Elgato is one of the companies that has done a lot to enhance the experience of pressing buttons. This is for making one action occur in an application ever since it presented the original Stream Deck. The free software that’s included is much simpler with more additional integrated features and options. So with that, making folders is easier, faster, and so is establishing profiles that immediately populate the Stream Deck. This is all depending on the programs that you’ve opened.
The very first Stream Deck from Elgato instantly became a staple item for video game streamers; but if you’re one of those who thought that it was a bit too pricey or big, the company has come up with a smaller and a more affordable option for you. Elgato is out once again to prove that power and all the good things can come in small packages, and this is with their brand-new Elgato Stream Deck Mini.
Read on and learn more about this device and check out its features, functions, performance, and if it’s something worth purchasing.
Elgato Stream Deck Mini Review – What’s in the Box?
The Elgato Stream Deck Mini came in a really quirky designed prism-shaped package which was really unique and interesting in our opinion. It’s a great way to catch the attention of people, and it’s something that we really appreciate since Elgato veers from the norm. The front part of the package features an image of the Stream Deck Mini, together with its name and the company’s logo at the top. You’ll also find the slogan which is just underneath, while the branding can be found at the bottom-right corner of the box.
When looking at the back of the package, you will see a few details and information on the Stream Deck Mini, as well as a couple of technical specifications. For the additional items in the package, this includes the quick start guide, and the safety documentations.
Elgato Stream Deck Mini Review
First off, let’s begin with the basics for the device; the unit functions just like your regular Stream Deck. You’ll be using the same software and interface as your previous unit, the same system used for configuring the key functions, as well as the same programming for numerous profiles.
Whatever your preference is, or anything you planned to do with the regular device, you’ll be able to make this happen with the Elgato Stream Deck Mini. The only difference here is that instead of having a total of 15 buttons, you’ll only have to work with six which is better and less confusing. Another great thing about this is you won’t have to bother doing any of the Alt-Tab switching to get to what you want.
The Elgato Stream Deck Mini retained a lot of the features of the original device such as the LCD buttons, USB interfacing, as well a the same software platform. You’ll also be able to setup scene swaps, send broadcast tweets, post pre-written chats, or even set up sound effect pop-ups and gifs on your streams. It’s also a very well-constructed device with solid plastic that does not break or creak. It’s also complete with a rubberized base to lessen any signs of drifting on your desk.
The drivers are available via Windows Update, making configuration as easy and quick as plug and play. The software is also very convenient to use, integrating and detecting your available scenes, broadcast, and more. You’ll also get to program LCD buttons using your own icons or animated gifs to create attractive and fun displays. A lot of integrated functions feature visual cues as well, so you know when an attempted function has been received properly by stream services, or when you’ve decided to mute your mic.
Works with your Favorite Platforms
Whether you use Streamlabs, OBS Studio,YouTube, Twitch, Mixer, Twitter, or other tools, Stream Deck Mini integrates these with your favorite tools. The device can automatically detect your sources and scenes to make your social media channels work and you can do anything with just a tap.
Meets and Grows with your Requisites
Turn each key into folders so you can easily access as many actions as you need. You can also save smart profiles and key configurations for various apps and games. You can also switch between the profiles on the go and share them with other creators.
Small yet Powerful
The Stream Deck Mini comes with the same features that its predecessor, the Stream Deck, used to have. You can get the same functionality and versatility to increase your production value. The same time-saving features have also been added to the device to boost audience engagement. It’s also ultra-compact package that’s easy to bring anywhere you go.
Having to remember keyboard shortcuts are no longer a problem with the Stream Deck Mini. With hotkey actions, you can easily launch websites, open applications, access folders and pre-composed texts. Control anything you want without having to make a guess.
Bring out your Creativity
When you use the Stream Deck Mini, you can make use of videos, GIF images, as well as sound bites. With this device, your options have no limits.
Making the Stream Deck Mini yours is simple – just drag and drop the actions to the keys and select ready-made icons to use for each button or create your own.
Multi Actions is something you’d definitely love if you like executing actions with one tap of a key. Assign as many actions as you want for one key and launch everything with a tap. You can choose to execute actions one by one or simultaneously.
Innovative Execution of Actions
You no longer need to navigate countless windows or rely on automated plugins for a single action and to increase your production value.
The actual chassis of the Elgato Stream Deck Mini is made from plastic yet it feels sturdy and durable which is good. The entire device is adequately sized, and does not measure over 3.3 x 2.4 x 2.3 in inches. It has a cable that measures 1.5 meters in length, and the device weighs a total of 160 grams. The Elgato Stream Deck Mini also comes with a total of six customizable LCD keys; plus, its interface integrates the USB 2.0 cable. Lastly, system requirements would be Windows 10 64bit, or the MacOS 10.11 or the later versions.
