Elgato has become well known for quality products for content creators. The Elgato Stream deck is another product in their catalog. It has been out for some time but with a recent Amazon sale it was time to break down and buy one. But is it worth it?
The most obvious attribute of this devices is it’s size. It is damn near tiny. The box itself was surprising small. Granted, streamers generally don’t have a great amount of space in their streaming areas but the size can be a bit limiting once you start working with it.
If you expected much more than the most basic of instructions then you will be let down. Along with the Stream Deck there is little more than a quick guide about how to connect it. Luckily you don’t need much since as soon as you do connect it the necessary software will download and install.
The Stream Deck itself feels sturdy and well built. Even for being so small it has a good weight to it. The overall look and finish of the device has a certain elegance to it. The kickstand on the back is a bit confusing at first but once you realize how it is intended to be used it becomes easy to use.
As a matter of scale just look at the Stream Deck next to a PS4 controller. The size is concerning but only because of how the buttons work. Not in the idea that it will be hard to press the buttons but rather they may be hard to read. Each button is a mini-LCD display that is customizable. The software included with the device makes it easy, maybe to easy, to put whatever you may like on each button. One will have to take caution to make the button descriptive but not illegible.
Overall the Elgato Stream Deck is a good product. Along with the build quality of the hardware, the software is intuitive and easy to use. People that are willing to put the capital into a device like this will probably already know the nuances of setting it to do commands in the likes of OBS or Xsplit and have it functional in little to no time. The versatility of this device makes it well worth the investment of those that will use it to its potential.
Why would I buy this device? To support my professional streaming career, of course. No, not really. I tinker with streaming and do it on a limited and sparse basis. The production and tools behind it have always been more interesting to me. That was the biggest reason that drove me to but this item. $150 was too much but $100 was just the right price to get me to buy. Then again, this device will end up being another reason I don’t stream. I’ll sit their and tinker with it for hours instead of streaming just because that will be what interests me.
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