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Griffin 1100-PWRMTS PowerMate/USB Multimedia Controller and Input Device


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  • Available in Brushed Aluminum
  • Great control for iTunes or video/audio editing
  • Programmable for any application
  • Replaces repetitive keystrokes

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Griffin Technology
  • Model: 1100-PWRMTS
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Warranty: One Year

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.7 x 7.9 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000RZO482
  • Item model number: 1100-PWRMTS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,568 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

The quintessential volume knob for all USB computers (instant mute for phone calls) and much more! Comes with presets for a wide range of applications. Programmable to control practically any Mac or PC application.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I also use it to control the sound volume of the computer.
Ruben Huertas
With the 1.5 driver software, I had a problem with the knob not working on boot-up and the powermate knob needed to be unplugged then replugged to get it to work.
S. Nelson
Don't know why they cancelled production of these - wish there were more nicely well made metal accessories like this.
jake carvey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. Jacobsen on July 1, 2008
The PowerMate is mechanically excellent. It feels and looks great. The included software is basic, but OK.

I only give two stars, though, because they've really messed the USB interface up. If you try to use it with other macro software, it doesn't work. Even if you write your own code, it doesn't work.

The problem is that the PowerMate's internal configuration information claims that its wheel is an "absolute" device, sending a value that's a number for the position of the wheel, but what it really sends is _how_ _far_ the wheel has turned since the last time. That makes it a "relative" device, sending relative information. It seems like a small difference, but on Windows, MacOS X and the Linux varients I've checked, that means that it basically won't work right with any software other than Griffin's because the system suppresses redundant readings. If it really was absolute, a second reading with the same value would just be saying the wheel is sitting in the same place, but since it's sending _movement_ values, the system is suppressing info about the wheel _moving_ at a constant speed. A program can't even keep track of the position manually.

It's really too bad; it could have been a great product. If you want to use it for _exactly_ what the included software does, it probably still is a pretty good product. But if you're a power user or have some other package for handling inputs and automating operation, this is not the device for you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Nelson on February 6, 2008
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I've had a PowerMate knob for about 2 years. But now that Griffin has released their 2.0.1 driver software for Windows that allows multiple knobs I bought a second PowerMate. I disconnected my existing powermate, uninstalled the previous software (version 1.5), installed the new software from the Griffin website (version 2.0.1 for Windows), then plugged in both knobs.

With the 1.5 driver software, I had a problem with the knob not working on boot-up and the powermate knob needed to be unplugged then replugged to get it to work. The net is filled with other people that have the same problem so it is not just isolated to my specific hardware. And it seemed that I needed to do this USB unplug/replug most of the time. I was hopeful that they had fixed the problem with the 2.0.1 software, but it also has similar problems (more details below).

From a hardware standpoint, the powermate is great and is why I purchased a 2nd unit. Both knobs are connected to my HTPC and so I use it as a volume and mute knob for watching HDTV or DVD's in the computer. Each knob is on each end of the couch so it is easy to just turn the knob to change the volume from either end and it works great. The knobs are solid, have a blue light in the base that changes brightness according to the volume setting, and is weighty so it doesn't slide around on the table. The knob also can be used to control other applications in various user-defined ways, but I just use it to control the computer's volume.

But the driver software continues to be a problem though, so I looked into more details about how to kludge a solution to avoid the unplug/replug issue using Microsoft's free devcon.exe utility to control the DeviceManager from the command line (or batch files).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Ganley on May 21, 2008
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I bought the Griffin Powermate to use as a simple volume control for my desktop PC. The knob itself is built fine, although the movement could be smoother. However the functionality of the knob is rendered useless by the poorly written drivers and buggy application included. Instead of using the included CD I downloaded the latest version of drivers from the Griffin website, and they installed fine. But every time the computer hibernates or is restarted the drivers are lost, or in one case caused a blue screen. This makes the knob worthless.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JS on February 18, 2012
For any of the reviewers stating that the PowerMate does not work with Windows 7 64-bit, did you remember to configure it? Once you install the newest driver/software package from Griffin's support page, currently v2.0.1 --> [....]

1. Install the software
2. Plug in the PowerMate
3. In Windows 7 navigate to your start menu and look for the newly installed application titled "PowerMate"
4. In the PowerMate Editor application you should see any PowerMate devices you've connected to your computer in the lower left corner.
5. Right click the PowerMate you want to edit and left click on "Configure"
6. Mess with settings or just click "Use Global Settings Only"
7. Modify global settings or enjoy as is.

It's that easy.... Enjoy your new PowerMate!

Side Note: Griffin I recommend a change in the driver/software to automatically use global settings to any installed devices to help users who maybe aren't the most computer savvy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 13x31 on March 6, 2011
Pros:
It works well with Windows XP 32-bit and version 1 of the software.

Cons:
Could not get it to run under Windows & 64-bit with either version 1 or version 2.

Other thoughts:
After going to Griffin's site to get the latest software/driver, I noticed it hasn't moved from 2.0.x, and is only supported up to Vista (32-bit). If you're planning on buying this for a 64-bit version of Windows, I would highly recommend against it, and to find an alternative (B0001DBEKG (large) or B000LB7G00 (expensive)) to save yourself the trouble. I have not tested this with Mac OS X 10.6 64-bit, so I am not sure of the compatibility.
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