Razer has introduced an exciting competitor to the Elgato Stream Deck. The Razer stream controller not only offers 12 switchblade keys with haptic feedback but also 6 tactile analog dials and 8 programmable buttons.
The Razer Stream Controller presents itself as a competitor to the Elgato Stream Deck (approx. $120 / £130 on Amazon). The product aims to make it easier to quickly access programs and features during a live stream. In addition, the stream controller offers twelve buttons, each of which is equipped with an LCD so that users can see which feature each button controls. The haptic feedback also allows them to be operated blindly.
At the bottom of the Stream Controller are eight programmable buttons that are primarily intended to switch between different LCD button layouts. The biggest difference to the Elgato counterpart is the six analog knobs, the function of which is displayed directly next to the knob on the LCD. That makes it possible to control the volume of headphones or microphones and to see directly on the stream controller which volume is currently selected.
The icons and functions can be adjusted in many ways, because the stream controller not only supports the leading streaming software, but also professional apps such as Adobe Photoshop, which means that the buttons and rotary controls can be used to select tools or change the brush size, among other things. Razer works with Loupedeck, so numerous plugins, profiles, and icon packs can be obtained from the Loupedeck Store.
Razer Stream Controller price and availability
The Razer Stream Controller is offered on the Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk websites at $269.99 / £259.99, and orders should be possible “soon”. That means that the Stream Controller costs the same as the Loupedeck Live (approx. $270 / £229 on Amazon), on which the product is based.