While Microsoft’s Surface Dial was lauded as a novel new accessory when the Surface Studio debuted last year, Apple enthusiasts had a different take: “We’ve seen this before!” they cried, referring to Griffin’s PowerMate Control Knob. Unfortunately, what could be a cheaper alternative to the Dial will remain a Mac product for now.
Griffin’s PowerMate Bluetooth knob looks almost exactly like the Dial: a metallic hockey puck that users can click and twist to control. Like the Dial, the PowerMate can scroll through documents, pan and zoom, and reconfigure tools and brushes in drawing applications. Griffin even touts the ability to use more than one PowerMate at once, so that Mac users can gain an additional level of control.