Published on October 25th, 2014 | by admin0
Roccat Tyon Review
Summary: The Roccat Tyon ticks all the right boxes for PC gamers!
Product: Professional Gaming Mouse
Availability: EB Games
Price: $169.95AUD (Oct 2014)
Reviewer: Tony Smith
ROCCAT have just launched their latest gaming mouse, the Tyon which boasts some very impressive features that is ideal for gamers. Aimed at the MMORPG and First Person Shooter shooter market, the Tyon boasts a high-quality Pro-Aim Laser Sensor R3 that runs at a very impressive 8200 DPI with 16 buttons that with the inclusion of Easy-Shift technology, it allows gamers to double the functionality of each button.
Another highlight is X-Celerator analog thumb paddle that gives the user access to an all axis analog stick that is ideal for vehicle control like in Battlefield or World of Tanks. Then you have the two-way Fin Switch that gives you access to quick commands without losing your gaming zone by having to reconfigure where your fingers and hand is located on the Tyon. Add in a two-level illumination and you can customise the look and “glow” of its in-built illumination that boasts a whopping 16.8 million colours.
- 8200 DPI Pro Aim Laser Sensor
- X-Celerator Thumb Paddle
- Fin Switch
- 16.8m multi-colour illumination
- Tracking and distance control unit
- 16 Mouse Buttons
- 32-Bit Processor + 576KB Memory
Before we jump into the performance and ergonomics of the Tyon, a must commend ROCCAT on their packaging as this product definitely gives the feel of a premium gaming peripheral. With the main features of the mouse on the front of the box, the front opens up to display the mouse in its plastic packaging that really screams high quality, especially with the cool magnet that closes the box. Nonetheless, we’re not here to talk about the pretty packaging and the first thing that you notice about the Tyon is its cool appearance.
The mouse itself feels very ergonomic and all the buttons and features are well placed on the peripheral itself. The buttons have enough click force and the scroll-wheel is quite smooth, without it being overly sensitive. The Tyon also has a great feel (13.5cm x 7.8cm x 4.0 cm) and weighs in at just 125grams so it makes it quite natural to navigate and move. Then you have that great gamer appearance with the ROCCAT logo on the bottom right and its two tone build that when linked to its illumination features, one around the scroll wheel and the other on the rim, it looks quite impressive. Add in a braided cable and you have everything you need to get your gear on.
- 1000Hz polling rate
- 1ms response time
- 12000fps, 10.8megapixel
- 30G acceleration
- 3.8m/s (150ips)
- 16-bit data channel
- 1-5mm Lift off distance
- 72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU
- Zero angle snapping/prediction
- 1.8m braided USB cable
Although Windows (version 7 and 8) will automatically detect the Tyon once connected to your PC, you do need to install the software in order to maximise the features of this device. The Tyon software easily allows you to customise all facets of the mouse like button assignment, creating different profiles for certain games, tweaking the speed and of course the colour control. As the mouse boasts 16.8 million colours, you can change the look of the mouse via the illumination which definitely gives it an edge when it comes to appearance.
However opposed to colours you can even create certain effects like breathing to almost make it appear that your mouse is alive. It’s a great little effect. Best of all, tweaking the illumination of the mouse is very easy. Another cool aspect about the software is the ROCCAT Achievements Display that basically gives you all the statistics on your mouse from how many times you clicked the left mouse button to the number of scrolls up. Sure, it doesn’t assist with gaming but it’s quite interesting and the software even awards you achievements.
In terms of performance, we tested the game on a variety of titles that included Battlefield 3 (first person shooter), World of Tanks (vehicle game), Diablo III (Arcade RPG) and Starcraft (RTS) with all titles working exceptionally well on the Tyon. The mouse was extremely fast and the ability to create profiles for certain games really enhanced the overall gaming experience. The trickiest aspect about the mouse is memorising the button placement but from practice, you can easily master it. The mouse is also powered by a 32-bit ARM processor and 576Kb of memory to help power and save your customisation options on the mouse itself.
I’ll also say again that the mouse is very comfortable to use, especially for long gaming sessions and the texture of the mouse does give it additional grip. The X-Celerator analog thumb paddle also worked a treat for vehicle control in World of Tanks but it does take a little getting use too as you want to jump on the keyboard. The two-way fin was another well placed feature of the mouse that helped reduced the overall time I spent on my keyboard which definitely streamlined my gaming experience.
The ROCCAT Tyon is definitely a well-designed gaming mouse that not only has a great ergonomic and comfortable feel but gives users almost unlimited tweaks via its macros. Button placement has been well thought out but does take some time in memorising where everything is. The accuracy and speed is definitely up there with the best gaming mouse and if you’re looking for an additional ace up your gaming sleeve then the Tyon could definitely be that!
The Roccat Tyon is available at EB Games