PageFlip Cicada Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal
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- Battery Life: 200 hours of continuous turning or approximately 200,000 page turns
- Pedal Modes: PageUp/Dn, Left/Right arrows, Up/Down arrows, Left/Right mouse click, Space/Enter
- Power: 2 AA batteries or supplied USB cable (input: 100V-240V, 50/60 Hz; output: 3V, 40 mA)
- USB: Supplied power cable plugs into USB ports or any iPad/iPhone USB AC adapter
- Includes: Cicada pedal, USB power cable, Quickstart guide in English/French/German/Spanish
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If you'd like to browse digital documents and software with your feet while freeing your hands to hold your instrument, the Pageflip Cicada bluetooth pedal is for you. Use Cicada with any bluetooth or USB compatible computer or tablet to flip pages in PDFs and iBooks. Start and stop recording in your music software with your feet, so you can keep your hands on your instrument. Play and pause tutorial videos while you practice. Cicada transmits standard keyboard commands like Enter and Spacebar, arrow keys, and ever left/right mouse click - commands virtually every piece of software understands. The hands-free convenience is obvious, how you decide to take advantage of the power of Cicada is up to you!
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Programming it is a true PITA. The has to be a better way to pair this pedal with a tablet. I have done it dozens of times, I'm a pretty smart guy but I still need the stupid instructions every time I have to pair it (which honestly isn't THAT often). Pedal slides around a LOT even on carpet...I've tried velcro and non slip materials of many types. Pedals hold up well (even though the pedal always seems flimsy to me) and battery life has lasted me through two shows or more of 4 hour sets each. It was past the return window and I did have a failure where it just stopped working which is why the three stars. I was sent another one to replace it for shipping and handling charge but still....
I don't klnow if I would buy this again. The options out there are slim from what I can tell. But if they made one that could pair easily, could stay put and felt a bit more solid I would go for it.
The unit functions well and connects easily to my Ipad via Bluetooth. However, when connecting to my laptop which is not Bluetooth equipped, I had to purchase a "Bluetooth dongle" for 8 bucks. Page Flip offers a bluetooth dongle as an option, but I'll bet it costs more than what I paid for one through Amazon.
Anyway, I'm happy with my purchase. It makes viewing set lists and songs sooooo much easier, and can scroll forward, backwards slowly or a page at a time. Overall a good buy, and I would have given it a 5-star had it been made stringer and included the dongle!
- It connects and works great with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, 10.1.
(Just FYI: I am using a very handy app called MobileSheets.)
- It's pretty light-weight and easy to carry around.
(Doesn't add weight to my gig bag.)
The not-as-good: (But not too bad)
- The device's 10-minute auto power-off feature could be longer for my preference.
(I have to occasionally tap the switch to make sure it's still on.)
- It is pretty light weight. Although I don't think I could say it's cheap and poorly constructed. You might have to stomp on it pretty good to break it.
(Tap on it, don't stomp on it.)
- I might like a bit more feedback with the switch, and feel a good "click" under my feet. Although I understand it may be a nuisance for other's to hear constant "clicking" while they're performing or reading in a quiet environment.
(of course a simple solution is to plug other switches into the device.)
Here's a usage tip: To save battery power, it goes to sleep after ten (10) minutes of no page turns. So, if you're playing intermittently, you need to remember to wake it up when you begin your piece, by stepping on it once. If you forget, you'll need to step on it twice to get the first page turn, which can be disturbing if you're not sure whether it's asleep (will turn after two steps) or awake (will turn after one step).
Summary: Sure, I wish it could read my mind instead of me having to step on it, and that it could stay on forever without using battery power. But given that this is the real world, it's a good design. It works for me.