Killer streaming gear used for anything but streaming [Setups]


This is a well-lit setup for video calls.
This is a well-lit setup for video calls.

When you look at the gear in today’s setup you might say, what is this, an ad for Elgato? The workstation is rife with Elgato devices widely used by streamers for video-production workflows, like its popular Facecam, Wave:3 microphone and Stream Deck.

But the MacBook Pro setup isn’t used for streaming at all.

The software engineer who occupies the well-appointed workstation finds perfectly productive things to do with all that Elgato gear, other than streaming.

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MacBook Pro setup loaded with Elgato streaming gear is not for streaming

Software engineer and Redditor hoppsen1 (“Hop”) showcased the setup in a post entitled, “My current home office and occasionally gaming setup.”

Hop runs a 16-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro with a 32-inch LG UltraFine 4K IPS display with a standard Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse for input devices.

“Judging by your hardware I have to ask: Are you a streamer?” inquired a commenter. They had noticed some of the other gear in the setup, much of it with the name Elgato on it. Surely that meant Hop broadcasts himself online, showing off his gaming or something else.

6 pieces of Elgato gear

There are six pieces of Elgato equipment in the setup, counting the mounts: A Facecam with a Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor perches on top of the monitor, a Stream Deck sits just beneath it, a Wave:3 cardioid condenser microphone is mounted on a Wave Mic Arm LP and an Elgato Key Light sitting on an Elgato Master Mount L lights the scene.

And yet, no, Hop isn’t a streamer.

“I’m not (yet, you never know) a streamer,” he replied. “I would call it an overkill remote working setup.”

That pretty much means that the gear is used mainly to make work-related video calls look and sound great.

Elgato Stream Deck used for work, not streaming

“Mind explaining how you use the stream deck in a working environment?” another commenter asked.

“I mostly use it for controlling Zoom, the Key Light, changing audio sources and shortcuts for often-used websites,” Hop explained. “You could also create a button for initiating all the apps you need for work or shortcuts for IDEs. You can check YouTube there are some videos about using it in a work environment.”

Someone else wanted to know what games he plays, since he pointed out he uses an Xbox Series X (not pictured) instead of his Mac for gaming.

“Very broad spectrum of games I would say,” he replied. “Recently I played: Splitgate, [Call of Duty], Rocket League and Halo.”

And if you like the desktop wallpaper on the display, Hop said it’s one of Apple’s Dynamic Desktops — “The Beach.”

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