Roccat Tyon Mouse and Siru Surface Review
As always with a Roccat mouse the packaging is a combination of matte black, ice blue, and piano black for the Roccat logo. All the main features are clearly indicated, and the box opens with a magnet so you can get a good look at it prior to purchase. Although you're doing that by reading this too.
It's impossible to look at the Tyon and not have the primary reaction of "holy smokes, what do all these do?". Somewhere a Mac user is having a heart attack. So let's start at the top. As well as the regular L+R - or M1 and M2 if you want to get precious about it - and scrollwheel, there is a horizontal toggle that rests in the v of your fingers and acts as a sideways scroll, and to the sides there are two pairs of buttons which are initially configured as DPI adjustments and CTRL+ALT, but can be set to anything you desire.
The underside has enormous low friction pads on it that, particularly when combined with the Saru pad, has such an easy glide that you could probably blow the mouse around if needed.
The right hand side of the Tyon is blank, but the left hand side certainly isn't. The two most obvious buttons are the back and forward ones. Below those is the Roccat Easy-Shift[+] button which allows for a separate 16 assignments or, if you have enough, is in the perfect location for a sniper clutch button. Above the back and forward buttons is the undoubted unique selling point of the Tyon, an analogue stick that returns to centre. This could easily be assigned to just jump and crouch, or you could use it to fly helicopters, adjust the throttle on a jet etc.
As befits a flagship mouse the cable is the usual Roccat combination of high quality braiding and a easily identifiable plug.
We're testing the Tyon on the Siru surface, which has to be the thinnest surface we've ever seen. The top side is the slipperiest coating in gaming pad history, and the bottom is entirely grippy, but with nothing between those two surfaces. We'd say it was a millimetre thin but we think even that is overstating it.