Elgato Stories August 9, 2019

Live Streaming content can require a lot of moving parts and can sometimes be challenging to manage. Elgato had these same concerns and decided to create the Stream Deck.

The Stream Deck is a live content creation controller with 15 customizable LCD keys. These keys are used for creating quick and easy shortcuts to make streaming easier and more efficient. I, however, am not a heavy gamer nor streamer.

I decided to test out the Elgato Stream Deck for my own workflow. Surprisingly, I’ve found a lot of functionality out of the Stream Deck for my personal use.

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Elgato Stories July 4, 2019

Eve launching HomeKit-compatible Eve Bluetooth range extender in September

Eve (formerly Elgato) is expected to announce a HomeKit-compatible Bluetooth range extender in the next couple of weeks, with the product launch scheduled for September. It will be called Eve Extend, and work with a range of existing Eve devices …

Elgato Stories April 16, 2019

One of the biggest complaints about recent Mac laptops is their lack of ports. Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock, like other docks we’ve seen over the years, seeks to solve that issue by making it possible to connect to a wide variety of accessories via a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. expand full story

Elgato Stories September 7, 2018

Elgato, the now Corsair-owned company famous for its gaming products, has produced its second Thunderbolt 3-enabled dock, aptly named the Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock.

Just as its name states, the Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock, available in stores on September 13 for $150, is designed to be small and portable. It even features a built-in Thunderbolt 3 cable that hides away when not in use.

Although it features such I/O options as USB-A and Ethernet, the main purpose of the Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock is for connecting up to two 4K displays at 60 Hz. Watch our hands-on video for the details. expand full story

Elgato Stories June 27, 2018

Elgato makes a lot of great HomeKit hardware and smart home accessories — and now that’s going to be Elgato’s only focus as it tightens up and rebrands.

Elgato Systems is changing its name to Eve Systems and going all-in on HomeKit as it shifts its focus totally to its extensive Eve live of smart home products.

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Elgato Stories May 29, 2018

Update: Buy Eve Aqua HomeKit smart water controller on Amazon.

Elgato is today its expanding its Eve range of smart home accessories with the Eve Aqua, one of the first HomeKit accessories to take advantage of the sprinkler accessory type introduced in iOS 11.2. The Eve Aqua is a network-connected valve that fits over a hose; the valve can be opened or closed remotely with the Apple Home app, or Siri. As well as on/off, you can set an integrated timer to let the water run for 10 minutes before turning off, for example.

The hose could be pointed at your garden’s flower bed, or hooked up to your sprinkler system as is common in the US. Integrated irrigation is just one more aspect of a smart home to make your life easier. The Aqua is available to preorder today ($99), with first units shipping in June.

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Elgato Stories January 29, 2018

Elgato unveiled its new Eve Button back at CES earlier this month, and we got a chance to check out the HomeKit controller over the weekend. While it looks quite basic on the surface, Eve Button delights with a few neat surprises in use.

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Elgato Stories January 8, 2018

As part of its CES 2018 product announcements, Elgato today introduced a new Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock. Designed for on-the-go users, the dock packs HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3, and gigabit Ethernet connectivity in a small and portable package…

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From 9to5Toys:

With CES having officially begun this weekend, we’re already seeing a wide range of notable new products. Turning our attention specifically to the smart home, the folks over at Elgato have kicked things off this week by unveiling 2 new HomeKit-enabled devices. Eve’s Button introduces a new way to control connected accessories and the second generation Room upgrades its predecessor with enhanced sensors and an improved E-ink display.

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Elgato Stories September 20, 2017

Elgato says updates are coming to its HomeKit products w/ support for new iOS 11 features

iOS 11 includes a host of improvements to HomeKit and accessory makers are moving quickly to adopt the new features. Elgato announced in a blog post this evening that it will “soon” rollout an update to its line of HomeKit accessories to better take advantage of the changes.

Elgato Stories August 29, 2017

Elgato has announced that it is adding five new HomeKit devices to its range of Eve-branded smart home technology. The first of them, a 2nd-generation Eve Thermo – a thermostatic radiator valve – will ship on September 26 at a price of $60, with availability yet to be announced for the four other products.

The new Eve Thermo adds capacitive touch control and integrated temperature display of the target temperature.

The four other products are a door lock, smoke-detector, window alarm and irrigation system …

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Elgato Stories May 24, 2017

Elgato first unveiled its new Thunderbolt 3 Dock for the latest MacBook Pros back in January as part of CES 2017, and today the company has officially announced a ship date. Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock will ship in just under two weeks on June 6 in the United States, across Europe, and Australia. Here’s a recap of how Thunderbolt 3 Dock expands MacBook Pro I/O:

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Elgato Stories March 24, 2017

Elgato’s Stream Deck gives gamers and YouTubers a TV studio style controller for $150

If you’re a YouTube creator or a gamer who likes to livestream your play, Elgato has an interesting-looking gadget on the way. It provides a hardware keypad much like the ones used in broadcast TV studios, allowing you to instantly call up anything from starting or stopping a Twitch stream to dropping in intro and outro graphics …

Elgato Stories February 9, 2017

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Elgato Eve Motion is a standalone motion detection sensor that’s compatible with Apple’s HomeKit feature. Eve Motion can be used as a sensor in iOS 10’s Home app to trigger scenes and control accessories.

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Elgato Stories January 4, 2017

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Elgato is introducing its new Thunderbolt 3 Dock at CES 2017 this week. The new hardware works with new MacBook Pros and includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports plus various video and audio ports.

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Elgato Eve Weather

Elgato has two new connected home accessories to debuting at CES 2017 this week. Eve Extend is a new solution for expanding Bluetooth range for HomeKit devices, and Eve Aqua is Elgato’s new wireless irrigation controller.

