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Satechi BT MediaRemote Bluetooth Multi-Media Remote Control for iPhone, iPad & iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac Mini
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- Bluetooth 3.0 HID, Class II profile. Works with: iPhone, iPad and other OS compatible devices (iMac, Macbook Air, Mac mini, etc.), and also Android phones and tablets that support Bluetooth HID.
- Media playback controls include play/pause, fast forward/rewind, volume up/down, mute. Home button can be used to activate Sir
- Via volume up button, you can take pictures with iPhone camera without leaving yourself out and eliminate any camera instability.
- Powers with two CR-2025 coin cell batteries and boasts up to 6 months battery life.
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Compact and lightweight, Satechi BT Media Remote is the ultimate multi-media companion for your Android device. Enjoy the convenience of controlling your 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, skip tracks and mute or adjust the volume of music or video content on your Android device from up to 33 ft. away.
BT Media Remote supports Bluetooth 3.0 HID, Class II profile. It is compatible with: Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4 / Galaxy Note, Note II / Galaxy Nexus / Galaxy Tab.
Thanks to the Home button on the BT Media Remote, you can quickly travel to your mobile device's home screen at the touch of a button.
Camera Remote Shutter
The enter button on BT Media Remote will trigger the Camera app to take a photo just like a camera remote control. This means you can place the Android device 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.
What's in the Box
Satechi BT Media Remote, User Manual
Note: Not compatible with presentation applications on iOS devices.
Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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.
It was extremely easy to pair the remote with a device. You turn on the remote and then go to the bluetooth section of the settings on your iDevice. Tell it to connect, it'll give you a pin to enter on the remote, and once you do it, you're done! You only have to do this once for the device, although I think you have to repeat the process if you're switching devices. The pin-entering thing is actually good, since it guarantees you won't accidentally pair it with the wrong device and end up controlling someone else's Mac. Instructions for pairing come with it, but Satechi also emailed me instructions just in case the included ones weren't clear enough (although I found the written ones perfectly clear).
The remote has a clear on-off switch (which gives it another leg up on the bluetooth keyboard, since you can actually be sure it's off). It seems to go to sleep or something if you don't use it for a little while (it wakes up again when you hit a button), which I suspect saves battery life.
On my new iPad (3rd generation) and on my iPhone 4S, I've tested all of the buttons except for the one on the lower left with a grid-looking thing. I can't figure out what that does. Holding down the home button works to activate Siri, and the shutter button works for the camera, which is really, really handy.
Love this little device and highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked perfectly to remotely control my daughter's iPad on a long car trip - saved us from hours of complaining of being bored!Published 12 days ago by G. Fisher
This remote works wonderfully well with my MacBook Pro that lacks an infrared port. I mostly use it to control PowerPoint, although sometimes I use it for multimedia well. Read morePublished 27 days ago by KJj
I am sad to give this a 2-star rating. I purchased this for use in my fitness studio when I am teaching a class. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angelika A
I am a dance instructor and the Satechi saves me from going back and forth to my Ipod which is attached to my boom box. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JT
This product works well, however, one of the things I thought it would do when doing my research is that it would also control another program other than iTunes for music and it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lowell Carlson
I bought this so that I could use in my vehicle. My daughter has severe hearing loss so to keep her from crying while in her car seat we have recorded video of us for her to watch... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew and Sasha