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Elgato logo.svg
Product typeConsumer electronics (computer)
OwnerCorsair Gaming, Inc.
Introduced2010; 12 years ago (2010)
Previous ownersElgato Systems

Elgato is a brand of consumer technology products. The brand was manufactured and designed by Elgato Systems, founded in 2010 by Markus Fest and was headquartered in Munich, Germany, until 2018 when the brand was sold to Corsair.[1]


The brand, Elgato, was formerly a brand of Elgato Systems. The Elgato brand was used to refer to the company gaming and thunderbolt devices and was commonly called Elgato Gaming.

On June 28, 2018, Corsair acquired the Elgato brand from Elgato Systems, while Elgato Systems kept their smart home division and renamed the company to Eve Systems.[2]


A rear view of the Elgato Thunderbolt dock showing the available ports
The Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+

Thunderbolt dock[edit]

Elgato introduced a Thunderbolt docking station in June 2014. A computer is plugged into the dock using a Thunderbolt port in order to gain access to the dock's three USB ports, audio jacks, HDMI and ethernet. It is typically used to plug a Macbook into an office setting (printer, monitor, keyboard) or to provide additional ports not available in the MacBook Air.[3][4][5] A review in The Register said it was compact and useful, but Windows users should consider a USB 3.0 dock.[4] The Register and CNET disagreed on whether it was competitively priced.[3][4] Reviews in TechRadar and Macworld gave it 4 out of 5 stars.[6][7]

Thunderbolt SSD[edit]

Elgato introduced two external solid-state drives in September 2012 called Thunderbolt Drive.[8] Benchmark tests by MacWorld and Tom's Hardware said that the hard drive was slower than other products they tested, despite being connected through a faster Thunderbolt port, rather than Firewire.[9][10] The following year, in 2013, Elgato replaced them with similar drives identified as "Thunderbolt Drive +", which added USB 3.0 support and was claimed to be faster than the previous iteration.[11] A CNET review of a Thunderbolt Drive+ drive gave it a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. It said the drive was "blazing fast" and "the most portable drive to date" but was also expensive.[12] An article in The Register explained that the original drives introduced in 2012 didn't perform well in benchmark tests, but the newer "plus" version had impressive speed results during testing.[13]

Game Capturing[edit]

Game Capture HD, which connects to gaming consoles to record gameplay, was introduced in 2012. It was created in response to gamers that were hacking EyeTV products for gameplay recording.[14] The device connects between a gaming console and the TV and is powered by a USB connection. It captures video as the console sends it to the television, compresses and stores it.[15] A review in iPhone Life gave it 4 out of 5 stars and noted that it could also be used to record iPad games with the right setup.[16]

In October 2014 Elgato released a new version called HD 60. It recorded in 60 frames per second and 1080p high definition video (compared to the previous Game Capture HD's 1080p30 or 720p60), whereas typical low-end video game recording devices capture in 720p and 30 frames per second. The Telegraph gave it four out of five stars.[17] A review in Gizmodo said that it captured extremely high-quality footage, but it may be higher-end than needed for many gamers that would be satisfied with the recording features built into the console.[15]

Stream Deck[edit]

The Stream Deck is a customizable control pad, which can act as a programmable keyboard that lets the user create their own macros. It is designed to serve as a video game live streaming control device for online streamers. Each button is an LCD screen which can be customized, and mapped to specific functions like 'Open Program' or 'Mute Microphone', or perform multiple actions at once.

Elgato has released multiple products under the Stream Deck name. Starting with the original Stream Deck on March 23rd, 2017 with 15 buttons, but continuing with the release of the Stream Deck Mini on July 24th, 2018.[18][19] Featuring only 6 buttons and no stand the Stream Deck Mini would target a lower price point with all the same software features of the original Stream Deck.[19] On May 28th, 2019 Elgato would release the Stream Deck XL, a larger more expensive Stream Deck featuring 32 buttons and a magnetically attached removable stand, and the Stream Deck mobile app which presented 15 buttons on the users phone via an Android and IOS app wirelessly connected to their PC. Both the Stream Deck XL and Stream Deck mobile app connected to the same software used by the original Stream Deck and Stream Deck Mini, with all of the same features.[20] In July, 2021 Elgato released an updated version of the original Stream Deck called the Stream Deck Mk.2. It featured the same 15 customizable buttons, a magnetically attached removable stand like the Stream Deck XL, and a removable face plate.[18] Departing from Stream Deck's normal desktop format in January, 2022 Elgato released the Stream Deck Pedal, a device designed to be operated by the user's feet with three buttons, adjustable tension on each button, and no displays.[21]

