First Look: The Elgato Stream Deck

With the increasing amount of live web broadcasting, companies are hard at work putting out products to cater to budgets that are attractive to the average consumer. There’s an endless list of Twitch streamers and YouTubers and with Instagram and Facebook following suit, there’s even more reason to target the next PewDiePie or Chewbacca Mom.

Elgato is a company that used to be known for creating awesome hardware for early cable TV cord cutters but these days, Elgato has a wide range of products for cord cutting, video gaming and live video production. The team’s latest is the Stream Deck which allows you to assign tasks to 15 LCD backed buttons. Each button is a tiny screen that can display an image of your choosing and can launch programs, send tweets, start and stop recordings, adjust volume and more.

For streamers, the Stream Deck is compatible with commonly used programs like OBS and XSplit but the features don’t end there. You can also assign macros for editing programs like Photoshop, Final Cut, Microsoft Word and many others.

Elgato’s Stream Deck could surely be a missing link in taking the extensive world of mom and dad vloggers to the next level. From what I’ve seen so far, it looks easy enough to navigate without a steep learning curve. I also have faith in Elgato since I’ve been following the brand from its earlier days and they’ve always put out some solid stuff.

The Stream Deck will be available on May 15 with a price tag of $149.95 (on Amazon) which isn’t too bad at all considering its versatility.

For more specs and info be sure to check out the Stream Deck section of Elgato’s site here.

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