Why virtualise your NAS environment?
Belkin Australia TuneCommand for iPod
- Excellent range, Functionality, No reported interference, Multiple uses
- Doesn’t work with new models, Quite Chunky
Nano and Video iPod owners need to look elsewhere, but for everyone else, the TuneCommand should serve you well.
Price$ 59.95 (AUD)
Wireless interaction is becoming more and more a consumer fascination and when it comes to the popular iPod, this has opened a whole new world in terms of the way you listen to your music.
With this in mind, Belkin has released a wireless remote control specifically for use with the iPod. Unfortunately it doesn't work with the newer iPod nanoand iPod Videomodels, as these don't have the required control connection next to the headphone jack. But for the rest of the iPod range, TuneCommand lets you roam and play your music from virtually anywhere in your home (and many other places) delivering unprecedented levels of listening convenience.
Utilising wireless radio frequency technology, the TuneCommand Remote works with your iPod up to 35 metres away, regardless of hindrances such as walls, ceilings and windows. During testing, we were extremely impressed with this feature and had no interference problems to complain about. The remote worked flawlessly from our office, all the way into the test centre; which along the way included various walls, doors and computers. This means it is especially ideal for those who have their iPod connected to their home stereo system.
However, we found that another great use of the TuneCommand is in the car; we hooked our iPod minidirectly up to our car stereo and stored the iPod away in the glove box, using the remote for a long trip. Furthermore, the included holder can be easily attached to your dash in the car, allowing quick and easy access as well as storage. Those with new cars though. may be reluctant to use the stick backing supplied, just as we were. Still, with a car full of kids, the idea of storing your iPod out of harms way whilst still being able to control your tunes is an appealing one.
The TuneCommand is fairly chunky and is slightly larger than an iPod Shuffle. It comes in two pieces; the remote itself (which runs on an included 3V battery) and the receiver, which hooks up to your iPod via the headphone jack. Conveniently, the receiver requires no batteries, but this means it uses the power of your iPod, so you'll find yourself recharging your player more often than usual. Still, we managed about 7 hours with our mini; well below the standard battery life time, but respectable nonetheless.
The controls are very simple, much like the iPod itself. There's a Play/Pause button surrounded by Previous and Next Track and Volume Up/Down. Beneath this 4-way control is a Shuffle and Repeat button. Both of these buttons are three-tiered; Shuffle Off/Shuffle Songs/Shuffle Albums and Repeat Off/Repeat One/Repeat all. The only function you can't control without resorting to the iPod itself is changing playlists, but everything else is accessible with the remote.
Rounding out the package, the TuneCommand includes a multi-clip, surface-mount hook and lanyard, providing a variety of options for securing the unit should you wish to do so.
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?