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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Two-Fifths the Keys, Five-Fifths the Features

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    Turbolence
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    Video game streaming’s meteoric rise from a handful of live streams spread about the internet to a global phenomenon with prime time spots on ESPN has spawned countless specialty products intended to make streaming more accessible, convenient, and high-quality for amateurs and professionals alike. The popularity of Elgato’s full-size Stream Deck is unmistakable, giving streamers a large slate of versatile shortcuts without sacrificing any valuable keyboard keys. The Stream Deck Mini aims to provide the same experience in a portable form factor, and very little was lost in the transition down to the smaller size, making this a great companion for streamers, content creators, gamers, and pretty much anyone who could use an extra set of highly customizable function keys. - Setup and Software My first impressions were quite positive. The Stream Deck Mini was smaller than I had anticipated, but the unit feels solidly built, decently weighted, and has a rubberized anti-skid base that keeps it firmly in place on most surfaces. Setup was very easy as the quickstart guide not only shows where to download the Stream Deck software, but walks through basic configuration, key customization, and profile management within the software itself. It’s a small touch but one that’s very welcome, as there was no guesswork needed to get up and running. The Stream Deck Mini uses the same software suite as its larger brethren, so existing Stream Deck users will have no trouble getting the smaller device configured for their needs. Speaking as a first-time user, the Stream Deck software itself is very intuitive. Any key on the Stream Deck Mini can be set to execute a command with a simple click-and-drag approach, and “Multi Action” macros can be programmed for a key as well. Stream Deck has built-in functions for users of Elgato’s Game Capture devices, internal Stream Deck commands (such as wait, switch profile, change brightness), and application hooks for many of the most popular software packages used by streamers, listed below. Of course, there are also plenty of system-level commands available, such as hotkey mapping, multimedia playback, text input, and file open instructions. There’s also a built-in soundboard should you wish to meme-blast your viewers. Supported software packages and social media as of the time of this review are: Mixer, OBS Studio, Streamlabs (and Streamlabs OBS), TipeeeStream, Twitch, Twitter, XSplit, and YouTube. I would have liked to see more integration with chat apps that streamers commonly use, such as Discord, but the software is in constant development and more apps should be added in the future. See Elgato’s website for more information on supported software. - Customization All of the above features are useful in and of themselves, but would be difficult to remember if the function keys had static labels. The 72x72 pixel screens that lie under each key make the Stream Deck Mini an invaluable tool, as every individual function can have its own image or animated GIF displayed to represent the action(s) the key will perform. Text can also be displayed in lieu of an image, and I found that the screens were crisp and clear enough to read the text at about two feet away, though you’re limited to about 8 to 10 characters per line. The two most important features that allow a smaller Stream Deck to work as well as the full-size device are folders and profiles, both fully integrated into the software package. The folders allow a single key on the Stream Deck Mini to load up five further functions (with the top left key being reserved for a “Back” button to exit the folder), letting the user group their commands as they see fit. Folders can nest several layers deep as well, letting creative streamers have a plethora of commands at their fingertips or letting a content creator have all of their creative suite shortcuts at hand. While one could separate a specific application’s commands into a single folder as I have, the Stream Deck software not only allows for profile switching with the press of a button, but also load specific profiles automatically when a specified application is launched. This function exists in the drivers of many gaming peripherals, and I’m glad to see the same user-centric approach taken by Elgato. - In Use This immense versatility prompted me to use the Stream Deck Mini outside its intended use for a streamer or content creator, and use it as a gaming peripheral. In my case the device became a “button box,” a control panel attached to a driving simulator cockpit for non-operating controls (such as brake bias adjustment, pit speed limiter, etc). Once I set my folders up with hotkey binds and a few multi-action commands for timed inputs, I had a dynamic device that adapted seamlessly from game to game. I did not encounter any noticeable input delay or dropped commands after logging many hours on it, and the keys were all large enough to display a graphic representing each control that was clearly visible from a distance. The Stream Deck Mini helped eliminate the need to reach for a keyboard in the middle of a session, and freed up other buttons on my racing wheel for more useful commands. I did find some limitations to the device after a couple hours. The biggest issue I had is that the key spacing appears closer together than on the full-size Stream Deck, which led to the occasional wrong keypress. I would’ve liked to have seen them spaced a bit further apart. Additionally, as the keys are common “membrane” style switches, they sometimes tend to depress at an angle or in a way where they feel like they could get stuck. Fortunately the keystroke recognition is very light and sensitive so this is a minor complaint all things considered. The only other shortcoming I found is that the Stream Deck software must be running at all times for the device to function. While I understand the reasoning behind that with all the macros that are possible to assign, onboard storage for a single common profile would have been a great feature for those who switch between computers regularly and want to bring their workflows with them without the need to install the software and copy their profiles multiple times. The software also does not currently allow for Stream Deck devices to act as joystick inputs, limiting its functionality for non-streaming purposes, but as this is outside its intended use I cannot count this against the review score. - Bottom Line That the Stream Deck Mini shares all its versatility and customization with the larger device means it does something refreshingly honest: it cuts down both size and price without cutting the functionality. I have barely scratched the surface of how this device could be used to improve work and streaming experiences alike, and it works very well as a supplemental input for games. All told, the niche nature of this product justifies the asking price, and I would suggest this to streamers looking to step up to the next level and optimize their workflow without committing to shelling out for the larger device. Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great deck to have.

