Griffin Technology NA16029 PowerMate USB Multimedia Controller
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- Control Knob
- Use PowerMate to speedily shuttle through large multimedia files, spreadsheets, word processor documents, great for DJing.
- Connect as many as 127 PowerMates and assign an independent function to each of them
- Comes with presets for a wide range of applications, and easy-to-follow instructions for adding your own
- Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Wen most people see it sitting next to my trackpad, they ask about it and it's a little hard to describe, even with a demo. Yes, it seems it's most frequently purchased by folks that are looking for a handy way to control iTunes, and it's worth the money if you just do that, but what a lot of people do not realize is it's a multifunction input device that can be extremely useful in almost every application.
Someone at Griffin finally put out a new version of the software for Mac (I do not have any experience using this with Windows except the rare occasion when I run Win 7 virtualized) and it was a giant leap forward for an already super productive little dial.
The first thing you need to know if you have never had your hands on on is that the dial is free spinning like a shuttle dial n a high end video deck. It also has a "button" press input when you press the entire dial down. You can also turn right or left while pressing down. So right out of the box you have: clockwise, counter-clockwise, press, press and hold, press and turn right, press and turn left.
Now the really fun part, with the software, you can setup a myriad of keyboard functions on these controls. And if those six options don't cover your frequently used operations, you can add any combination of the modifier keys. For example, Control+Right = Zoom in. Control + Left = Zoom Out.
The most obvious use is keyboard shortcuts. In my rss reader I have PowerMate setup to scroll up and down in an article by turning. Go to next article on press. Add to Instapaper on Press and Hold.Read more ›
The Driver Issues:
Folks are having what they believe to be driver issues, but there's a misconception here. This hardware doesn't come with or need any "driver" which Windows doesn't already have. Specifically, the powermate uses HIDUSB.SYS which is a default Windows driver for all Human Interface Devices, such as mice, trackballs, keyboards, etc.. Aside from this default OS driver, the only thing the powermate requires is the program itself (along with the plugins it comes with), which runs as a memory-resident program.
What might be occuring is the program may not function well with Windows 7, I haven't tried it yet on my Windows 7 system. However, what I believe is most likely the actual problem, is how Windows 7 uses HID USB devices, as it's a smidge different from XP. There's a different level of security intepretation when software is run. I will update the review once I test this on Windows 7, but as a general rule of thumb, try this:
* Run the powermate program (powermate.exe) in Administrator Mode (right-click, choose Run as Administrator..)
* Make sure the powermate is plugged into a usb2/3 port which has full power available, you can always try a different port (don't use USB extension cables!)
More to follow..Read more ›
I am giving this item a 2 star "I Don't Like It" review to emphasize that the Amazon write up needs to stress this device is not adequately Windows compatible. Yes, the Windows compatibility issue is discussed in some reviews, but an issue at this level needs to specified both in the product description line and the write up. The product description should state "Mac Only." The package itself is labeled "Mac + PC" in tiny type without mentioning that all bets are off for anything more recent than Vista.
If you are willing to experiment and fiddle around you may get the old Vista driver to work with Windows 10, as some reviewers have done with varying degrees of success. That didn't work on my Win 10 system. But be aware there can be security issues with drivers that old. Vista was a long time ago, which hints that Griffin may not soon offer further Windows support.
I recently also purchased the "DROK USB Volume Control Knobs Audio Controller for Adjusting Volume of Computers" here on Amazon and found it works very well. The installation only requires it to be plugged in, the device uses protocols that are built into Windows 10 and therefore far more secure than some old third party driver. Unfortunately it is now in short supply.
Some other nice things: the software can control more than one PowerMate. I have two, one for two different rooms, and you can choose which action sets go with which device. With the software, you can also control the blue LED. I found the default of full brightness a bit too much, so I turned it down. You can also make it pulse, but you can only control the rate (it still pulses from dim to full brightness, which I don't like) or tie the brightness of the LED to something on the system like volume level or CPU load. The bottom of the PowerMate has a non-slip silicone pad that makes it good for sitting on desks without moving around during use.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great when it works.
Every once in a while (between computer on/offs, maybe three times?) it does not light up or work. Read more
Unclear if it works with certain PC operating systems. It doesn't work on mine. Darn.Published 17 days ago by guy jones
Purchased outside Amazon.
Windows 7 install a piece of cake! Not sure what the issue is with others, I had no problem installing - 5 minutes, tops. Read more
I was able to use this one time before the connection from the cord and the button was broken. It will not work anymorePublished 1 month ago by Phillip Lambert
I've been wanting this product for years but I was put off by the price and high resale cost. And when I finally got one, I don't understand what the fuss was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Wong
I've been using this for about 3 months now. The knob and app functionality is flexible and very functional. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Basiliere
Works great with RetroPIE (MAME4ALL) as a Tempest game spinner controller.Published 1 month ago by roger knobbe