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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.
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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.
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
Works great, only replaces the batteries once in 2 years.