Loupedeck’s new desktop shortcut console seems to be pushing into Stream Deck territory

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Loupedeck arrives for the Stream Deck with its latest PC console, the Loupedeck Live S. It’s a somewhat streamlined version of its larger or more varied consoles, with a few dials, buttons, and a large touchscreen for ease of use. sit under your screen. For that, it’s going a little cheaper, hoping to appeal to streamers’ sensibilities.

Now, the Loupedeck isn’t just one of those words that the weirder you look at it the more you look at it, it’s also a way to put a bunch of useful shortcuts on your desktop. The Loupedeck Live S offers a touch screen grid of 3 x 5 buttons which can be configured to open applications, use PC functions or select items. If that sounds vague, it’s because you can configure them to a slew of functions per app, including Twitch, OBS, Streamlabs, and creative programs like Adobe and its kin.

You can also browse up to 14 pages of shortcuts, so you probably won’t run out of them anytime soon. The previous Loupedeck I reviewed was also context dependent, meaning it changed with your PC’s active window to be relevant to that app or window, and I assume the same is true here with the S because it uses the same software.

I watched the Loupedeck Live (opens in a new tab) last year and its mechanical dials and touch inputs satisfy an innate need for what’s deep in my subconscious. That aside, they’re ultimately handy tools if you often find yourself doing something that takes up all of your screen space, but you need to tweak things in the background. These are often streamers, but you can use these devices for other purposes.

I’ll admit that in my experience, I sometimes find these types of devices gathering dust unless I find a specific use for them. In the Loupedeck’s case, I found ample use for it as a media controller when testing keyboards without built-in media controls.

So yeah, it’s probably worth knowing what you’re going to use it for before you go shopping so you don’t end up looking for one like I did.

The Loupedeck Live S will go on sale on Indiegogo (opens in a new tab) starting today, where it can be picked up for as little as $106 for the first 99 people. Beyond that, its price gradually increases for a few levels, but will eventually sell for $149 to anyone. It’s a bit cheaper than the regular Live at $269.

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