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Roccat Tyon Review

Roccat Tyon Review

A few years ago Roccat created the basis for one of the best gaming mice we have ever tested, the Kone. It proved to be a very popular mouse and over the time since then Roccat have revised the design and specification a number of times, tailoring it for different consumer needs and peaking with the exceptional Kone XTD . Now it is time for them to look at something new and today we cover that in our Roccat Tyon Review. This is a mouse with fins…

Roccat Tyon Review – Packaging and Bundle

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Roccat stick with familiar packaging on the Tyon and that means on the front we get a nice clear image of the product along with a number of blurbs/logos giving us key information. The front flips open to reveal the mouse encased in plastic and then upon opening the box we find a basic bundle, just an installation guide.

Roccat Tyon Review – The Raivo Gaming Surface

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Before we look at the Tyon it is worth taking a quick look at one of Roccats latest gaming surfaces which we used with the mouse while testing for this review. The Raivo is a hard surface measuring 350x270x2mm and uses a micro granular top. Three designs are available and all feature the wrist cut-away along with the dirt resistant coating. The pad also has a built in semi-flexible support plate which ensures it will not warp over time and on the base we find a rubber surface with “hard traction orbs” which stop the pad from moving on our desk.

Roccat Tyon Review – The Mouse

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The Tyon is shown above and in many ways it looks like an extreme evolution of the Kone XTD. The body is 13.5×7.8x4cm, weighs 126g and has a top surface which is rubber coated with Roccat branding applied. On the edges of the left and right buttons we have two extra buttons which are configurable as is the clickable scroll wheel. The we have the Dorsal Fin Switch. It features a left and right click and is designed to allow quick execution of commands.

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Turning to the sides of the mouse we see that they are a textured plastic. The right side is blank but the same can’t be said of the left side. Over there the first item of note is a new position for the Easy-Shift[+] button, on the bottom edge. Easy-Shift allows us to double up the functions of the mouse as pressing it activates an alternate command for each button.  Above the Easy-Shift and thumb grove we find two thumb buttons and then there is a completely new feature… the X-Celerator Analog paddle. This single axis paddle allows us to (for example) tilt, pitch and throttle in games or change image zoom level in our OS.

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Looking at the base of the Tyon we find two large low friction feet and a large information sticker. In the centre is our Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor with a maximum DPI of 8200. The Tyon also features a 72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-Bit ARM based processor with 576KB of memory for storage and it connects to our PC by 1.8m braided cable and USB 2.0 connector. The polling rate is 1000Hz with 1ms response time and a 16-bit data channel. In terms of speed we have 12000fps (10.8mp) with 30G acceleration, 3.8m/s and 150ips. Our lift off distance can be tailored to 1-5mm.

Roccat Tyon Review – Software

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Roccat use a standard installer for their driver/software and when we then attempt to launch the control panel for the first time a window appears informing us that the Firmware will be updated (if necessary). This process happens quickly and easily with only a couple of button clicks required by the user. At the end of the update we simply unplug the mouse and plug it in again to complete the process. With the driver installed and firmware updated we gain access to the mouse settings. This application splits various configuration options into tabs with the first being Main Control. Main Control allows us to change the key functions of the mouse and organise profiles. There are sliders for sensitivity, vertical scroll speed and horizontal tilt speed. The right hand column allows us to tweak the DPI settings, we have 5 settings available. Double click speed can also be configured and along the bottom of the screen are profile options. We can assign one profile to Windows use and point each at .exe files so that they automatically activate when a game or application is launched. In addition to this we can also load and save profiles, ideal for sharing with friends or team members.

The next tab is Button Assignment and in there we configure two main profiles. The first is the standard assignment for all buttons. These can be given functions from a pre-determined list and it is also possible to record macro’s on each using the inbuilt editor. The Button Assignment screen also allows us to configure the EasyShift[+] button. As noted earlier EasyShift[+] works much like the shift button on a keyboard. Press it along with another button and a secondary function is actioned. In addition to user Macro’s, standard and EasyShift[+] profiles Roccat have also included settings for some of the most popular games such as World of WarCraft.

