For those who’re a streamer or a macro fiend, you have in all probability have heard of Elgato’s Stream Deck. This little gadget has a easy premise: fifteen customisable keys, every with a little bit LCD display behind it, that may be sure to perform a variety of issues from scene switching in OBS and monitoring your pc’s vitals to launching applications or muting your microphone. Usually the Stream Deck prices £150, however as we speak it is right down to £90 at Amazon UK.
This explicit Stream Deck is the ‘Stream Deck Basic’, aka the unique mannequin that launched again in 2017. There’s a newer ‘MK.2’ mannequin, launched this 12 months, however the two are surprisingly comparable – they run the identical software program and use the identical keys, the one distinction is that the brand new mannequin has interchangable face plates, a set 45-degree angle stand as a substitute of the adjustable authentic and a USB-C plug as a substitute of Micro USB. When it comes to performance, they’re principally similar – so going for the one which’s ~£40 cheaper makes numerous sense to me!
After all, the Stream Deck is not the one macro pad on the market – Everest have made the same DisplayPad, which makes use of a 2×6 grid as a substitute of the 3×5 grid right here, and there are in all probability a good few different alternate options as nicely. The rationale that the Stream Deck is the go-to possibility is as a result of Elgato (and guardian firm Corsair) have been engaged on the Stream Deck for years, and have constructed up an enormous library of pre-prepared integrations with in style software program, from streaming applications like OBS and Xsplit, to social media like Twitter, to streaming websites like Spotify and YouTube. There’s additionally an open SDK that permits builders to write down their very own Stream Deck integrations, so unsurprisingly there is a huge quantity of third-party ‘apps’ so that you can set up at your leisure.
The Stream Deck can be simply simple to make use of, with a easy drag-and-drop interface, folders to provide entry to far more than 15 capabilities and an icon creator that permits you to make every button look simply good. You possibly can file macros and arrange profiles too, making it simple to adapt the Stream Deck to principally any recreation or activity that may be automated – and there is in fact good integration with Corsair’s iCUE software program too.
At £90, the Stream Deck makes numerous sense for streamers, content material creators and automation fans, so if you slot in a kind of bins – otherwise you’re simply curious! – then that is positively price a attempt.