the mouse, there’s that stunning Roccat logo in a silver effect, which complements the white panel very nicely. There’s a bit of a scoop on the right side too, providing resting space for one or two fingers, dependant on your grip type.
Things get really interesting on the top of the mouse though. There are LMB and RMB, which provide plenty of finger resting space. However, there are two more buttons on their extremes for additional macros and controls. One set works well for DPI control, while I actually set the left two to macro Copy/Paste commands. Again, that’s great for work and productivity. However, for gaming, I can set complex macros for Elder Scrolls Online, timers, and more to benefit gaming. The mouse has multiple profiles, so you can set a button to map the profiles too and have everything you need literally at your fingertips.
Behind the mouse wheel, there’s a fin control. This can be flicked left or right to give you two more buttons. I set mine to volume control, but again, the options are limitless. I’ve used this for changing cameras while playing with vehicles in Battlefield, switching weapon sets in MMO games, and more. The large scroll wheel is clickable and features a light rubber grip for added control. It’s easy to turn but has a light bump for added accuracy.
Analogue on a Mouse?
Down the left side, you’ll find the usual forward and back buttons. Furthermore, they’re programmable just like everything else. Above that, however, is an analogue stick, albeit with only one axis.
For playing space sim games, it’s an awesome way of controlling your pitch or elevation. However, setting it to something like zoom level in Photoshop can also be a real boost to your productivity, if you’re doing a lot of detailed editing work.
Featuring the 8200 DPI Pro-AM Sensor R3, the Tyon tracks (literally) with laser precision. I would love to see this in an Optical format too, but the laser does track very well. With built-in sensor calibration for surfaces, it works great on everything from cloth to wood. The two huge slipmats mean it glides easily too, regardless of your surface of choice.
As you can see, the white Tyon has a lot more presence than the old black one. I loved the black one, and have done for a long time, but next to the white, it just looks… well, dull and crap if I’m honest. I feel that the RGB lighting has more impact on the new one too, it just looks crisper against the two-tone design.
The mouse features multi-zone lighting, with the scroll wheel, as well as multiple zoning effects that run around the base of the mouse. It’s almost 360-degree wrap around, but there’s a small break where the thumb button is located, which is reasonable of course.
Overall, I think Roccat nailed the performance and styling. Many multi-button mice can look like they’ve packed things in too tight, or a little too much like calculators with a sensor. However, Roccat’s plan to move things about a bit makes this easy to master and very user-friendly, despite its rather extreme aesthetic.