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ROCCAT Burst Pro Air Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Sep 21, 2022 at 03:30 pm
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8.2
Office/Multimedia
8.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.8
Video Games (MMO)
8.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
8.5
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air is the first wireless entry into the ROCCAT Burst lineup of gaming mice, and its symmetrical shape is identical to the other mice in the series. However, a notable change is the inclusion of four independent RGB zones rather than one. Each one is independently customizable in the companion software. This mouse connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth and recharges with an included USB-C cable.

Our Verdict

8.2 Office/Multimedia

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air is a great mouse for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built and comfortable to use, and you can program all its buttons to perform whatever task you need. This mouse is also wireless, meaning you can connect it with either its USB receiver or Bluetooth. Also, the companion software allows for a high degree of customization. Unfortunately, the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Bluetooth compatible.
  • Feels well-built and comfortable to use.
  • Fairly lightweight.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and free-scrolling mode.
8.4 Video Games (FPS)

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air is a great mouse for FPS gaming. It's fairly lightweight, feels well-built, and is comfortable to use. The companion software offers a high degree of customization, so you adjust the sensor settings and set your CPI precisely in steps of 50 in a very wide range. Also, the feet and cable don't cause drag on mousepads and desks. While its click latency is very good, it isn't as low as other FPS-oriented options.

Pros
  • Feels well-built and comfortable to use.
  • Fairly lightweight.
Cons
  • Click latency isn't as low as other FPS-oriented options.
7.8 Video Games (MMO)

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air is a very good mouse for MMO gaming; however, it isn't designed for this use as it only has two side buttons. It feels well-built, and it's suitable for all hand sizes using most grip types. Performance-wise, you can set the CPI precisely in steps of 50 within a very wide range, and its companion software allows for a high degree of customization for other sensor adjustments. Although its click latency is very good, it isn't as low as some other comparable gaming options.

Pros
  • Feels well-built and comfortable to use.
  • Fairly lightweight.
Cons
  • Click latency isn't as low as other FPS-oriented options.
8.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air is an impressive ultra-light gaming mouse. Overall, it feels well-built and comfortable to use, and it has high-quality feet that offer a smooth gliding experience. However, at 81g, it's much heavier than many other lightweight wireless gaming options. Also, while its click latency is very good, it's still higher than other comparable gaming options.

Pros
  • Feels well-built and comfortable to use.
  • Fairly lightweight.
Cons
  • Click latency isn't as low as other FPS-oriented options.
8.5 Travel

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air is an excellent mouse to use for travel. It's wireless and connects using Bluetooth or with its USB receiver. There's also a storage compartment for the USB receiver on the bottom of the mouse, so you won't have to worry about losing it while on the go. Overall, it feels well-built and comfortable to use, and it has onboard memory, meaning you can take your customized settings with you. However, it may not fit into all laptop cases easily.

Pros
  • Has a storage compartment for its USB receiver.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
  • Feels well-built and comfortable to use.
  • Fairly lightweight.
Cons
  • May not fit into laptop cases easily.
  • 8.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 8.5 Travel
  1. Updated Sep 21, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  2. Updated May 19, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated May 10, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air's design shows off its four independent RGB zones, which are located in the palm area underneath the logo, in the scroll wheel, and under the left- and right-click buttons. It has a honeycomb shell that's covered by a translucent, black outer body. The sides are made of matte black plastic and have a glossy, honeycomb pattern printed on them. The side buttons, DPI button, and scroll wheel are all solid black plastic. Although the strip surrounding the scroll wheel looks like brushed aluminum, it's plastic.

Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (120 mm)
Height 1.5" (39 mm)
Width 2.6" (67 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air has an identical shape to the other ROCCAT Burst mice.

7.7
Design
Portability
Volume
19.16 in³ (314 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air has a slot on the bottom for storing its USB receiver.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
111 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
83 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
81 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air comes with a USB receiver that weighs 1.77g. The "Maximum Weight With Wire" measurement includes the USB receiver as it's stored inside the mouse. The "Minimum Weight Without Wire" has the receiver removed to obtain the measurement.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air feels very well-built. The plastic body feels solid, and there's no wobble in the scroll wheel or L/R click buttons. There's a very faint rattle inside the mouse when shaking it, but it's hardly noticeable. While ROCCAT advertises this mouse as having a water and dust-resistant outer shell, there's no specified IP rating. Unfortunately, the side panel with the side buttons does exhibit some flex, and with a significant amount of pressure, you can actuate the two side buttons. However, this shouldn't be an issue during regular use, as you'll need to apply quite a bit of force to activate the side buttons.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air feels comfortable to use. It has a symmetrical shape, but it's not truly ambidextrous as the side buttons are only on the left. These side buttons are well-placed and easy to reach. Overall, it feels identical to the other mice in the ROCCAT Burst lineup, and it's well-suited for use with a palm grip.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Any hand size can use this mouse with a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

If you have small hands, you may have a difficult time reaching the front side button with a claw grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

If you have small hands, you'll have a hard time reaching the front side button using a fingertip grip.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

You can toggle between connection types using a switch on the bottom of the mouse. ROCCAT advertises a 100-hour battery life on a single charge and notes that a 10-minute charge gives you up to five hours of playtime. In the software, you can enable the RGB lighting to act as a battery indicator, so you'll know when you need to recharge.

