I have had the good fortune to review a number of Turtle Beach and ROCCAT accessories over the last year or so. I’ve tested other accessories as well but it seems that ROCCAT has really pulled a fast one by honing in on my need for uniformity. I have been using the Leadr mouse for a good while due to the myriad of buttons and the fact that the mouse is wireless. I generally prefer things to be wired, so when I was asked to review the ROCCAT Burst Pro mouse I said “sure.” I really enjoy the Leadr due to my big hands and its heft, so I expected the Burst Pro to be something I used for a while then put in the “back-up” bin.
After a day of clicking, scrolling, messing with the software, playing some Sims 4 (I know… but such a good escape for these times), and generally running the mouse through all the different paces of which I could think, I feel comfortable throwing down my opinion. The ROCCAT Burst Pro was sent for review, but as always, we make no arrangements or agreements on what the results of our reviews will be before or after. I write it up, send it to our contact, and move on. Believe it or not, ROCCAT (Turtle Beach) actually wants critical feedback so they can improve on future products.
The ROCCAT Burst Pro Mouse Spec Sheet
I’ll start with all the technical stuff before I get into more subjective opinions about the mouse itself.
- ROCCAT® Owl-Eye optical sensor with 16000dpi
- Based on PMW3389
- Adjustable lift-off distance
- 50G acceleration
- 400ips maximum speed
- Mouse acceleration: no
- Angle snapping: on/off
- ROCCAT® Titan Switch Optical
- 100 million click life-cycle
- On-board memory
- AIMO illumination – RGB Backlighting and LED lighting effects
- ROCCAT® Swarm software suite
- ROCCAT® Easy-Shift[+]™ technology
- 1.8m flexible cable
- Height: 3.87 cm
- Width: 5.80 cm
- Length: 12.00 cm
- Weight: 68 g
Our Very Subjective Review
I try to be as objective as possible when reviewing games, accessories and hardware, but ultimately a review is a subjective look at a product. What I rarely consider is the cost of the product. I will mention it, but $5 to one person is much easier to spend than to another. The Burst Pro is $60 MSRP, so keep that in mind as you go through this review. Based on what I say, does it warrant the asking price from your personal financial perspective?
To start, AIMO lighting is the thing I mentioned earlier when talking about a need to have uniformity. I use the ROCCAT Vulcan Pro 10-Key, ELO 7.1 headset, XXL Mat with AIMO Lighting, and generally the Leadr. Only the Leadr is not using AIMO lighting, so the ROCCAT Burst needed to be something comparable to complete the setup. And yes, I know it is silly to worry about the lighting on my headset, but I do.
So can the ROCCAT Burst Pro come close to the Leadr? It depends on what you are looking for. I can say from the start that the mouse feels fantastic as you glide it around a pad. The heat treated pads are like ice skates and the 68g weight makes a significant difference in precision. Plus the clickity click of the left and right mouse button give a strange sort of satisfaction that I didn’t know I missed from the early days of mice.
The honeycomb lighting design is nice and I understand the reason for the design from a weight perspective, but with the white version of the mouse, it looks a little strange. I don’t hate it, I don’t love it, I am indifferent at best. While the ROCCAT Vulcan Pro keyboard and the Leadr, and the ELO 7.1 all have a striking design and stand out the ROCCAT Burst Pro looks a little… plain.
That isn’t a big deal, maybe. For me, though, I expect a good bit of flash. One could make the argument that I can’t see the headset while wearing it and I can’t see the mouse while using it, so what does it matter. Ultimately, it doesn’t. But, If you are going to drop the cash on a battle station that has to look sharp, it better looks sharp. And I’ll admit, I feel a little bad as I write this and look at the little guy sitting next to the keyboard. It isn’t ugly, it just isn’t eye catching.
The white version lights up well, but has a bit of a dimmer look compared to the rest of the AIMO family as it has to move through more layers of material to show the honeycomb illumination. The mouse wheel, on the other hand, is bright and shows the AIMO rotation well with lights on either side of the black center wheel. Looking at the black mouse, I may like the look a bit more as everything is the same color. The white version uses a white shell, with black side buttons, mouse wheel, and DPI switch. Then again, it may be that I just have extremely high expectations when it comes to the looks of ROCCAT products and this falls just short of those expectations.
First and foremost, the mouse wheel feels fantastic. I’ve used mice that have infinite scroll and always felt a little lose as I moved them up and down, but this has a snappy, silent, and tactile meat to it. I will say that using the ROCCAT Swarm software to decide how much to scroll is likely going to take a while as I was spoiled by the Leadr’s toggle for scrolling. If you are used to regular mouse wheels this won’t be an issue, but if you need to move through large sections of text quickly, you may find the mouse wheel lacking. Otherwise it is extremely solid and feels wonderful.
As mentioned before, the right and left mouse buttons have a satisfying clicky feel. When you click you know it is going to register. They give feedback through a very quiet “click”, without sounding like you are slamming two pieces of metal together. The thumb buttons (typically used to go forward and back in a browser) are solid as well, and work exactly as expected. Finally a DPI switch lets you cycle the sensitivity of the mouse on the fly and works extremely well.
There are a total of 8 inputs on the mouse; forward, back, scroll up, scroll down, wheel click, DPI switch, right and left mouse buttons. For me, that simply isn’t enough in some games. I remember having a mouse back in the early days of WoW that had a full 12 keys on the thumb wrest and I expected things to get more complicated as time went on. The Leadr, for example, has significantly more keys and while it costs more, it feels like a few of those design choices could be included here. I especially miss the ability to tilt the mouse wheel left and right as two additional inputs. With that said, if you have a keyboard that has the Easy-Shift[+] functionality, you double your inputs.
This is akin to learning a new instrument as pressing this key to change the forward button to refresh and then the right mouse button to reload, or whatever you want them to do, will take a little work, but you can get 15 or 16 inputs on the mouse as it works with ROCCAT’s Easy-Shift. Does it make me throw away the desire for more buttons on the mouse? No. But, I get the design choice. Light and fast and simple and all that.
As I stated, I try to be as objective as possible in my reviews but ultimately they are subjective. Its fair to say I haven’t decided if I prefer the ROCCAT Burst Pro or the ROCCAT Leadr more but for now I’m sticking with using the Burst to see how much I miss the extra functionality of the Leadr.
I wholly appreciate the cording used by ROCCAT as it prevents the stiff movements that come with many corded mice and the ice skates attached to the bottom make it easy to move the mouse from point A to B with precision. But I really do like the mouse a great deal. For gaming, this is the mouse to use. But as I’ve stated in many of my reviews I’m about 50/50 on gaming and office use if not a little more focused on office use in most cases.
So while I enjoy having gaming focused devices, I am not always the target audience. This is a work station dressed up as a battle station. A high end PC that does more word processing than polygonal processing. If you are looking for something that is exclusively built for gaming the ROCCAT Burst Pro (Affiliate Link) is a solid entry at a very reasonable price point. I didn’t have sticker shock when I first saw the price and now that I have one in my hands I can say that it feels fairly price. Again, that price is very subjective. The mouse is $60 and for a semi-premium mouse, it seems about right, but you have to make that call.
The ROCCAT Burst Pro was provided by ROCCAT for this review. Accepting codes, hardware, and accessories does not impact our opinions and no agreements are made with the companies about review results. Our opinions are our own.
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