The Steam Deck runs the JerryRigEverything gauntlet of durability tests
The Steam Deck might still be hard to find right now; however, Zach Nelson of the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel has managed to secure a unit for testing. This Deck is of the top-end variety with a display treated for anti-glare properties.
However, Nelson did do some damage to this idea, disparaging its ability to enhance the visibility of its content and suggesting that Valve should have gone forna brighter panel instead.
Nevertheless, the Deck’s screen did manage to withstand the vlogger’s Mohs hardness-testing picks, to the classic “scratches at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7” extent. Then again, a user might find that the handheld console’s chassis picks up more of them over time, thanks to its largely plastic build.
On the other hand, its joysticks seem robust enough, as do its X/Y/A/B buttons, due to Valve's decision to emboss their letters all the way through them.
Finally, the Steam Deck flew through the bend test – although, at 49 millimeters (mm) thick, this may not come as too much of a surprise to anyone who may by now have spent quite some time mulling over the prospect of buying one.