Elgato Stream Decks are well known within the streaming community. Yes, they can be used for more than just streaming video games… or just streaming in general. However we’re a gaming and entertainment blog, so let’s keep our focus within that realm, shall we? The purpose of this discussion will be the generalized pros and cons of a stream deck. Specifically, the Elgato Stream deck. Let’s go:
- Compatible with other products other than Elgato
- Compatible with other Elgato products
- Quality Hardware
- Extremely Customizable
- Lots of options for “Quick Settings”
- Easy Setup
- Easy to Learn (Intuitive)
- Able to Multitask with One Button
- Depending on Size, you may not even use all of the buttons
- Nothing is preset for you to have a sample of
- Cord could be too short for some people
- No “Quick Button” options to go live on Social Media (However, it can still be programmed by creating a long-form multitask button
As you can see, there are a good amount of items on each list. In my opinion, the pro’s definitely outweigh the con’s. The biggest hurtle that I found hard to get past by is the expense of the actual product. To be honest, I was both excited, and overwhelmed. But like most things, once I actually got started learning how to set it up, it wasn’t so bad.
I was pretty disappointed to find that there weren’t any quick actions for going live on social media. Now, I’m not writing this post to deter you from purchasing the Elgato Stream deck, or any stream deck for that matter. It’s quite the opposite actually. However, I just want to be very transparent about my experience.
Back to the discussion on social media quick actions. It’s just all about setting a multitask button to go to open the browser of my choice, go to the social media website, setting several “Tab” steps, type what you would want the button to put in the post, more tabs, and then the enter option for it to submit the post. When I use my buttons (currently, I haven’t seen any updates otherwise yet), it physically opens my browser and you can see all of the “tabs’ being set into motion and submitting the post.
I found this to be the most inconvenient part of the whole thing. Everything else was easy peasy. I found so many different types of software that I was able to set within my own Elgato Stream Deck without any problems at all. I use it for both work and streaming. From just opening different software that I use, games that I play, or just about anything else. Since you can create folders and files within folders and folders, you can have an infinite amount of buttons really. Basically, you may just still have a bunch of blank buttons that don’t do anything.
Overall, it makes the job much easier when it comes to streaming… or anything else you want to use it for. The con’s aren’t worth putting off not purchasing the Elgato Stream Deck. The pro’s make it well worth purchasing it as well when you consider that the con’s aren’t really all that problematic. If you want my opinion, buy it. It’s worth it, and you won’t regret it. Two options, either will do the job.
Do you have your own stream deck already? Leave your thoughts in the comment below. Heck, feel free to even let us know what you use it for, and what kind of setup you have. Maybe we can give each other ideas on how we might use our own stream deck a little more.