Roccat Tyon Gaming Mouse with Analog Thumb Paddle

Editor's Note: While Computex took place last week and all of the news announcements are behind us, we're still sorting through hundreds of in-person meetings and demonstrations, picking out just a few more of the most interesting items we saw up close.

Roccat announced a new gaming mouse at Computex 2014, and it brings a couple of nifty new control methods to your desk. The mouse itself will be known as the Tyon. What sets it apart from the rest of the available mice are new switches.

Before we get there, though, the Tyon follows the typical styling cues from the other mice in Roccat's arsenal. It comes with a nice sleeved cable, comfortable ergonomic design that is suitable for both palm-gripping and claw-gripping, and shows the typical Roccat cat on the back. There is also an LED strip around it; you can change the colors as desired. The color of the LED lighting on the scroll wheel can also be changed.

To demonstrate the mouse to us, our Roccat representative fired up Battlefield 4 and put us in an airplane. The WASD controls remained the same, but rather than using the up and down arrow keys, or moving the mouse up and down to control the pitch, we were instructed to use the thumb operated lever. This lever worked just like an analog joystick control, where pushing it harder would change the pitch even faster. This made mouse-operated flight control very easy, even if you're someone who normally uses the arrow keys to fly. You can also set the thumb operated control to operate the roll or yaw; it's just a matter of what you prefer. Roccat calls this the X-Celerator thumb paddle.

Other specifications of the mouse include that it packs an 8200 DPI laser sensor, a top-mounted fin switch, 576 KB of memory for macro storage, and a polling rate of 1000 Hz for extreme responsiveness.

Pricing is expected to sit at €99.99, with US pricing expected at about $105, or so we were told.

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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.