ROCCAT Tyon Review: The Multi-Button Expert

The ROCCAT Tyon was able to pull off a staggering 14 buttons, yet succeeded in making the overall build manageable.

Goodbye Misclicks, Hello Functionality

Are you an FPS or MMO type of guy? FPS mice are usually preferred with fewer buttons, whereas MMO mice are the exact opposite. Either way, the number of buttons is an important requirement and a major field in your checklist of factors in buying a gaming mouse.   

Say, you answered ‘MMO’. This genre is played better off with more buttons, but then you have to consider the possibility of cluttered peripheral. In fact, it could be worse than something overly conservative. The  ROCCAT Tyon was able to pull off a staggering 14 buttons, yet succeeded in making the overall build manageable.  

How did they pull this off? Does the impressive number of buttons correspond to some special extra functions? I reviewed this mouse to see if it could earn a spot as one of the best gaming mice out there. Let’s get started with the ROCCAT Tyon Black to see how it fared under my intense inspection. 

ROCCAT Tyon Black - All Action Multi-Button Gaming Mouse
  • Achieve ultimate precision with the 8200 DPI Pro Aim Laser Senso
  • ROCCAT Easy-Shift button duplicator technology allows for a secondary function on each mouse button for endless configuration possibilities
  • 14 programmable mouse buttons, Fin Switch, as well as X-Celerator thumb button for increased command and control
  • Natural form-fitting design and solid structure for ergonomic comfort
  • Customizable two-level light system allows you to personalize the look of your scroll wheel and mouse rim

Ergonomics and Design 

At first glance, the ROCCAT Tyon will give you a sense of class. With its muted grey and black accents, it is unmistakably a high-end looking mouse. Though it seems that ROCCAT has been busy with buttons, the simple two-tone design and preference for soft contours is a perfect match-up. You will also like how the ROCCAT logo manages to blend well, and not stand out in an annoying manner. Something that I admire, much like how Logitech manages to control their branding. 

Tyon’s overall contouring is extremely solid. Clearly, this is not an ambidextrous mouse, but the sloped shape is conducive to both palm and claw grippers. The height in the center is sufficient and offers good palm support. 

The texture of the main body is not as soft as I would like. The black sides aren’t furnished with soft-touch plastic or rubber. Instead, they opted for a hard, rough finish. It is also not that grippy and doesn’t feel as refined as other gaming mice on the market. There are two color variations of this mouse – black and white. 

Balance and Weight 

The ROCCAT Tyon is not that big, nor too small. It will suit medium-sized hands. With dimensions of 4.5cm X 8.0cm X 12.6cm, it will fit most gamers. The weight is something to consider, though. Its 128g weight might be cumbersome to FPS players, but then again this is more of a preference thing. I do wish that they included some kind of weight customization like the Logitech G403 Prodigy to combat this.

Features and Performance 

The ROCCAT Tyon is equipped with the Pro-Aim Laser Sensor R3. It has up to 8,200dpi, a 1000Hz polling rate, and a 1ms response time. With these specs it is really geared to perform well on different genres, not to mention it’s 14 button schemes. 

ROCCAT claims that the Tyon is the next evolution in combat gaming peripherals. For real. It is easy to assume that it is just another high-end gaming mouse with loads of buttons. Unlike other mice, the extras in the Tyon are thoughtfully positioned and serve some well-defined functions. 

Buttons 

The button placement on the Tyon is excellent. This is impressive given the seemingly ridiculous number. Like the ROCCAT Leadr, it sports 14 buttons, fortunately, they built it in a way to make every button distinct and accessible. 

The main buttons offer the first-class response. They are sandwiched between two button sections, I never experienced any misclicks. 

The scroll wheel is lightweight, covered in fine, thick, and grippy rubber finish with sharp notches. It will also demand no extra effort to tap for a middle click. 

There are back and forward buttons that are positioned right under the thumb. They are strategically placed to deter accidental clicks and still allow easy access. 

