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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for external recorders.

If you're a video creator, you'll want to have the best tools at your disposal. In this case, that means a quality external recorder. These devices take in video from a variety of sources—a camera, a computer, even a smartphone—and record it to a hard drive, so you can edit it later. Browse the top-ranked list of external recorders below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Elgato - 4K X 4K144 HDR10 External Capture Card with HDMI 2.1 for PS5, PS4/Pro, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One X/S, PC, and Mac - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Absolutely top of line incredible device. The best External Capture Card released to date....Finally 4k60 and HDR on ps5 with an external card. Plug and play with OBS to"

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    Product Description

    4K X is game capture at its best. Equipped with HDMI 2.1, our most powerful USB card lets you capture the latest titles up to 4K with HDR at 144 frames per second, or even 1080p240. Say goodbye to screen tearing with VRR passthrough. Enjoy ultra-low latency technology that keeps your broadcast and gameplay synced. 4K X works with almost any HDMI-compatible device, including PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, Steam Deck, PC, Mac, even your iPhone 15. And it works seamlessly with leading broadcast apps like OBS, so you can stream like a pro on Twitch, YouTube, or Discord.
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    Top comment

    "Absolutely top of line incredible device. The best External Capture Card released to date....Finally 4k60 and HDR on ps5 with an external card. Plug and play with OBS to"

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    4K X is game capture at its best. Equipped with HDMI 2.1, our most powerful USB card lets you capture the latest titles up to 4K with HDR at 144 frames per second, or even 1080p240. Say goodbye to screen tearing with VRR passthrough. Enjoy ultra-low latency technology that keeps your broadcast and gameplay synced. 4K X works with almost any HDMI-compatible device, including PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, Steam Deck, PC, Mac, even your iPhone 15. And it works seamlessly with leading broadcast apps like OBS, so you can stream like a pro on Twitch, YouTube, or Discord.
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  2. Elgato - HD60 X 1080p60 HDR10 External Capture Card for PS5, PS4/Pro, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One X/S, PC, and Mac - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "My first external capture card, and i love it, never disappointed with elgato...Elgato HD60 External Capture Card...I bought the Elgato HD60 External Capture Card for recording games played on my Xbox Series X. "

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    Product Description

    With HD60 X, capture PS5 or Xbox gameplay like a pro. Use your favorite broadcast app and create high resolution 1080p60 HDR10 or 4K30 HDR10 content for audiences on any video platform. Play high-fidelity games as intended with VRR support and up to 4K60 HDR10 passthrough. You can even enjoy high frame rate gameplay such as 1440p120 or 1080p120. HD60 X connects to your console and sends raw video in real time to both your gaming screen and computer, giving you the freedom to stream, record and edit on your terms. No subscriptions. Zero limitations.
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    Top comment

    "My first external capture card, and i love it, never disappointed with elgato...Elgato HD60 External Capture Card...I bought the Elgato HD60 External Capture Card for recording games played on my Xbox Series X. "

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    With HD60 X, capture PS5 or Xbox gameplay like a pro. Use your favorite broadcast app and create high resolution 1080p60 HDR10 or 4K30 HDR10 content for audiences on any video platform. Play high-fidelity games as intended with VRR support and up to 4K60 HDR10 passthrough. You can even enjoy high frame rate gameplay such as 1440p120 or 1080p120. HD60 X connects to your console and sends raw video in real time to both your gaming screen and computer, giving you the freedom to stream, record and edit on your terms. No subscriptions. Zero limitations.
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  3. AVerMedia - Live Gamer Ultra - Black - Alt_View_Zoom_11

    Model: GC553
    SKU: 6288525
    Top comment

    "Best external capture box money can buy"

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    Product Description

    Play, stream and record games with this AVerMedia Live Gamer capture card. It records up to 120 fps for a full high-definition signal, and its 4K HDR pass-through technology ensures clear and vivid media output. This AVerMedia Live Gamer capture card uses RECentral software for easy interfacing with multiple platforms.
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    Top comment

    "Best external capture box money can buy"

