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The Roccat Tyon feels like a relic from another age – one where mouse manufacturers frantically tried to cover every surface with buttons in some sort of mad arms race (or fingers race, if you will). Why settle for one button for your index finger when you can have three buttons? And three for the ring finger. While we’re at it, why not build the thumb its own telegraph switchboard?
Cheaper by the dozen
The main draw of the Roccat Tyon is the buttons. Sure, it has an 8,200 DPI laser sensor, the standard 1000Hz polling rate, and a nifty RGB light channel around the bottom of the mouse. But it also has 12 buttons and an analogue paddle that wobbles up and down. What’s more, one of those buttons functions as a modifier key (which Roccat brands “Easy-Shift Technology”), in effect giving you double the button mapping.
There’s left-, right- and middle-click, plus two additional buttons mapped to both the ring and index fingers. Behind the scroll wheel is a paddle that clicks back and forth (digitally). The thumb
does most of the heavy lifting, with two thumb buttons and the modifier button and the aforementioned analogue paddle. It’s a beast of a mouse, and yet surprisingly comfortable, so long as you have moderately large hands and use the ‘correct’ grip. As far as we can tell, the Tyon caters to a threefinger palm grip. In other words, your index, middle, and ring fingers are all located on top of the mouse.
You can get away with other grips, with varying results. Keeping only two fingers on top of the mouse (with the middle finger controlling both the rightclick and the scroll wheel) means your ring finger is in the way of two buttons and your little finger is squeezed for space. Using a claw grip means you lose access to the paddle behind the scroll wheel, though it’s easier to hit the two extra buttons on the index/ring finger. The main question is, as always, whether you actually need this many buttons. Unless you’re playing an MMO or something such as Arma III, it’s doubtful. The button-heavy mouse has fallen out of fashion in most circles for good reason – for most people, six- or eight buttons is the sweet spot. Add more and you’re likely to forget to take advantage.
And the Tyon makes some strange choices. That modifier (Easy-Shift) key, for instance. There’s a button on the thumb rest that is basically an Alt key for your mouse, giving you twice the mapping options. This is great, in theory, but unfortunately, due to the button’s placement, it’s pretty much impossible to hold it down and use the other two thumb buttons at the same time. Plus, since it’s located on the thumb rest, we found ourselves inadvertently pressing it on more than one occasion.
We also wish that the top (digital) paddle and scroll wheel were combined into a tilt wheel as this is one of our favourite mouse features. The Tyon has all the components of a tilt wheel, it’s just that they are split into two pieces. It seems unnecessary, and the placement of the paddle is awkward as hell at the moment.
We like the Tyon better overall than the Naga, though. We’ve always had trouble telling the difference between the Naga’s 12 numberpad-style thumb buttons. The Tyon gives you similar functionality but with more unique button positions.
And really your appreciation for the Tyon will come down to how much time you’re willing to put into fiddling. This isn’t a plug-and-play sort of mouse. Or, at least, not if you want to tap into its full potential. You’re going to need to spend some time deciding how to map each button twice-over. Do so, and some ingenious control schemes open up, though. Change weapons by flicking the analogue paddle back and forth. Melee by hitting the left mouse while the modifier key is held down. The Tyon has a ton of functionality, if you’ve got the patience and the creativity.
If you are in the market for a button-heavy mouse, the Tyon is probably our favourite though. It’s much more intuitive to me than the Naga-style numberpad design, and I found myself missing the Easy-Shift function once I went back to a different mouse. Plus, you’ll find it for a much more reasonable £49.99 online.
It’s a beast of a mouse, and yet surprisingly comfortable, so long as you have moderately large hands and use the ‘correct’ grip