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Satechi Bluetooth Multi-Media Remote Control for 2017 MacBook Pro, iPhone X, 8 Plus, 8, iPad Pro, Samsung S8, Microsoft Surface and more (Standard Black)
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- BLUETOOTH 3.0 – wirelessly control your Bluetooth devices when it is out of reach! Quickly control media playback from your connected Bluetooth devices from up to 33 feet away
- STANDARD MODEL – total media playback control with next/previous, play/pause, mute, volume up/down and home button access, all at the touch of your fingers. Please note this model does not have presentation features.
- SLIM, COMPACT DESIGN – big on function, yet small enough to fit in your pocket for on-the-go media playback control
- BATTERY POWERED - uses 2 CR-2025-coin cell batteries and boasts up to 6 months battery life.
- HIGH COMPATIBILITY – supports most Bluetooth-enabled devices including, iPhone X, 8/8+, iPad Pro, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S8, MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, Mac Mini and more
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Compact and lightweight, Satechi BT Media Remote is the ultimate multi-media companion for your Bluetooth iOS device. Enjoy the convenience of controlling your iPhone or iPad media wirelessly whether it is connected to your TV, dock station or car stereo.
Multi Media Remote Control
Connected to your TV, a dock station or car stereo you can, play, pause, forward, rewind and mute or adjust the volume of music or video content on your iPhone or iPad from upto 33 ft. away.
BT Media Remote supports Bluetooth 3.0 HID, Class II profile. It is compatible with: iPhone, iPad & other OS compatible devices (iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iPod Touch iOS 4 or higher, etc.)
Thanks to the Home button on BT Media Remote, you do not need to reach your iPhone to activate Siri while you are driving or jogging. Just long press the Home button on the remote and it works.
Camera Remote Shutter
The volume up button on BT Media Remote will trigger the Camera app to take a photo just like a camera remote shutter. This means you can place the iPhone on a tripod or stand, and snap a blur-free shot. The remote is also perfect for group shots, where you can be included!!
6 Months Battery Life
BT Media Remote powers with two CR-2025 coin cell batteries and boasts up to 6 months battery life.
BT Presentation Remote works with Keynote on Bluetooth enabled Mac computers. You can start the presentation with play button, and go to next and previous slides with forward and rewind buttons.
What's in the Box
Satechi BT Media Remote, User Manual
NOTE: Only controls Keynote on Mac OSX computers (not iOS devices). Please search for the Satechi Bluetooth Smartpointer; this device is capable of controlling Keynote in iOS.
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Out of the box, this remote sends the same media commands that Apple uses on their keyboards; as such, certain keys are only recognized by a small set of applications on the Mac, which includes iTunes, QuickTime, VLC, and a few others. Most other apps simply ignore these keys; notable examples are EyeTV and any in-browser media websites such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. (Potentially even more annoyingly, the "play" button will be received by iTunes, even if it is closed or not in the foreground.)
When I contacted the vendor (Satechi) to ask if there was some way to enable this device for use in other applications, I was quite disappointed at their response, as they were entirely unhelpful and even seemed to be disinterested -- I initially issued a very scathing one-star review in a bitter rebuttal to their response -- but fortunately, I'm a software engineer myself, so I knew there had to be a way to get it to work... and also fortunately, I'm persistent. With some time and a little research, I finally found a solution which enables Satechi's remote to function much more seamlessly with several common media players on the Mac.
To enable this solution for yourself, you'll need to download a free keyboard remapping utility called "Karabiner" (formerly KeyRemap4MacBook). (Apparently Amazon doesn't like external links, so you'll have to Google it to download.)
