Razer’s Stream Controller takes on Elgato’s Stream Deck XL

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As part of its efforts to bolster its gaming and streaming toolset, Razer has teamed up with Loupedeck to tackle Elgato’s fan-favorite. Stream Deck XL with its own Razer Flow Controller. Devices like these let you quickly launch apps and control settings, and they were originally created for complex, time-sensitive tasks like live stream mixing and game streaming. Now they have evolved into more versatile accessories, especially to help with video editing and other creative work.

The flow controller is basically a customized version of the Loupedeck Live. Both devices look similar, down to using the same software. Razer’s model does have some slight integration with the company’s Synapse utility, however, such as the ability to control the company’s Chroma lighting.

A comparison showing that there are minimal differences between the Loupedeck Live on the right and the Razer adaptation on the left.

The Razer Stream Controller (left) looks a lot like the Loupedeck Live (right).

Razer, Loupedeck

However, the Loupedeck software brings two great advantages. One is Mac compatibility, something Razer has never really had before, and the other is Loupedeck’s extensive support for creative apps, which it’s maintained for over five years. The Flow Controller offers 12 customizable haptic keys, six stepped analog dials, and eight mappable buttons; the latter lets you swap out workspaces (entire sets of key layouts and dials) for whatever task you need them for.

One downside, however, is that not everyone is in love with Loupedeck’s software, as Amazon reviews demonstrate.

It is expected to ship from September for $270. We don’t have overseas pricing, but given Razer’s history I’d expect it to cost around £270 and AU$460.

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