Review: Roccat Nyth Crazy Customization
The first time I Saw the Roccat Nyth was among the busy booths of PAX: East. Roccat had prime placement this year, with a large booth on the central isle way showing off the various awesome peripherals that were on offer. I had my eye on the XTD’s shiny lights, but the rep at the booth stopped me short, pointing me to their Nyth. “Well” I said “I am not much of an MMO player these days a full set of buttons on the side is a little overkill for me.” “well” the rep said “lets get rid of some of them then” He then proceeded to remove the three rows of 4 buttons leaving an open hole. He then snapped in a new configuration of 6 wider buttons where there had been 12 buttons before.
So, that was my first encounter with the Nyth. Now I have one in front of me, graciously provided by Roccat, to review. So lets get down to business and start with the good stuff. The Roccat Nyth is a 7.8cm wide and 12.9cm long, 120g, MMO mouse. It’s got a 1.8m braided cable. It features Roccat’s Twin-Tech Laser Sensor R1 with up to 12000dpi, a 1000Hz polling rate, and a 1ms response time. It technology does not stop there; this is after all a fully featured MMO mouse.
It also comes with an adjustable lift off distance, and adjustable click accuracy to try and compensate for smaller movements. This mouse is so advanced it comes with its own 72Mhz Turbo core V2 ARM CPU and 576kB onboard memory. Its designed for windows only, which is a point against it because that many extra buttons would be amazing when editing video on a MAC. It also of course comes with Roccats software, which is called Roccat Swarm and which I will talk about a little later.
All of those fancy buttons and shiny technology pieces don’t count for much unless the mouse feels good in your hand. Aesthetically the mouse is rather ugly, function is emphasized here over form. Unlike most mice with their sweeping lines and voluptuous curves, the Nyth is a brick. It’s square and has this large protrusion for the modular buttons on the left side. The top features a dorsal fin, and a rather nice clicky scroll wheel. It’s clear that this mouse was designed for features, not for looks. I don’t think this is a bad thing, as anyone buying this mouse is more concerned with what it can do, than how it looks.
I was happily surprised to find that the Nyth’s dark grey exterior had a rubberized feel. For 91$ the Nyth should feel like premium mouse, and it does. The grip has just enough hold to keep your hand, even when sweaty from long raids, on the mouse. The button placement is very ergonomic except for the large black dorsal fin switch which sits just a little bit too far back for my hand. The scroll wheel is clicky rather than free rolling, which some people may not like. There are two side grips on the right side that can be interchanged. One seems to be to accommodate smaller hands while the other is made for more average hands. Large hands may have trouble as the dorsal switch and button placement might make it difficult to use the mouse. These grips are hot swapable and are held in place by magnets. These magnets are one of my favorite features. Finally there are two separate lit up areas. A sort of ribbon on the back of the mouse, and the Roccat logo both light up independently. The Swarm software allows you to set many different types of lighting and effects for these two areas.
After using the mouse for a few weeks, I have concluded a few things. First off I love this mouse. My hand doesn’t hurt even after the longest of streaming sessions. The modable buttons are pretty awesome. I found 12 to be too many so I am using the 6 configuration which is perfect for many MOBA games. Overall the Nyth feels premium, I don’t feel like I bought a 10$ Chinese import off amazon, it’s got a hefty weight, the buttons have a solid press, and the lights are pretty and bright. I have yet to find any major issues, and my only real complaint is that the dorsal fin button seems kind of useless for my gaming needs.
By far the feature that will sell most Nyth’s is the modular buttons. As I mentioned when I first saw the mouse at PAX, this guy can basically do any anything. Getting your Nyth is a bit like Christmas, each mouse comes with a lovely black box, with an inlaid Roccat logo and bit of blue foam peeking out from inside. Opening the box reveals a bevy of buttons, 33 in total. These 33 buttons combine to form hundreds of different combinations on the left side of the mouse. The only limits here are you imagination because, you can even print your own buttons if you so desire. The right side grip is also interchangeable as mentioned above. All told the 18 buttons on the mouse can combine with a Roccat’s easy shift technology to give you 39 total buttons on your mouse. That is a lot of buttons. Now I know what your saying, I only see 18 buttons on that that mouse! well that’s where the easy shift comes in. Easy shift is itself a button, placed next to scroll wheel, and you can press it to rapidly shift from one button profile to the next! So its button-ception.
I currently have 6 medium sized buttons on my NYTH. I found 6 to be a golden amount for me since I play MOBA’s a lot. If I was still playing MMO’s a lot I might want to have 12 buttons on the side (the remaining 6 are on top) but my MMO days are behind me so 6 works just fine. I feel like Roccat is cheating a little bit by calling this mouse completely modular, since it only offers one weight. Most hi end gaming mice offer adjustable weights and some even go so far as to let you adjust where the weight is. The Nyth is just the one weight, its quite heavy, but particularly FPS players may not like that.
Roccats Swarm software allows you to map every single button you set up. You can run macros, you can set up single button presses, and if you have the time you can probably program a robot with it. That’s good because having all of these buttons wouldn’t mean much if you couldn’t do anything with them. the Swarm software is split in to three tabs, settings, buttons, and advanced. There is also a profile manager and a macro manager, to help you set up the mouse. The software will store separate profiles, and save your settings to those profiles to make it easier to switch between games. You can store profiles in the Nyth’s onboard memory, meaning when you take your mouse to Bobby’s house all of your macros come with you. This also means the Nyth is 100% not tournament legal.
There are an immense amount of features in the settings tabs of the Swarm software, including advanced ones like X and Y axis sensitivity, DPI settings, double click speed, and the Nyths lighting. there are dozens more settings and techchies will be immensely pleased with all of the tweaking you can do to the settings. I don’t do any of that because im not techy, but if that’s your thing more power to you Roccat says, and gives you the options.
After two solid weeks of using the Nyth, I can recommend it to anyone who wants buttons, so many buttons. I wish the dorsal fin was one of the modular pieces, so I could tear it off, but other than that, this mouse is very sexy. There are absolutely cheaper alternatives, but as far as I am aware there is nothing that offers the customization that Nyth does available right now. Heck, you can even 3D print your own buttons or side grip if you want to, and use them instead of the provided ones. If you play MMO’s or MOBA’s or you just really like clicking buttons, this mouse is good for you. If you are a typical FPS player, maybe check out one of Roccat’s other mice instead.
It’s really hard to express just how much customization you can do to this mouse. There’s isn’t anything else out there that offers the degree of control that the Nyth + the Roccat Swarm software give you. That being said, I give the Nyth a solid 4.5/5. It’s an investment but if you are the right kind of gamer, its one you should be looking in to.