valve steam surface A gaming PC gives you gaming in the palm of your hand, but it’s not without its drawbacks. The Steam Deck is an interesting but limited mobile gaming platform. To take advantage of its sometimes hidden features, from a highly functional Linux desktop mode to support for many gaming platforms other than Steam, adding a few extensions helps.
I’ve certainly spent a good amount of my time so far with the Steam Deck using the device on a stand, with wireless keyboard And the mouse. I spent less time connecting to an external monitor, but I also really got rid of the first 256GB micro sd card For a larger version with a capacity of 512 GB.
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These are some of my current suggestions for the best Steam Deck accessories – if you’re into 3D printing, be sure to scroll to the end.
The Steam Deck itself only has one USB-C port for power and video output. This small docking station adds HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, as well as three USB-A ports and an Ethernet jack. Yes, it can technically be output to a TV at 4K/60Hz, but the Steam Deck GPU isn’t really designed for HD gaming. The best thing about the official Valve dock is that it’s small and full of ports. The downside is that, at $89, it’s quite expensive for a simple dock.
This dock is larger, heavier, and more expensive than the official Valve, but it does add a useful extra feature — an M. 2 drive slot inside. The advantage of having extra storage space is that it gives you a place to dump and store large games to make more space on the Steam Deck itself, rather than constantly re-downloading large game files.
With a power supply, docking station, and maybe some cables, the Steam Deck’s generous carrying case is a must-have. I find the default case from Valve a bit small (and at least in my case, the zipper snagged right away), so after trying a few other models, I settled on the soft-sided Tomtoc carrying case.
It’s bulky, but has a separate space for accessories, a pocket for microSD cards and the main compartment has extra screen padding and padded V-shaped wings that follow the shape of the Steam Deck grip.
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Buying the base model 64GB Steam Deck is like buying the smallest capacity iPhone. You know you’ll run out of space – and fast. Unlike the iPhone, it’s easy to add a microSD card to the Steam Deck to use as secondary storage. The Steam Deck supports UHS-I (Ultra High Speed) cards of the SD, SDXC, and SDHC varieties, and one very similar addition to doing the same on the Nintendo Switch. My advice is to research capacity and price. The 512GB card above hit that sweet spot for me, but keep an eye out for sales on other models.
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While doing a lot of research into Steam Deck’s desktop mode, I immediately knew I was going to need a keyboard. I went with the very compact gaming keyboard which felt like an excellent match for the Steam Deck’s size. connects via Bluetooth and charges via USB-C; Just be aware that it lacks a number pad, and some of the layout is inaccurate because it’s so small. Read our Razer BlackWidow Mini Hyperspeed hands-on.
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You can output the video signal from the Steam Deck via the system’s USB-C port (it’s also its power port, so keep that in mind). I hooked up a 27-inch 4K Acer Predator X27 monitor, which looked great, but note that you don’t really need 4K or G-Sync, so a less expensive monitor will work just as well. With the system’s relatively poor graphics optimized for a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, blasting things up to 4K and 27in will only highlight those limitations. But it also makes working in desktop mode much easier.
This exact model is out of production now, so I’m linking to a more recent comparable model below. Next, I plan to try Steam Deck on the new one The 34-inch Alienware OLED display we just reviewed.
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The unofficial CNET DIY Steam Podium Stand
Best low cost platform
Yes, Valve is making its own stand for the Steam Deck that will also act as a docking station. But the date, price, and even the exact details on that are all to be determined. Not wanting to wait, I tweaked some tablet stand designs and created both 3D printed and lasercut Steam Deck stands, perfectly sized for the device. You can Download designs hereand this list of The best 3D printers Should get you started making one.
3D printed Steamdeck stand
The best portable stand
I love the handmade 3D printed ottoman. Unlike the lasercut easel I made before, this one I found on Printables.com 3D Warehouse, stays installed on the Steam Deck and pops open as needed. This is a three-part design, with a clip-on base, kickstand, and hinge. The three parts took about four hours to print on a 3D printer, and two 6mm M3 screws are needed, which I was able to pick up at my local hardware store.
I liked this one so much, I wrote a whole article about it: The Steam Deck really needed a kickstand, so I made one.