Loupedeck is coming for the Stream Deck with its newest PC console, the Loupedeck Live S. This is a considerably simplified model of its bigger or extra various consoles, with a few dials, buttons and a big touchscreen to sit down below your display screen. For that it is launching a little bit cheaper, with hopes of interesting to streamer’s sensibilities.

Now the Loupedeck is not simply a type of phrases that the extra you have a look at it the weirder it seems, it is also a technique to place a bunch of helpful shortcuts in your desktop. The Loupedeck Live S provides a contact panel grid of three x 5 buttons that may be set to open apps, function PC features, or choose stuff. If that sounds imprecise, it is as a result of you’ll be able to set them to various features on a per-app foundation, together with Twitch, OBS, Streamlabs and artistic applications from the likes of Adobe and kin.

You also can swipe by way of as much as 14 pages of shortcuts, so that you most likely will not run out of them anytime quickly. The earlier Loupedeck I reviewed was additionally context-dependent, which means it modified with the energetic window in your PC to be related to that app or window, and I might guess the identical goes right here with the S because it makes use of the identical software program.

I checked out the Loupedeck Live final 12 months and its mechanical dials and tactile inputs fulfill some innate want for that which lies deep in my unconscious. That apart, these are in the end helpful instruments if you end up usually doing one thing that takes up all of your display screen area however it is advisable tweak issues within the background. That’s usually streamers, however you need to use these units for different functions.

I’ll admit that in my expertise I do typically discover these kinds of units gathering mud until I discover a particular use for them. In the Loupedeck’s case, I largely discover a use for it as a media controller for once I was testing keyboards with out media controls built-in.

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Loupedeck's new desktop shortcut console appears to be like to push onto the Stream Deck's turf

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So, yeah, most likely value understanding what you are going to use it for earlier than you hit buy so you do not find yourself scraping for one like me.

The Loupedeck Live S will go on sale over on Indiegogo from at present, where it may be picked up for as low cost as $106 for the primary 99 folks. Beyond that, it goes up step by step in worth for a number of tiers, however will in the end promote for $149 to whomever desires it. That’s fairly a bit cheaper than the common Live at $269.