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This Steam Deck Durability Test had me watching in horror

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There's been various attempts to show how durable (or not so) the Steam Deck can be in various situations but JerryRigEverything definitely had me wincing. Obviously, a lot of durability tests are rather extreme but even so, it's interesting to see just how much the Steam Deck can take before you might need a replacement.

I went into this video expecting some of the standard stuff but I was honestly horrified at what was done, poor thing. It didn't even get a chance to make a gamer happy before it was tortured.

While this physical abuse to the Steam Deck might seem random, the tests are actually all pretty good to show up really what the Steam Deck is made of and why that carrying case is pretty essential for when you go anywhere. Seriously, I'm still putting mine in it to go downstairs.

Anyway, have a look below:

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devland 17 May
I'm sorry but that's not a durability test. Never in day to day use would you put a cutter to it and start hacking away. That video is part of a niche segment on youtube that revolves around destroying popular objects/devices. The cringe element is intended and it drives views. Nobody watches that for the "durability" aspect.


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Zelox 17 May
My eyes
slaapliedje 17 May
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Quoting: rcritI suppose at least some of the parts are replaceable but I don't know what the purpose of scratching everywhere was. It's obviously all the same material (e.g. he could have just scored the back and made his point). Knowing that the buttons won't wear out and that some are covered with stickers is actually useful information, but defacing it and making instant e-waste seemed pointless.

His entire channel is dedicated to testing whether or not devices will fall apart, scratch, etc. I couldn't watch this one past him taking out the razor blade and scratching the case up...

I watched the one where he did his tests on the Samsung S8 Ultra (which is currently about as unobtainium as the Deck) and it was a horror show.. but it did show that it doesn't bend as easily as you'd think it would, and it 'bit' his finger tips when he tried!
The worst part of the video for me was watching him put his thumb in the path of the razor blade. He was just asking to badly cut himself!
TheSHEEEP 18 May
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Quoting: devlandNever in day to day use would you put a cutter to it and start hacking away.
That's not how hacking works?!



... on a more serious note, I've got to agree with those questioning the point of the video.
Some of these "tests" go way beyond strong usage/dropping/scratching testing. Might as well have gone for a "Will it Blend?"
Seems a bit tone deaf to waste a unit apparently so many people are waiting for.


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Guppy 18 May
Wow people get up set over this - please remember, this is to simulate long time careless use to see how the device hold up after you stopped being super care full with it - accidentally sat on it / stuck it in a bag with random cables, etc.

There is usually also a segment about taking apart the devices, guessing he skipped that here because valve already has it covered.


I Must it held up a lot better than I thought it would and most of damaged parts are user replaceble, at this price point I pretty much expected the device to just disintegrate
hardpenguin 18 May
That was difficult to watch 😭
TheRiddick 18 May
Valve already did all these tests themselves. I mean what do people expect to happen? your gonna break it obviously! THE REAL TEST is reliability over time, such as thumb stick drift etc... who accidentally cuts their deck in half ever?
Huh. When I saw the headline, I assumed he'd have some way to simulate lots and lots of hard use--some way to do thousands upon thousands of hard "steer left" moments in a short time, sort of thing. From the comments, I'm guessing that wasn't what was happening.

That said, this isn't entirely pointless. Take for instance my laptop. I have a laptop with an SSD and a metal shell, precisely because I tend to clumsily drop it or knock it off the wide flat chair arm I often put it on, and I wanted something that would not die when that happened. The metal at one corner in particular is now rather crumpled, but that doesn't seem to have done anything except made charging a little fiddly. So yes, it's useful to me to know how equipment will take being dropped from waist height, for instance. Still . . . I'm not gonna be watching this.
slaapliedje 18 May
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Quoting: Purple Library GuyHuh. When I saw the headline, I assumed he'd have some way to simulate lots and lots of hard use--some way to do thousands upon thousands of hard "steer left" moments in a short time, sort of thing. From the comments, I'm guessing that wasn't what was happening.

That said, this isn't entirely pointless. Take for instance my laptop. I have a laptop with an SSD and a metal shell, precisely because I tend to clumsily drop it or knock it off the wide flat chair arm I often put it on, and I wanted something that would not die when that happened. The metal at one corner in particular is now rather crumpled, but that doesn't seem to have done anything except made charging a little fiddly. So yes, it's useful to me to know how equipment will take being dropped from waist height, for instance. Still . . . I'm not gonna be watching this.

Gravity is so weird some times. I dropped a tank of a LCD monitor once when I was trying to move it. It hit just right and it crumpled like if I were punched in the gut by Tyson... Shame too, as it was a pretty decent monitor that supported 15khz.
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