Roccat’s range of high end peripherals have been making waves in the PC gaming market as of late. I recently got to get to grips with the Nyth, their newest mouse, with an unheard of amount of customisation and 18 (yes, 18) buttons, the Nyth is a unique proposition that initially points itself at the MMO market, but also takes aim at the extremely competitive FPS gaming mouse market as well. How does it stack up against the competition?
Product: Roccat Nyth
Yes, you read that right up in the header. The Roccat Nyth has a staggering 18 buttons on it, including a whopping 12 on the thumb pad. What sets the Nyth apart from the likes of the Razer Naga, however, is that these 12 buttons are completely customisable. Each and every one of the buttons can be removed, replaced or combined to make double width buttons. The modular nature of this mouse means that you’ll probably never have the same setup as someone else who owns a Nyth. If not from a hardware stance, then it will definitely by unique when you go into the multitude of software options that Roccat’s new “Swarm” driver as well.
First up, let’s talk about the buttons. With your average array on the top of the mouse (left/right click, scroll wheel, a left/right “fin”), there’s also a “fast shift” button, which alters every singly button’s function dependent on the setup in the Swarm software. On the side, however, is where the real meat of the Nyth lies. Those 12 modular buttons, sat there begging to be tinkered with. The Nyth comes with a box containing 25 additional sections to replace the standard “full 12” combination. This allows you to replace them with as many single, or double width buttons as you can fit on there, as well as blanking plates to separate certain areas of the mouse if you see fit to. The customization is a fantastic addition to what is already a high-end mouse, and allows you to completely tailor every aspect of the hardware to your individual taste.
With the rest of the hardware, there is a 12,000 dpi sensor, which Roccat claim can be adjusted in 1dpi increments, if you see fit, as well as having a smorgasbord of adjustments that can be made in the software to fine-tune your experience. If you want it to avoid accidental clicks, you can set the click accuracy to do so. If you want to adjust the lift-off distance for smoother aiming and movement, you can do. In fact, there’s not a huge deal you can’t do that you’d want to do with a mouse. With the degree of hardware adjustments that can be made, Roccat have done an excellent job with the Swarm software, allowing granular control over every single button and segment of the Nyth. It will also recognize the game that you’re playing and adjust the settings on the fly for you. Reload set to button 1 on the thumb pad for Counter Strike? Not an issue. The very same button being an attack command in Star Wars: The Old Republic? You can do that to. It makes the mouse an incredibly versatile tool, and if you’re coupling it with a decent keyboard, it’s hard to imagine a setup that you wouldn’t be able to achieve with the two.
Also included with the Nyth is a pair of hot-swappable palm grips. If you want to have a claw grip, you can use the default one for that. I find myself using the palm-style grip, but it’s incredibly easy to switch due to the fact they’re held on with magnets, allowing you to easily pop them off and replace them.
In terms of how the Nyth feels, I couldn’t find a fault. It picks up superbly on pretty much any surface (Roccat also provided a Taito gaming surface with the Nyth for this review), and I never once blamed it for a poor performance. Changing dpi and sensitivity on the fly using the shift button and fin was a little bit fiddly at first but I soon got used to it, and it quickly became second nature to me to switch to a setting that was easier to aim and back again in the blink of an eye. The mass of buttons on the side feels natural after a few sessions as well, and once you’ve gotten your head round it, it’s really hard to give those extra buttons up.
Possibly the only complaint I would have about the Nyth is the fiddly nature of removing the buttons. You need to slide a switch on the bottom, which then releases a latch inside. This would be fine, but removing individual buttons on their own is a little harder than it looks, as there’s not a huge amount of purchase on them. However, it’s a small complaint given the understandable nature of the buttons themselves, and it’s unlikely you’ll be swapping buttons out constantly once you’ve found “your” setup. One of the cooler features of the Nyth (that should be arriving at the end of August) is that you can 3D-Print your own buttons, building on templates that Roccat will provide through their website. I saw a few examples of 3D printed buttons at Gamescom, and it’s definitely something that could help you customise your experience even more.
Whilst the Nyth won’t make you a pro gamer, it will certainly give you a lot more options to play with. I managed to turn my “distinctly average” Titanfall sessions into “slightly above average” due to having regular commands at the end of my thumb rather than reaching across and hitting the wrong key at the wrong moment in the heat of battle. If you’ve found yourself asking “How much?!” or “How many buttons?!” at any point during this review, then the chances are that the Nyth isn’t for you. However, if you’re willing to drop good money on a high end peripheral, it’s hard to look past the Roccat Nyth as a serious contender for the mice on the market right now.