Pros: I can only imagine how difficult it was to come up with even ONE clever innovation for a mouse, and this mouse has three. The three major innovations in mouse design are:
1) The shift key you press and hold with your thumb works just like the shift key on your keyboard and changes all the buttons to do something else (almost doubling the number of programmable commands, except for the two thumb buttons... unless you have two thumbs of course).
2) The X-Axis thumb control is a very clever addition to the mouse. It is a solidly built paddle lots of potential for use with different game types. Plus you can fiddle with it while waiting impatiently for your server to load faster.
3) The 'fin' style paddle switch on the top of the mouse is a way to get fast access to two more buttons without moving your fingers too far from the main controls. I have large hands and tend to have an arc-grip on the mouse. I can only imagine how great it works if you have huge blubbery meathunk fingers with a flat-grip on the mouse... you'd hardly have to even twitch to activate it.
Not innovations but great features: the buttons situated to the left and right of the main mouse buttons are of better placement than on other mice I have used in this category (like the Logitech G700). I never thought I would actually use those buttons to the top-side of the mouse, but I do now. Some people may think that no weighting system is a con, but personally I think its a pro. I think weights are a fiddly silly add-on for a mouse, try getting a nice gaming mousepad for a real difference. For the amount of tech in this mouse, its worth the $100. This it the expected price point for a mouse of this caliber.
Cons: I miss the two extra thumb buttons on the Logitech G700, this mouse only has two. I tried giving it a stern talking to no avail. Still a superior design overall.
Also the Logitech G700's ability to "unlock" the scroll wheel was really neat, albeit rarely used. So rare in fact I forgot it even had that feature until I accidentally triggered it while trying to repair it and thought "oh riiight."
Overall Review: Software-Lights: Unlike some of the previous comments, the software is great. I admit I was thrown at first when my color options didn't seem to be working... maybe this little trick will help other people too. In the color effects the word "flow" means color-flowing from one color to the next. If you want the mouse to stick with 1 color you have to select "No Color Flow (off)" and the mouse will not change to random colors. So dont go with the flow. Its distracting.
Software-Profiles: You can program each profile with its own light set so you can quickly change to the profile you need for the application you are using. I even have a whole profile for using this mouse at work... macros make me a much more efficient worker because I am lazy. I think I may buy a second one so I dont have to remember to bring it with me every day. I asked my work to buy me one but they laughed. I admit I cant figure out how to turn off a profile I'm not currently using, I just turned off the mouses lights on the profiles I'm not using and skip to one I use (clever right? Yes.) This mouse has 5 personalities and despite therapy refuses to admit it has a problem.
On board memory: The On-Board memory means you can program the mouse on one computer and then transfer the mouse to any computer (even one without the driver software) and keep the macros and buttons you programmed (not a feature unique to this mouse, but one I like and use often). Its like comparing a dumb-phone to a smart-phone. This is a smart-phone-mouse. Except not a phone and with split personalities.
Pros: I am somewhat of a mouse collector as I am always looking for the perfect all in one. I use to use 2 mice, one for shooters and one for rpg type games. I went from an xtd, to g502 to now the Tyon. I have recently also purchased the Nyth however the shape is better for slower twitch games not shooters IMO. I found the g502 almost perfect but was a bit to narrow so it had issues holding it for long gaming sessions. The Tyon just had it all, all the buttons I need, it's laser is amazing, it's a great size and shape for fast shooters while also being rpg friendly. Software is very easy to use and it's been 99 percent issue free. This is only the second mouse to make it into my mouse hall of fame. First was the G9X just fyi.
Cons: For almost exactly 1 day a firmware update made the mouse act funny, next morning it was updated again and fixed. Normally I wait a few days before I update firmware on anything to read about bugs...woops.
Overall Review: I buy a lot of mice and this most likely will continue, I just like testing mice and other PC/tech gear. Modern games IMO need more then the classic few buttons of most "FPS" type mice and rpg mice are made for long comfort and are just slow due to wider shapes in general. Roccat hit a homerun with this one. Very few mice and do it all and not miss a beat. Only mouse right now that comes close IMO is the G502 which I also think is great. Roccat has and will be tops on my list for gaming mice, I see zero need to get another any time soon. Put it in your cart and check out.
Pros: Lots of functional Buttons (32 customizable), Buttons/wheel have a good and quiet feel, analog buttons work as promised, lights make this mouse the most beautiful on the market, software options are through the roof but easily understood.
Cons: Roccat mouse are a nice size and as such may be too big if you have small hands. For me it's perfect though.
PRICE! It's a new product. It's state of the art in functionality and beauty so it deserves a premium. Using it, it's worth it to me as I found a mouse product that'll hopefully last me for years!
Overall Review: I've tried just about every modern MMO mouse/gamer mouse/highly rated prosumer mouses on the market rom the likes of Logitech, Razer, Roccat, Corsair, etc. There was ALWAYS an issue that I didn't like...button placement, clickability, size, battery (wireless), durability, software bugs, weight, price/quality ratio, etc.
The mouse is an all-in-one for just about any game..from MMOs to shooters. The customizability is INSANE and the buttons are larger and more intuitive than the multi-button side mouses...WAY better for MMOs!
If you have the money, it's worth the splurge.
It's the best all-in-one mouse on the market- bar none!
(....I'll update my review if my experience changes dramatically...)
Pros: Linux support
Easy to program
Get to chose your own color scheme
Cons: No weighting system
Overall Review: Bought this to replace my Logitech G504 Proteus. The Proteus is extremely nice, but didn't have proper Linux Support. So far the Tyon has been a worthy successor. I'll probably be sticking to Roccat products from now on due to proper Linux support.
