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Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller

You Pay: $34.95
Product Highlights
  • Shuttle Wheel & One-Touch Button
  • Connects Via USB
  • Programmable
  • Preset to Work with iMovie & GarageBand
  • Windows & Mac Compatible

The PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller from Griffin Technology is an exceptional alternative to using a mouse with your computer. This device features a spinnable, scrollable wheel as well as a clickable one-touch button. Both the scroll wheel and the one-touch button can be programmed to handle a wide variety of different functions for different applications. This control knob connects to your computer via USB and is compatible with Windows and Mac computers. It works well in audio, film editing, and other multimedia applications.

This control knob conveniently connects to your computer via the USB interface
With the driver software, you can quickly and easily program the knob to execute any key command, in any application
You can utilize this knob within word processors, film editing or audio programs, or just mute and control the volume on your computer
The control knob is preset to work with iMovie and GarageBand right out of the box
If you are running Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, you can download the PowerMate 3.0 software, which can give you added features and functions
Interface USB
Buttons Mouse-click function
Scroll Wheel Yes
Power Requirements Bus-powered
System Requirements Mac: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or greater
Available USB port
PC: Windows XP or Vista
Available USB port
Cable Length Cable Length: 22" / 55.88cm
USB Extension Cable Length: 40" / 101.6cm
Dimensions Height: 1.3" / 3.34cm Diameter: 2.1" / 5.38cm
Weight 0.26 lb / 0.11kg
Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Griffin TechnologyPowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller
     
    3.9

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Easy to set up (4)
    • Easy to setup (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Power user (3)
          • Primary use:
          • Business (4)
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (9)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Great Editing Tool!

        I use my PowerMate to edit both audio and video projects and it has become an indispensable tool in my office! I was looking to purchase a jog wheel but I wanted one that...Read complete review

        I use my PowerMate to edit both audio and video projects and it has become an indispensable tool in my office! I was looking to purchase a jog wheel but I wanted one that was small, simple to use, and highly customizable. The PowerMate met all of those needs! I don't believe it could be easier to use! There is a small learning curve when you first start programming its functions but I think it's accessible to most computer users. Griffin also has some great documentation on their website that will help you learn how to customize the PowerMate. When I decided to purchase the PowerMate, I found several sites/stores were sold out so there may be a dwindling supply. Get one now from B&H before they're really hard to find! You won't regret it!

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Not happy

        I bought this button controller for use in my photo booth. From day one we had issues with it.
        1) you have to push it hard or sometimes more then once to...Read complete review

        I bought this button controller for use in my photo booth. From day one we had issues with it.
        1) you have to push it hard or sometimes more then once to get it to register.
        2) the power mate software worked great the first time we used it but haven't been able to open the software since the first time we used it.
        3) on the third day of use the chrome button fell off completely so now we can't use it at all.

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        4.0

        Great accessory from Griffin

        By Scott

        from Milwaukee, WI

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

              This is a well made product with a very nice professional feel. It controls volume very well on my Windows 7 computer. The downside is that there is not a Windows 7 driver but the Vista Driver seems to work well but it will probably not have all the intended functionality. Griffin needs to provide a Windows 7 driver for this very popular product. They have now redesigned this but it only supports MAC.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Works but top popped off

              By NC Video

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Power User

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast Response
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

              • Knob Just Glued

              Best Uses

              • Prompter Control

              Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

              Works well with my prompter software. Looks well made...however, the top popped off and saw that it was just glued on to the rest of the assembly. Easy fix but come on. I carry it in a protective case and have only used it on set 6 times.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              I didn't need it. I wanted it.

              By dim

              from Seattle

              Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

              Got myself PowerMate for Christmas to show kids that grownups are getting presents as well.
              This is one of those things that you don't really need but it's fun to have them around. I only use it for volume controls even though I have dedicated buttons on keyboard for that - it's more fun to use PowerMate for that. Plus it feels better.

              I wish they had black ones though.

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              5.0

              A useful device

              By Brian

              from Massachusetts

              Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

              I classy little device that can be configured to do basic tasks. I use mine to scroll left/right in a audio editer. It can also be clicked like a mouse for extra funtions. The software is pretty good and Letts you set different functions depending on what software you use.

