What just happened? We’re used to seeing YouTube channel JerryRigEverything abuse smartphones to see how durable they are, but creator Zach Nelson isn’t just testing the latest phones. He recently tested the Steam Deck, and it worked out pretty well for him.

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Beginning using his usual Mohs hardness test, Nelson notes that the “abrasive” anti-reflective coating on the more expensive Steam Deck model makes surface-level damage difficult to remove; he believes that Valve would have been better off using a brighter panel instead of a coating. It leaves traces from level 2 and up, although the real damage only occurs at level 6, which is about the same as most smartphones. The cheaper Steam Deck without anti-reflective coating didn’t have this problem.

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Nelson then takes the blade into a handheld device, noting that it should hold up well over extended use. And, as with other IPS screens, the display is capable of withstanding the flame test after it initially appears to be damaged.

Finally comes the bend test. This has long been a good indication of how well technology will perform if you accidentally sit on it. New iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra these are a couple of devices that are well preserved, while One Plus 10 Pro blew over.

The good news is that the Steam Deck can withstand a lot of pressure. It doesn’t break, crack, and barely squeak when Nelson tries to rip it in half both front and back.

Ultimately, this was a pretty good Steam Deck showcase, and it’s definitely what you want from something designed to play on the go and carry around in backpacks.

In related news this month, Valve recently released Steam Deck Audio Drivers for Windows and added update performance settings for each game.