Pros: When it worked it was great. Software allowed you to map all of the mouse buttons to any key you wanted and was very easy to make various profiles.
The X-Accelerator was such a great idea. I hardly had to use the keyboard in most of the games I played.
Cons: The X-Accelerator only lasted about 4 - 6 months. Then it took on a mind of it's own. I called ROCCAT and they tried to help, but the fix they give never lasted longer than a day.
Overall Review: ROCCAT has excellent customer service which is why I've had their Kone XD and Tyon mice, but to break after 4-6 months is a serious QA issue. I did not mash the paddle, you don't need to.
I look forward to their next mouse, but for me the Tyon did not work out that well.
Pros: The buttons are useful and well placed. See cons about x-celerator
Cons: The color choices are more limited than what ROCCAT claims. You can move the crosshair anywhere you want on the custom RGB slider and the software will display a unique color - but when you apply this setting to the mouse - get ready for ZERO change. The light on my mouse is either yellow or orange. But never is my mouse one of the infinite different shades of orange or yellow that the software shows.
Also, from my experience playing Far Cry 4 - I am starting to lose faith that I will ever get the x-celerator analog switch/paddle to function in this game. (It doesn't help that there are not instructions on how to use it). Trying xinput or dinput or even binding the analog paddle to the A and D keys - I cannot get the x-celerator to work. (I would like to use it for steering left and right in a vehicle). Not really sure how it would ever work since the game doesn't recognize xinput/dinputs unless you have a controller plugged in. REALLY wish ROCCAT would put the effort into documenting the use of the x-celerator (or any of their software controlled functions since they have zero information thus far)
Overall Review: Three stars because they don't have documentation and one of their coolest features seems dead in the water.
It's also lame that you can't just go into a game and use the x-celerator to bind a function. You have to use software to make the buttons match up with what you have already set in the game.
Pros: -Comfortable. Excellent for medium and large hands. Hands that don't like what Logitech has been doing with their gaming recent mice should probably look at Roccat.
-Button layout is good and design is workable. You'll know if you're hitting the wrong button by touch so you can avoid pushing the wrong button.
-Customizable RGB lights and buttons. Easy-Shift also gives each button a secondary function so you are doubling the amount of functions for the buttons.
-The analog-paddle can actually be useful if you give it a useful function in Windows. For gaming, I haven't found a use for it, yet.
-Software is easy to use. All Macros are stored on the mouse's memory so no additional software is necessary after customizing the mouse to your needs.
-Unlike to Kone XTD, the slick grips were removed from the sides and replaced with textured grips. Much better.
Cons: -Price tag. MSRP is somewhat high for this mouse. Yes it's customizable but it doesn't have a weight system (not that it really needs it). I'm not sure one can justify the high price tag.
-Laser sensor, not an optical sensor.
-The jury is still out regarding the dorsal fin. I think Roccat should have just left that function on the scroll wheel like on the Kone XTD. Being a separate button and needing the middle of your fingers to use it doesn't make it easy to use.
Overall Review: Bought it locally as I would have to pay for shipping.
I tried a Kone XTD but it had some QC issues and likely the firmware bricked it so I was a little gun-shy when I saw the Tyon. But I liked the shape of the Kone XTD and hand doesn't complain about the shape unlike what Logitech has been doing so I went for the Tyon. So far so good.
Pros: Comfortable with buttons easily accessible with either palm or claw grip unless you have extraordinary, massive hands (my hands are above average-sized, but as a surgeon, I'm fairly dextrous). The buttons throughout the Tyon are uniformly satisfying when clicked, giving both a notable tactile and audible feedback.
If you are familiar with Roccat, which is essentially the best Europe has to offer (and far-ahead of any of our brands like Logitech or Razer), the driver software works well, is well-integrated if you have other Roccat products, and efficient (this is not Razer Synapse). Lighting control is nice, as this is a RGB mouse.
The analog paddle works well and is useful in any game where you might need to do pitch/yaw adjustment OR even for throttling a vehicle.
Cons: There are no weight adjustments... on the other hand, as one who has owned and used mice like Razer Naga, RAT MMO, Logitech G600 (and discarded them all in favor of Roccat Kone XTD, then XTD Optical), I must say that a weight system is nice, but not necessary. If pushing around an extra 20 unces (little more than a pound) is going to consititute a workout for you or improve your body control, you have more issues than what a gaming peripheral maker can do for you.
The mouse is given a non-stick/coated but seemingly good plastic on top and coated rubber to the sides. Time will tell if there is an issue of whether the mouse breaks down or not. It is a value proposition as to whether it would benefit or is really necessary to have aluminum parts (which makes it... lighter?).
The dorsal fin works fine, but I concur that if it were a bit taller, it might be easier for those with tinier fingers or less-nimble abilities if such a T-shaped swithc as the previous reviewer recommended, On the other ahnd, it might make for a more cluttered mouse surface, and as it stands, as a daily user of the Tyon's dorsal fin, its not an issue.
Overall Review: Roccat should be praised for such innovation. $100 is a little steep, then again, neither Logitech or Razer slather their comparable mice with metal... but you get what you pay for (in my opinion) and if you have other Roccat products, its Roocat Talk and Talk FX compatible.. can't beat that.
I actually had a Tyon a few weeks ago, and bricked the mouse with the firmware upgrade. I got a second Tyon from Best Buy as I RMA'd the original back to NewEgg and await it's replacement. The second Tyon had no issues with the firmware upgrade.