"If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63."
Belkin Australia SportCommand for iPod
- Large buttons, water-resistant and flexible remote, Velcro strap, included clip for alternative attachment
- "Wireless" limited by headphones, buttons require a firm press to activate, expensive
The SportCommand is ideal for those wanting to use an iPod during sporting activities, but its high price and a few other issues prevent it from being a great product.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
Belkin's SportCommand is a wireless, water resistant remote control allowing users to operate their iPod without using the scroll wheel. The SportCommand uses a radio frequency (RF) receiver and a touch sensitive design, making it ideal for use during outdoor sports, or other strenuous activity. Unfortunately it only controls volume, play/pause and the skipping of tracks.
The SportCommand is essentially two units, a large remote control with a Velcro armband strap, and a small RF receiver that plugs into any iPod with a dock connection - meaning it will work with all models except for the iPod shuffle (2nd Generation). Setup is simple; use a coin to open the battery slot on the remote, insert the included lithium battery and plug the receiver into your iPod. A green light on the remote will blink when the first button press from the remote pairs with the receiver correctly, and will blink each time a button is pressed thereafter.
The remote has been designed for use in less than ideal conditions. It is made from a water-resistant grey material, with a white plastic piece housing the battery and indicator light. It has five buttons; track rewind, track forward, volume up, volume down and play/pause. Holding down the rewind and forward buttons searches through the track, while pressing them changes the track. There is no menu button, so you can't scroll through multiple playlists.
The package includes a Velcro band (with an extender), so the remote can be attached to your arm. Alternatively, there is also a large clip, so it can also be attached to a belt, backpack or other object. The remote will control your iPod within a range of about 15 metres to the receiver. Do keep in mind though that you'll still need to be attached to headphones so you can't use the iPod too far away from the remote unless you purchase a set of wireless headphones. One complaint about the receiver is the fact that it doesn't sit level with the iPod when attached and its cord is unnecessarily long.
Our major issue with the SportCommand is the fact that the buttons need to be pressed very firmly. This isn't ideal when you are involved in any sort of sporting activity, although their large size is excellent and makes them easy to use while on the move. The Velcro strap will fit any sized arm, and is easily adjustable thanks to an included extender piece for those who like the strap a little longer.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
- 2 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 3 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Peak performance from a home entertainment heavyweight
- 4 Fitbit Versa review: New look, better price, same limits
- 5 Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 review: Smaller form-factor, higher performance
Latest News Articles
- Apple's Q1: Record $US18.4 billion profit, but iPhone sales are slowing
- Sony shows latest high-end Walkman
- Sydney Airport lost property auction: you'll be amazed at what some people left behind
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
PCW Evaluation Team
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
- Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
- Computex 2018: Nvidia launches new AI-focused hardware and software platforms
- Computex 2018: Everything you missed at Asia's biggest tech tradeshow
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?