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Griffin AirClick

By Legacy September 27, 2005, 12:00 am

If you're an iPod user, then you know that there are times when it just isn't convenient to reach over and click or spin or work your way through the menus to play that perfect song. What you need is a remote control and Griffin has a solution for you — the AirClick. The AirClick is small, simple, and easy to install. So now I never need to touch my iPod again, right? Read on to find out.

The AirClick is available for a wide variety of devices. It works with the 3rd and 4th generation iPods as well as the iPod Photo (and can control your photo slideshow). There are versions for the iPod Mini and even a USB version to work with your Mac (OSX) or Windows (XP SP2). The USB version can control a variety of applications including iTunes and the Windows Media Player and is being updated to control even more applications!



Box contents include the AirClick dongle, remote, and cradle.

Setup is extremely simple — plug the below dongle into the top of your iPod. You're ready to use the AirClick remote control now.

The product is amazingly easy to use. You simply plug the receiver into the top of your iPod and then use the remote control to control the iPod. The remote has a play/pause button, a forward button, a reverse button, a volume up button, and a volume down button — that's it! All of them work like any standard controls on nearly any CD player (and most MP3 players). No surprises so far. There's also a lock switch on the side to freeze the buttons — just like the lock on the iPod itself. If you're lucky enough to own an iPod Photo, then you also can take advantage of some functions the remote has relating to the iPod Photo — namely controlling the iPod in "photo" mode. Switching modes is simple: slide the lock on the remote to the "locked" position (where you can see the red dot); press and hold the play/pause button; while holding the play/pause button, slide the lock on the remote back to the "active" position (no red dot). Now it's in "photo" mode and you can view and toggle through your pictures. I have a 3rd generation iPod, not an iPod Photo, so I couldn't test this feature. Going back to normal, music mode is simple: just slide the lock to "locked" (red dot showing) and then back to "active" (no red dot).

As mentioned, the AirClick remote is small allows for volume, forward/reverse and play/pause control.

Above is the clip on the rear with the hold button to the side.

The instructions that come with the AirClick are only a couple of pages long — reflecting how easy it is to install and operate. There is more information available about it on the Griffin website.

The AirClick uses RF (radio frequency) signals to operate. For those who are interested, it operates on a frequency of 433.92MHz. It uses a simple watch battery (CR2032 — a common type found in many car remotes and other devices). The remote is small — 2.75" by 1.25" by 0.5". It weighs only 0.8 oz. And yes, you can leave the iPod in "locked" mode (so the buttons don't get pressed) and the AirClick still works.

The AirClick also comes with a cradle. Above is a small plastic holder with a strap that you can attach to your arm, your steering wheel, or onto your bike handlebars to hold your remote control while leaving your iPod in your backpack.

The AirClick is incredibly easy to install and operate, but it has one big shortcoming — there is no way to traverse the menus using the remote control. An additional set of buttons to move up and down through the menus would have solved this quite nicely. Without them you have to set your iPod up to the right playlist ahead of time or simply choose to play your entire library. I think this is a serious omission, and one that makes the device less useful to someone like me who has a lot of songs and a lot of playlists. I think, for the majority of people, the ability to operate the iPod remotely is very cool and this device, with it's very simple-to-use implementation, will like it a lot.


The AirClick is available over at the Griffin website for $39.99. They have the same product available for the iPod mini for the same price.


  • PROS {#pros}
  • Small, matches most iPods {#small-matches-most-ipods}
  • Easy to install and use {#easy-to-install-and-use}
  • Good price {#good-price}
  • Works with the photo features of photo-capable iPods


  • No menu controls {#no-menu-controls}

Do I recommend this device? I give it a qualified "yes". Although some folk won't need them, I really think the AriClick needs "menu up" and "menu down" buttons, and probably a "elect" button as well. These would make the device much more useful without making it too much more complicated. In any case, if you use your iPod a lot in the car or in places where you really don't want to expose the iPod, this is an excellent way to play your library without risking your iPod. Griffin keeps innovating with cool accessories for the iPod and the AirClick is a nice addition to their lineup!


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