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    Play, stream and record games with this AVerMedia Live Gamer capture card. It records up to 120 fps for a full high-definition signal, and its 4K HDR pass-through technology ensures clear and vivid media output. This AVerMedia Live Gamer capture card uses RECentral software for easy interfacing with multiple platforms.
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  4. Elgato - Stream Deck MK.2 Full-size Wired USB Keypad with 15 Customizable LCD keys and Interchangeable Faceplate - White - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Great external 'keyboard'"

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    Product Description

    Stream Deck gives you 15 LCD keys to control your apps and tools. Trigger actions, launch social posts, adjust audio, play sound clips, activate lights, and much more. Get visual feedback to confirm your commands. Set Stream Deck to automatically switch key configurations as you jump between apps. It’s the ultimate workflow hack, and it’s fully customizable. Personalize your Stream Deck with custom icons, screensavers, and a growing range of interchangeable faceplates. Use the app to configure keys with ease, and hit the Stream Deck Store for app plugins, icon packs, thousands of royalty free tracks, effects, and more.
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    "Great external 'keyboard'"

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    Product Description

    Stream Deck gives you 15 LCD keys to control your apps and tools. Trigger actions, launch social posts, adjust audio, play sound clips, activate lights, and much more. Get visual feedback to confirm your commands. Set Stream Deck to automatically switch key configurations as you jump between apps. It’s the ultimate workflow hack, and it’s fully customizable. Personalize your Stream Deck with custom icons, screensavers, and a growing range of interchangeable faceplates. Use the app to configure keys with ease, and hit the Stream Deck Store for app plugins, icon packs, thousands of royalty free tracks, effects, and more.
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  5. Elgato - Prompter - All-in-One Teleprompter with Built-in Screen - Black - Front_Zoom

    Product Description

    With Prompter, create and connect with confidence. Present video scripts, read Twitch chat, or Zoom conference with natural eye contact. Streamline your setup with Prompter’s built-in 9“ display, unlike other teleprompters that require an extra tablet or smartphone. Prompter works with almost any webcam or camera (even the widest DSLR lenses) and connects directly to your PC or Mac. Customize its display using Camera Hub software, or drag and drop any window — just like a monitor. Swap out cameras with ease using an intuitive backplate system, then plug in with a single USB cable
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    With Prompter, create and connect with confidence. Present video scripts, read Twitch chat, or Zoom conference with natural eye contact. Streamline your setup with Prompter’s built-in 9“ display, unlike other teleprompters that require an extra tablet or smartphone. Prompter works with almost any webcam or camera (even the widest DSLR lenses) and connects directly to your PC or Mac. Customize its display using Camera Hub software, or drag and drop any window — just like a monitor. Swap out cameras with ease using an intuitive backplate system, then plug in with a single USB cable
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  6. Elgato - Wave XLR - XLR/USB-C Microphone Interface & Digital Mixing Solution - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Had to get this because I can’t use external software on my company laptop. I do a ton of zoom/teams calls, internal and external so a good mic goes a ling way. "

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    Product Description

    Wave XLR does the work of multiple devices and packs features you won't find in conventional audio interfaces. Like proprietary Clipguard anti-distortion technology, a capacitive mute button, and integration with custom Wave Link mixing software. With up to 75 dB of ultra-low-noise gain, even notoriously insensitive dynamic mics sound loud and clear. 48 volts of phantom power bring condenser mics to life, and two switchable low-cut filters let you remove low frequencies for close and distant mic positions. You can even swap out the faceplate and control dial. Wave XLR — a compact USB interface that gives your mic superpowers.
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    Top comment

    "Had to get this because I can’t use external software on my company laptop. I do a ton of zoom/teams calls, internal and external so a good mic goes a ling way. "

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    Product Description

    Wave XLR does the work of multiple devices and packs features you won't find in conventional audio interfaces. Like proprietary Clipguard anti-distortion technology, a capacitive mute button, and integration with custom Wave Link mixing software. With up to 75 dB of ultra-low-noise gain, even notoriously insensitive dynamic mics sound loud and clear. 48 volts of phantom power bring condenser mics to life, and two switchable low-cut filters let you remove low frequencies for close and distant mic positions. You can even swap out the faceplate and control dial. Wave XLR — a compact USB interface that gives your mic superpowers.
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  7. Razer - Stream Controller X All-in-one Keypad for Streaming and Content Creation - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "You can always just use an external numpad and assign hotkeys to things that way but having software that directly communicates with your other software with visual feedback on the button (for instance, being able to see if a device is muted because the button changes when you press it) is invaluable to me. ...However, I could see someone trying the different brand or creating a similar setup with an external tablet just due to it being pricy and half baked on the software."

