Review: ROCCAT Nyth gaming mouse
The wait was worth it
ROCCAT has been a company I have been interested in since I saw their products in person at PAX East 2016. I asked to see their keyboards as I heard a lot of great things about the German company. I was blown away by how sturdy they are built and how well they responded. I was just as impressed by their mice. I fell in love with the Nyth, but they didn’t have enough stock to buy it. Now, two years later, ROCCAT has finally provided me with a sample unit to review, and I am still impressed.
I have used MMO and shooter-centric mice before, but I haven’t had any experience with a “modular” mouse. The Nyth is a great mouse, to begin with, but the cherry on top is the customizable features. You can swap out the right side for a slim or fatter grip, while the left has 12 swap-able macro buttons. You can choose between different sizes, widths, and options. Don’t need all 12 buttons? You can insert the buttons for six wider buttons, or any combination your heart desires. There is a full case of buttons for you to select from that snap right into the body. The Nyth is built of matte plastic, clicky macro buttons, and braided USB 2.0 cable. The look and feel of the Nyth is a combination of beastly and slick.
Surprisingly, the mouse fits better in my hands with the wider grip. I have small hands, so I expected the slimmer hold to be more comfortable. The wider grip allowed my pinky and ring finger to sit comfortably on the mouse for better control and handling. I noticed it immediately when I hopped into a few games of Battalion: 1944, my aim was quicker. After a few tests, I saw that it was because the tips of my fingers weren’t creating a drag on my mouse pad. After I figured this out, I promptly wrapped up my Corsair mouse and decided the Nyth was my new primary mouse.
The macro keys are a bit of a hassle to change, but with a bit of shaking they come loose. There is a latch at the bottom of the mouse that holds the keys in place, but getting a grip to prevent the latch from sliding back into the locked position is annoying. However, once you figure out the right configuration for you, then there won’t be a need to mess with them again. Worried about accidentally pressing buttons? Don’t. The Nyth’s macro buttons are bulky that you won’t bump or push one or multiple by mistake. Accidental button presses are something I ran into with my Razer Naga, but ROCCAT has avoided this well.
You can program the buttons with ROCCAT’s Swarm software, and program the mice’s LEDs. There is a band under the left side, and the ROCCAT Nyth logo on top with programmable RGB lighting. The left band isn’t noticeable, but it looks cool nonetheless. Swarm allows you to set the mouse’s DPI all the way to 12,000 along with five individual DPI stages for on-the-go switching, and a polling rate up to 1,000 Hz. You can set the Nyth to whatever settings you prefer. Swarm also offers heatmap signatures and other fun features.
Needless to say, I was blown away by what ROCCAT had to offer with the Nyth. The Nyth is an older mouse, but even after all these years and technological advances, ROCCAT has prepared to make a name for themselves. As they continue to launch new products along with updating the previous ones, the German company is showing that they are dedicated to creating an ecosystem all gamers can enjoy. If they keep producing products like this, then my set up will be consumed of all ROCCAT products. I mean, for $80, you are getting a multi-functional gaming mouse that is customizable and modular. What else can you ask?
A sample unit was provided to KnowTechie for the purpose of this review.