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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

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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: #121,468 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.

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Customer Reviews

It is simply not worth it though.
J. Siefer
I have installed the driver for this device on two windows XP workstation Dell computers, and the driver has a run-time error and crashes.
William A. Smith
I was surprised that you can also press it in like a big button.
P. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 41 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruben Huertas on July 21, 2010
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I almost didn't purchase this product based on the many unfavorable reviews. Since the price is relatively low and against my better judgment I went ahead and ordered it anyway to find out for myself. To my delight, the product works like a charm. It was extremely easy to set up and immediately started doing what is supposed to do.

I use it mainly to control the video and audio timeline within Apple's Final Cut and iMovie. It moves one frame at a time; either forward or backwards, which allows me to exert greater control over my editing process. When I turn the knob either way I can move one frame at a time, when I turn the knob while keeping it pressed down, it moves at a faster pace. Great feature! Also pressing the knob down acts as a Play/Stop button.

I also use it to control the sound volume of the computer. I would never purchase any device to do just that, since the keys to control volume (at least in my computers) so perfectly do the job. However, now that I have the knob, I admit that it makes something easy to do, even easier. So now that I have it, I use it.

The same goes for web browsing. I like the precision control over long web pages and the speed at which it allows me to work. This product is quickly becoming an everyday tool in my work. I am very satisfy with its performance. (And I am pretty ruthless with my expectations with hardware; it hardly ever satisfies me).

The beautiful design, solid material and nice blue light that this product features would not be a deciding factor on me purchasing it. However, they are nice and I enjoy them as well. I like the minimalistic style and prefer not to have anything on my desk or workstation. This product helps with that since it is very appealing to the eye and do not bother me in any way.
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