While I love my Elgato Stream Deck (I even have a profile for my writing gig), it is understandable that many new streamers can’t afford one of their own or would prefer to work with a different product altogether. Not only are there other physical products that you can purchase, there are also digital subscriptions you can use that will essentially turn your mobile device into a stream deck on its own.
This post will go over the best Elgato Stream Deck alternatives and touch on a product that is sure they will be able to overtake them in the future. We will cover:
Digital Stream Decks
These digital stream decks are perfect for those who want to turn their iPhone or Android into a programmable hotkey pad for their stream. These three are the best currently available on the market:
- 30 Day Free Trial
- Software compatibility
- Event triggers
- Free Version
- For Streamlabs users
- Scene Selection
- Basic functions
Stream Deck Mobile
If you are currently saving up for the Elgato Stream Deck, you could start using the full-functioning software with their mobile app. When you upgrade to a physical stream deck in the future, your settings will transfer to the stream deck instead of just being part of your mobile phone.
The mobile version gives you 15 keys that you can turn into folders and use the widgets and multi-action that will allow you to navigate many of your stream and editing aspects easily. It is compatible with most streaming functions
The mobile app gives you a 30-day free trial and is fairly affordable after that, at $2.99 monthly or $24.99 annually. There is currently no lifetime license.
The Mobile version works on iPhone and Android (though you will want to turn off sleep-mode on your Android) and can be wireless as it runs on your local network.
In order to use StreamPuppy, all you need to do is log in with Twitch. The app has both a free version (with 6 buttons) and a paid version for $39.99 that gives you 45 buttons across three different pages.
Though the app is Windows-based, it can be used with both Androids and iPhones. All data is stored on the cloud so that you never lose information even if you switch PCs or devices in the future.
The buttons are easy to customize for many different stream-related actions, including commands that are activated by Twitch chat, events, or even your voice.
Streamlabs Remote Deck
If you use Streamlabs (as it is not available on any of the other streaming software), you can use the Streamlabs remote control deck. It will give you the basic functions necessary to change your scenes, manage your sound function, and other streaming elements.
You cannot customize this app nor can you add 3rd party widgets for more functionality.
You can create your own stream deck by purchasing a keypad and programming it under a key remapping software. Here are three of the best software available:
- Antsoft’s Key Remapper – solid program, though it does cost $24.95
- SharpKeys – Free and easy to modify
To keep track of what key meets each function, you can print out a sheet to place beside your keypad or you can use a keycap puller to remove the keys and replace them with clear keycaps. You can create custom images for each key or print out the keys from one of the best stream deck icon packs online.
Here are three great keypads you can use to create your own stream deck:
- Full customization
- Secure feet
- 20 Buttons
- 24 keys
- 24 Buttons
- Save Settings
The Razer Orbweaver is a solid piece of equipment that will stand securely wherever you place it on your desk. It has been designed to offer comfort to whoever uses it as parts of it are adjustable to fit your hand size.
It comes with 20 fully customizable buttons that are programmable. There is also a thumb joystick with two buttons. You can set up multiple profiles and remap keys to meet your needs.
You can customize how this keypad works to meet you stream deck needs.
Koolertron Macro Keypad
The Koolertron Macro Keypad is an affordable backlit pad with 24 keys. It can support up to 792 commands for various scenarios and has built-in memory so you don’t have to worry about losing all your settings if you switch PCs.
The keyboard can be set with many different precepts for gamers and streamers, allowing you to set it up to meet both needs and give you many quick options while you stream.
It also comes with a detachable USB cable.
The X-Keys keypad is customizable with 24 buttons and the ability to save your settings. Not only does it comes with its own pre-printed icons, but you can also print out your own for full customization.
You can set up each button to meet your streaming needs through programming them.
Alternative Stream Decks
If you want something like the Elgato stream deck, but not the branded pad itself, you may be interested in one of these three options:
- Programable dials
- Multiple buttons
- LCD Screen
- 15 Buttons
- Footage wheel
- Full customization
- 60 Buttons
- Internal memory
The Loupedeck Live has both multiple buttons and programable dials. You can set up the LCD screen to show customizations you need for whatever software you wish to use. With multiple profiles available, you can set up precepts for multiple programs which will automatically change as you move from software to software.
The Loupedeck also offers audio mixer controls so that you can control your sound from it as well. You should note, however, that there are several negative reviews about this device, many pointing out that there are fees involved if you want to use it with more than a few programs.
The ShuttlePro V2 looks like the most unique item on this list. That being said, it is also very intuitive to use. It comes with a footage wheel so that you can find the best parts of your stream or videos quickly.
The ShuttlePro also comes with 15 buttons with removable covers so that you can label them exactly what you need. It comes with app presets and the ability to set your keys up to do multiple functions.
The XK-60 comes with 60 customizable buttons and internal memory so that you don’t have to worry about losing your settings if you transfer from PC to PC. Both landscape and portrait positioning is available due to its removable feet.
You can choose between red or blue backlighting to be shown behind the labels you can either print or write out. The keys will give you multi-action functionality on your best-streaming programs, allowing you to take your channel to the next level.
Stream Deck Mobile Apps
There are a few other mobile apps that allow you to set up keypads for your own use. Here are three:
- Multi-Action Buttons
- Icon Packs
- Full Customization
- Tablet Compatability
- Multiple Decks
- OBS Studio
- Android Only
No matter what brand you use, having a setup that includes an easy way to manage your stream is ideal for streamers. It makes transitions and special effects much easier, allowing you to create the best illusions for your viewers.