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The Streamers Ultimate Tool!
June 4, 2017
The Elgato Stream Deck is now the main tool I use when I stream.
I bought this item brand new on day one, and gave it a few weeks before writing this review so I could try many aspects of it, and give myself some time to give an honest review after the "New and Shiny" period.
First off, this deck seems to be very sturdily made, and weighs about a pound. The shell is made out of a hard plastic that has a very slightly textured finish, with the top logo feeling as if it was painted on. The cable provided has been commented as being too short for some users, and I can see where this may be an issue for some people with large desks. The cable is about 3 feet long, but this works perfectly for my set upThe buttons are made of plastic as well, but when touched almost feel slightly gel-like, which is honestly a nice feel when pressing them down. The buttons make almost no sound when pressing them down, so you shouldn't have to worry about a clicking sound being heard on your microphone. The screens used to display artwork for the buttons can be adjusted for brightness, and being set to full, provide a very vivid picture. One thing I will mention, is soon after setting up a few buttons with new images, and at the beginning of my usage of the stream deck, I noticed one of the buttons lose a portion of the image horizontally. I backed out of the "folder" ( you can create folders for different profiles ) and went back into it, and the issue was fixed and never seen again.
The stand is made of a similar sturdy plastic and weighs about a half pound. The section that supports the weight of the deck has a soft cushion for she deck to sit on, which seems to protect the bottom from scratching, a nice touch. The height adjustment pieces sit inside little notches that are out of the base. You have two different back rests provided so you can set it to different angles. The notches that are used don't let the stand clip in, and allows the stand to pop out if it is lifted at all. This hasn't been an issue when streaming, but has been annoying when moving things around on my desk, as you have to reset the back rest every time you move it.
The software used for the deck is amazing, and super simple. You can make adjustments to it, while using the stream deck software, stream deck, and broadcast software in real time to make sure your functions work exactly like you want them to. The software has many presets made for Elgato Game Capture, OBS Studio, Twitch, and System functions (such as Website, Hotkey Switch, Hotkeys and Multimedia Control). It also has options for sending preset Tweets to Twitter (such as Live Notifications), and TipeeeStream Scene Element. All of the options that I have used so far are very resposive, Tweets are sent within seconds, Twitch messages almost instantly sent, and media/ mixer elements change immediately. You are given 15 buttons as a "Main Menu". Each one of those 15 buttons can be used as folders for different scenes or functions that you want to include. For example, I have one used for my intro, one for my PS4 livestreams, one for my PC live streams, and one for OBS media/Source changing. Inside each folder you can use 14 buttons for functions, as the first button is used to go back to the "Main Menu".
You can also change the images of each element very easily by double clicking on the elements image. You are then able to browse your computer for images to use. The image files that can be used are .bmp, .png, .xmp and .jpg. This part of the software is my only issue. Elgato provides a way to make your own button images, but it is accessed from their site. The process of making your image on their website, saving it to your computer, opening stream deck software, creating button, search for file, then import image, is a little frustrating when you have to do that for 100 or so buttons. I would like to see the option to create your own buttons with your images on the Stream Deck Software itself, as it would save me time having to go to their website to make it.
My Experience While Streaming:
I love this stream deck so much. It has become such an integral part of my stream, that I really don't know how I managed to change sources and scenes before having it. The ease of putting up an intro scene, then going into a console broadcast, popping up a funny .gif when something happens (or playing a sad air horn when I get destroyed in Overwatch) is incredible. I have used this to display .gifs for when I change characters in games like Overwatch and people always ask me "How does your streaming software know what character you are, and changes when you change characters?!". Oh, and if you have to say something privately, you can just make a microphone On/Off button. Or if you have to step away you can make a scene that shuts your camera and microphone off and displays a "BRB" message.
The possibilities are endless.
The support for more streaming platforms and stream integration apps is on its way as noted by Elgato. This will be such a game changer for both new and experienced streamers.
Seriously. 10/10, Must Buy, Recommended.
Very well made, durable deck. Has many great options, with many more to come. Software is so easy to understand that your mom could use it while riding a unicorn on a full moon in winter. Probably going to make you a famous superstar streamer. (But probably not actually going to make you a famous superstar streamer)