Some of the products that we’re reviewing today have been sent over to us for review. The other half of the products we bought because JSAUX is pretty flippin’ great. They happen to have stuff that nobody else has. But…are these 4 products worth the money? As in, am I just buying a name brand without worrying about build quality? We decipher this quandary and more, right now!
First up, the unboxing video:
1.)Silicone Steam Deck Sleeve
- 【Unique Design】Specifically Designed for Steam Deck(2022 Release).
- 【Full Protection】Made with Environmental Protection silicone material, Skin-friendly touch and protects your device from daily bumps, scratches, falls, and dust. Note No stand function.
- 【Fit Perfectly】 — All cutouts are aligned and every port or button will not be blocked by the case. Behind the Steam Deck, the opening holes solve the heat dissipation problem excellent.
- 【Ergonomics Design】The ergonomic design for this Steam Deck case made it more comfortable and easy to grip for extended gameplay, a Bump design on two sides for non-slip can bring a better hand feeling.
- 【Easy to Use】 The soft and flexible material made it easy to put and remove. Lightweight, easy to carry, washable, and reusable.
Item Dimensions: LxWxH 11.81 x 1.57 x 4.72 inches
- Pricing. Right out of the gate, I want to talk about how this is incredibly affordable. For instance, the price of average cell phone cases (that are much smaller) typically retails at a higher price point than this. The starting point for this JSAUX silicone cover is only $17! And, as of the time of this article, it’s on sale for just $14. So if you’re looking for a modest protector for your Steam Deck, you should probably jump on it for the price alone. If the price isn’t enough, we have plenty more pros about it!
- Fit. I truly do love how this fits on the device. We’ll talk about the installation process at another point. But once it’s on, it fits really well. In particular, I like how it fits snugly in all of the right places. There isn’t downward pressure on the screen either. In fact, at the borders of the screen, there is a little bit of looseness allowing a small bit of shifting on the left and right of the screen. I also noticed that there is a small, quarter inch above and below the screen. At the top, this is because there are microphones at the top of the screen. I’m guessing they did it the same under the screen to make it look uniform.
- Finish. Now we get to talk about how it actually feels while you’re holding it. The silicone doesn’t have a standard glossy feel, JSAUX went with a soft touch. I love it, it feels incredible, but it isn’t without its flaws. Really I only found one flaw with having soft-touch silicone and that is stickiness. Stickiness may not be the best descriptor, but it does give you a mental picture of what I mean. Basically, every little dog hair that it touches in my house gets stuck to it. So, it isn’t sticky in the conventional sense so much as it is clingy. That’s the word, clingy!
I also tremendously appreciate them not including their logo on the product. I despise cases and shells that say Nyko or some other company name on it. My beef is that companies don’t clearly think that if it’s a cool case, I’ll tell the person asking about it where it came from. They just have to assert their dominance and uglify the product. Anyway, kudos to JSAUX for creating a discussion piece by omitting their logo.
Finally, I want to discuss the grip on the handles. Wording it that way sounds ominous, but I just mean to say that it’s about that time. I digress. Some people may have sweaty, slippery hands in general. Some people only do it when they’re intensely gaming. This product has a grip that spans from the front of the handle to the back. The texture is there so that your hands stay firmly, yet comfortably in place. This product does a great job at this and it doesn’t have some awkward or uncomfortable feel to it.
- Ports & Buttons. Every port on the Steam Deck has a proper opening for it. This goes for the vents on the top and back too. When it comes to the button openings, I’m grateful that JSAUX made a slightly bigger hole that the port it’s allowing access to. I’ve definitely had cases that had a hole the exact same diameter as the port on the console. However, that doesn’t make any sense. Having a little tunnel to jam a thick cord through is a dumb ass idea. So thankfully they made the openings a bit wider. I’ve tested it with all 5 of my USB-C cords and all 3 of my 3.5mm headphone plugs. They all fit with no fuss, something that I can’t say for my phone’s Otterbox case. The same goes for the buttons that you need to press. They’re not just accurate holes, they’re a big larger for your fingers to get in there and press with no issue. I have average hands, so I can’t speak for large hands. But yeah, I think most people will be happy with openings.
- Docking. It’s a tad bit awkward when trying to use an official JSAUX dock. I can’t tell you how it is when you dock it using an official Steam Deck dock. However, when docking your Steam Deck with this case it causes a small hiccup. The silicone shifts around and makes it a little hard to dock for a few seconds until it’s adjusted. You may not care, but how I have it in my gaming setup makes it not sit correctly until I fix it. Just be aware, it’s annoying, but not intolerable to deal with.