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Elgato Stories March 15, 2016

Create OS X Boot DIsk

In part I of our Hackintosh tutorial, we discussed our choice of hardware and the reasons behind those decisions. The main goal was to create a machine that had enough power to meet the Oculus Rift hardware requirements.

In this follow-up tutorial, we’ll show you the entire software install process needed for completing the build. Watch our 18+ minute step-by-step tutorial and witness this Hackintosh come to life. expand full story

Elgato Stories March 12, 2016

Hackintosh OS X Oculus

Back at the beginning of March, Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey made controversial statements about Apple’s hardware, specifically the inability of any Mac in Apple’s entire lineup of computers to handle the graphics needs of the upcoming Oculus Rift. At one point in time, Oculus had support for OS X in the pipeline; in fact previous Rift dev kits supported Macs. As time went on, however, it was decided that the Oculus Rift would be Windows-only, at least initially.

It’s with Luckey’s comments, and the lack of initial OS X support in mind, that I’ve decided to put together a Hackintosh machine that meets the minimum requirements outlined by Oculus, yet can still run OS X. In theory, this machine could support the Oculus Rift if the necessary software was made available for OS X. It can run the Rift now if you install a Windows partition on it… expand full story

Elgato Stories February 16, 2016

Elgato Eve Energy

Elgato already makes several smart sensors for the home, and today it’s adding the Eve Energy accessory for U.S. customers to its lineup. Eve Energy works similarly to other smart plugs: connect it to the wall socket, then power appliances on and off using your smartphone. Eve Energy also doubles as a power meter, however, and there’s HomeKit support as well …

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Elgato Stories December 9, 2015

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In my last gift guide, I did a themed roundup of the best HomeKit gear to deck out your home this holiday season. This post is about my personal favorite items and accessories across all of iOS and Mac ecosystems, most of these products I use every day for work and for fun. My picks include the Gorillapod tripod, the Philips Hue HomeKit lights, Rock Jaw earbuds, MH30 earphones, MarsBox Bluetooth speaker, the latest Apple TV, an MFI game controller, some Elgato smart home gear and an iPad Pro. I love technology but I consciously refrain from buying too much stuff and have a relatively slim personal gadget portfolio, so these products are carefully chosen.

Read on after the break to see why I selected these ten items specifically …

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Elgato Stories June 2, 2015

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Elgato has announced pricing for its range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices, and made them available for pre-order. Sources told us last week that the first HomeKit devices would go on sale this week, but with no indication of delivery times, Elgato doesn’t appear to be one of the roughly five companies expected to begin shipping later today.

Elgato first announced last September that it would be making HomeKit devices, and has now revealed pricing on four products, ranging from door/window sensors for $39.95 to a room sensor – measuring temperature, humidity and air quality – for $79.95 …  expand full story

Elgato Stories April 1, 2015

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As I’ve said before, Thunderbolt 2 docks are a really great idea for MacBook users. Before now, there were three major options: Belkin’s $300 Thunderbolt 2 Express HD DockElgato’s $220 Thunderbolt 2 Dock (review), and CalDigit’s $226 Thunderbolt Station 2 (review). All three are designed for the same purpose — to connect a bunch of peripherals (including hard drives, a monitor, and audio cables) to your Mac with one Thunderbolt 2 cable — and they all have the same core peripheral ports, with small differences to set them apart from one another.

This month, Kanex is entering the fray with the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock ($250), which looks a lot like Belkin’s dock but is closer in price to Elgato’s and CalDigit’s. Aluminum on the top and bottom with a black plastic core, it has a front-mounted USB 3.0 port with two more on the back, and comes bundled with a power adapter and 3.3-foot Thunderbolt cable. While it doesn’t stand out in any major way from its earlier rivals, it’s competently executed and attractively designed, with some modest feature tweaks that prospective buyers should know about…

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Elgato Stories February 27, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6/Plus Gift Card w/ Purchase, Beats Studio Headphones $230, more

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Monoprice MFi Lightning cables extra $5 off + free shipping: keychain, metal, micro-USB combo, more

Beats Studio Wired Over-Ear Headphones (matte black, white, titanium) $230 shipped (Reg. $300)

Elgato 256GB  Portable Thunderbolt Drive $368 shipped (orig. $500)

Crucial M500 960GB SATA 2.5-Inch Internal SSD $315 (Reg. $420), Inatek SSD Enclosure $10 (Reg. $25), more

Readdle’s wireless printing app Printer Pro goes free on iOS for the first time (Reg. $7)

 

iPad Air 2 16GB for $400 shipped ($99 off)

Life Hack: Fix your iMac’s biggest annoyance by moving its USB ports, deals from $6 Prime shipped

LAST CHANCE! Small States: Etwas builds timeless bags with legacy and heirloom design in mind – giveaway worth $380

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Elgato Stories December 12, 2014

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As “really good Mac accessory ideas” go, Thunderbolt docks are high on the list. It’s hard to overstate the sheer convenience of connecting a bunch of peripherals to a central hub, then running one Thunderbolt cable from the hub to your Mac — a huge time-saver if you’re frequently bringing any Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook in and out of an office full of hardware.

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Earlier this year, Elgato’s original Thunderbolt Dock brought that convenience to Macs with first-generation Thunderbolt Ports. For the same $230 price, the just-released Thunderbolt 2 Dock ramps up the speed using twin Thunderbolt 2 connectors, and also boosts the performance of integrated USB 3.0, HDMI video, and analog audio-out ports. The under-the-hood changes make it a solid pick regardless of whether you have a newer Mac with Thunderbolt 2, and even if you’re using an older Mac with Thunderbolt.

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