Overall, Elgato has done a great job design-wise with the Elgato Key Light Air. It's slick, minimalistic, and does everything it's intended to do. The material the Key Light Air is made out of is sturdy, has a high-quality feel to it, and doesn't feel like it will break easily.
One of my favorite parts about the Key Light Air is how weighted the base is. Originally this was my main concern with the Key Light Air as I know that gamers tend to accidentally bump their desk from time to time, which can cause some wobble for objects on the desk. If the Key Light Air didn't have the weighted base that it does, it would certainly fall over, but Elgato has thought ahead in this regard and well done to them for that.
Assembly wise, Elgato has really made things as simple as possible for users. Honestly, assembly for the Key Light Air takes less than fifteen minutes, and this is thanks to Elgato's step-by-step guide. All of the parts that are required for assembly feel high quality and slide right into place without any hassle. Overall, I'm very, very impressed by the Key Light Air assembly, and Elgato should be proud of what they have done here.
As for improvements on the design side of things, I have used the Key Light Air for around twenty hours or so, and I can think of some things I'd like changed or added to. The power cord for the Key Light Air is only a 195cm long, and since I have a standing desk with my power board located on the floor, it makes it impossible for me to have my Key Light Air on the desk while I'm in the standing position.
While this might sound like a small problem, I know that some streamers have standing desks, and not having a power board on your desk might mean that they won't be able to use the Key Light Air without getting an extension cord. I'd like to see Elgato extend the power cord in future Key Light products, as I think doing this would mean the light would become more versatile for more user setups.
Not only is the design side of the Elgato Key Light really well done, but so is the software that comes with it. Streamers who pick up the Elgato Key Light Air will be able to download the Elgato Control Center, which allows them to control the brightness and color of Key Light Air from their PC or mobile. Let's run through a basic set up for the software side of things for the Key Light Air.
First off, make sure you have completed the assembly part of the Key Light Air, and make sure it's plugged into a power source. Once that is completed, and the light is in position, head over to the Elgato website, and download the Elgato Control Center.
Once you have downloaded the Elgato Control Center and installed it, you will be presented with the above screen. From here, you want to click on the add' accessory button', and then the control center will begin searching for your Elgato Key Light Air. The Elgato Command Center will ask you to enter your Wi-Fi security key, and once you have done that, it should be connected, and your set up will be complete.
Once the Key Light is connected, you should see the above image. From here, you can change the temperature of the light, which slightly alters the color, as well as change the overall intensity. Since every user's set up is different, and each user has a different camera, you will need to tweak the settings of the light to best fit your situation.
For my set up and my camera, I put the Key Light Air at around 30-40% brightness (depending on the time of day) and kept the temperature at 7000K.
Last updated: May 10, 2020 at 12:19 am CDT