- Brand Name: Griffin Technology
- Model Number: 1100-PWRMTS
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: One Year
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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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.
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).Read more ›
It works well with Windows XP 32-bit and version 1 of the software.
Could not get it to run under Windows & 64-bit with either version 1 or version 2.
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.
- There is really NO need for this thing to have a cable. It has such a simple function, it should just run on batteries and use Bluetooth or a USB wireless dongle
- The light on it looks good, but it would have been even cooler if it went brighter as I turn the volume up and dimmer as I turn it down (all the way down / mute turns the light completely off)
- Response time on this thing is BADDDD.. it doesn't feel instant, and the sensitivity is just not right no matter how much I tweak with it
In conclusion, I would NOT buy this again, unless they make it wireless, and improve the features.
Installation is okay. There is an undocumented reboot required to get it to run. Setting the exe to admin rights is recommended, but not documented. And you need to stick the executable in to the "startup" folder manually, since the "run on startup" option seems to be useless.
One would think that using it to control Itunes in the background would be one of the most common use cased for this device. Sadly Griffin would disagree, since pretty much any attempt to use the Itunes specific commands causes the program to crash. When it doesn't, it either works or doesn't at all, pretty much without any rhyme or reason as far as I can tell. Even when using it with Itunes as the focused window, the Itunes specific commands (such as pause) don't work, though mapping "space" as a command does.
Outside of the use I actually needed this device for, it runs flawlessly, I haven't had a problem with any other commands outside of Itunes.
I doubt I will be giving Griffin my money again anytime in the near future, though I doubt they care since they refused to make the newest version of this device even compatible with Windows, the most used OS.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WARNING, you'll go through so much hell trying to install this on anything after windows XP.Published 17 months ago by Brian Williams
bought this to control some plugins on cubase 7 64 bit ,
doesn't work and its not supported , griffins website says its only supported up to vista?
I bought this mostly for volume control, and for that it works great. You can even adjust the sensitivity so you can go a half turn or a full turn for max volume or make it take... Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Lazarus Dark
It's beautiful. A beautiful design draws you in. It makes you feel like you are buying an Apple product, but that's where it ends. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Travis Gagnon
For any of the reviewers stating that the PowerMate does not work with Windows 7 64-bit, did you remember to configure it? Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by JS
i bought this griffin powermate for my mom. it was a Christmas gift for her cause she does video editing. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Alpha
This is a fantastic device. It feels solid, scrolls well, and the click/turn functionality is useful. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Ryan F.
I like the controller, and it serves it's purpose well.
I've read a lot of complaints on the reviews, but I wonder if they've taken the time to learn the included... Read more