- Installation. When first installing the case, it is definitely tight and scary. I felt like I was going to tear the silicone as it stretched around each side. Either that or it would hurt my thumbsticks as they were being put under pressure. I believe that they sell a newer model of this now, so it may not be that way anymore. But I also know that once you get on any case, you should probably just leave it on. Don’t be swapping cases and shells all of the time!
2.)Adjustable Long Arm iPad Stand
- Still, bothered by the gooseneck holder? Hate how flimsy it is and how hard to adjust. Try this JSAUX Holder! Innovative multi-segment telescopic aluminum-zinc alloy design. Works better than a gooseneck mount. JSAUX keeps the perfect balance of sturdiness and adjustability.
- Where can it work? –In the bedroom, it can sit on the edge of the headboard, bed frame, bedside, or nightstand. In the living room, kitchen, study, or work room, it can sit on the edge of a coffee table, end table, kitchen counter, or other tables. The adjustable clamp base can vary from 0 to 10.9 inches (0-277mm).
- Can relieve my tired arms? — OF COURSE! JSAUX’s extra flexible lazy long-arm stand can do it. By easy bending, with the flexibility of its arm, and the stability of the clip, you can get a willing viewing angle. Then watch videos, and dramas, make phone calls, video record, take selfies, play with Steam Deck, and more.
- Is it easy to install and adjust? — OF COURSE! Only three steps. #1 Rotary and loosen the bottom rotary sleeve. #2 Snap the bottom clip in the position to be fastened and tightened it. #3 Adjust the retractable aluminum tube and shaft to make the angle and height you want. NOTE: Be sure to fix the bottom clip before adjusting the angle and height.
- Is it suitable for my device? –OF COURSE! Just choose the right style, JSAUX Universal Stand Holder SP0114 is compatible with iPhone 14/14 Pro/14 Pro Max/14 Plus/iPhone 13/13 Pro/13 Pro Max/13 mini/iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max/12 mini/iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/iPhone X XR XS Max/iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel and almost all cell phones. And SP0116 can hold most devices which compatible with 4.7 -10.9″ Cellphones and Tablets
Material: ABS, Aluminum and Zinc alloy
Compatible Devices: Steam Deck, iPad
Mounting Type: Tabletop
Brand : JSAUX
Maximum Adjustable Height: The length of the stand is 265mm when fully retracted, and 845mm when fully stretched.
Weight: about 344g
Size: About 3.2*2.2*37.4 inches (80*55*950mm)
Adjustable Distance Range:
1. The Arm: 10.2-37.4 in. (260-950mm)
2. The Stand Clamp: 2.55-9.01 in. (65-230mm)
3. The Bottom Fixing Clip: 0-2.9 in. (0-75mm)
- Compatibility. Right out of the gate, this isn’t just for an iPad. Technically it can be used for any tablet or larger-sized phone. If you don’t have large devices, they do sell one that is like this but built for phones and the like. But yeah, you can use this for things you hadn’t even thought of. It may be over kill for a device as small as a phone though, but who cares?
JSAUX advertises that it can hold a Steam Deck, which is what I used it for. I also realized that it can do the same with your Switch and your Switch Lite. Then you can use the joy-cons separately or a pro controller with it. The applications of this stand are much, much more than iPad.
- Stability. This arm is far more stable that all of my previous relationships. I had it hoisting up my partner’s iPad Pro so that we could watch TV in bed. I think that it’s crazy that it can hold the weight of larger items without ever once moving. I was less successful trying to type on it. Whenever you tap the screen, the iPad wiggles a bit. This is just because of how solid and taut the poseable arm is. So I would say if you’re going to use it on a smart device, just enable “Hey Siri” or “Ok Google” functions so you don’t have to poke at it and try to keep it from wiggling at the same time. This is something that can’t be remedied by the company, it’s just the nature of how big the device was versus how strong the arm is. It’s a small complaint, so I won’t even put it in the “cons”.
- Affordable. This is only a $30 item that is truly affordable in today’s inflation-ridden market. Having said that, it is also a product that is rather niche. I wouldn’t say that it’s a required product for most people. So if it’s something that you want, and do not need, I would wait. You can usually get JSAUX products when they’re on sale. Every time I go look at it, it’s a minimum of $2 off the MSRP, it could be more than that someday. I think that you shouldn’t settle for others that you see out there. Pounce on this one, but only when you feel the price is right.
- Readjustment. Sure, this item can be readjusted and stay where you want it to. But they must replace the allen wrench idea with something more logical. I can’t imagine the idea is to only use this one or two places ever. And it certainly can’t be to keep it at exactly the same position every time you use it. But I really don’t prefer going to look for the tool to help me readjust it. They need to have something more like a wingnut type idea. Something you can twist and it clicks until you cannot tighten it anymore. Then you simply release it by pressing a button on the other side. I mean, the bracket for holding devices has a release button. They surely can solve this issue. Then this device would be totally perfect.
