ROCCAT Burst Pro Review: A Nearly Perfect Top-Tier Mouse

roccat burst pro review
roccat burst pro review

Overview

My Review of the ROCCAT Burst Pro has been split up into multiple different sections:
The Great, The Okay and The Not So Great. Each one of these sections will outline different aspects of the Burst Pro and provide my personal experience and findings, as well as how well it has performed.

The Burst Pro sports a lot of features for a fair price of $59.99 MSRP, such as the optical switches, which not many mice use yet. I was more than happy to see another mouse joining that particular market.

Introduction

ROCCAT has been fairly popular in the mouse game, you’ve probably heard of the Kone Pure Ultra aka the KPU, a right handed ergo mouse with an amazing coating. They’ve decided to take the ambidextrous route this time around, as well as going for new optical switches instead of mechanical switches. They’ve also stepped up their game in regards to cables, on the KPU it was definitely below standard, but they’ve now released a ‘paracord-like cable’ on the Burst Pro. Here’s a hint: it’s pretty good for a stock cable and isn’t below standard.

You may have noticed that the Burst Pro has a translucent design which allows you to see an internal honeycomb structure, it looks a little odd to me personally but the aesthetics provide that ‘gamer’ style, if that’s what you want. If not you can turn off the RGB in the software or configure it to your needs.

I was very intrigued by the Burst Pro, from the first images I saw of it, I knew I had to get my hands on the mouse. It does pack quite a lot for the price, though I think there are some aspects which could be improved.

Roccat Burst Pro Review Design

Burst Pro Specifications

Size LxWxH:120mm x 58mm x 38.7mm
Weight:69-71 grams
Ambidextrous:Yes
Sensor:Proprietary Pixart PMW3389
Cable:Braided Paracord-Like cable
Price:$59.99
Feet:Heat-Treated Pure PTFE
Number of Buttons:6
Warranty:2 Years
Stock Wireless Capability:None
Software:Yes
Main Switches:ROCCAT Opticals
Availability:Amazon.com

The Great

Sensor & Technical Details

The Burst Pro is equipped with a proprietary Pixart PMW3389. A top tier sensor for today’s standard, one of the best out there. I haven’t had any noticeable issues with the sensor implementation on the Burst Pro, input delay feels minimal, polling rate feels stable and CPI variance feels great. The sensor hasn’t spun out at all when using this mouse on any of my pads.

There are many options that can be configured via the software, which is named, ‘ROCCAT Swarm’. The options you can change include scroll speed, horizontal tilt speed, DPI, polling rate, angle snapping, LOD, binds, double click speed, acceleration, macros and the RGB. ROCCAT have put a lot of customisation into this software which means you can really personalise this mouse and get the most out of it, I do think the software could be cleaned up a little though as it’s a bit clunky. However, I found it easy to navigate and I had no issue finding the settings I needed.


Shape

This shape has been compared to mice such as the XM1 and WMO (Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical), I do agree and think it feels similar, the Burst Pro is another great shape for claw grip. However, this mouse has flatter sides when compared to XM1 so if you’re one to dislike big flares, the Burst Pro should definitely be considered. If you don’t mind too much about side flare, it may be worth taking a look at the XM1r as that mouse offers a lot for the money as well.

The hump of the Burst Pro fills the palm quite snugly, at least with my 19cm x 10cm hands, and as mentioned this makes the shape feel great for claw grips. That’s not to say it’s bad for other grip styles, it’s still usable for both fingertip and palm with my hand size, I just performed the best using claw grip with this mouse.

Regarding specifics, the Burst Pro is a right handed ambidextrous mouse, the buttons don’t have a noticeable comfort groove but they’re sloped. The only honeycomb visible is what you can see under the translucent shell, you can’t feel it at all. There’s also no visible honeycomb on the sides, instead a textured rubber with little hexagonal bumps, quite an odd sensation which is grippy and works well for me.

Dimensions

  • Burst Pro: 120mm x 58mm x 38.7mm
  • Glorious Model O: 128mm x 67mm x 37.5mm
  • XM1r: 122mm x 62mm x 38mm

Shape Comparisons

Burst Pro vs XM1r

Roccat Burst Pro vs XM1r Top
Roccat Burst Pro vs XM1r Side
Roccat Burst Pro vs XM1r Comparison

Burst Pro vs Model O

Roccat Burst Pro vs Model O Top
Roccat Burst Pro vs Model O Side
Roccat Burst Pro vs Model O Comparison

Build Quality

On our Burst Pro unit, the build quality feels exceptional, which is fairly standard with ROCCAT products. There are no rattles, flexes, or creaks anywhere and everything just feels very sturdy.

Generally, build quality seems to be an area where a lot of mice suffer, but this mouse seems to be ahead of the market in this area, being on par with mice such as the XM1.


Scroll wheel & Side Buttons

Pre/Post and Sound Test: Burst vs Hati S vs XM1

The scroll wheel feels great, tactile and defined, yet pretty light. The scrolling noise is quiet

due to the separated steps, which I like. I’d say the feel of the wheel is similar to that of the XM1. Both mice use an Alps Encoder for the wheel, it’s one of my favourite encoders. There’s minimal side play here and I’ve no worries of it breaking. Would like to note, when forcing the wheel to the left there’s a ‘crunch’ noise, however this would never happen to me during actual usage so it’s a non-issue.

