How loud is the Steam platform?

The Steam Deck is as loud as any gaming laptop. Well, maybe it doesn’t sound like an old Asus or MSI gaming laptop, with a retina-scorching display with aggressive angles and RGB lighting, but the Deck is still certainly no acoustic wallflower.

If you’ve ever experienced a laptop running a demanding game in full chat, you’ll recognize the whine of turbines from the top of the Steam deck. “Chat” is actually a pretty good term when talking about the amount of noise a device makes, as our tests showed it popped in the same decibel range as a quiet office or normal conversation.