The Roccat Burst Pro is now also available in wireless. With the Burst Pro Air, the manufacturer has released a corresponding model. We took a look at the lightweight wireless gaming mouse.
The Wireless version of the Burst Pro, the Roccat Burst Pro Air, takes up the strengths of its little sister and benefits from a dual 2.4 GHz / Bluetooth connection. We appreciate its comfortable ergonomics, responsive controls and efficient optical sensor. A good price-performance ratio!
Roccat follows the design trend towards lightweight honeycomb designs but still opts for a closed housing with the Burst Pro Air. This makes it not as light as open ultralight mice. At only 81 g, it is still very light for a wireless mouse with an integrated battery. The connection is made via Bluetooth or wirelessly with the dongle included in the scope of delivery.
The mouse can be quickly refilled with the included charging cable if the battery runs low. The associated software from Roccat offers a variety of settings. The lift-off distance can also be configured, i.e. at what height above the mouse pad the sensor should no longer register any movements. Configurable LEDs are installed inside, which shine through the milky-transparent surface of the mouse, which is available in black and white.
|Optical titanium switches under the keys
|No USB adapter
|Long battery life and super flexible cable
|Excellent optical sensor
After a particularly convincing wired version, a wireless model of the Burst Pro was long overdue by many players. With the Roccat Burst Pro Air, the brand seems to have heard them and unveils a model that could well be placed as an alternative to the Logitech G Pro X Superlight or the most recent Razer Viper V2 Pro.
The Roccat Burst Pro Air is offered at the MSRP price of 99$. It completes a range already composed of the Roccat Burst Core (regularly displayed around 30$) and the Roccat Burst Pro (often available under the 50$ mark ).
For players looking for a model with an “ergonomic” design, do not hesitate to consult our test of the Roccat Kone Pro Air.
Inside the box, it comes with the following items:
- A USB-A dongle for the 2.4 GHz wireless connection
- A USB-C to USB-A cable for charging and wired use
- A user manual
Faced with certain competitors, we may regret the absence of a set of self-adhesive grips and an adapter allowing the transmitter to be brought closer to the mouse.
Design & Ergonomics
The Burst Pro Air hardly changes the design we had already discovered on the wired model. If this new version loses its cable, the rest changes very little, and it is not to displease us.
When we got started with the Burst Pro, we were won over by its excellent comfort, and this wireless switch reinforces this feeling. With its average size and rather traditional lines, the mouse is designed to adapt to most players while providing a good compromise between comfort and support.
As on a Logitech G Pro X Superlight or a SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless, we are here on a model with a so-called “symmetrical” design. However, the Roccat model is slightly shorter and has a slightly more flared rear part. In use, we naturally move towards a Claw Grip grip but depending on the size of your hand and your habits, it is still possible to use it in Palm Grip or Fingertips.
The Roccat mouse gains a few grams compared to its wired version in terms of weight. If the Burst Pro only displayed 68 g on the scale, the switch to wireless increases this Air version to 81 g. It’s heavier than some competitors, but the model is still very light for a wireless mouse, and the maneuverability remains excellent.
As for the finishes, no major upheavals, and the mouse retains its solid shell, with no perforations in its upper area or its side panels. It is offered in black or white tones, and we always find this large translucent zone on the top, which gives pride of place to the RGB lighting of the mouse. Visually it is rather successful, especially if you are a fan of light effects.
The solidity of the mouse also remains there, with a design that does not reveal the slightest defect when the field mouse is shaken in all directions. The different plastics do not crack either under significant pressure, and no button is activated as soon as you force a little on its facades. The set inspires confidence on that side, even if it remains difficult for us to give you a return on the long term after only a few days at his side.
We always stay on a 5-button mouse on the command side, not counting that of the wheel. The two main M1/M2 buttons have Roccat Titan optical switches to eliminate bounce delay and possible double clicks. They offer a clean and precise activation, with tactile clicks without pre or post-travel. No game to highlight either on the side of the pallets and the lifespan of the switches is announced at 100 million activations.
The wheel retains its textured coating with customizable RGB lighting, and the notches are still well marked. Behind, an additional button allows you to navigate between its different DPI levels.
The last two buttons are placed on the left side, and if the mouse has a symmetrical design, no command is positioned on the right side. We, therefore, remain on a mouse mainly designed for right-handers.
These two buttons are quite large, especially if we compare them to those of its direct competitors at Logitech, Razer or SteelSeries. Easy to access, they also have well-defined clicks, with frank and tactile activation.
There are two large PTFE pads at the back of the mouse, a switch to switch between the different connection modes, a button to change profile, and an insert to store the USB-A dongle dedicated to the 2.4 connection GHz. Something to avoid losing it when moving the mouse.
In use, the glide is convincing for pads installed by default. The movements are fluid, and nothing seems to hang under the mouse.
The Roccat Burst Pro Air can be used wired, Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz. For the first connection mode, the mouse comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable of about 2 m. It is quite similar to the one found on the wired versions of the mouse and benefits from good flexibility to continue playing in excellent conditions even when the mouse is recharged.
To take advantage of the wireless mouse in the best possible conditions, we will go through the USB dongle delivered in the box. Once it is connected to your PC, pairing is done automatically and you benefit from a reactivity similar to that of a wired connection.
Bluetooth mode isn’t as responsive but allows the mouse to be connected to any compatible source without requiring any dongles. Suppose this connection will not be as reliable as with the dongle. In that case, it will have the advantage of limiting the impact on the battery and, therefore, improving the mouse’s autonomy. It is generally recommended for office use or games that do not require perfect responsiveness.
Roccat Swarm Software
The Burst Pro Air is compatible with Roccat Swarm for the software part. Still, no compatibility with the new Roccat Neon software is a bit of a shame.
You can create up to 5 configuration profiles from the tool and automatically switch from one to another depending on the games or applications launched.
For each profile, it is possible to customize the mapping of the buttons, adjust the different levels of sensor sensitivity, or configure the multiple RGB lighting zones. After all the Roccat mice have already passed through our hands, we are starting to get to know them well.
We will still note in the “advanced parameters” tab indicators allowing us to check the remaining autonomy (possibility of displaying it as an icon next to the clock), the strength of the 2.4 GHz signal or the possibility of adjusting and calibrating the lift-off distance.
Overall, the Roccat Swarm tool works well and has all the options you need to adjust your mouse settings. We regret an interface that is not always very well thought out and a general design starting to date.
Like most of the best wireless gaming mice, the Burst Pro Air comes with an optical sensor based on the PixArt PAW3370. It can handle speeds of 400 IPS, accelerations of 50 G and can climb up to 19,000 DPI.
In use, no particular problem to note. The mouse offers impeccable tracking, and you feel perfectly confident by your side.
By finally offering a wireless version of its Burst Pro, Roccat effectively completes its range of gaming mice. Alongside the Kone models, the manufacturer now offers lightweight mice that meet everyone’s preferences and budgets, whether you are looking for a symmetrical or ergonomic, wired or wireless model.
Available below $99, the Roccat Burst Pro Air offers an interesting price/quality ratio and is a good alternative to Logitech or Razer models. While it may not be as light as a G Pro X Superlight or a Razer Viper V2 Pro, it has the advantage of being more affordable and retaining beautiful RGB lighting for customization enthusiasts. The presence of Bluetooth in parallel with the 2.4 GHz connection also gives it good versatility.
The Roccat Burst Pro Air takes on the strengths of the wired model and is an all-round convincing lightweight gaming mouse. Especially those who are looking for a lightweight wireless mouse without the obligatory shell with gaps should take a closer look here.