Mountain DisplayPad and MacroPad Review: Great Stream Deck Alternatives

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Mountain has finally expanded its product line with two new ones – the DisplayPad and the MacroPad. These two are primarily aimed at streamers and content creators, but they also feed into the modular nature of their previous products – primarily the Everest Max keyboard. It’s apparently a great move given that streaming has never been so popular and also the fact that there aren’t many such specialty products out there.

As with their previous products, the Mountain premium experience begins before you even start using their products – with the packaging. The DisplayPad and MacroPad are safely stored inside along with their respective cables and accessories so you can carry them wherever you want. Both products are completely self-contained, so besides Mountain Base Camp software, you don’t need any other Mountain products for them to work. So while these can be mounted to the Everest Max keyboard, each still needs to be connected to your PC with its own cable, so the mounting option is there simply so you can keep them handy. .

The DisplayPad and MacroPad are available for purchase from Mountain.

PATTERN

Display pad

The DisplayPad is as the name suggests – a macro pad with a twist in that there’s a customizable screen below the buttons. It’s made up of two detachable segments: the DisplayPad itself and a stand in case you don’t want to attach it to the Everest Max keyboard. At 538 grams, the stand is as sturdy as it gets. Its outer layer is made of plastic which hides a metal construction inside. Combine the weight and the fact that the entire bottom of the stand is rubberized and you can bet this thing isn’t going anywhere.

The DisplayPad module itself is quite light as it is made of a combination of brushed aluminum on the top and plastic on the bottom. The lower part of the module also has rubber so as not to scratch the keyboard or the support during assembly. Of course the the main feature here is the 12 TFT buttons and they are almost the same as seen previously on the Everest Max number pad.

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These don’t have the same soft, plump feel as the Elgato Stream Deck and instead offer a very short travel distance with a clicky tactile bump when pressed. It’s not that the experience of using one is better than the other, but it’s important to note the difference in order to manage your expectations.

The area in which the DisplayPad beats the StreamDeck is screen quality and brightness. Colors look really saturated and crisp and since it’s an IPS display, viewing angles are excellent. The whole thing really looks and feels really premium and I see it as a perfect fit, and even a centerpiece of any PC setup – gaming or otherwise. At $110, it’s a cheaper alternative to the Elgato Stream Deck while definitely feeling superior, at least in terms of hardware. In terms of software, see the performance segment below.

MacroPad

The MacroPad is a simpler product as it gives you 12 standard keyboard buttons to assign whatever function you want. It comes with Mountain Exclusive “Tactile 55” Blue Switches. These basically look and sound like a dimmed version of the Cherry Blue switches, so expect somewhat loud and crisp tactile feedback. That said, they’re factory lubricated, easy to squeeze, and fairly quick considering the camera’s purpose. Slightly unexpected but nonetheless welcome is the fact that they’re hot-swappable, so you can swap them out if you want something even faster or with a better sound profile.

Of course, Mountain has also added RGB so you can switch from the stealthy black aesthetic to something a bit more colorful. As with the DisplayPad, the MacroPad module itself is quite light, weighing just 118 grams, but it comes with and can also be mounted on the same sturdy stand.

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The materials used here are also the same as on the DisplayPad. So aluminum front panel, plastic and metal construction of the stand. Of course, the module can also be mounted on the Everest Max keyboard and the rubber bottom prevents it from moving when pressing the buttons.

Overall, the MacroPad is definitely not as flashy as the DisplayPad, but it’s also nearly half the price. You can still use it the same way you would the DisplayPad with the obvious downside that you’ll have to memorize the function of each button instead of perhaps displaying it on the button itself. A great choice nonetheless if you want cool, functional tech sitting on your desk when your keyboard just doesn’t have enough buttons or feature-rich software.

PERFORMANCE

BaseCamp is Mountain’s own software and it serves as the hub for all of their products – DisplayPad and MacroPad included. As mentioned in our Everest Max and Everest 60 reviews, Base Camp is fast, straight to the point, and easy to use while offering most of the features you’d expect from a premium product.

The first and most important for these macro devices is the ability to create and customize different profiles. What’s great is that you can set different profiles to launch when you launch specific software so you don’t have to manually change the settings. The function of each key is performed through the key binding tab. These range from running specific operating system commands (task manager, calculator, explorer, locking or shutting down the PC, etc.), controlling your media, launching any type of specific software, using it for mouse functions, keyboard shortcuts, checking your PC information, etc. .

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For the DisplayPad, this is where you can also assign the predefined images for each key or even add your own. Ideally these will be 104 x 104 but you can upload images of any size and the software will allow you to crop part of it for display. This supports BMP, JPG, PNG and even GIF, so anything goes. Oh and don’t worry – the DisplayPad doesn’t limit you to 12 buttons since you can easily create folders with layers and layers of different functions.

To make things even better, the devices also feature integration with Twitch, OBS Studio, Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro), and Davinci with probably more to come. Integration involves what you expect, from total control of your flows to dramatically increasing your productivity. Everything works as expected and you can create your perfect macro setup with just a few clicks.

Of course, for the MacroPad you also have a tab to control RGB. Here you have several preset effects and a simple custom mode to create your own brilliant presets. Both products also allow you to record macro shortcuts if you need something a little more complex to be performed with the press of a single button.

CONCLUSION

Ultimately, the DisplayPad and MacroPad line up nicely with the rest of the Mountain lineup. They both look and feel premium while performing their function without a hitch. In a market dominated by a few established products, these are a breath of fresh air and present a fairly affordable alternative. Knowing Mountain they will continue to improve the software and I can easily see them catching up to the competition on this front in time. For now, these will still be perfect whether you use them tethered or freestanding, whether you’re a streamer, content creator, or just want something cool on your desk.

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