Griffin PowerMate knob

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by cgnjny, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. cgnjny macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2004
    I just picked up a Griffin PowerMate knob (aluminum) and find the device to be fantastic and quite useful. In case people don't know, it's a solid-state knob that has a click-and-dial feature that can be programmed to do any key commands or preset commands you choose.

    I've used some presets and created my own -- for example, when i click it in the finder (global), it opens iTunes. Within iTunes, I control volume and track selection. Safari works for scrolling and for moving among pages.

    Anyone else find this device highly useful? Anyone care to share tips on usage?

  2. jimsowden macrumors 68000


    Sep 6, 2003
    It just looks cool for me. Thats why i got it, i never use it.
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Same here. I finally unplugged it because the light bugged me when I slept in my office.
  4. macidiot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002
    Yeah, that thing is really cool looking. Has an nice feel when you use it too. Unfortunately I can never think of a good enough reason to justify getting it. Its sort of pricey for a dial.
  5. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    As cool looking as it is, in a couple weeks, you will realize you can adjust the volume and track count with your keyboard. If you want something pretty, buy a nice desk lamp. If you are actually looking for something you will use after the novelty wears off.. start looking at honest-to-god shuttles. I use mine with my powerbook more than I use my mouse.

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