Using the Product
Setting up each of the switches couldn’t get any easier because once you plug the single USB cable then download the Elgato Stream Deck application, you’re pretty much good to go. You’ll have a selection of shortcuts for some of the most popular streaming applications like YouTube, Twitch, Streamlabs, XSplit, Streamlabs OBS, OBS Studio, Mixer, Elgato Game Capture, and a lot more.
The basics are generally easy: mapping commands to a button is a simple drag and drop method. Then, you can edit a couple of information, set a title to it, then change the typeface if you want.
Its initial setup is just as easy and the only thing that you’d need is good internet connection to be able to download the software before plugging in the device. It’s good to note that the company reminds you to avoid using a USB hub, and that you should install this directly to your USB port on the computer.
The next step should be to launch the software then follow all the instructions provided on your screen. Once you’ve completed this, you can start with the customization process. Elegato recommends that you use the png or jpg files that have a resolution of of 72 x 72 to give you the best results. A service called the Key Creator is also offered, and it’s a tool on the official website that lets you create your own custom and personalized icons that will be displayed on the Stream Deck Mini. If not, you can opt to utilize one of the premade ones.
The Stream Deck Software works with both Stream Deck Mini and the regular Stream Deck. The program works with Youtube, Twitch, social media, as well as within your system. You could have a profile for streaming and another one for daily tasks. To add commands, select one of the six keys, then click and drag a command from the window’s right portion to the key you chose. If you plan to use it for social commands, use the settings section to add your accounts.
If you are an advanced user, you will appreciate Stream Deck Mini’s flexibility. We really liked Multi-Action which lets us begin OBS streaming, as well as posting a tweet about the start of the stream. Along with those task, this feature also allows us to send messages to Twitch and Mixer, all at once. We were also able to scroll a graphic across the stream to thank one of the audiences for tipping us. We were also able to play a corresponding sound and send messages to the Twitch chat.
We didn’t forget to check out the Stream Deck Mini’s performance, so we’ve tried using it for about five days to see just how well it works. And in all honesty, this is exactly what we’ve been searching for. We’re not really streamers, but we sure are gamers and you can also say that we’re IT pros; we’re always looking for cool and efficient ways to interact with the computer via icons on the desktop or keyboard / mouse.
The games that we play have tons of key binds, and we also do a lot of audio listening while playing these games; so with the functionality and efficiency of this Stream Deck Mini, it’s really amazing that we were able to seamlessly control things without having to minimize the games. We’ve seen a couple of comments saying that they can’t get the device to run key combos while in-game, but really, you just need to run the Stream Deck engine as an admin. This is because the game or another app is running. Any application or game that isn’t running as Admin can readily be utilized without having to use this setting. With that, you’re all good to go.
The Stream Deck Mini from Elgato is a very snappy device, and we also didn’t experience any type of lags when we pushed down buttons. You can easily create folders which is specifically a button that gives you an entirely new set of buttons. You can somehow consider this as a folder on your smartphones when you group a collection of applications in one place. This is an extremely nice feature and we didn’t really expect that the device would even do this; but it does, and we’re really happy about it.
For the size, we think that the Elgato Stream Deck Mini is perfect. The buttons are just right to the touch and aren’t too small that you’d have to completely divert your attention to press them. It’s good that the company really made this device easy to use since you’ll be able to dim or brighten the buttons depending on your preferences or the environment. We find this really appealing especially when engaging in night gaming since the lights won’t beam right into your eyes.
The Elgato Stream Deck Mini is something very progressive, and it is also a device that everyone can conveniently benefit from. You will be allowed to access anything from your computer like social media, Netflix, photoshop, multimedia, your favorite websites, and more. We tried a couple of different configurations with it and surprisingly, it was able to handle anything that we came up with; plus, setting up and configuring the device was easily which makes it even better.
Just remember that the keys, although they are comfortable to the touch, are slightly bigger than your keyboards’ keys; also, these are very much customizable. You’ll be able to add photos and even create your own via Photoshop and the Elgato software. All in all, using the Elgato Stream Deck Mini was really enjoyable, and we’re giving it a thumbs-up for its excellence.
The Stream Deck Mini is simply a more compact version of the regular Stream Deck. Since not everyone needs 15 configurable keys, the company has released a smaller device with six keys.
For the Stream Deck software, integrating this with broadcasting software was absolutely easy. In fact, it was easy with any Windows software since the Stream Deck software can perform macros and hotkey actions. You can even try using the Stream Deck Mini with creative programs including Sketchable or Adobe Photoshop.
The Stream Deck Mini is an excellent tool and if you’re looking for something that will greatly improve your streaming experience, we highly recommend this device.