3.)Anti-Slip Holder for Steam Deck
- 【Design for Steam Deck】The stand is a high-quality metal stand made exclusively for Steam Deck by the JSAUX team. It’s not like any other generic stand you’ve seen.
- 【High-quality Alloy Material】The high-quality alloy material makes the Steam Deck stand more durable compared to plastic stands, and the frosted metal surface makes it more comfortable to the touch.
- 【Best Angle for Playing】With an optimal angle of 110.6°, this Steam Deck Holder is the perfect partner for linking your Steam Deck to your monitor. (This angle was researched and tested by the JSAUX team)
- 【Comprehensive Non-slip Design】Non-slip silicone pads on the bottom and in the recesses of the JSAUX Steam Deck stand provide extra stability when installing the Steam Deck. It’s worth noting that there are three sides of non-slip silicone pads in its recesses to prevent the Steam Deck from being scratched.
- 【What You Get】A metal Steam Deck stand and 24/7 services, please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or help, we will solve it 100% ASAP.
Compatible Phone Models: Valve Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch
Compatible Devices: Valve Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch
Mounting Type: Deck
- Non-Costly? Is that even a word? Heck if I know. I just love the fact that as of right now, today, February 3rd, 2023, this product is on sale. Down from it’s $15 to $8. Dude, that is practically half price! What are you doing right now if not denying yourself an $8 stand made of–
- Build Quality. METAL. Pure alloy aluminum. This thing is as solid as a rock. If you already saw my review on the docks that they make, or own one, then you already know. I don’t have much I can say here. It fell off my shelf once onto the concrete floor in the basement and nothing happened to it. I do wonder if the rubber feet or rubber mats that hold the Deck in place may come away one day. I’m not sure if they’re simply glued on or if they’re snapped into place. But it looks like glue is likely on the bottom feet. However, that doesn’t remove the stability from the stand. Even more so, you could always just glue the feet back on.
- Switch. No really, I hadn’t even thought about this, but it can also be used for the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite. However, it isn’t as intelligent of design for them. With the Steam Deck you can still plug the power cord in the top of the device to keep charging it while you store it on the stand. The Switch and Switch Lite have charge ports at the bottom. I would say buy this for a Steam Deck primarily. Use it for other devices secondarily.
- Dockless. Do you already have a Steam Deck dongle for connecting an HDMI to your TV? Then why would you need to buy an expensive dock? You could get this for $15 or less and have everything you need. This, plus a dongle is a lot easier way to travel versus bringing a dock and the cords necessary for it. Using this instead of buying an outright dock makes way more sense if you have a dongle. In fact, it would be my recommendation to you. Who wants to lay their Steam Deck down flat on a surface, even with a case? It’s much more pleasing and safe to use a stand.
- Non-cons? IS THAT A WORD?! Probably not, but anyway, I couldn’t think of a single thing to get “mad” at this about. I have never had a review product come across my desk and be unproblematic in even just one way. But this does what it says that it does and doesn’t over promise. There’s just no way to get a product like this wrong.
4.)Transparent Steam Deck Backplate
- 【See Your Inner Steam Deck】This transparent back cover will let you see all the hardware of your Deck. Thanks to the transparent plate you’ll be able to identify every little component in your handheld device while sporting a unique design.
- 【Customize Your Steam Deck】The transparent cover also comes bundled with three sets of rear buttons (each one with a different height) that will let DIY enthusiasts make their Decks even more unique.
- 【Enjoy a New Rear-Button Design】Each set features different heights (original, high and low), suited for all kinds of players. Each button has a more durable, anti-slip, premium texture.
- 【Keep Your Deck Cool】The back cover comes equipped with thermal grease as well as a heat-dissipation aluminum sheet that enhances heat-dissipation performance.
- 【All-in-One Set】Included in this set are 1x transparent back plate, 1 x screwdriver, 1 x disassembler stick, 1 x thermal grease (already attached to the back plate), 4 x original edition buttons, 4 x lower buttons, 4 x higher buttons, 16 x button screws, 10 x back plate screws, 10 x anti-static finger gloves.
Product model: PC0106
Product material: Polycarbonate + Aluminum alloy
Product Dimensions: 150mm (L) x 117mm (W) x 32mm (H)
Product Weight: About 126g
x1 Transparent back plate
x1 Disassembler stick
x1 Thermal grease (already attached to the back plate)
x4 Original edition buttons
x4 Lower buttons
x4 Higher buttons
x16 Button screws
x10 Backplate screws
x10 Anti-static finger gloves.
