Full Elgato Stream Deck Review
The Elgato Stream Deck is an easy to use tool for streamers that will change how they stream.
The Elgato Stream Deck is a must for streamers. Use the Elgato Stream Deck to switch between scenes, stop audio, Tweet, control Twitch and much, much more.
The Elgato Stream Deck is the latest streaming related device release by Elgato. Elgato has become the staple in streaming related products. Elgato is best well known for their video capture devices such as the HD60 Pro and the HD60s. Their capture cards, both external or PCI, are used by both novice and profession streamers. Elgato is taking things further and released a new streaming broadcast helper control device called the Stream Deck.
The Stream Deck
The retail price of the Elgato Stream Deck is $149.95
The Elgato Stream Deck is essentially a numeric keypad with a dramatic twist. It’s actually made with streamers in mind. This is not just a remapped numeric key pad. The Stream Deck is a solid piece of streaming hardware. It has 15 customizable LCD keys that are capable of 210 programmed actions. It weighs less than 7oz and fits nicely in the palm of your hand. It connects to your PC via a 3’ USB 2.0 cord. It also comes with a stand which allows it to be propped up verses lying flat on a surface. It’s MacOC 10.11 (or later) and Windows 10 (64 bit) compatible. The Stream Deck’s overall size is 4.6”x3.3”x0.8”.
Elgato has assembled an app called Stream Deck. When you first open your new Stream Deck, the second thing you will need to do is down load the Stream Deck app from Elgato.
The Stream Deck app is pretty easy to master. The app consists of a UI that is identical to the Stream Deck itself. You pretty much click, hold then drag and drop the feature you want to the key location of your desire. Then click on the key you just dropped to open an input options area for that key just below the layout display.
At the time of this review, there are seven feature categories to choose from. The categories include Game Capture, TipeeeStream, OBS Studio, XSplit, Twitter, Twitch and System. Here is a breakdown of each category:
Scene – Record – Screenshot – Flashback Recording – Stream – Live Commentary
Scene – Mixer Audio – Source
Scene – Source – Record – Screenshot Output – Microphone – Speakers
Chat Message – Viewers – Play Ad – Stream Tittle/Game – Sub Chat – Slow Chat – Followers Chat – Emote Chat
Website – Hotkey Switch – Hotkey – Open – Multimedia
Once you have made the change via the Stream Deck app, it instantly changes and goes live on the Stream Deck itself. Elgato has put together a great Quick Start Guide that details all the Stream Deck’s customizable options.
The Elgato Stream Deck Review:
Gamer.Ninja live streams over at Mixer. Our channel is @GamerNinja. For our live streaming setup, the Elgato Stream Deck filled a huge void we have had for a long time. Our main power horse stream PC is setup across the room. What this means is that every time a scene change is needed (basically never did them) or going live or going offline, we had to get up and walk over to the PC to do these actions. This was a huge hindrance during our streams. The Elgato fixed this. We just hooked it up to a 20’ USB 2.0 cord and run it over to our streaming area.
Now, we gave it a 4 out of 5 star review because of some minor, but significant, issues we have had. Some of them fixable and some that require a redesign. The textile LCD keys press nice and smoothly. The problem is they push too smooth. You do not have a “click” to let you know if the key has successfully been pushed. There are times when you press the key and it does not activate the action desired because the key was not pressed firmly all the way down. This has lead into no vocals during stream at times or an overlay that is not brought up when desired.
The other issue is the cord. The cord is barely 3’ long. It is attached and un-removable. Even have the Elgato Stream Deck next to some computers could pose problems and concern. Another issue we were discouraged about is the Elgato Stream Deck, at the time of this article, does not support Mixer pre-built hotkeys like it does for Twitch. A quick search found no input about any integration efforts with Mixer. The last issue really does not pertain to how we use the Stream Deck but from what we have heard of other streamers. There is no support of OBS classic. A vast majority of streamers still us OBS classic.
The Pros and Cons of the Elgato Stream Deck
- Missing real click to confirm the button has been properly pressed.
- The short and non-removable USB Cord
- No Mixer integration yet
- It only works with OBS Studio
- The Stream Deck looks very cool
- It provides endless options for how can be used
- It truly does offer streamers a great tool they can use for a long time
- It’s small and compact
- The backlit LCD keys are easy to see and read even in low light conditions
Gamer.Ninja Final Thoughts
We highly recommend the Elgato Stream Deck. I am sure most of the concern we found are going to be corrected. For us it will mean we have to re-purchase but for now we love our Elgato Stream Deck. It will be used every day and customization will continue into the future.
Have Fun Steaming