Green Screens[edit]

Elgato offers a collapsible, ceiling-hung green screen. It is most commonly used by content creators on platforms like YouTube or Twitch.[22]

Video Lights[edit]

The Key Light and the Key Light Air are two models of video lights produced by Elgato. The Key Light Air is a lower budget, less powerful version of the Key Light. The Key Light has a maximum brightness of 2800 Lumens, while the Key Light Air is half as bright at 1400 Lumens.[23]

Elgato also offers the Ring Light, which differs from the Key Light in that it is circular rather than rectangular, and features physical controls, while the Key Light and Key Light Air are controlled via app.[24]


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  2. ^ "Elgato Systems Renames to Eve Systems After Spinning Off Gaming Business". TechPowerUp. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  3. ^ a b "Add a slew of ports to your MacBook with the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock". CNET. April 4, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Dormon, Bob (June 3, 2014). "Plugging the gaps in today's Macs: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock". The Register. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Summers, Nick (April 14, 2014). "Elgato Thunderbolt Dock review: This sleek station will supercharge your laptop-powered workspace". TheNextWeb. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Harrison, Andrew (July 23, 2014). "Elgato Thunderbolt Dock review". MacWorld. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  7. ^ Stonebridge, Alan (May 1, 2014). "Elgato Thunderbolt Dock review:Connect several devices to your computer by plugging in a single cable".
  8. ^ Cooper, Daniel. "Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD brings no noise, brings the pain(less) operation". Engadget. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  9. ^ Ku, Andrew (July 15, 2012). "Nine External Thunderbolt Storage Devices, Rounded Up". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Bartleman, Kean (May 2, 2012). "Elgato's bus-powered Thunderbolt SSD". Macworld. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  11. ^ Fingas, Jon (November 8, 2013). "Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ SSD earns its 'plus' tag through USB 3.0 and brisk speeds". Engadget. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ review: Blazing fast portable drive". CNET. February 14, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  13. ^ Dormon, Bob (March 6, 2014). "Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD". The Register. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  14. ^ Turner, Adam (July 16, 2012). "What is ... Elgato's Game Capture HD". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  15. ^ a b Simpson, Campbell (October 29, 2014). "Elgato Game Capture HD 60: Australian Review". Gizmodo Australia. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  16. ^ Riley, Mike (July 15, 2013). "Record iPad Video with Elgato Game Capture HD". iphone life magazine. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  17. ^ Hoggins, Tom (October 17, 2014). "Elgato Game Capture HD 60 review". The Telegraph. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  18. ^ a b Elgato. "Elgato Stream Deck — What is the difference between Stream Deck and Stream Deck MK.2". help.elgato.com. Retrieved 9 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ a b "Elgato Announces Stream Deck Mini Studio Controller – A New Way To Evolve Your Content". www.corsair.com. Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  20. ^ "Elgato Expands the Stream Deck Range with Stream Deck XL and Stream Deck Mobile". www.corsair.com. Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  21. ^ "Elgato Releases Its New Stream Deck Pedal". GameSpot. Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  22. ^ Stefan. "Elgato Green Screen Review - Is It Worth the Money in 2022?". Retrieved 2022-06-25.
  23. ^ "Elgato Key Light vs Elgato Key Light Air [Review and Comparison]". Stream Tech Reviews by BadIntent. Retrieved 2022-06-25.
  24. ^ "Elgato Ring Light Review vs Key Light and Key Light Air". Stream Tech Reviews by BadIntent. Retrieved 2022-06-25.

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