I used to wrap my CD player in a wool sock to keep it out of my bag. The most expensive thing I owned at the time was the CD player. The first case I bought for my steam deck was like this. It was definitely a step up from what I've seen before, but I was aware that a device like this requires more respect without being locked away inside the case.

Dbrand, maker of accessories for your phone, made a project called "Project Killswitch." The development of Killswitch began shortly after Valve announced the device.

The part of the case that covers the handles is similar to Dbrand's phone cases.

If you have a Killswitch, we wouldn't recommend using the kickstand. The strong magnets in the kickstand can cause them to interfere with the fans used in earlier models of the steam deck The fan speeds were reduced by 1500 to 2500rpm with the kickstand installed. The impact was less pronounced when we used this method on a steam deck that was delivered back in July and one with an aftermarket fan.

The impact on our review unit is shown in a video.

The fans can be disrupted by magnets.

Dbrand has issued a warning along with the public release of the Kill switch. You have a number of options until Dbrand can make a kickstand that doesn't use magnets. If you reserved a Killswitch during its development and ordered one back on the 25th, you can either return it for a full refund or hang onto it, as soon as possible. If you would like to reserve an order now, you can place it on the Dbrand website with an estimated ship date of Q1 2023. Any future production of the Killswitch will only be made with a mechanical kickstand, according to a formal statement issued by Dbrand.

A photo of the back of the Killswitch case with the magnetic kickstand attached and extended
The magnetic kickstand interferes with the fans; please don’t use it.
Photo by Alice Newcome-Beill / The Verge

The travel case is a piece of plastic that clips onto the face of the steam deck and is part of Project Killswitch. A pair of large feet protrude from either side of the travel case. The travel case doesn't come into direct contact with the screen when it's installed

The Killswitch case, kickstand, and vinyl skin are included in the Project Killswitch kit. The travel kit comes with all of the loot but also a travel cover for the Killswitch and a pair of stick grips.

A photo of the travel case attached onto the front of the Killswitch case
The travel case clips onto the front of the Killswitch case.
Photo by Alice Newcome-Beill / The Verge

Every steam deck comes with a case that is pretty darn good. Since your steam deck is likely spending most of its time out and about, having a little extra insurance allows you to feel less precious about your new handheld.

The most important thing about the Killswitch is that it doesn't ruin the device aesthetically. It's true that all of those sleeves might keep your deck safe, but they look terrible and are magnets for hair and dust.

A photo showing the front of the Steam Deck in front of the Project Killswitch packaging
Issues aside, the Killswitch case is one of the best options for preventing damage to your Steam Deck.
Photo by Alice Newcome-Beill / The Verge

Cases, skins, and other protective accessories have been available for the steam deck since day one but are mostly what I would consider a better solution. I would want to dress my steam deck in the killswitch. I would still pay $59.99 for the fit and finish of the Killswitch case even though the issues surrounding the kickstand are disappointing. The Killswitch case is my first and second recommendation for anyone that would like to protect their steam deck. We would've liked to see a better product out of the box, but Dbrand is on the right track and we're looking forward to their next development