    Posted
    cad8099
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    I love this deck. it does make things easier. I hope to do a youtube video as well on a few things as I could not find out the answer and found it eventually on own. But overall, fun to have. I would start off by saying, yes you get 6 buttons. but in my opinion you only really get to customize 4.5 buttons lol. i say .5 because that .5 button is 2 buttons but all you can really do is change title and maybe how the button looks. so let me explain. i look at this like an iPhone or Samsung phone. you have apps, and you can then swipe your phone to see more apps. on this deck, you basically have apps, but you cant swipe. so my suggestion is that with each page in the lower right corner create a "create folder". this then allows you to have another page. the first page you actually get 5 buttons (i kept the default welcome button myself). after the first page you always have a back button so that eliminates a button that you can customize. (but you can change the look or put a text with it). then like i just said, i would also create a folder so that you can access another page. you don't have to but just something i suggest. if you don't then you do have a 5th button you can customize. that said, even with 4 buttons its fun. and you can easily create your own folders with names as well. for instance, if you want web pages. you can create a folder for web pages. you can then also create a folder within that folder to separate web pages if you want to access certain web pages with certain web browsers. now that said, comes my first complaint. It would be nice if the device made it easier for you to click the website button already in stream decks app and then paste a web address and then choose what web browser to open it with. not the case. I figured out for now (maybe an easier way) to create a icon on desktop for each web browser, then you drag that to the deck app. which then inputs the web browsers extension, then on that line copy and paste the web address. sounds harder then what it is but just a little extra. if you don't do this and only copy and paste the web address, it will then only open that web address under your default web browser. i don't use Microsoft edge but that is my default. just never changed. so all the web address stuff would open in that until i figured out how to actually get them to open in the right web browser i wanted. hope what i wrote above makes sense. I could not find anything on that and even tried support which only has been a couple days but still no response. however, with that, because i can set up specific web browser now, I have liked it even more. i also like that you can set up hot keys. most probably know there hot keys for what they do. like i use alt+f9 to start record. alt+z to open overlay etc. but after a while you forget or make a mistake etc. so when i want to or think i will record, i open up to my record tab and it has my hot keys already there, so i created a button and it has a label that says record and under that alt+f9 etc. this is handy for 2 reasons. first, i can just press a button now with 1 hand instead of having to use both to perform the function. and 2, i don't have to write all my hot keys down on a paper to remember. like i said, you can create folder after folder. so with what i said above, if you have some hot keys for ingame for instance. again, you can create a folder for games, then create a folder within the games folder for specific games. for instance pubg. then you can create the hot keys for that game in that folder. one hot key i use a lot is mute ingame sound. i mute this when at menu of game and until I just about land i will unmute. well now instead of having to use both hands or what ever, i can just use my deck and hit the button i have labeled mute unmute. I don't stream yet. one day i might have a nice enough computer that can handle playing and streaming. so my view for the deck is based around just an average gamer using it. and i can say i like it even if i don't stream. i can see a lot of benefits to it if you do stream but even if not there are so many benefits with having it. yes a lot of things you can set up macros for. or like i said, hot keys. but you do get limited with your keyboard on how many you can set. with this stream deck you don't. you also don't get visuals where as with the stream deck you can customize and get visuals. so my first page is set up basically with my wife's profile and mine. then within that we can customize to how we like. i set up web addresses for instance and then within that folder i separate web browsers and within that web addresses. so i click my initials, which takes me to second page, then i click the web addresses tab to take me to another page and then lets say i want twitch, i know i like to open that up with google chrome so i click google chrome and then i click on twitch and it will open twitch up in google chrome. yes i can click google chrome and then type t and enter and twitch comes up. but it actually just about takes just as fast to quickly hit the keys. but another tab i have for instance is record. i use nvidia myself for most. so i click my initials then record tab, then nvidia and then if i want to start record, i hit the record tab. if i want to mute my mic while recording i hit the mute mic tab, if i want to start the intant replay recording i hit that button and then if i want to save the last 15 seconds (or whatever seconds i have it set to) i hit that button. i don't have to try and remember what my hot keys are for it all. same if i am playing games that i can stream i might hit the live button etc. The deck already has a lot of things in the program that you can easily set and use. mainly again for streamers. and setting up the keys like i said, is as easy as picking what you want to do and dragging it over. i also love the size. its actually smaller then my Logitech G502 mouse. the cord is not the longest but long enough. ok for a few negatives and why 4 stars. i already explained that its not the easiest to set up web sites and have it open up in the browser you want. unless you use your default browser already for everything. for me some things i prefer to use internet explore for, while other things I like google chrome etc. so that is one thing. My other thing is that this is 100$ regular priced. i think this is a steep price being you can pay 150$ and get a deck with 15 buttons and that would probably be a lot better option being its a lot nicer to have more things show up instead of having to go to other pages. i feel this should have been at least half the price of the 15 button stream deck. for half the price, now it becomes do you want something that's a bit more compact or would you rather pay to get 3 more buttons. and it markets it as a Six fully customizable LCD keys which like i said, really is 5 after the first page and even then i would say more so 4. and i would say at least for me, each page should basically already have had the next page button in lower right button so you don't have to create that. especially because this is only a 6 button one. overall it is nice. i do recommend owning this or the bigger one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not just for gamers, but a gamers best friend

    Posted
    nickcal
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    I’m always trying to find ways to make my workflow more functional. Not too long ago, Elgato introduced the Stream Deck programmable broadcasting tool. It’s a panel of buttons that are completely customizable. The full-size Stream Deck has 15 buttons on it, which was a bit much for my set-up. I like to keep things on the minimal size to conserve desk space. Fortunately for me, Elgato released the Stream Deck Mini recently which is perfect for my set-up. I have a love—hate relationship with the packaging for the Stream Deck Mini. First, it is branded well and you can easily see what the product is supposed to be. There is quite a bit of information includes on the box so many questions will be answered right from the writing on the box. That said, it’s a lot of box for such a little device. The box is about 10 inches tall and the Stream Deck Mini device is only 3.3 x 2.4 x 2.3 inches in size. The only items in the box are the Stream Deck Mini with its attached cable and a quick start guide. Even though I’m not what I would consider an ‘environmentalist’, I do appreciate packing that is minimal and not wasteful. I would love to see Elgato rethink their packaging for this product. Moving on, the Stream Deck Mini is an incredible little device. The first step to its set-up process is to download the Stream Deck app for your operating system. For me, it is for Mac and it appears as a menu bar utility. After you’ve downloaded the app, you can connect the Stream Deck Mini to your computer using the attached USB cable. At this point, you can launch the app and start customizing the buttons. To get started, you simply drag actions from the panel on the right side of the screen to the desired keys on the left. The LCD within the buttons can be programmed in any way you wish. You can choose to create your own icons or configure graphics using Elgato’s web interface. One thing I was a little concerned about was the amount of customization I could achieve with this smaller interface. As it turns out, there are limitless possibilities with the Stream Deck Mini since you can create folders for keys. You can literally nest folders inside folders and have a huge library of commands on the tiny deck of buttons. So far, the Stream Deck Mini has performed flawlessly. I love being able to tap a single button and have these locations open with no other interaction. The only downside is that the programming is tied to the computer it’s connected to. If I move the Stream Deck to a different machine, I will have to reprogram it there. I do wish that the deck had onboard storage to accommodate for saved preferences, but that is really the only issue I have with the device. I absolutely love having the Stream Deck Mini be apart of my work ecosystem. It’s a magical little device that makes my life a lot easier. I’m looking forward to using it more and more as time goes on and can’t wait to see what it does for my productivity. I can recommend it to anyone looking to make their workflow more concise or for broadcasters who want a simple way to add a switcher to their system. It is well worth the cost in my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Little Deck that COULD!