The side buttons are big and easy to access, they feel awesome to me, both pre and post travel is kept to a minimum and the click feels consistent across the whole of each button.

I was worried I’d accidentally click them due to the size but no that never happened for me, good job here ROCCAT.


The Okay

Cable

The cable on the Burst Pro is good for a stock cable, it’s flexible though could be lighter, but due to the weight of the mouse I don’t think paracording is needed. However, if this cable were on an ultralight mouse, it’d be a lot more noticeable. It’s one of those things which varies relative to the mouse it’s used on.

The stress relief can also be angled to your liking, therefore you can decide how you want it to be. I’m very happy to see this feature implemented. I’d like to see more companies doing this on their stress reliefs, it’s subtle but can be a noticeable improvement.


Packaging

Roccat Burst Pro Review Packaging
Roccat Burst Pro Review Packaging Back
Roccat Burst Pro Review Packaging Contents

The ROCCAT Burst Pro comes in fairly standard packaging, you get graphics explaining what’s in the box, and it feels sturdy. The accessories included are: a quick start guide, a sticker and extra skates, great to see the replacement feet being included here.


Aesthetics

Roccat Burst Pro Review LED Lighting
Roccat Burst Pro Review LED Lighting 2
Roccat Burst Pro Review LED Lighting 3

The aesthetics of the Burst Pro look odd, they’re not my favourite, I do much prefer the RGB on a mouse such as the Glorious Model O, though I don’t mind how it’s implemented here. The RGB can also be turned off or down in the settings, personally I turned it down as I found having it at 100% caused the mouse to warm up. Asides from lighting, I quite like the look of the rubber sides with the Hexagons, it adds a bit more style as opposed to just having plain black sides.


Main Buttons & DPI Button

The main buttons utilise ROCCAT Titan Opticals, they feel rather dull when compared to mechanicals switches but pre and post travel is very minimal, making the clicks feel really responsive. They do require a bit more force than I’d like personally, I’d class them as medium-heavy clicks, but some people may like this. I’d say they’re heavier than the opticals in the Cooler Master MM720, but the ROCCAT Opticals do feel more satisfying after using both mice for a prolonged period of time. I’d also like to say that the side wobble is kept to a minimum due to the buttons being enclosed on each side, I like this design as it means your fingers won’t get pinched, unlike the MM710 where my ring finger would get pinched in the gap between the shell and button. The main buttons don’t incorporate noticeable comfort grooves but they do curve down to accommodate the low front profile of the mouse.

There’s a DPI button on the top shell between the main buttons, it’s easy to access but not easy to accidentally press. It does the job well and has a pretty good click, not much else to say about it.


Feet & Glide

Roccat Burst Pro Feet and Glide

The Burst Pro uses 2 large ‘heat-treated’ PTFE feet, one at the bottom, one at the top. The horizontal glide feels optimal and buttery smooth for me, however vertically it feels noticeably more scratchy depending on the pad, I.E it’s worse if you’re using a rougher mousepad. It’s gotten a little better during my usage with the mouse, but still definitely there.


The Not So Great

Coating

The only thing that isn’t great for me is the top coating, it hasn’t compromised my experience massively, but it’s just something I’m personally not a fan of due to it making my palm feel more sticky than I’d like. I think ROCCAT should’ve implemented the coating they used on the KPU instead here, it would’ve made my experience noticeably better. I did however enjoy the texture and coating on the sides, they feel premium and grippy, I’m a fan of them.


Summary

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The ROCCAT Burst Pro has an exceptional shape for claw, the low button height is great to use and the impeccable build quality is a massive plus. It also has a fairly good stock cable, a really nice scroll wheel and a lot of customisation can be done via the software.

I would like to see some improvements to ROCCAT Opticals in terms of the feel, as at the moment they do have some dullness to them. However, this can sort of be expected with Opticals, but Razer have done a pretty good job with this in their V2 switches.

Another area of improvement is the coating: I would love to see ROCCAT implement the coating used with the KPU and put it on the Burst Pro. 

Overall, I find it hard to not recommend this mouse, it sports a lot of great features with a fair price tag of $59.99.

Pros

  • Exceptional build quality
  • Great value at $59.99
  • Pleasant scrolling experience
  • Awesome size and placement of side buttons
  • Superb sensor performance
  • Low click latency
  • Customisable stress relief

Cons

  • Personally, not a fan of the top coating
  • Vertical glide could be smoother
  • Dull main button clicks

Similar Mice to Consider

The Burst Pro packs a punch for the price and it’s a great claw orientated shape for $59.99. But what other mice should you consider if the Burst Pro interests you?

Personally, I think it’s worth considering:

The Endgame Gear XM1/XM1r, another mouse with a great shape for claw, also comes in at $59.99. Unlike the Burst Pro, the XM1r has flared sides so the shape might not be as comfortable for you, however, it’s one of my personal favorite mice and I recommend it. (View our XM1 vs Roccat Burst Pro comparison here)

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is another great mouse to consider, coming in at a cheaper price of $50 whilst still offering some great features, such as a flexible cable and very responsive clicks. If you prefer flatter sides, like the ones on the Burst Pro, it’s definitely worth considering the Haste as it’s quite similar in this regard.

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