9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air comes with an outstanding paracord-like cable. It's detachable, so it's easy to replace should it get damaged, and it's very lightweight and glides nicely. Though it does retain slight kinks from the packaging, overall, it's very flexible.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

The feet are remarkable and don't cause any drag. They offer a smooth gliding experience on a mousepad, and there's only a minimal scratching sound when used directly on a desk. You can also find third-party replacement feet if you need them.

Design
In The Box

Control
7.8
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
13
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons on this mouse except for the device pairing button on the bottom. To reprogram the L/R click buttons, you'll have to reassign their functions to another button on the mouse. You can also use the companion software to assign a "shift" button that enables a second layer of controls as long as you press it. You can program up to five custom CPI settings per profile and cycle between them with an assigned button, which is behind the scroll wheel by default. The L/R click buttons use ROCCAT's proprietary Titan Optical switches, which are rated for 100 million clicks.

8.3
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
6.7 ms
Wired
3.5 ms
Receiver
6.7 ms
Bluetooth
10.1 ms

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air has very good click latency, so it feels responsive enough for most gaming genres. However, it isn't as low as other comparable FPS-oriented mice.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Owl-Eye
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
19,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air uses ROCCAT's proprietary Owl-Eye sensor, which is based on the Pixart PAW3370. The sensor is somewhat inconsistent, as it tends to undershoot the set CPI setting by an average of nearly 13% during quick mouse movements and 6% during slow movements. To combat this and ensure that you have the CPI setting that feels right for you, you can adjust your usual CPI setting 6-13% higher than usual. You can also configure the lift-off distance in the customization software, and the polling rate options are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. If you're looking for a similar wireless option that supports a polling rate of up to 2000Hz, check out the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO Wireless.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air's scroll wheel feels precise and smooth with well-defined steps. It's covered in a grooved rubber that feels grippy and is quiet to use.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name ROCCAT Swarm
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air uses ROCCAT Swarm software, which has a clean-looking and well-organized interface. You can configure sensor settings like lift-off distance, debounce time, and angle snapping, along with more common customization like setting up profiles and adjusting the CPI setting. You can also customize the four independent RGB zones to display whatever colors you want. Also, this software allows you to enable certain features like remapping the scroll wheel to act as a media control or assigning a sniper button that uses a custom CPI setting.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air is fully compatible with Windows and macOS. However, the software isn't compatible with macOS, so you can't make any adjustments though you can save your custom settings to the mouse's onboard memory to use on systems that lack the software.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air comes in a white or a black colorway. We bought and tested the black colorway, and you can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air is a gaming mouse that marks the first wireless entry in the ROCCAT Burst lineup. At 81g, it's heavier than the other mice in the series, and its price point is significantly higher. Its click latency is also higher than the rest of the lineup and fairly high in general for FPS-oriented mice. So, if you tend to play FPS or other competitive games, you'll find options with lower latencies at this price point. However, if you're looking for a mouse that's fully loaded with customizable RGB zones, this mouse has four in total.

If you're interested in checking out other options, look at our recommendations for the best wireless gaming mice, the best FPS mice, and the best gaming mice.

ROCCAT Kone Pro Air

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air and the ROCCAT Burst Pro Air are both lightweight, wireless gaming mice, but the Kone Pro Air performs slightly better overall. The Kone Pro Air has a more ergonomic right-handed design, and it feels better-built overall. Its click latency is significantly lower, and it's lighter than the Burst Pro Air. On the other hand, the Burst Pro Air has more independent RGB lighting zones, and it's slightly more portable as it's less bulky.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the ROCCAT Burst Pro Air are lightweight, wireless gaming mice, but the Logitech performs better overall. The Logitech has better click latency, a wider CPI range, and it's 22g lighter than the ROCCAT. On the other hand, the ROCCAT supports Bluetooth, though this may not help for gaming, it does mean you can use it with tablets or other mobile devices if needed.

GLORIOUS Model D

The GLORIOUS Model D and the ROCCAT Burst Pro Air are both gaming mice with different features, but the ROCCAT performs slightly better overall. The ROCCAT is a wireless model with a symmetrical body. It feels better built and has a wider CPI range, more programmable inputs, and a lower lift-off distance. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS is wired-only, has a more ergonomic right-handed design, and better click latency.

ROCCAT Burst Pro

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air and the ROCCAT Burst Pro have are identically-shaped mice, but they have a few differences. The Burst Pro Air connects wirelessly with Bluetooth or its dedicated USB receiver. You can recharge it with its included cable, which is more flexible than the attached cable found on the Burst Pro. Also, it has more RGB lighting zones. On the other hand, the Burst Pro has lower click latency and is lighter than the Burst Pro Air.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate and the ROCCAT Burst Pro Air are lightweight, wireless gaming mice, but the Razer performs better overall. The Razer has slightly better click latency and a slightly wider CPI range. It's also about 6g lighter than the ROCCAT, and it feels better built overall. On the other hand, the ROCCAT supports Bluetooth, and its software is compatible with macOS.

ROCCAT Kone Pro

The ROCCAT Burst Pro Air and the ROCCAT Kone Pro are gaming mice with key differences. The Kone Pro is a wired-only model with a right-handed design, and it's much lighter. Also, it has better click latency. On the other hand, the Burst Pro Air is a wireless mouse with a symmetrical shape. Its feet offer a slightly better gliding experience, and it has more RGB zones.

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