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              5.0

              Great Little Controller

              By caleb

              from Bismarck, ND

              About Me Casual Gamer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Setup
              • Good quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Interactivity

                Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                I bought this to use when editing in premiere pro and I wasn't sure how it would work, but I thought for $ dollars its worth taking a chance. I've been super happy with it and the software that comes with it makes it so you can pretty much customize it to do anything you want. My only complaint about it would be I wish the software didn't have to run in the bottom dock on Mac but instead ran in the top tool bar. Not really a big deal at all just would be nice if it wasn't sitting there all the time.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                1.0

                Not happy

                By DJ Watty

                from Plattsburgh, NY

                About Me Hardcore Gamer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clean And Good Looking

                Cons

                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                  I bought this button controller for use in my photo booth. From day one we had issues with it.
                  1) you have to push it hard or sometimes more then once to get it to register.
                  2) the power mate software worked great the first time we used it but haven't been able to open the software since the first time we used it.
                  3) on the third day of use the chrome button fell off completely so now we can't use it at all.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great for TelePrompter software.

                  By Bill

                  from Asheville, NC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Well Built

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Teleprompter Control

                    Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                    Solid feel in your hands.
                    Installed software, set controls for prompter functions and it works great.
                    Very responsive.
                    Included USB extension cord is nice touch.

                    You do have to keep the software open in the background otherwise it doesn't function with the specific application...that's why only 4 stars.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Editing Tool!

                    By the2ba4ever

                    from Somerset, PA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Setup
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Music
                      • Sound
                      • Video

                      Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                      I use my PowerMate to edit both audio and video projects and it has become an indispensable tool in my office! I was looking to purchase a jog wheel but I wanted one that was small, simple to use, and highly customizable. The PowerMate met all of those needs! I don't believe it could be easier to use! There is a small learning curve when you first start programming its functions but I think it's accessible to most computer users. Griffin also has some great documentation on their website that will help you learn how to customize the PowerMate. When I decided to purchase the PowerMate, I found several sites/stores were sold out so there may be a dwindling supply. Get one now from B&H before they're really hard to find! You won't regret it!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Solid Button

                      By BMP

                      from Fort Myers FL

                      About Me Frequent Player

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Setup

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                          Solid construction, love the blue LED light in it!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good controller for Genelec GLM

                          By EPaudio

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Robust Software
                          • Solid Construction
                          • Various Uses

                          Cons

                          • Difficult Setup

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                            It's well built, and functions as you would expect. Programming it was difficult and required many hours on online research. The lighting feature is hard to sync with GLM software. It functions well as volume, mute and mix level toggling. In the end, it's worth the money, and you'll probably only program it once or twice.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Versatile controller, great value!

                            By Matthew

                            from Las Vegas, NV

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Tracking
                            • Fast Response
                            • Great Features

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                                I used this for a museum exhibit where they needed visitors to control slow motion playback on some video clips. I was able to program it fairly easily to provide frame by frame playback control. I only wish that it could behave like a proper shuttle control, not just emulating keystrokes as it spins freely. A minor wish but a great versatile product overall at a great value.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                4.0

                                Cool Looking Device with lots of uses

                                By garlandphoto

                                from colorado

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                                    Use the device for a photobooth button. It did "go off line" and had to reinstall software. Am using an older laptop in the powermate's defence. Hooked it up to my mac and played with itunes with it. Bottom line, unless you have a specific use, it is costly just for a volume control. If you have extra cash to blow, it is a cool looking product.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    Died

                                    By jmang

                                    from NY

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                    • Not Durable

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                                      Died about a week after the 1-year warranty expired. Called customer service, they suggested I buy another one! Haven't bought another of their products since, having also had bad experience with their wireless iPod car adapter.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      This is just what i need.

                                      By Claude.F

                                      from Beirut-Lebanon

                                      About Me Casual Listener

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Reliable Performance
                                      • Simple Controls
                                      • Sleek/Compact

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Anywhere

                                        Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                                        I'm using the Griffin Controller in a prompter system to scroll up\down, speed\slow,and to stop .
                                        It is Smooth and fast in the same time.
                                        I surely recommend to buy the product.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        Very cool little piece

                                        By Music Lover

                                        from Indianapolis

                                        About Me Audiophile

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Simple Controls
                                        • Sleek/Compact

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Anywhere

                                          Comments about Griffin Technology PowerMate Assignable USB Multimedia Controller:

                                          I use the product a volume nob as well as basic iTunes controls.
                                          It is a neatly designed piece.
                                          The only thing I don't like is that I don't know how to write apple script to do more advanced controls.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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