- Canned Heat. This case has a built-in thermal pad that draws heat out and away from the CPU. It disperses it across the metal pad on the back of the shell. This pad is above the vent on the back. The bottom line here is that I don’t have a true method for testing thermals on a device like this. But I can definitely tell you that by using logic and common sense, something is happening. Heat is definitely being pulled to the backside and is hot to the touch. Now, I’m not saying this is so hot it will cause burns. The Steam Deck runs at 60-70 celcius/~145 Fahrenheit. But with the fans, vent, and this, you won’t be feeling that kind of heat on the back of your Steam Deck. Instead, you’ll feel the heat and have more peace of mind that it’s definitely doing work for you. But still, please be careful and don’t deliberately touch it for fun.
- THE PRICE, BRO. This is an unbelievable deal at only thirty U.S. dollars! I have yet to see it on sale, but if $30 is too steep for you, just keep your eyes on the @JSAUXofficial Twitter account. They’ll likely mention if they have any sales happening.
- That’s a Paddlin’. Paddles, or whatever you like to call them, are the buttons on the back of the Steam Deck (L4, L5, R4, and R5). This kit comes with a few extras so you can have different depths for different purposes. The paddles come in three different depths that are color coded. Let’s go through them quickly and simply.
Yellow stickers are closest to the feel of the stock paddles. But I would swear that they are a millimeter or so taller. In other words, if you like the default paddles and wish they were a smidge taller, these are for you. They fit fine with a case on, by the way. The red stickered paddles are the closest thing I’ve felt to matching the paddles on a Steam controller. So if it’s your jam, then so will be the red stickered paddles. These also fit just fine with a case on your Steam Deck. Blue stickered paddles. These are for people with larger hands who constantly press the back paddles on accident. So you long-fingered readers can install these and not accidentally bump them in and create a phantom button press. The silicone case is the only cover that I found that plays nice with the blue paddles.
It’s hard to pick a favorite out of the three after using them all for an hour each. I don’t have the issue of accidentally bumping the stock paddles with my fingers. So I don’t really prefer the aforementioned blue stickered paddles. Plus they’re just too far out for me to comfortably press them accurately. Even red stickered ones don’t feel very natural to me. I guess I like the OEM paddles so much that if I had to pick, it’d be the yellow stickered paddles or just use the stock. The paddles are easy to change out though. Just remove the back plate and unscrew the paddles from their post and then put in a new one and screw it in place, return the back plate.
- Color. I do love that they went with a colored transparent. I also like that they made it a bit opaque as well. Seeing components through a completely clear shell always seemed kind of cheap looking to me. No, JSAUX took the smart route and followed in Nintendo’s footsteps. And it is such a good idea, I had friends texting me telling me I should buy it. Friends who don’t even have Steam Decks. They just know that it’s a sexy look that matches my aesthetic. But I think it would match anyone’s Steam Deck since it hits the retro vibe of a Nintendo handheld.
- Assembly. We talked about it briefly before, but I do want to talk about it again in a bit more depth. Assembly is quite simple, I’ll have a video showing how to do so soon. But basically, it’s 8 screws that come out, the new plate goes in with said paddles, then 8 screws go back in.
Please make sure you’re comfortable, confident, and experienced doing a swap like this. Sure it sounds simple, but you are still opening an electronic device and exposing yourself and the item to certain dangers. If you’re not sure what kind of danger you could be subjected to, it may mean that you’re already not experienced enough to do this. If you’re already aware and know how to proceed with a shell swap, then this should be second nature to you.
- Assembly: Part 2. This is more of a warning than a complaint. However, you should be aware that when I mentioned that the back plate will snap on first, it won’t be perfect. As far as I could tell, this isn’t only affecting my own back plate, but also others. What’s happening, you’ll find with this first round of back plates, is that it doesn’t snap fully into place at the top. This is quickly remedied once you screw the back plate down. The main problem would be if you were swapping paddles and lost a screw to the back plate, now you run the risk of it not staying snapped down in key places.
While the coolest accessory out of the whole lot is the clear backplate, that’s not my favorite. Honestly, I have a big fondness for the silicone soft touch cover. It’s what I interact with the most since it’s on the outside of the Steam Deck. It may be controversial to buy a cover to hide the newly installed backplate, but I don’t think showing it off is worth more than protective the overall hardware. If you don’t agree, I urge you to buy one of the completely clear shells that snap on, they’re on Amazon and eBay and likely AliExpress. But anyway, I digress. These are all great products, but I think the iPad stand, while being extremely well built, has very few use cases and takes up more space than it’s worth.
iPad/Steam Deck Adjustable Arm Stand
Upright Anti-Slip Steam Deck Holder