The Elgato Stream Deck Mini is a compact little device, and I'm more than certain that this is where its strengths lay. Its small size means it doesn't take up much desk room, and can also be easily moved to a different location. The size factor is a massive upside for streamers that are constantly traveling, as the deck barely weighs anything.
While the size isn't the initial downside, it's the result of the size that is - less buttons. Six buttons aren't really that many buttons at all, and I quickly found myself filling up all of them without really trying. I would like to see Elgato make a stream deck that has eight, or even ten buttons, and makes it more rectangle shape. The Mini also doesn't come with a stand, which I really appreciated with the middle stream deck variant.
All in all, for $99, the Elgato Stream Deck Mini is a fantastic little piece of streaming equipment that I think would be a welcomed device to any streamers set up.
In regards to whether or not you should be purchasing this variant over the others really comes down to you being honest about how many buttons you are going require and whether or not you plan on moving the stream deck around. Another thing to consider is that the Mini doesn't come with a stand, so if you are looking at specific angle positioning, then I'd dodge this variant and get the fifteen-key model.
To wrap it all up, the Mini is your pocket-sized streaming companion that is designed to be taken anywhere that you are streaming. It's also designed for those minimalist streamers out there that don't need too many buttons to get the magic happening but also still want some desk gorgeous-looking utility.
Last updated: Jan 1, 2020 at 06:11 am CST
The Bottom Line
The Elgato Stream Deck Mini might be small, but its packs a punch when it comes to utility. For a reasonable $99, it can be your pocket-sized stream companion.
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