It's really hard to explain this device without actually using it.. it acts as a type of scroll wheel slash controller.
AS an example, in Quciktime, you could use it to scroll thru a movie and have the click setting to turn off and on the video, while the click and rotate changes the volume.
I use mine for mainly scrollint webpages. Instead of using a cumbersome mouse with the scroll wheel, I have my pro mouse on one side, and the PowerMate to scroll down thru the pages, and the click to bookmark the page. I don't use the rotate and click function that much, and the long click is set to open a new windows. So instead of using the arrow keys, and the combinations, I just click the powermate. Also, for Mail.app, have you checked out the combination to check mail, well, I have that programmed right into the PowerMate.
Thanks! Now I'm getting the gist of it. Sounds like a handy input device that would improve surfing enjoyment - something I spend admittedly too much time doing. I'll bet this thing would look good mated to my "sorta" new DP867 & Studio Display at the office - everything metallic. Haven't bought a "toy" in a while - might be time to shop!
Excellent review RTC... Even if you didn't use the PowerMate for anything at all, it just looks so $*#$ cool!
Interesting tidbit for you. The folks who made PowerMate had a whole bunch go out the door that for some strange reason, would work while the computer was in sleep mode (Its supposed to pulsate even when in sleep mode)
They do cover it under warranty and will replace it. Just FYI.
any idea where the best place to pick one up in canada is? I see them selling from Griffin for $39US ($59CAN) but I'd prefer to pick one up "locally".
(If any of you know where Bellingham is...it's just south of the border from Vancouver....here's a nice little story. Someone was shopping down there from Canada and when they got back to their car in the parking lot there was a note on the windshield. The note said, "you're not welcome here...go back to your own country". I think that says it all)
I cannot believe you guys are just finding the PowerMate!
I have had one for awhile and WestWorld has been carrying them for awhile (And will match $74). It is a great little device
I use it to open and close finder windows, control volume in iTunes, scroll on webpages, and mostly use it for FCP work to scrub back and forth in the timeline (Can be set in any video application). Since my roommate uses FCP more than I do myself, he has the click, hold click and click rotate set for a few FCP funtions, not too sure what!!
Five star review (as usual) RtC. I like the way you managed to introduce Safari and Keynote into the review of a USB device. Some people seem to have trouble understanding the utility of the device (although your letter replies have clarified things). I'd describe it as simply a HiFi knob that provides precision in a dimension not served well by a mouse.
I've thought about getting one but do you think it would "go well" with the aluminum powerbooks (I think its brushed rather than anodised)? I think there is also a special edition PowerMate thats black.
I wanted to pick up one of those Black PowerMate but they were in limited supply. But I would love to see them back again. I know that the colour of the AL is a bit different in the two cases. But, I have yet to see a new Al book up close.
Keep your eyes peeled on EN, more reviews to come...
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