Save money on your Steam Deck purchase with a little bit of elbow grease.
Just wanted you to know you can squeeze a bit more affordability out of the Deck... but you've gotta work for it.
Now, we all know that the Steam Deck is a heck of a value. Starting at $399, the 64 gigabyte model provides us with a powerhouse console... albeit with limited storage. So if you’re looking for a simple upgrade, one of my favorite SanDisk microSD cards is on sale right now. You can get the 1TB SD card for only $128! That’s a superb deal!
SanDisk 1TB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I A2 Card
Rated A2 for faster loading and in-app performance (A2 performance is 4000 read IOPS, 2000 write IOPS.)
And if you only need 512 gigs, you can get that for HALF OFF right now at only $50!
However, there’s an even better deal right now. If you are comfortable working on laptops and other small, delicate electronics. You can buy a 64 Gig Steam Deck and a Sabrent Rocket 1TB SSD and save $90 bucks right now over buying the 512 Gig model. This is a limited time offer, since these drives are on sale right now on Amazon for 41% off.
SABRENT Rocket 1TB High Performance PCIe 4.0 M.2 2230 SSD
The Rocket 2230 fits just about anywhere. Need to upgrade your Steam Deck, Microsoft Surface, or other device where space is limited? We have you covered.
Or, you can get the 256 GB SSD for only $50 on Newegg and save $80 over the 256 Gig SKU.
Here be Dragons
All of this is contingent on whether you are comfortable working on the Steam Deck’s internals. It’s not the same thing as upgrading a desktop PC. The chassis is much harder to get into and mess with. It's more akin to opening a laptop or a tablet than a desktop.
In fact, Valve (rather dramatically) cautions against doing work on your Steam Deck’s hardware. And it’s understandable. Its 45 watt hour battery is scary. To the point where the official iFixit SSD replacement guide recommends running the battery down to less than 30% charge before working on it.
If you accidentally puncture the battery pack, you’re in for a bad time. Toxic fumes, a fire that can last for hours… lithium ion batteries are no joke.
But if you’re capable of taking the risk you can save yourself a pretty penny.
In case you missed it, I recently upgraded my Steam Deck. Watch the video here: