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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Pengo

Overview

Recently, we got the opportunity to take a look at an interesting video capture device from a company called Pengo. While we had never heard of this company before, the promises of 4K 60Hz video capture at the price of $150 were too compelling to pass up.

Also, the Pengo 4K is a UVC capture device, which means that it uses the standard Microsoft video drivers, meaning it will work with any application capable of seeing camera input from a webcam and requires no additional software/drivers. Pengo also claims support for Mac OS and Linux with this device, although you would have to find software that knows how to deal with UVC devices.

From a design perspective, the Pengo 4K is quite simple. The device itself is made from aluminum and about the size of a deck of playing cards.

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In addition to video capture, you can also use the Pengo as an audio input/output device through the audio connectors on the front.

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Taking a look at the back of the Pengo, we can see my one major gripe with the device. Instead of using a proper port like MicroUSB or USB-C, the device ships with a Type-A to Type-A cable, which is actually against the USB specifications and will make finding a replacement cable, or a cable longer than the included cable (about 1 foot) difficult. 

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In this case, we used OBS to record footage from the Xbox One X using the Pengo 4K. Here, we can see that the Xbox is, in fact, capable of outputting full 4K 60Hz content to this capture card.

However, if you do some further investigation, we found that while the Pengo capture device ingests 4K footage, it is only actually capable of recording at 1080p 60Hz, meaning that it internally downsamples the footage.

While this still makes sense to some degree, allowing you to keep your console or PC in 4K for your local display while gaming, it's disappointing to see the capture functionality limited to 1080p. To be fair, the recording limitations of the Pengo are hidden on the specifications page, but overall it seems disingenuous to market this device heavily as "4K".

For anyone looking for an inexpensive, easy to use capture device, I would still recommend taking a look at the Pengo 4K HDMI Grabber. However, if you are looking for true 4K capture, this is not the device for you.

Review Terms and Disclosure
All Information as of the Date of Publication
How product was obtained: The product was on loan from Pengo for the purpose of this review.
What happens to the product after review: The product remains the property of Pengo but is on extended loan for future testing and product comparisons.
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Corsair Enters the Streaming Market with Acquisition of Elgato Gaming

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2018 - 11:03 AM |
Tagged: stream deck, elgato gaming, corsair, capture card, 4k60 pro

Today, Corsair announced their plans to acquire German-based Elgato Gaming, who specializes in hardware accessories targeted at game streamers.

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Elgato got their start in 2002 with the Mac-Only EyeTV line of TV tuning and capture products. Despite selling off the EyeTV business in 2016, Elgato's gaming division has continued to provide compelling products for internet broadcasters. 

Elgato will be keeping their other business segment of connected home product division, which will be renamed Eve Systems.

The marriage between Corsair and Elgato Gaming makes a lot of sense. Elgato has worked hard over the past few years to become a go-to brand for the rapidly increasing game streaming market segment. From cutting-edge consumer capture products like the Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro we took a look at late last year, to more innovative devices like the Stream Deck, Elgato makes the type of products that would make sense under the Corsair umbrella.

We aren't sure if the Elgato Gaming brand will stick around due to it's highly cultivated brand recognition, or if these products will instead be folded into the Corsair Gaming brand. I would guess that we see Elgato remain in the short term, but eventually, all streamer-oriented products will be branded as Corsair products.

Source: Corsair