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Elgato Key Light Mini Review

Rating: 8.5.

Today we are taking a look at the Elgato Key Light Mini, the smallest and cheapest of Elgato's Key Light panel range coming in at £89.99 in the UK. Offering an 800 lumen output, the light itself isn't as bright as the others in the family, but just how suitable is it for streaming and content creation?

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Timestamps:

00:00 Start
00:52 Some details
01:58 Packaging / back plate implementation
03:00 Build Quality / sizing / weight
04:09 Design / buttons / charge / battery
06:57 Indicators / app reliance
07:55 LED’s and details
08:52 Testing brightness
10:54 Elgato App
12:40 Closing Thoughts

Specifications:

  • Weight: 300g
  • Metal chassis with magnetic mounting
  • 1/4″ thread mount for light stands/tripods
  • 800 lumens (adjustable)
  • 2900 – 7000k colour range
  • CRI > 94 %
  • Battery: 3.7 V, 4000 mAh LiPo
  • USB-C, fast charge up to 3 A, 5 V
  • 14.7cm x 10cm x 1.7cm / 5.79 x 3.93 x 0.67 in
  • Button lifetime: 60mln (Kailh switches)
  • Wifi: 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • In the Box: Key Light Mini, USB-C to USB-A Cable, Quick Start Guide

The Elgato Key Light Mini retails for £89.99 and you can get it from Overclockers UK HERE.

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Pros

  • Flattering soft light without a huge softbox.
  • 800 lumens brightness was more than enough in my test.
  • Easy to use the app.
  • Can control from multiple devices if on the same network.
  • Jog wheel has good resistance to prevent accidental changes.
  • Lightweight with high-quality construction.
  • Bi-colour mode to enable cool or warm environments.

Cons

  • We didn't hit advertised battery life claims.
  • No stepless dimming (essential for professional work).
  • 90 degree USB cable would obstruct the magnetic connection.

KitGuru says: For £89.99 this portable key light offers great soft light and reasonable brightness, enough to light my full review video. I have no doubts this will be a reliable addition to any streaming set up.

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Rating: 8.5.

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