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First Impressions… STREAM DECK XL – Is It Worth It for Streamers?

In this episode, I’m going to take a look at this Stream Deck XL.

I do have some of the older versions. I want to share with you some thoughts and insights behind this.

I just got the stream deck XL. I have a ton of other stream decks because I do a lot of automation processes.

I wanted to get the Stream Deck XL because, at the time when I got my other stream decks, this was still about a year or two out.

I find the products are excellent and convenient because you can move things around — powerful in that regard.

If you’re thinking of automation, you want more capabilities with just the press of a button. It does speed up your workflow.

Is it worth the price tag?

I would say if you’re buying it and then you’re going to throw it away later, no.

But if you buy it and use it for two to three years and then resell it maybe for half the price, absolutely it is worth it.

Stream Deck XL

Let’s compare the Stream Deck XL to others. When you look at this one, I named them to know which one is which because I have multiple stream decks.

I have some different things like sales things. You can see if I press the sales button.

If I’m doing a countdown, I have these pre-done. I can just hit them.

You could use them to launch different programs.

Let’s check out this Stream Deck XL, and the box is quite significant. There’s the front of the box, back of the box. You can see there is a lot of good stuff. This one has a detachable key and has more buttons.

Let’s take a look here. I’m going to open it up for you so you could see it. Then I’ll give you some thoughts behind it.

  • You have the manual
  • You have a nice protective case
  • Here’s your Big Brother box
  • A little bit of a sticker
  • A lot of buttons

I typically don’t use these back stands. You can remove this — its detachable.

This one right here does all the recordings. As I’m streaming things and reach the end, I can pop up a disclaimer.

Now, the other thing here is there are a lot of annotations and something that I also do.

First, you need an annotation tool. This one’s called epic pen.

Now, what I can do is if I need to draw something on screen, I could just hit that key, and now I could go ahead and draw on it.

I can switch two different colors, can hit the key.

Let’s say I need to draw a circle. Just hit that key and hide or unhide things.

This is a 32-key Stream Deck. I’ll show you how I use it for some of the other things.

One of the things I’ve noticed is when you plug it in, and it asks if you want to copy some things. For me, I’m going to copy those previous things from my stream deck.

The cord, unfortunately, doesn’t reach my current setup. I have to use an extension or get a longer cable, which I do have.

The other thing that you can do is copy and paste from others. So here’s my Stream Deck XL and these other Stream Decks — they seem so much smaller.

What I could do now is on one-screen. Typically, what I have is on one of the stream decks — like this one. I have all of my start/stop, record, and flipping to different screens. But now, what I could do is I could take these subscribe buttons and move them over.

For example, I could move that over here. This is my action column.

Let’s check it out.

Here’s the record, and I could paste this in here. Now, hey, when I push that button, which is further away. I don’t have to go to another stream deck. I could push that button, and these things pop up just like that.

What I could do is we copy and go back to the OBS record here, paste that over. Now, I could push that button, and it’s all on one screen, rather than having multiple screen decks — so that’s a huge, huge bonus and huge convenience — the power of more buttons.

I like the vertical version. The big one is over here right now, the vertical version of it. It might be nice if I had like a portrait version because then you could stack one, two, and three.

That’s because I use a lot of shortcuts here that are pre-done. Now, I can hop around as needed because it just makes it a lot easier.

Another thing that we do is when I annotate some of my stock charts. I’ll push the text button right here. I could click this, and it automates some texts, and it just types it all out for me. It creates a lot of automation, and I’m able to do that because, again, I’ve pre-written all those texts right in here. Since I’m repeating a lot of that same stuff, I can automate that process.

Final Words

I hope you found this video helpful and insightful. There are a lot of things that you could do, but this is beyond the scope of the tutorial.

Would I recommend the XL over the smaller version? Yeah. If you’re doing a lot of buttons. If you’re serious about automating things and productivity, great, if you’re doing basic stuff with two or three maybe camera positions, then you don’t need it because the 15-key is more than fine.

The reason I have it is because I like things popping up as needed.

If you don’t have that kind of setup, the regular one is fine.

I still wouldn’t go with the mini — like the one that has six buttons. It’s just not enough space. I mean, yes, you can put things in folders, but it’s just inconvenient, especially if you’re doing something much more ‘live’ now.

I’m going to go ahead and leave a link in the description there below, so check those things out, of course, check out our websites so that way you can see all the other resources and ideas that use all right.

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