Griffin Technology's PowerMate

Review

posted 4/7/2003 by Charlie Sinhaseni
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Are you a control freak? Do you like shiny objects? Does the thought of having a pulsating blue light attached to your PC appeal to you? Then you just might be a candidate for Griffin Technology's PowerMate. We live in a society based on needs and wants. There are things that we need and there are things that we want. Well I’m here to tell you that if you WANT to have the coolest rig in town, you absolutely NEED the Griffin Technology's PowerMate.

What the hell is the PowerMate exactly? Well it just might be the coolest device that you’ve never heard about. In terms of style this thing ranks far off of the charts and probes into uber-cool territory. When the creators are touting its pulsating base as opposed to its supposed functionality, you know you’re in for a real techno treat. Yes it’s a volume knob, but it’s not just any volume knob. It’s a volume knob capable of scrolling pages in Internet Explorer, advancing movies frame-by-frame and perhaps most importantly, lending an authentic feel to the MAME versions of Breakout and Tempest.

While Griffin Technology markets predominantly Macintosh-compatible products, it had the foresight to provide multi-platform synchronicity for the PowerMate and as a result, everyone wins. To get it up and running all you have to do is plug the device into an empty USB port, install the included software and you’re set. Also included in the package is an extension that adds a few more feet just in case you want to place the device away from your PC. It requires no external power and runs entirely on your PC’s juice.

Let’s face it the star of the show is the look and design of the unit itself. The stainless steel finish is just the beginning of this product’s appeal. Touching it lends that nice metallic feel that really enhances the product. As an unexpected bonus, the product seamlessly matches the finish of my Logitech MX700 and the dark plastic finish of my Logitech Z-680s control unit. To make the package even more attractive, the color of the glowing light in the base of the unit is the same color as the backlit LED of the Z-680s. That’s right; this puppy comes fully equipped with a glowing base.
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