The Dorsal Fin-Switch is a two-way button that can be controlled without having to adjust your hand during crucial moments. It is especially useful when playing Overwatch, you can use skills and items on the fly without adjusting your grip. 

Another button is the ROCCAT® EASY-SHIFT [+] ™ or the button duplicator technology. It is great for allotting buttons for switching profiles or just adding extra functions like a melee attack in Call of Duty. It’s also very convenient for normal tasks like shortcuts for Photoshop or Microsoft apps. 

The X-Celerator is a single-axis analog thumb paddle that is designed for your convenience. During testing, I noticed that I can tilt left and right, pitch up and down, increase and decrease throttle while maintaining control. 

There are also extra buttons that can be found on the right side of the right-click. You will find it useful for designating functions such as tossing a grenade, reloading or changing weapons. 

Sensors and Gaming 

Under the hood, the ROCCAT Tyon is powered by the Pro-Aim Laser Sensor R3. According to ROCCAT the Tyon is ideal for FPS and MMO gaming. Confirmed. 

My PUBG experience was seamless, thanks to the easy maneuvering and extra button functions. The 1000Hz polling rate and 1ms response time were evident and my performance improved. 

Reassigning commands to the Tyon resulted in a better gaming session with Elder Scroll Online. As for overall tracking performance, I found it impeccable. It did not disappoint, as I never experienced lag or any unintended acceleration which is fatal in competitive gaming. I also checked if it will fare well as a MOBA mouse. Surprisingly those extra buttons came handy during my DOTA 2 matches; I transferred some hotkey combos to them. Profit.

Connectivity 

Sadly, wireless junkies, this is a wired mouse. It came with a 1.8m braided USB cable. It is firm enough to be called heavy duty and soft enough to maneuver.

Software and Lighting 

Assigning new functions to ROCCAT Tyon buttons can be done via the ROCCAT Talk FX software. There are options for each button and a recorder for programming macro commands. They also added an extensive pre-configured option for some popular games. If you want personalization, you have the 576kB onboard memory at your disposal. 

With so many customization options I feel kind of overwhelmed. The software is not exactly user-friendly and will take some time to get used to. 

This mouse has a 16.8M multicolor illumination. I find the RGB quite pretty. Not overblown but still flashy enough to exude gamer vibes. 

Final Verdict 

The ROCCAT Tyon is an ideal choice for both casual and competitive players. This is a heavy gaming-grade piece of equipment with a ton of additional buttons and features to make your gaming experience better. It is suitable for both fast and slow-paced games and can adjust to your requirements. However, its weight might be an issue for some gamers, and the dedicated software is not that easy to use. The build quality of the Tyon is great, and ROCCAT was pretty considerate with gamers’ hand placement convenience. 

Overall, gamers switching multiple genres will find a handy companion in the Tyon, especially those of you who want loads of buttons but have a certain degree of ‘misclickophobia.’ 

ROCCAT Tyon Black - All Action Multi-Button Gaming Mouse
  • Achieve ultimate precision with the 8200 DPI Pro Aim Laser Senso
  • ROCCAT Easy-Shift button duplicator technology allows for a secondary function on each mouse button for endless configuration possibilities
  • 14 programmable mouse buttons, Fin Switch, as well as X-Celerator thumb button for increased command and control
  • Natural form-fitting design and solid structure for ergonomic comfort
  • Customizable two-level light system allows you to personalize the look of your scroll wheel and mouse rim
Andrew is arguably the geekiest member of our team. He has a knack for new gaming hardware and awesome gadgets. Although Overwatch is his current favorite, he thinks the Counter Strike Global Offensive is the best shooter of all times. He is constantly hunting for news about new hero releases and patches. Andrew believes that playing video games is not just a hobby but a way of life. He regards his job at RealGear as a way of helping fellow gamers make the most of their gameplay by writing reviews about the hardware he uses and the FPS/ RTS he plays.

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