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    Product Description

    With the Razer Stream Controller X, creativity comes easily­. Manage your streaming and content creation seamlessly through one convenient device that controls all your apps and tools. Streamline your workflow so you can focus on what matters most­—engaging the fans and growing your following.
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    "You can always just use an external numpad and assign hotkeys to things that way but having software that directly communicates with your other software with visual feedback on the button (for instance, being able to see if a device is muted because the button changes when you press it) is invaluable to me. ...However, I could see someone trying the different brand or creating a similar setup with an external tablet just due to it being pricy and half baked on the software."

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    Product Description

    With the Razer Stream Controller X, creativity comes easily­. Manage your streaming and content creation seamlessly through one convenient device that controls all your apps and tools. Streamline your workflow so you can focus on what matters most­—engaging the fans and growing your following.
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  8. Elgato - Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2 - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "I recommend it over the external card....My external card kept restarting so this was the way to go, it works great! "

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    Product Description

    Record stunning, crystal-clear video from live streams with this Elgato Game Capture Pro MK.2 capture card. The multi-feed technology lets you capture video streams from multiple apps simultaneously, and ultralow latency provides precise captures. Multi-card support enables multiple Elgato Game Capture Pro MK.2 capture card units within a single PC.
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    Top comment

    "I recommend it over the external card....My external card kept restarting so this was the way to go, it works great! "

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    Product Description

    Record stunning, crystal-clear video from live streams with this Elgato Game Capture Pro MK.2 capture card. The multi-feed technology lets you capture video streams from multiple apps simultaneously, and ultralow latency provides precise captures. Multi-card support enables multiple Elgato Game Capture Pro MK.2 capture card units within a single PC.
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  9. Elgato - Cam Link 4K - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: 10GAM9901
    SKU: 6316580
    Top comment

    "Best recorder for the money...Works great with Google meet for external camera for presentations"

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    Product Description

    Complete your DSLR camera setup with this Elgato Cam Link 4K device. A USB connection allows for fast, easy setup, and the low-latency technology lets you livestream on your favorite social media platforms. Compatible with both PC and Mac systems, this Elgato Cam Link 4K device connects your camera to your computer for convenient access to frequently used apps.
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    "Best recorder for the money...Works great with Google meet for external camera for presentations"

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    Product Description

    Complete your DSLR camera setup with this Elgato Cam Link 4K device. A USB connection allows for fast, easy setup, and the low-latency technology lets you livestream on your favorite social media platforms. Compatible with both PC and Mac systems, this Elgato Cam Link 4K device connects your camera to your computer for convenient access to frequently used apps.
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  10. Elgato - Stream Deck XL Wired Keypad with Back Lighting - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Being able to open folders hurried in external drives in a click, launch apps instantly, or even map your own family’s audio to play back responses like “nooooo” when they ask a question :-) is all so worth it! "

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    Product Description

    Improve the quality of online broadcasts with this Elgato Stream Deck XL advanced stream controller. The included app makes it easy to assign custom functions to the 32 touch-sensitive keys for easy access to actions and effects. This Elgato Stream Deck XL advanced stream controller is compatible with a variety of popular live streaming services.
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    Top comment

    "Being able to open folders hurried in external drives in a click, launch apps instantly, or even map your own family’s audio to play back responses like “nooooo” when they ask a question :-) is all so worth it! "

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    Product Description

    Improve the quality of online broadcasts with this Elgato Stream Deck XL advanced stream controller. The included app makes it easy to assign custom functions to the 32 touch-sensitive keys for easy access to actions and effects. This Elgato Stream Deck XL advanced stream controller is compatible with a variety of popular live streaming services.
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