Elgato is known for its wide range of gear for content creators and streamers. These include capture cards, green screens, and everything else.
The company is leaning more towards capture card tech, with their earlier products being consumer-level items offering 4K recording. Also, its products provide almost latency-free streaming.
And with the HD60 X, Elgato’s on the cutting edge again.
In our Elgato HD60 X Capture Card Review, we’re looking at the company’s HD60 X capture card. It’s priced similarly to Elgato’s 3-year-old HD60S+, but is it any better and worth purchasing?
Let’s find out in this review, but first, let’s check out what’s in the box.
Elgato HD60 X Capture Card Packaging
We love the packaging for Elgato’s capture card since the colours are pleasing to the eyes. The front mostly has a blue theme, while the rear sports a mix of violet and blue.
The box’s front shows off the capture card, the features, Elgato’s branding, and the product’s name. On the box’s rear, you’ll find additional information on the capture card, like its specifications. Other features are present here, plus an illustration and description of the ports on the capture card.
We also looked inside the box for this Elgato HD60 X Capture Card Review. You’ll find the HD60 X, a USB 3.0 C to A cable, and a 2.0 HDMI cable in the box.
Elgato HD60 X Capture Card Review – Design and Functionality
Let’s start with the capture card’s design and functions in this part of our Elgato HD60 X Capture Card Review. We’re glad the company finally found their design for its external capture card. Compared to the earlier products that appeared toy-like, the HD60 X looks perfect for the job.
This capture card is discrete and small enough to stay concealed in the background. However, it looks adequately refined and professional once you see it.
Remember, it doesn’t have a gamer RGB present, just one Blue status LED on the front. It’s to notify you that everything is running and functioning.
The build quality of the HD60 X is adequate for our liking, but there was barely any weight on it. The product only weighs 91g, but its body still feels premium to the touch. It would be better if they added a metal base plate to add more heftiness to the capture card.
The lack of weight on the HD60 X made it tricky for us to get it to stay flat. Also, the included HDMI cable made the capture card raise off the table along its rear. Then, it eventually floats at an angle, which can get a little out of place.
Despite this little pet peeve, its form factor is still a good upgrade compared to earlier models. The “in on one end, then out on the other” approach is gone. Instead, the HDMI in, out, and USB C connections are neatly-organised behind the capture card.
A small change to the product, but evident in hindsight. And now, the capture card can stay tucked and concealed behind a desk or TV. Then, all cables are out of sight and neatly tucked in place.
Key Features of the Elgato HD60 X Capture Card
Is the HD60 X something to consider for your tasks and needs? Let’s look at its different features in our Elgato HD60 X Capture Card review and find out.
Optimised for Console Use
The HD60X is a compact and streamlined capture card you can use on any console. Its rear HDMI ports keep your setup organised while the audio input is in front for easy access.
Plug and Play
Setting up the HD60 X is a breeze and easily connects to your console with the HDMI and USB-C cable. It also sends raw video to your gaming screen and streaming PC.
Powerful HDR10 Passthrough
Play games with the HD60 X’s 4K60 HDR10 passthrough or enjoy 1440p120 or 1080p240 frame rates.
VRR (Variable Refresh Rates) is one of the advanced technologies for screens and consoles. The HD60 X offers you next-gen gaming without screen tearing or lag.
Control Your Stream
With the HD60 X, you can control your stream and use your computer setup. Select the best broadcast software for you, then stream high-resolution content.
Stream from Any System
Whether you’re using Windows, Mac, a laptop, or a PC, there’s no problem. The HD60 X integrates with your setup seamlessly. Also, you won’t need to subscribe, and there are no limitations.
Stream with Any Application and Platform Using the Elgato HD60 X Capture Card
When using streaming apps like Twitch Studio, OBS, Streamlabs, XSplit, Streamyard, etc., select the HD60 X as a source. There’s no need for an additional setup. You can also do this with video communication applications like Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
Aside from applications, you can use this capture card on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Gaming, and more.
Automatic Synchronisation for Gameview
While testing the product for our Elgato HD60 X Capture Card review, we noticed our improved workflow. Thanks to the ultra-low latency technology, the HD60 X can automatically sync your broadcast with your gameplay.
Ready for Editing in Your Favourite Software
You can easily export AAF files containing video and audio as separate files for quick editing. Vegas Pro and Adobe Premiere are some software you can use.
Organise Your Archive
Use Smart Folders with the product to easily find and organise files according to your search criteria.
Record Directly to Your Hard Drive
Record high-quality videos with advanced HEVC encoding that retains small file sizes.
For Content That Shines Bright
When utilising the card, take advantage and record vibrant colours and deep shadows with the HD60 X’s 1080p60 HDR10 quality.
Our Elgato HD60 X Capture Card Review will now focus on the different specs of the board. The N7 has an unencrypted HDMI input. Then, its HDMI output (lag-free passthrough) is up to 1440p120, 2160p60, 1080p240, HDR, and VRR.
Its capture resolutions are the following: 1440p60, 2160p30, 1080p30, 1080p60, 576p, 1080i, 720p60, and 480p. Then, its HDR 10-bit passthrough is up to 4K60 while capture is up to 1080p60.
Keep in mind that the HDR capture is only available on Windows. However, we’re assuming Elgato will make a few changes here to make it work with macOS too.
The capture card measures 112 x 72 x 18mm and weighs 91g.
You’ll need Windows 10 (64-bit) to use the HD60 X. Other system requirements include a 6th Gen Core i5 CPU or Ryzen 7 (or better). You’ll also need the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10xx (or better), 4GB RAM, and an integrated USB 3.0 port.
Of course, an internet connection is necessary to use it.
For mac users, you’ll need the macOS 11 and an Apple M1/Intel i5 4xxx quad-core (or better). Additional system requirements include 4GB RAM, AMD/NVIDIA, and an internet connection.
Hands-on with the Elgato HD60 X Capture Card
We’ll now share our hands-on experience in this part of the Elgato HD60 X Capture Card Review.
We put the capture card through different possible scenarios and paces. And primarily, we let it record content from gaming consoles.
We set it up in the living room to test its value for the latest consoles. Simultaneously, we captured footage from our console using a passthrough to our TV.
We recorded content using the included USB cable, connecting it to a laptop via Elgato’s OBS and software. We tried a couple of games and had these run at 4K + HDR enabled.
Overall, the HD60 X offered outstanding visuals with barely any setup required.
Windows immediately recognised it as a video source, thus delivering a latency-free and quality feed.
Playing action-adventure FPS games looked excellent on our laptops using the USB cable. It also looked perfect on our TV using the passthrough. We enjoyed quality images even during fast-motion fights and shootings.
Compared to the company’s cheaper Cam Link4K, the HD60 X is in its league. Colour, clarity, and frame rates were better on it.
Elgato HD60 X Capture Card Review Summary
The HD60X is a powerful capture card. Although it’s not a big update on the HD60 S+, it’s more suitable for high-end gaming monitors, thanks to VRR.
With streaming becoming more common these days, you might be one of the people looking for streaming equipment. This new capture card from Elgato is a flexible way to improve your content creation experience.
It’s a plug-and-play option that’s rich in features and comes at a reasonable price. And of course, it delivers excellent performance and delivers what it promises.