Elgato Stream Deck – Live Content Creation Controller 2020 Latest Updated Review
The Elgato Stream Deck is a customizable control pad for live-streaming that includes 15 LCD keys for switching scenes, launching media, and adjusting audio on the fly.
You can trigger self-promotional tweets, chat commands, and a bunch of things you’d usually have to Alt-Tab to do. The Stream Deck is powered over USB 2.0 on either Windows 10 or macOS 10.11 and later.
The Elgato Stream Deck console itself is only about 3-inches in height and 5-inches in width, so it takes up very little space in a desk setup. There’s also an adjustable stand for those who want to tweak their viewing angle.
Elgato says the its device is compatible with Elgato Game Capture, OBS, Twitch, Twitter, TipeeeStream, and other services, although it doesn’t list any others explicitly.
More than anything else, the Stream Deck reminds us of the customizable Optimus keyboard, if you remember those from nearly a decade ago.
The trailer for the device focuses mostly on adding meme flair to streams, like “deal with it” sunglasses.
You can also DJ with different sound effects, including an air horn, of course. Honestly, even if this is the most sophisticated thing the Stream Deck can do, at least we can all agree memes are good and having them in a live stream is good, too.
The Stream Deck costs $149.95; it’s set to launch on May 15th, but it’s available to preorder on Amazon now.
- 15 LCD keys: tap to switch scenes, launch media, adjust audio and more
- Fully customizable: personalize keys with custom icons or choose from hundreds
- Instant engagement: tweet at the perfect moment
- Direct integration: control Game Capture, OBS, TipeeeStream, Twitch and more
- Easy setup: simply drag and drop actions onto keys in the app
You’re creating quality content backed by the best tech on the planet. But you want to do more. With Stream Deck, unleash your creative genius and make waves across Twitch and YouTube.
All while focusing on what matters most: your audience.
15 LCD keys poised to launch up to 210 actions eliminate the need to map and memorize keyboard shortcuts.
One-touch, tactile operation lets you switch scenes, launch media, adjust audio and more, while visual feedback confirms your every command.
Traditionally this level of control was exclusive to mainstream entertainment broadcasters. Now, it’s at your fingertips.
Streamline your Setup
Elgato Game Capture, OBS, Twitch, Twitter, TipeeeStream and more – Stream Deck integrates your tools and automatically detects your scenes, media, and audio sources, enabling you to control them with a quick tap of a key.
Automated alerts make life easier. But between thanking donors and welcoming new subscribers there’s ample opportunity for self-expression.
Employ Stream Deck to level up your onscreen antics with GIFs, images, videos, and audio clips. While you’re at it, apply lower thirds and bookend your content with signature intro and outro graphics.
Your options are endless, so explore and experiment. Do what you must to sharpen your creative edge, and do it with a personal touch.
Make it yours
Customizing Stream deck is effortless. Simply drag and drop actions onto keys, and you’re good to go. Likewise, drag and hold one key over another to create a folder.
Better yet, assign your keys custom icons to make them completely your own.
Seize the Moment
There’s no time to tweet your feats when your stream gets epic. Yet you know real-time interaction is bound to grow your channel.
Stream Deck puts your social media channels to work in the heat of the moment. All you need to do is tap a key.
Bring it on
Gone are the days of navigating myriad windows to trigger an action, and relying solely on automated plugins to expand your production value.
Now, you hold the power to pioneer a new era of content creation, and lead your audience to uncharted frontiers of inspiration. Now, you’re in control.
- Size: 118 x 84 x 21 mm / 4.6 x 3.3 x 0.8 in
- Weight: 190 g
- Keys: 15 x customizable LCD keys
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Works with: Windows 10 (64-bit); macOS 10.11 or newer
What’s In The Box
- Stream Deck
- Adjustable stand
- Quick Start Guide
Firstly, the software setup for the Stream Deck doesn’t change at all from variant to variant. The only difference between the models is the number of keys that can be customized.
With that being said, the software setup is really quite simple, and due to simplicity, it feels like even the most inexperienced user can use it.
The Elgato Stream Deck gets the best of both worlds when looking at the other Stream Deck options Elgato has available.
The deck itself is small and compact, yet it comes with enough keys that most streamers would need. It doesn’t have excessive keys, its stand is versatile with its height options, and it basically does exactly what it’s intended to do.
There are only a couple things that aren’t hot about the Elgato Stream Deck, and that’s how flimsy some the brackets are on the stand and perhaps how shiny the plastic that is used.
I really have to cherry-pick here because both of these aspects aren’t necessarily downsides, more so, just parts of it that could do with some refining.