When you’re studying this, there’s a good likelihood your Steam Deck is both in transit or not but constructed. Because it stands, new orders are projected to ship in October (or later), an indication of sturdy demand—and restricted provide—for Valve’s moveable handheld console. I say this as a result of in case you’re anxiously awaiting supply, you may need to simply go forward and shut out this tab.
Zach Nelson, who runs the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel, secured probably the most premium $649 Steam Deck to check whether or not its anti-glare etched glass is definitely worth the $120 over the center possibility (it additionally has twice the storage). When you’re skittish, you may need to look away as a result of Nelson examined the Steam Deck’s sturdiness by torturing it with metallic objects.
It did not fare too properly. As a result of the etched glass has a slight texture, it acted as “sandpaper” in opposition to the advantageous metallic torture picks. Because of this, even the extent 1 hardness choose left marks that would not rub off with a radical cleansing. What Nelson considers “precise harm” happens at degree 6, as is typical of ordinary glass.
Sturdiness, it appears, is much less of an issue than the display’s most brightness. Whereas it does a great job of dispersing reflections, Nelson mentioned the display of the Steam Deck was “barely seen” and he wished Valve had gone with a panel with the next nit rely.
As for the remainder of the console, Nelson had no issues slicing off bits and scratching by the Steam Deck’s virtually fully plastic chassis with a boxcutter. The joysticks earn some factors for the X/Y/A/B letters being printed all over the button, so there isn’t a solution to rub them off. The decals on the opposite buttons rub off with a light-weight slice. Nelson notes that the Steam Deck lacks any water resistance, although it did survive the bend check with solely minor flex.
As painful as it’s to look at, this sturdiness check ought to offer you a way of how a lot abuse the console can take. That mentioned, if I see you treating your Steam Deck like this, I’ll confiscate it and provides it to the following particular person on the waitlist.