A Steam Deck on a table using Deckmate’s kickstand to hold it upright

A Steam Deck on a table using Deckmate’s kickstand to hold it upright

My fingers harm after I use a controller for too lengthy. First there’s ache, then my fingers get tingly, like they’ve fallen asleep. My telephone, a light-weight controller, and the Nintendo Switch all make me really feel the identical method, so I believed the Steam Deck could be totally off-limits. I didn’t even have to carry one to know its dimension and weight could be a serious situation.

The Switch at the very least has a kickstand which removes the issue of the console’s weight for folks with hand issues. But the Steam Deck doesn’t. I’ve struggled to play it comfortably till very just lately, when I discovered the one important accent all Steam Deck house owners want: the Deckmate kickstand. It’s a part of a sturdy, modular system that permits for a number of add-ons and mounting choices.

The kickstand itself is sturdy, attaching to the Steam Deck with what’s known as the Deckmate Grip. This plastic claw locks into the air vents (with out blocking them!) and the underside of the hand-held console. It’s not going to maneuver.

The Deckmate kickstand is tremendous easy, however completely important, given the Steam Deck’s dimension. Playing from the sofa, I can set the Steam Deck down on an finish desk for breaks throughout cutscenes, however it’s additionally much more comfy to have it relaxation on a desk throughout energetic play. You can even place the Steam Deck on a desk and use a separate controller. The solely draw back is that the Steam Deck doesn’t match into its carrying case with the kickstand on. (It nonetheless matches with the plastic claw and nothing else, nevertheless.)

Deckmate is a modular system, and there are different equipment you’ll be able to slot into the grip: a common adapter, useful for attaching a battery pack, a wall mount, and a VESA mount.

The complete system prices $49, however there are different bundles that package deal collectively particular equipment with the mandatory grip. The kickstand bundle prices $35, and the others vary from $30 to $40. If you’ve a 3D printer, you’ll be able to merely obtain the recordsdata and print the equipment your self. That’s free, however there are alternatives to pay what you’ll be able to.

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