The Steam Deck already offers an impressive package straight out of the box, but for those looking to push their handheld PC gaming to the limit, upgrades are available. We decided to take the plunge and revamp our Steam Deck with a JSAUX Transparent Front Cover, JSAUX Anti-Glare Screen, and GuliKit Hall Effect Sensor Joysticks. So, was it worth the time, effort, and money? Let’s find out.
Why These Upgrades?
GuliKit Hall Effect Sensor Joysticks
First up are the GuliKit Hall Effect Sensor Joysticks, which promise to rid gamers of stick drift and other common joystick problems. The patented 3D Hall Effect Sensor technology is the draw here, providing an unparalleled level of control and responsiveness.
JSAUX Transparent Front Cover PC0108
Next, we chose the JSAUX Transparent Front Cover to add a visual flair to our Steam Deck while showcasing the internal components. A transparent cover offers an attractive way to display the engineering marvel that is the Steam Deck.
JSAUX Anti-Glare Screen for Steam Deck GP0300
Finally, to tackle glare issues on the original Steam Deck screen, the JSAUX Anti-Glare Screen was a must-have. This screen boasts a 70% sRGB coverage, a slight but noticeable improvement over the original screen’s 67%.
Replacing the original Steam Deck joysticks with GuliKit’s was as straightforward as removing the back cover and unplugging the originals. Installation was quick, taking no more than 20 minutes.
The JSAUX Transparent Front Cover, however, posed a significant challenge. The estimated installation time is between 3 to 5 hours and may require professional assistance. This certainly adds an additional cost and time factor that potential upgraders should be aware of.
Replacing the JSAUX Anti-Glare Screen is no walk in the park either. The process is expected to take 1 to 1.5 hours, and there’s a real risk of damaging the console. Like with the front cover, professional help is strongly recommended, particularly because disassembly could impact the device’s warranty as per VALVE’s official maintenance policy.
However, there’s a silver lining for those planning to replace the front cover and the screen. Since the screen needs to be disconnected to swap out the front cover, this makes the screen replacement relatively easier to handle if done concurrently. This is an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone, cutting down on both time and potential repair costs.
Performance and User Experience
The GuliKit joysticks offered a noticeably smoother and more precise control experience. Stick drift and other issues were completely eradicated, allowing for a more immersive gaming session.
The transparent front cover adds an aesthetic touch that tech enthusiasts will appreciate. It does not affect performance, but it does make your Steam Deck stand out.
The JSAUX Anti-Glare Screen made a tangible difference in outdoor gaming sessions. The improved sRGB coverage provided richer colors and better contrast, enhancing overall visual appeal.
The GuliKit joysticks offer an excellent price-to-performance ratio, giving you a drastically improved control experience at a reasonable cost. The JSAUX screen also adds value, especially for outdoor gamers. The front cover, while visually pleasing, adds time and potential professional installation costs, which may deter some users.
Final Thoughts and Rating
If you’re serious about taking your Steam Deck experience to the next level, these upgrades offer compelling improvements. The GuliKit joysticks are a game-changer, and the JSAUX Anti-Glare Screen is a boon for those who game in various lighting conditions. The front cover is a stylish but challenging addition.
We deducted a point for the complicated installation process of the front cover and another for the lack of drastic visual improvement from the screen. However, the joystick upgrade alone makes these sets of upgrades worth considering for any dedicated Steam Deck user.
GuliKit Joysticks – https://amzn.to/3YSbOrh
JSAUX Transparent Cover – https://jsaux.com/products/transparent-cover-series-for-steam-deck
JSAUX Anti-Glare Screen – https://jsaux.com/products/anti-glare-screen-for-steam-deck-gp0300