    Posted
    nkpstudios
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    The Elgato Stream Deck Mini is a good addition to any computer setup. Just think of this as 6 buttons to make your own. You can customize them as little or as much as you like. Create keystroke recordings to carry out tasks. For streamers, this is an entry level version of their Stream Deck which I believe is the better value. I would get the 15 button Stream Deck if I were spending my money here. Review This is absolutely very easy to use. It is so simple, minimalistic, and intuitive. I love how it is designed to not move. Smart Design Improvements. The design is one that limits movement. It is bottom heavy and angle just right to view the buttons. Tactile Feel. I love the tactile feel of the button press. They feel and look great. Very basic. You’ll have to get creative with how you use it. It is literally a box of buttons that you can make do whatever you want with a press of a button. Elgato Software. I am not a fan of the software to customize this. Try to make a wallpaper and see what I mean. Web based software. The online icon creation is a bit clunky for me. I would have much rather had a program to install. I just do everything in PhotoShop or Illustrator to create icons and avoid the headache. Lack of Physical Adjustments. I am unable to adjust the angle of viewing and also I would like to see a longer cord for placing the device. Concerns Me The screen stays on and could result in burn in. After looking for a solution, I came across the option to put them to sleep. That should be enabled by default in my opinion. .:VERDICT:. If you are going to pony up for this thing, I would say spend a bit more and get the regular Stream Deck. Not that this is bad, but the value lies with more buttons.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Stream Deck for Twitchers / Streamers

    Posted
    teasten
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    The Elgato Stream Deck Mini is the best stream deck for twitchers or YouTubers. I've been using it for a few hours now and I am IMPRESSED. Setup was easy. There's no need for drivers, the Elgato Stream Deck is recognized immediately by Windows 10. You do need to download the Elgato Stream Deck Mini Software (https://www.elgato.com/en/gaming/downloads) to configure the LCD screen. Setup was EASY and I had buttons custom linked to Mixer, Capturing Screenshots, twitter shout outs, and playing ads. The Elgato Stream Deck is limited only by your imagination and the 6 buttons are not a limitation, as you can have sub folders.You can also make to any keyboard combination, so I am planning to experiment with a productivity setting to cycle through some photoshop commands (just for fun). On the buttons, I thought I wouldn't like the membrane buttons but they work well. The size is also great, slightly bigger than a standard mouse. The feet/foot of the Elgato Mini is completely rubberized (don't forget to pull off the protective plastic) and I didn't have any movement issues with the Mini when I was jabbing buttons mid game play. That means, it stayed in one place. The LCD screen is bright and crisp. It's up there with the touchbar on the Mac. In fact I think the Elgato could be a way to give yourself a touchbar like experience on a Windows 10 PC. Which is why I can't wait to see if I can use this for double duty - gaming and work. It's impossible to fault the Streamdeck Mini. My only other observation was when unboxing it, the USB cable was packed in tight. It needs a firm yank to remove it from the box. That's not a negative review, just a tip for when you unbox it. Trivia: Elgato have been acquired by Corsair. So at some point I am guessing this will be known as the Corsair Stream Deck.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very flexible - NOT just for Live-Streaming/Gaming

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    gwtbike
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    Although this is aimed at live-streaming, I actually find it to be extremely useful for everyday tasks. And I think this is maybe where this Mini version is aimed is for people that may occasionally live stream but also want an additional peripheral to increase productivity. I initially thought that the price was a bit high, just for a simple little 6-button thing that sits on your desk, but it comes down to the software which is super easy and simple to use where you just drag and drop actions or folders in to each space. I also like the fact that you can create custom icons for custom actions including GIFs! Although it only has 6 buttons, I actually quite like this as it reduces clutter since you can group actions into a folder. For instance, you can have one folder for just your live stream actions and then others set up for other programs. Although I said that the software may justify the price, I feel it's just a tad high for this device. 6 buttons is usable, but I think that 8 buttons may be the sweet spot which would provide more flexibility. Other than that, maybe some higher resolution keys, the keys do feel a little mushy and have an odd sound to them when you click them (although not very audible), and lastly, although I like the triangular shape, the weight is a little too light and it can move on your desk if you mash a button. I was reaching for those complaints and they do not justify a 4-star vs 5-star rating, so that's why I rated it with 5. I like this device a lot. I find myself using it for everyday tasks more than live-streaming. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Convenient but a bit of a learning curve