One of the most interesting and useful screens within the Roccat software is the Advanced Control tab. In here we can fine tune aspects such as sensitivity. Also present in advanced settings for the Tyon is lift-off distance, Tracking Control and sound feedback. The Roccat software has a built in voice which sounds when we perform one of four actions with the mouse. Profile Switch, DPI switch, Volume up/down and Sensitivity change are all accompanied with a message from the Roccat voice telling us the change has taken place. The idea with this is that when gaming or in an application we know the change has taken place without having to watch for an on-screen message or switch to the control panel. This should allow people to maintain full focus on their game or application of choice.

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Next up is the Color Control tab which lets us configure the LED sections on the mouse. One on the scroll wheel and then another trail which runs round the base of the mouse. We can change between fully on (with flow), breathing, blinking, heartbeat and off with up to 16.8 million colours available.  Also worthy of note is that this is a Roccat Talk compatible product which allows us to combine functionality between one of their keyboards and the Tyon, or even have the same game actioned lighting effects applied.

Finally we have the R.A.D tab which allows us to track the use of our mouse and awards tropies as the stats climb and then we have a support tab for connecting to Roccat and downloading the latest drivers. The latest version of the Roccat software can be downloaded here.

Roccat Tyon Review – User Experience and Conclusion


Starting with the build quality of the Tyon we have a sturdy feeling mouse. It feels solid when we put a lot of pressure on the body and we noted no defects on the finish. Moving the lighting to the bottom edge of the mouse is a nice touch as far as looks go and pale blue mixed with the body colours used here looks great. Upon unboxing the mouse we were a bit disappointed that the sides were textured plastic rather than the soft touch coating used on top however when in use it is barely noticeable.

In terms of the extra buttons, fin and paddle we were a little on the fence. The left/right mouse button extras are pretty standard. it is easy enough to action the first button on each, the ones closest to the front can be a bit of a stretch. The top fin essentially replaces the scroll wheel left/right and in some ways is a little awkward. Where as we can use the end of our left or right click fingers to action the scroll wheel, our first finger (left button) has to move a long way to action the fin. The end of our second finger (right button) is just not suited to this task, unless we hit it with the middle of our finger which like the left feels awkward. Really the fin needed to be further forward to minimise travel time and ease of action for mid finger presses. In our time using the mouse we also accidentally hit the Easy-Shift button on numerous occasions, it certainly is easy to press but the new location means that we accidentally press it when grabbing the mouse. On the plus side when in desktop mode pressing that button on its own does nothing, so it isn’t too much of a problem but in game some may want to disable it. So, the analog paddle (X-celerator). That we like. It isn’t really possible to use it in conjunction with other thumb buttons but the options it opens up for enhanced control are impressive. Here are a couple of examples:

When using the mouse we found the buttons to be a bit more in the soft side than the Kone XTD, and we preferred the feel of the older mouse. That has a very distinct (some would say harsh) click and to us that feels better. For the overall performance though of the Tyon was excellent, both on our own surface and the Raivo which Roccat sent with the mouse. We noticed no tracking issues and the speed and accuracy were top notch. We also love Roccats software/control panel. It is packed with functionality but never becomes confusing. Each screen is intuitive and within minutes we can have the mouse configured perfectly for our needs.

We don’t feel that Roccat got the design of the Tyon spot on, which they did with the Kone XTD, however the performance can’t be faulted. That mixed with the interesting options that X-Celerator opens up means it wins our performance award.

Performance Award

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Stuart Davidson


  1. It looks like a very good mouse. I would rather have it a texture plastic on the top too instead of the rubberised/soft thingy, cause they are a bitch to clean.
    Still, no mouse is perfect.
    The softer click on the buttons hopefully translates to a quieter click too.
    The analog controller is a great idea.
    Is the driver/software one of those that require the PC to be online to work? Or was that just a Razer thing?
    It looks like a solid product, thank you for the review.
    The softer click on the buttons hopefully translates to a quieter click too.
    The analog controller is a great idea.
    Is the driver/software one of those that require the PC to be online to work? Or was that just a Razer thing?

  2. How can I use the buttons for world of warcraft? .-.

  3. One of the most interesting options on the market in my opinion.
    Nice review!

  4. Tesbux

    Hi, I’m writing because lately I’ve troubles with this mouse and software because I save the profiles and then load them but randomly it seems to forget them and it turns to default. What am I doing wrong? Please Help!

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