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Author Dwayne Melancon is always on the lookout for new things to learn. An ecclectic collection of postings on personal productivity, travel, good books, gadgets, leadership & management, and many other things.


Fresh Gear: My favorite presentation remote

I do at least 10 live presentations a month, and I love my presentation remote. I've been using the Logitech 2.4GHz Cordless Presenter for about a year now. Having used lots of other remotes that left me dissatisfied for one reason or another, this one has been perfect. When I was shopping for it last year, I created a list of selection criteria:

  • Compact size
  • Easy operation "by touch" (i.e. simple enough to operate without looking at it)
  • Must use standard batteries (not button-cell or other batteries that are tricky to find while traveling)
  • Must have an on/off switch to prevent accidental draining of the battery
  • Must be plug & play in Windows XP

The Logitech Cordless Presenter exceeds this short list of "must haves." It is small, easy to operate "by touch", uses two AAA batteries, has an on/off switch, and has built-in driver support in Windows XP. It also has additional beneficial aspects (lagniappe, where I come from):

  • It has a built-in countdown timer that you can set to help keep you on your time schedule. It provides a silent, vibrating reminder when you have 5, 2, and 0 minutes left.
  • It has a built-in laser pointer.
  • It is quite comfortable and natural to hold while presenting.
  • The controls provide forward and backward slide navigation buttons, as well as a button to blank the screen.
  • The range is very good - I've operated the controls from 45 feet away with no problems.
  • The remote includes a USB receiver that actually plugs back into the remote itself for easy storage - and you won't lose it this way.
  • It includes a neoprene, custom-fit storage sleeve to protect it during travel.

If you do much presenting, I think this is the remote you've gotta have.