    Posted
    Mike
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    Easy and quick initial setup but, there is a learning curve to get into the more detailed options. The software to set up the device is very intuitive and easy to use with plenty of quick options to choose from for multiple streaming services and a handful for options for regular hardware control. Some of the best functions I've found are quick access for multimedia control and quick launching of web-based applications. The buttons make a very quiet plunger noise but it is silent enough not to be heard while broadcasting. Very clean design with a rubber bottom to keep the unit in place while using it and uses minimal desk space. The screen is plenty bright, with the option to adjust the brightness as well. Very easy to read and use after setting the buttons to your preferences, including a very hand function to create folders that organize your hot keys for different apps! I would recommend this for any streamers that are looking for a few quick controls for silent interactions or those who use a lot of applications that you may need to be brought up quickly (i.e. office/productivity environment). For the serious streamer that use multiple broadcasting programs at the same time, I might recommend opting for the larger version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Boost Office Productivity with Stream Deck Mini!

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    gadgetguy11
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    With 6 configurable one-touch control LCD keys, the Stream Deck Mini adds convenience & power to the desktop. Although it is designed for streamers to add one touch convenience, I find it useful for daily business computer use in my office. The weighted base keeps it in place & the slope of the top enables effective viewing of the buttons. This is a high quality accessory & is at home on any Mac or PC. I love how effortlessly (copy / paste) you can install specific icons to each button, move them around and change them at any time. The smaller size of the Mini is absolutely perfect for standard office desks. The full size Stream Deck requires too much desk space, and 6) programmable buttons is more than adequate to justify this productivity boosting dynamo! The USB cord was a little short to route it behind my monitor, where the cord would not show, so I simply added a USB extension cable - problem solved. CONCLUSION: The Stream Deck Mini requires less real estate on your desk than the full sized model & costs less. The 6-button configurable one touch control boosts productivity in any work environment. It earns my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION & has become the most frequently used accessory (I use it many times / day) in my office.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not just for streamers!

    Posted
    CPrice
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    First of all, you're not limited to only 6 buttons. Using the included software, you can actually make multiple folders within folders, within....well, you get it. I haven't done any streaming, but I use this for my AV editing, gaming, and just basic use. I'm able to keep my AV programs in one folder, and can access them without having to exit from other programs. I also have other folders for gaming, with a few macros and icons to start Steam, Origin, bring up my Logitech Gaming software, etc (sure, you can do it just from the desktop, much it's not as much fun!). It's perfect for my G19s gaming keyboard, as I can now have my macros labeled and brightly lit! Finally, I have the YouTube, Facebook, and AOL sites set to some of the buttons. I can access them with just a press. The software is easy to use, and gives you full access to what you want. Don't like the picture provided? You can just download a new one and set it to that! You're not limited to just a few settings! It's not exactly essential for everyday use, as I can do everything with it that I could normally do from the desktop, but it's fairly inexpensive and worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For effortless Streaming and so much more!

    Posted
    jhancock
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    Elgato's Stream Deck Mini is a great tool for game streaming and so much more, including content streaming to the masses (or target audiences). It is helpful for every day navigation on your computer and works great with navigating photo and video creation apps along with other graphic applications. I have used many different macro systems over the years and find this 6-button marvel to be an amazing time saver. Using 6 buttons in a hierarchal manner results in frequent one touch implementations to complex keystroke combinations. The design and construction are very well thought out with software to match. It works great and looks great. I really like the LCD keys that can be programmed with your own icons or by using any of the many icons included with the streamer. They are easy to see in all conditions that I have used my computer in. The deck with its grippy weighted base stays where I put it with no slippage. An innovation that really works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid sleek affordable macro board

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    vrs99
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    The Elgato Stream Deck Mini is a very sleek, customizable macro board that can fit in the pocket. Dimensions 2.3” tall by 3.3” in width and has 6 buttons and the ability to create an unlimited number of folders. Downloading the Elgato Stream Deck software allows you to have ultimate control over your streaming. The software caters toward the online video streamers integrating services like Twitch and Mixer. Using the Stream Deck, you can send quick chat messages to your stream, see how many viewers you have, open programs, and much more. Setup the Stream Deck with three profiles; one each for multimedia, gaming, and streaming. The Stream Deck Mini is 50 dollars less than the full one and has 9 less keys. The Mini is good for a small desk or someone who streams on the go. You might want to invest in the full version if you want to make a living streaming. Overall this is a very good sleek affordable macro board.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not just for streamers

