It does not matter if you are a content creator or a streamer, the brand new Loupedeck Live is here to simplify your daily workflow with what feels like an endless amount of shortcuts. If you are familiar with Loupedeck and Loupedeck +, you will immediately notice a strikingly different look. It undoubtedly looks more like the Elgato Stream Deck than any of its predecessors. Fortunately, it’s more of a hybrid that has a screen full of shortcuts along with rings and buttons that are clearly inspired by the Loupedeck devices that came before it. Keep reading to learn more.
Loupedeck Live has Elgato at the crossroads
Loupedeck described the latest release as “a natural extension of the keyboard, mouse, graphical tablet and pen.”
It is a desktop companion for streaming, video content production and so on. Not only are there a number of buttons and rings around the edge of the device, but a customizable 4.3-inch touch screen can also be found in the center. This offers endless possibilities for creating unique and useful shortcuts.
The device is compact and measures 150 x 110 x 30 mm with a weight of only 230 grams. The interiors are placed by an aluminum shell, and help to convey that it is a nicely built unit. As you’d expect, it works with both Windows and macOS. It also supports a wide range of apps and services. This includes much of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Twitch, Final Cut Pro X and more.
Prices and availability
While not incredibly affordable, Loupedeck Live manages to clock in with a respectable $ 269 price tag. It can be ordered directly from Loupedeck, and we expect an Amazon product listing to appear in short order.
I have neither streamed nor used Loupedeck devices before. However, I can still identify the use case it is pursuing. After being a computer user and iOS shortcut fan for many years, I can not begin to tell you how much time I have saved using digital and physical buttons. Loupedeck Live aims to reduce time and effort from both content creators and streamers by bringing a variety of new, customizable time-saving buttons to your fingertips.
While it is undoubtedly not as tactile as buttons and rings, the implementation of a touch screen seems like a good idea given how much more accessible and dynamic the device can be displayed to its intended audience. In any case, the Elgato Stream Deck product line obviously has some work to do to catch up.
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