Review of the Airturn Digit II remote control for Bluetooth enabled Computers, Tablet PCs, and Smartphones
The Airturn Digit II is a Bluetooth remote control that is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, iTunes, PDF readers, and other software. It can also remotely control smart devices' cameras.
Design and features
The Airturn Digit II remote control is nothing fancy, but it is durable and has an intuitive design. It is very small (roughly 2.5 inches by 1.5 inches) and fits easily in the hand. It has only five buttons. The circular power button is in the center, surrounded by buttons that allow you to switch to different modes and navigation purposes (turning pages of PDF documents, going to next or previous slides of a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, etc.).
The buttons are soft and large enough to reach easily without looking at them. This is helpful when you're giving a presentation, as you do not need to look at the remote buttons every time you want to navigate through your slides.
The Airturn Digit II features an LED light that indicates battery life and which mode of operation is in use. This remote comes with a rechargeable battery that can be charged with a micro USB cable.
The Digit II uses Bluetooth to communicate with other devices. To make life easier, this remote can store up to eight pairings and will automatically try to connect to its most recent pairing when it is powered on.
The Airturn Digit II is compatible with most presentation software and music, camera, and PDF apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android. That's a lot of functionality for one tiny remote control.
We used the Airturn Digit II with an iPad 4s, an HTC One, and a laptop running Windows 8. Pairing the remote took only a couple of seconds for each device. With the iPad 4s, we used the Digit II to navigate through a Keynote presentation. The remote worked perfectly without any dropped connections or button malfunctions.
We then tested the Digit II with RealPlayer, Camera MX, and Polaris Office on the HTC One. It worked perfectly with RealPlayer, but lost its link briefly when we were using Polaris Office. It automatically reconnected to the HTC One in a couple of seconds, so this was not much of a problem. The Digit II remote was especially useful when paired with the HTC One's Camera MX app. We used the remote to take a group photo. It was very convenient to take the picture once everyone was in place, rather than using the camera's timer function and rushing to get everyone huddled together.
Lastly, we used the Digit II remote to navigate through a PowerPoint presentation on our Windows 8 laptop. It worked smoothly without ever losing the connection.
The remote's battery life was impressive. We used the remote for several hours, and the battery indicator did not start to flash. Overall, the Airturn Digit II passed all our tests with a more than decent score.
The Airturn Digit II is easy to connect to practically any Bluetooth device and works very well. It always stays in discoverable mode, and can store up to eight pairings. That saves you from the hassle of going through the discovering and pairing process every time you use it with a new computer, tablet, PC, or smartphone. Plus, it is sturdy and reliable. Therefore, HomeGear gives it its highest rating, 4 Lights On: Excellent and Highly Recommended.
• Advance slides for most presentation applications
• Navigate and control music player apps
• Control iOS cameras (photo and video)
• Turn pages in compatible iOS and Android apps
• Wireless Bluetooth and rechargeable batteries