The TuneLink Home is a Bluetooth audio streamer for iOS and Android and universal remote for iOS from New Potato Technologies (which earned its name and fame at a startup competition).
The box comes with a USB cable and wall adapter, as well as the streamer. The TuneLink Home has a low quality feel. It’s light and won’t stand on its own if you ever-so-slightly tug on any cables, which may be inconvenient if it falls over and the IR transmitter is blocked.
Using the Bluetooth audio streaming option is so easy you don’t need TuneLink’s application. All you do is connect the streamer and pair it with your device. Done. No more hassles. The universal remote seems to only be supported on iOS devices with Bluetooth. A search in the Google Play Store led to the car version of this app, which does not support the home edition hardware. Which is awkward as they clearly show a photoshopped image of New Potato’s home app working on an android device in the retail box. The streamer outputs in a 3.5 mm output as well as optical audio cable.
I installed the application on my iPad, and as soon as I connected the streamer I was greeted by a pop up asking me to allow TuneLink’s app to connect to the streamer. That was very easy and straightforward. Once you click “allow” you’re sent to the welcome screen. There you can learn more about the device as well as take a tour of the app. You can set up many different remotes, which makes this a nice versatile device.
Pros and Cons
Pros: Easy to use bluetooth streamer. Many uses. iOS universal remote.
Cons: No Android IR blaster support. $60 price tag.