    Posted
    Roger
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    This is easily the best device you never knew you needed. Being able to map multiple actions to a single key with a customizable image is useful for so much more than just streaming. Enthusiasts and gamers can set one key overclocking, professionals can monitor stocks and bind monitors with website groups to one key, Mac users can do... whatever It is that they do (i guess make macros to talk about how great apple products are? I just know it works on mac os). Don't worry about only having six keys, as you can create folders, and folders of folders inside of other folders of folders. Folders. If you do anything productivity or gaming based, this is worth your time, and at under 100$, well worth your money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for any streamer, gamer, or PC'ing!

    Posted
    GoGatorsInCA
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    As a really casual streamer and gamer, I am really enjoying this product. It is pretty simple to set-up and assign buttons to execute particular actions, such as something stream related (such as muting alerts), opening links (to whatever website you desire), or executing "hotkey bind" commands in games. Overall, the device itself is small and doesn't take up much room at all. And even though it has 6 buttons, you can set "folders" to open up, which will then allow you to set-up additional buttons/commands. As I get more into streaming, this will be a great tool to use. As some may have mentioned, the USB cable attached to the device is somewhat short, so you may want to consider getting a short USB extension to your liking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works as promised

    Posted
    niteryder
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    The Elgato Mini Stream Deck is a nice addition to my current workstation. So far it delivers as expected. I was looking for a way to streamline my workflow and this little deck is just the ticket. The setup was not too bad, I just downloaded the software and then did some online searching and everything I needed was available to get up and running. My needs are mostly business based, so i set up folders for easy webaccess to my clients portals. Everything is as easy as a touch of a button and you are there. I do plan in the future to stream content, but the short time I have used this there is just not enough time to use it to its fullest potential. But in the few days Ive used it I really like it and would recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's okay a little pricey for a hot key shortcut

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    Rcroker
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    For the price of the item, it is super costly. It does work great and is much easier than having to remember hot keys. You can use it for many things, such as an item for your home automation, push the button and certain lights will turn on. The problem is, it's basically a box with shortcuts. For almost $100 I would rather use hot keys. Now if you are into streaming your video games live, then it might be of more use. However for me it's a hot key replacement item. It's nice, and sleek. You can customize the button icons to anything you want. You can also customize each button depending on what app or program you have open.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Huge on features, and learning curve

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    FactorFPV
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    I really need to sit down and dedicate a few hours to learning how best to set up this fancy little box, but already I can see it being incredibly useful for Twitch streaming, and possibly other tasks as well. It isn't the most user friendly thing in the world to set up, but once you go through the process of creating keys a few times I assume it gets easier. Based on review videos, I know it is incredibly flexible and even does more than it's makers intended, by working with non streaming apps as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

    Posted
    Jay4
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I needed a stream deck and this mini came along, it is perfect for my needs. It is small and compact, you can edit whatever icon you want to display for which ever key. I use this for streaming and photo editing, my only con would be that the usb is not detachable to the unit. Besides that, the software is, I currently use is for regular pc task, OBS, Sony Vegas and much more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Streaming Essential!

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    Spartan114
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a streaming game-changer, especially if you have only one machine and not a dual-pc streaming setup. You can program dozens of commands that are accessible at the press of a button or two without changing what your stream is showing. I have a dual-pc setup, but going from having to use a second mouse and keyboard to using the stream deck was an incredible quality-of-life improvement for my streaming experience. Can't recommend enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for what it does

    Posted
    TruckingEsqui
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Very easy to setup and use. Ended up purchasing 2 units for two of our company computer setups and we mainly use it to open up documents and websites. Does what it is supposed to but sometimes the button graphics lag. Would rate it a 4.5 because of that lag since it is something that shouldn't happen due to the premium price and it could probably be fixed with a software update.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Macro Key set not just for streamers

    Posted
    ViperElectric
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is an awesome piece of tech, the customize-able display buttons make it very nice for people who use a lot of macros. This product may be marketed towards streamers but its great for anyone looking for a custom macro key set. I thought at first that only having 6 buttons would be an issue but with the way you can create folders and arrange items in them it is no issue at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend