ROCCAT Burst Pro review
Quick verdict: The ROCCAT Burst Pro delivers a unique spin on ultralight honeycomb gaming mice that couples rock-solid performance with accessible design at a reasonable price.
- Very light and easy to whip around
- Considerably sturdier than a lot of ultralight mice
- Ambidextrous design supports both left- and right-handed gamers
- Titan switches are stiffer than competing optical switches
- Lacks fully-rubberised grips for extra control
- Only one dedicated DPI button
Honeycomb shells are the latest trend in ultra-light gaming mice. By replacing solid plastic with hexagonal latticework, manufacturers can cut down on weight without resorting to light and flimsy materials.
One of the latest brands to jump onboard the honeycomb train is ROCCAT. It has applied the design to two new mice: the ROCCAT Burst Core and the ROCCAT Burst Pro. The latter is the higher-end model with a more-precise optical sensor and RGB functionality, and it's the one I've been testing for the last week. I've come away quite impressed by its performance. Let's dig into the details to find out why.
- Covered honeycomb shell keeps weight down while protecting internal components from dust and dirt
- Symmetrical design is suitable for left- and right-handed folks
- Impressively sturdy for such a light mouse
ROCCAT's first foray into honeycomb mice is a little different from the competition. Rather than the exposed Swiss-cheese appearance of most honeycomb mice, the ROCCAT Burst Pro hides its honeycomb lattice beneath a solid, translucent shell. This shell is thin and light enough to keep the weight of the mouse down to a svelte 68g, while at the same time protecting its sensitive insides from dust, dirt and other errant particles.
The Burst Pro traces a sleek, symmetrical shape suitable for both right- and left-handed folks. The two thumb buttons on the left side might be a bit hard for lefties to operate, however. While the symmetrical approach lacks the comfortable contours of a dedicated single-handed mouse like ROCCAT's own Kone Pure Ultra, the Burst Pro feels great in the hand. Its sides curve inwards just enough to accommodate the shape of the thumb, with its wider base providing extra support to the palm.
Rather than fully coating its sides with rubber grip as many gaming mice do, the Burst Pro opts for a lightly-textured coating to help keep your thumb from slipping. It's not as effective as a rubberised grip, but it was sufficient to keep my thumb in place even as sweat started to build up over longer gaming sessions.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Burst Pro's design is how sturdy it is. Despite its lightweight frame, it feels rock solid, significantly more so than many other ultralight mice. Its resilient shell feels more than capable of handling its fair share of adrenaline-fuelled hand clenches and frantic mouse movements.
Taking a cue from Razer's book, ROCCAT has outfitted the Burst Pro with a custom cable solution it dubs PhantomFlex. Like Razer's SpeedFlex tech, the PhantomFlex cable is designed to minimise friction and to slide smoothly across objects and surfaces without catching or tangling. It does just that, allowing for freedom of movement impressively close to a completely wireless experience.
Part of the pitch behind the Burst Pro is the inclusion of the "world's first" heat-treated PTFE mouse feet. ROCCAT claims this leads to better performance, though I can't say I noticed any significant difference compared to mice with non-treated PTFE feet. Nevertheless, the Burst Pro glided smoothly and swiftly across my mouse pad throughout my testing.
- Lightweight design allows for fast movements with minimal effort
- Owl-Eye optical sensor tracks precisely and reliably
- Titan optical switches are a little stiff
Thanks to its lightweight design, the ROCCAT Burst Pro requires minimal effort to whip around. Chasing agile demons in DOOM Eternal is a cinch. I was able to dial the sensitivity down lower than I normally do, enabling more precise adjustments while still allowing for big sweeping movements with minimal exertion.
Key to that precision is the Owl-Eye optical sensor powering the Burst Pro. Supporting sensitivity levels from 50 DPI up to 16,000 DPI, it tracked my every movement flawlessly in-game and out. I had no trouble dialling in headshots on moving foes in Destiny 2, nor did I struggle to home in on enemy weak points in DOOM Eternal.
That's not the only optical technology contained within the Burst Pro. Each button houses ROCCAT's custom Titan optical switches that detect clicks using light sensors instead of the mechanical ones common in older and less-advanced mice. ROCCAT claims the switches are faster than their mechanical counterparts and rates them for a lifespan of 100 million clicks.
While the firm and clear feedback of the switches makes me confident they'll last a good long while, their speed doesn't quite live up to expectations. The left and right mouse buttons especially require more effort to press than the optical switches on, for instance, the Razer DeathAdder V2. Rapid clicking is noticeably slower and takes more of a toll on your fingers. It's not a huge issue most of the time, but it could have a measurable impact on your actions per minute (APM) in click-heavy games like StarCraft and DOTA.
The Burst Pro's scroll wheel, on the other hand, is unreservedly excellent. Its ridged surface feels nice and provides plenty of grip. Scrolling delivers clear feedback with each incremental step, and clicking the wheel itself is fast and precise.
I appreciate ROCCAT's decision to supersize all the buttons on the Burst Pro. The left and right buttons, thumb buttons and DPI button are all large enough that you don't need to go hunting for them in the heat of battle. At the same time, they're smartly positioned so as to reduce the chance of accidentally bumping them while shifting your fingers.
- Eight remappable inputs with support for secondary mappings through EasyShift functionality
- Plenty of customisable performance settings through the ROCCAT Swarm app
- Honeycomb shell produces RGB lighting that stands apart from the competition
The ROCCAT Burst Pro delivers the features you'd expect from a gaming mouse, customisable through the ROCCAT Swarm desktop app.
All eight of the Burst Pro's inputs (six buttons plus up and down on the scroll wheel) can be remapped to other functions using a simple interface in the Swarm app. Along with other mouse buttons or keyboard keys, you can assign system-level functions like adjusting the volume or opening up a specific app. There's macro support, too, so you can record a series of commands or inputs to be executed with a single button press. If eight mappings aren't enough, you can leverage ROCCAT's EasyShift feature to define a second set of mappings accessible while holding down a button or key of your choosing.
The Burst Pro supports five sensitivity tiers you can cycle through using the dedicated DPI button below the scroll wheel. The Swarm app lets you customise each tier, setting the sensitivity anywhere from 50 DPI up to 16,000 DPI in 50 DPI increments. If you're really keen, you can set the X and Y axes' sensitivity independently for each tier so that horizontal movement is faster than vertical, or vice versa.
For folks who like to tinker, there's no shortage of toggles and sliders at your disposal. You can adjust the lift-off distance of the optical sensor, tweaking the point at which the sensor stops and starts detecting movement once you lift the mouse off your mouse pad. You can enable angle-snapping, which detects when you're moving the mouse in a straight line and ignores minor deviations for a smoother path. Then there are a number of more basic options: adjusting the scroll speed of the scroll wheel, tweaking the windows pointer speed and double-click speed and toggling mouse acceleration.
There's also a sound feedback feature that will play a voice confirmation through your PC when cycling through DPI tiers, switching mouse profiles or adjusting the system volume.
Last but certainly not least is the RGB lighting. The ROCCAT Burst Pro stands out here thanks to its honeycomb shell. RGB lights beneath the shell shine through the individual hexagon holes to create a larger star pattern, producing an effect quite unlike both standard solid mice and exposed honeycomb mice. Strips on either side of the scroll wheel offer additional RGB lighting, with the ability to define different colours for both the scroll wheel and the shell RGB.
As you'd expect, you can customise the lighting with a range of patterns including a breathing pulse, a wave, a heartbeat and ROCCAT's bespoke AIMO lighting solution. The latter promises to dynamically change based on what you're doing and the number of ROCCAT products you have connected to your PC. If you often leave your PC on when you're not using it, you can set a timeout on the RGB lighting so it either turns off after a certain period of inactivity or changes to a different RGB pattern altogether.
All of the above settings can be stored in separate profiles on the ROCCAT Burst Pro. The mouse has enough onboard memory to support five profiles at a time.
Should you buy the ROCCAT Burst Pro?
- Buy it if you're after a fast and reliable ultralight gaming mouse that doesn't look like Swiss cheese
- Don't buy it if you play a lot of click-heavy games that require low-action switches
The ROCCAT Burst Pro is a rock-solid gaming mouse well worth consideration. Its ambidextrous shape is accessible to left-handed gamers, its lightweight design enables fast, low-effort movements and its optical sensor delivers top-notch tracking performance in games and out.
While it might not offer quite the level of comfort you get from a contoured, single-handed mouse, and its lack of fully-textured grips is a little disappointing, it's still an excellent ultralight gaming mouse that won't set you back a small fortune.