YouTuber indulges in Steam Deck destruction to demonstrate device durability

Are you, like me, still lost in Steam Deck pre-order purgatory? Is “after Q3 2022” an endless void engulfing the future, with the promise of PC gaming on the go seemingly never to arrive? This video from the DIY YouTube channel JerryRigEverything of someone being bent over, burned and stabbed can give you some catharsis.

JerryRigEverything creator Zack Nelson distinguishes his channel by looking at personal technology, particularly smartphones, from a durability perspective. Nelson puts most major new releases through their paces with durability tests that include bending, scratching and even applying an open flame to the screen.

The challenge begins with a scratch test on the Deck screen, with Nelson using calibrated picks to Moh’s hardness scale to assess their relative strength. Surprisingly, the display on the top tier, $650 Deck, fares a little worse than most devices, with its anti-glare coating proving less scratch resistant. Something for any homeowner to keep an eye on.

Nelson then takes a razor to the console, demonstrating the relative sturdiness of its buttons and punishing the ears by marking its chassis, concluding by drawing a Tesla valve on the back in a cheeky play on words with the device’s creators.

The channel’s favorite flame test ultimately doesn’t cause permanent damage to the device’s screen, on par of course with IPS screens, but it’s still always a source of astonishment to me. Nelson’s “bend test” to assess the overall structural integrity of a device by bending it as hard as possible also does not permanently damage the device. Good news for deck owners, bad news if you’re here for a show.

JerryRigEverything durability tests definitely contain useful information for consumers, but I can’t help but find a certain anarchic thrill to see the technology that governs our lives manipulated like this. Doesn’t the constant buzz of social media, bad news and spam emails make you want to break these things in half? Burn them in fire? Just me?

JerryRigEverything will follow up on the Deck’s destruction with a video teardown of the supposedly repair-friendly device in the near future.

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