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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.
This remote provides the solution and allows direct access from its keys to the iPhone's music controls regardless of the app running on screen, even when the iPhone is password locked. No switching of apps, just hit a button and the iPhone reacts accordingly. If you don't have any streaming apps like Pandora or Sirius running in the background, the remote will control the iPhone's iPod functions. If you have a radio streaming app in the background, this remote will play, pause, and skip the content of that app. The simple design of the remote makes hitting the correct function keys without looking possible. Nice.
There is also a home key on the remote to "short cut" to the home screen or the bottom row "running in the background" app. This, again, will reduce the number of times you have to touch the iPhone screen or home button while minimizing the need to look at the phone to access the desired "home screen" related functions.
The volume key on the remote also mimics iOS 5's camera volume up shutter button, so this remote is also a remote shutter control. Neat.
In short, very well made item that solves a whole bunch of problems.
Why four stars? Because it's well made, it does provide the base functions, it's easy to use (except the tiny keys to enter the Bluetooth pairing code).
Just don't expect to use anything but the Google keyboard when this remote is turned on. This was a killer for me.
About the Satechi, it worked out of the box and bonded with my iPhone 6 Plus right away. I could use it to forward/back music and to take pictures. Good device for selfies as well. I do wish it had a key chain loop.
while my ipod is hooked up through my home stereo. But does work if I am
listening to my ipod while NOT connected to home stereo.
Love the "home" and "hello siri" option. I can just ask siri to play
whatever artist or song I want to hear in my itunes collection. Great while working
out at the gym and don't want to be taking my ipod out of its arm holster just
to fiddle around to hear what I want.
Fits nicely into my pocket of my gym shorts and can even hold it while I am
running or on the elliptical trainer to skip any songs I don't want to hear.
Awesome to have also while jogging on the street. Who has time to stop
just to switch your ipod to a different song? This remote comes in so handy
in so many situations.