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User interface design issues - but still, it's a Pocket Wizard
on January 10, 2013
I loved the older PW II's. They were simple and always worked. I lost mine, though and needed replacements. But the Pocket Wizard II's have become harder to come by these days so I opted for the updated PW III's. There are some things I think Pocket Wizard should change about the units in the next version:
1) The power button is also the mode changing button. If you aren't careful about holding the button down long enough to turn the unit off, you actually end up shifting modes. This could easily send you back across the room to examine why PocketWizard #4 isn't firing. Silly. The other buttons can easily be hit too, causing the unit to go offline unexpectedly.
2) Another obvious mistake in my opinion is that they should have put the flashing indicator light on the side instead of on the top where you either only barely see it, or more than likely, can't see it at all. One thing that is super-smart on their part, however, is that this blinking light changes color to tell you the condition of the battery. Wow! That's cool. If only I could see it. The LCD also shows the battery condition, but you have to hit one of the mode-changing button to illuminate the LCD to read it and in the process, you have just changed one of the modes--something you do want to do.
OK. Easy to bash, but again the if you want the most reliable unit, buy Pocket Wizard. If you can find the old #2 version, though, I think you're better off. My opinion only.