Elgato Stream Deck Mk2 Review

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The Elgato Stream Deck has long been a go-to device for streamers, but as newer versions have come out, including the Stream Deck XL, with more than double the buttons or the Stream Deck Mini, with its more compact design , the OG Stream Deck with its small foldable plastic stand wasn’t as attractive as it once was. Now, four years after the release of the original, Elgato has introduced an upgraded version of the first streaming gear with the Stream Deck Mk2.

So what’s the difference between the original and its apparent heir? Some pretty important stuff, it turns out.

First, the flimsy backing has been replaced with a strong magnetic backing in the style of the new models. In addition, the connected USB cable has been replaced with a detachable USB-C cable, an ideal upgrade for all streaming devices to be able to replace the supplied cable when it is damaged or not long enough for your needs.

The change that won’t seem so familiar to Elgato fans is the inclusion of a removable faceplate so you can customize your Stream Deck to your own style. A number of different faceplates are available for purchase at $9.99 USD each. The last physical update? You can now get the Stream Deck Mk2 in white, following the trend of light and dark themed gear that so many companies are now following.

In addition to hardware updates, the software has received a substantial update. The Mk2 launched in time for the 5.0 launch, introducing the Stream Deck Store and countless plugins, icons, music, sounds and more to make your Stream Deck indispensable, no matter what. either the type of flow you have.

“The Stream Deck Store and countless plugins, icons, music, sounds and more to make your Stream Deck indispensable…”

Since then, more and more updates have arrived, including pages on the Stream Deck, turning the 15-button Mk2 into an unlimited-button device, the music whitelist introduced in version 5.0, a delay reduced between multi-action events and support for their latest device, the Stream Deck Pedal.

Performance-wise, you’ll get the same reliable features you had with the original, just with the new bells and whistles. The latest software features make the full-size Stream Deck most desirable for those who don’t want to create a complicated folder structure for their controls and prefer to just browse through their options. The improved stand and detachable cable are just the icing on the cake.

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What the device lacks is some form of innovation to take the device to the next level. Maybe a new top or side control that could be used for a specific purpose. Perhaps, as an example, small dials could have been added for audio control to remove an advantage from the Loupedeck Live. It would have been nice to see that his biggest physical updates were aesthetic and that they took this opportunity to not settle for the status quo.

For $149.99 USD, is the Stream Deck Mk2 worth the upgrade for someone who already has it? It depends on a few factors. You’re essentially getting the same device, so do you really hate the stock stand and permanently attached cable? Then it might be worth a look. Are you really looking to customize your gear (even what the audience can’t see) with the new faceplates? Then it might be worth a look. If those things aren’t important to you, I’ll just stick to the Deck that was given to you.

First-time buyers should take the same things into consideration, because if physical upgrades don’t matter to them, then getting an original Stream Deck can save some money (and something tells me used ones will become easier available for a while).

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