If you haven’t heard about Pressy, it was among the most successful campaigns on Kickstarter. I myself was very interested in the brilliant idea and I was not surprised when it could raise nearly $700,000 in just 2 months although its goal was just 40,000.
The Pressy button was officially shipping in mid 2014 and I was quite excited to review this product. So, what are the capabilities of this tiny gadget and can it live up to the hype? Let’s check out my review.
Design and Features
The Pressy comes with a rubberized keychain holder, the holder is tight enough to keep the Pressy in place. After pulling it out of the holder, you will see the Pressy unit which looks like a 3.5mm plug with a small button on top.
The button has a very good build and it can fit perfectly to headphone jack of any smartphone or tablet. However, it will only work with Android devices at the moment. I inserted it into the headphone jack of my Samsung Galaxy S5 and it looks pretty awesome. It slightly protrudes out of the port but it won’t affect the the way you are using your smartphone, you will soon forget there is an extra button on your phone.
Setting up the Pressy is quite easy. Just install the app, plug in the button and start setting up actions for your clicks. For example, you can set one click to toggle flashlight, a double click to launch camera app, or a long press to toggle silent mode. This button can save us a lot of time if it works like promised. We would no longer need to wake up the phone, unlock it, look for a specific app or setting and implement your action. You can set a lot of other actions like starting a voice recording, checking into social networks, sending current location, toggling Bluetooth or WiFi, or recording a phone call.
I love this idea and it actually has a lot of potentials. Unfortunately, there are some issues hindering me from using it at the moment.
The first issue is the remarkable lag. I set one click as a flashlight button and it often takes a few seconds to execute a command. More seriously, my clicks were sometimes not registered and no actions were executed. It becomes more difficult if you want to implement a double-click or triple-click action because my presses are registered incorrectly all the time.
Another problem is accidental clicks. As my smartphone heads downward inside my pants, the accidental clicks on this Pressy button can happen very easily. There were many times I saw my phone’s flashlight turn on in my pocket without me touching it, and the battery drained out very fast. This is the primary reason I am not using the Pressy anymore.
- Clean design in a well-built unit.
- Programmable presses.
- Very laggy.
- Presses are registered incorrectly.
- Accidental presses inside pocket.
The Pressy button is available on Amazon for $29. I am not recommending this product at the moment because of the aforementioned issues. I will update the post if there is any improvement in the future.