I've worked with Takayama Fumihiko (the developer of Karabiner) to generate a collection of remap command sets specifically for the Satechi remote, and he has incorporated those sets into Karabiner. After you've installed Karabiner, do a search from within it for "Satechi". Several options should be returned; click the checkboxes next to the options that you'd like to enable, and the buttons on the remote will instantly be remapped to something more functional for that particular app. Enabling any and/or all of these sets will not affect the key bindings of any other keyboards; they will only affect the Satechi remote. As an example, in the case of EyeTV, you would see the following behavioral changes to the remote buttons:
Volume Up: unchanged
Volume Down: unchanged
Volume Mute: unchanged
Play: Space Bar
Previous: Left Arrow Key (skip backwards)
Next: Right Arrow Key (skip ahead)
Keyboard: Command-0 (toggle fullscreen mode)
Note that if you want to use the remote with Netflix in Safari, you'll actually need to enable two checkboxes: the Safari set and the Safari Plugins set. (Full screen mode technically presents a separate process from the browser itself, which then responds to all keyboard commands.)
Additional modifications can be readily made to the key-bindings, for any other apps which you use frequently -- if you are willing to delve into a little bit of XML. Note that the "Home" button does not appear to be re-mappable... but then, if you really want to go crazy, the number keys under the sliding door *can* be remapped.
Side note for Windows users: I have not personally explored Windows key remapping tools, but based upon what little research I have done, it seems that most Windows remap tools do not offer device specific configuration options, such as those offered by Karabiner. That said, I did find one tool which claims to accomplish the task, and might be worth investigating further: Google "Interception Francisco Lopes" to find it.
(I didn't find anything at all for Windows which claims to offer application specific behaviors, as I've implemented here with Karabiner... but I would imagine it's out there somewhere, if you look hard enough.)
TLDR: In summary, Satechi's remote is a halfway decent iOS remote -- and not much more, when evaluated solely on it's own merits. To use it with a Mac, you have to do a bit of legwork... but now, Karabiner will do much of the hard work for you. Once you've installed and configured Karabiner as described above, the Satechi remote is fairly handy and convenient.
- Pairing: connects almost instantly after turning it on even though it uses bluetooth 3.0.
- Battery life: Extremely long, I have been using it constantly and it pretty much lasts the whole day with plenty of power left over before you need to charge. Love that it comes with USB-C rechargeable battery. Will eventually pay for itself saving you all that money buying those coin batteries.
- Functionality: Perfect as a media remote. You can fast forward, skip, play/pause songs, take pictures as a remote shutter, can also use as a presenter although I did not buy it for that.
- Size: It is a small unit and very easy to drop. Should have come with some sort of strap. Buttons are a nightmare for those with big fingers. The buttons are all flat to add to the modern look for the device. Should have raised certain buttons to be able to know what you're pressing but it's easy enough to use.
- Programmability: I was sad that you can't reprogram the buttons. For example, you can use the home button to go back to the home screen. But when you press and hold it, it does not activate Siri. I also would have liked to use the play/pause button instead of the volume buttons as a shutter release when using the default camera app. Volume buttons are very narrow but the forward and back buttons don't even do anything so that's okay.
This would be perfect if you can re-assign the buttons to serve your purpose, but nothing is perfect. Hopefully it can be fixed via software update or an app (if possible). If you're wanting a shutter remote that has an added functionality of a media remote, just buy this already. Save yourself the headache of other bluetooth remotes that stop pairing randomly or force you to buy batteries. It even comes with a usb-c cable.
The remote is also small, lightweight, and easy to hold. However, the buttons have a cheap, low-quality feel to them and I am uncertain as to whether some of the buttons will fail prematurely. Also, the bottom of the remote is curved to accommodate holding in your hand. Hence, it tends to rock when using the remote on any flat surface. Not a big deal, but it can be annoying.
Also, if the remote has been inactive for a period of time, you may need to wake it up with a key press first before it will recognize any control input (push pause twice to pause, etc.).
- One of the best remotes available for IOS devices (including AppleTV and Macs)
- Comfortable to hold
- Tactile buttons can be felt and recognized when remote is in your pocket
- Bluetooth connectivity works at the stated distance
- Siri activation works well (if the phone or other paired device is close enough to hear you)
- Pair once and done
- Customer service and support is excellent
- Buttons feel a little on the cheap side, not very durable over time
- No built in microphone for Siri (relies on the microphone on the paired device)
- Battery compartment is very difficult to open
- Requires a button battery
- Button battery is not the same battery used in Apple remotes