Giving an amazing presentation requires knowledge, preparation, and confidence as well as proper technical setup. You can spend days, weeks, or even months preparing for a presentation for your company, a sales pitch for a client or a class project. Either way, the stakes are high and a good presentation can mean the difference between getting a promotion or staying where you are, landing a new client or having a good one get away, or getting an A+ instead of a B-.
Speaking in front of your colleagues, classmates, or incredibly scary boss, can be nerve wracking. We’ve all had our fair share of embarrassing moments, some of which we wish could be completely erased from our minds! Although you may not be able to go back in time and fix that ridiculous boardroom gaff or classroom fiasco, you can smile and rest easy about the things you can control in your presentations. Let’s face it, nerves are understandable. Not everyone is a natural-born orator. Luckily, you can take the necessary steps to make sure that your presentation is so unbelievably impressive, you can hardly believe that you did it on your own!
Preparation is key. Even if there are technical issues such as a faulty projector
, an uncooperative projection screen
, or buggy speakers
, you can improvise and keep it moving since you’ve prepared your presentation in advance. After all, the show must go on!
Any professor or seasoned speaker will tell you that a presentation remote is by far an essential tool Presentation remotes allow you to interact your audience as you control your presentation while being away from your computer or tablet.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your wireless presenter or invest in a premium one for your corporate presentations, a presentation remote will undoubtedly take your lectures or speeches to the next level. Fortunately, we’ve put together a comprehensive buying guide to help you choose the best one for your needs and within your budget.
Presentation remotes are available in many different price ranges. This is namely because, while all of them do the same thing, there are several available with higher end features and components which are reflected in the price.
Take, for example, a simple presenter that has changing slide buttons, a short range, and no extra features. It would cost much less than a presentation remote that would allow you to change your slides and control your system’s media playback, as well as offer a wider range and act as a mouse.
Again, it’s the features that really determines a presentation remote’s price. On the low end, you can get an affordable presentation remote for about $20-$25. These prices can go up to $100-$120 dollars for the models that have many more bells and whistles. When you look in the range between those figures, you’ll find presenters that are affordable and have great feature.
When shopping for remotes for your lecture or presentation, you’re going to come across some cheaply priced ones. While we understand it’s always great to save money, it’s important to think ahead since it’s not just a nifty gadget. Rather, it’s a tool in your “impressive presentation” arsenal, and it’s one that will help improve your reputation, get you more clients, and if you’re a student, earn you better grades. So, it’s imperative to choose one that isn’t cheap, but is still affordable, and that meets as many of your needs as possible.
Presenters are feature packed, and it is those features that sets them apart from each other. Even if two presentation remotes are similar in construction and body, which is unlikely, the internal components, along with its respective features, are what really makes these products shine.
That being said, there are a few base features that you should always look out for when choosing a presenter so you can be sure to have one that truly works.
- Laser – Your presenter’s laser helps to keep your audience focused. Pick one that suits your setting.
- Connectivity – Wireless presenters work with either Radio Frequency or Bluetooth connections.
- Operating System Compatibility – Choose a presentation remote that will work with your operating system as well as others that you frequently use in the office, classroom, or at conferences.
- Power Saving – Battery life is important, so opt for a presenter with power saving features to get you the most out of each charge or battery.
- Range – Each presenter has a specific max range. Choose the range that works best for you.
- Usability – Most presentation remotes are plug-and-play, but not all. Choose one that won’t require any installation before use to make it easier to use.
- Storage – Presenters which use radio frequency come with a USB dongle. Choose one where you can store the USB receiver in the presentation remote for convenience and safety.
- Build – Your presenter has to not only be durable but also fit well in your hand and feel intuitive.
- Warranty – Anything can happen, so choosing a presenter with a strong warranty which helps to protect your investment.
- Software Compatibility – You want a presentation remote that will work with most popular presentation software as well as others for added versatility.
- Extras – If you can splurge on it, opt for a presenter with additional features to give you even more control for your presentations.
Considering these features will help you choose the perfect presentation remote for your needs and budget.
Construction and Design
Presentation remotes vary a lot in terms of their construction and button placement. You’ll find slim models with elegant designs while others are wide at one end and slimmer at the other. While the designs differ, good presentation remotes are built to be comfortable to hold and for extended period use. They fit perfectly in your hand and work effortlessly, allowing your presentation to flow without the need to continually stop and waste time on figuring out how to work the darned thing.
The placement of your presenter’s buttons also come into play here as well. You can easily flip through your presentation since the buttons are evenly placed and the ideal size, so you can use them without even looking at the remote. Some presenters also have joysticks for mouse modes which allow you to use your presentation remote as a mouse, granting you even more control over your computer or tablet.
In terms of materials, most presenters are built with either plastic, metal or a combination of both. These allow them to be lightweight while still retaining a good amount of durability for longevity. Since the presenters that use radio frequency have USB dongles, many of the presentation remotes have docking bays to hold the USB receivers for easy access and safe keeping. This thoughtful manufacturing design reminds you to take both your presentation remote and USB receiver.
Performance and Ease of Use
As we have mentioned before, the color of your chosen laser is just as important as the actual remote features. Most laser presenters use a red laser, however, there are now many on the market that use a green one. The difference between the two is that the green laser is brighter than the red laser, making it much more visible, especially in well-lit rooms where red lasers may be difficult to see.
Most presentation remotes use radio frequency, but there are many great Bluetooth models on the market. One of the advantages of radio frequency presentation remotes is that it can work with older model computers that may not have Bluetooth. While Bluetooth remotes can’t work with older computers that don’t have Bluetooth capabilities, they can work with tablets and smart phones that have the necessary Bluetooth software which grants you flexibility that goes beyond the workplace. You can use your Bluetooth presenter to skip your music and take pictures, among many other things.
In terms of installation, most radio frequency presenters are plug-and-play, which means no installation required. That’s another advantage when compared to Bluetooth presenters which require pairing as they can sometimes be tricky. But, with new software updates, they have become more reliable and offer just as much range, at times even more, than many radio frequency presenters.
When it comes to range, most presentation remotes have a span between of 50 and 100 feet. With some, they even go beyond that. That range will work for many; however, it really depends on where you’ll be making your presentations. If you know that you work in both large and small rooms, go ahead and buy a remote with a higher range to give you more flexibility in the room. In addition, even if you only present in small rooms right now, you never know when you’ll be called upon to go to a larger conference setting, so it’s always good to be prepared. After all, you’re working to become the best.
Many presentation remotes work with the latest operating systems while some can work with older systems and are capable of being updated, if need be. For proper software compatibility, choose the presenter that works well with the devices you frequently use and will most likely be working with in the future. This will ensure that you won’t be caught off guard should you have to use your presentation remote with a Mac computer instead of your usual PC.
Overall, there is no perfect presentation remote, but by picking the one suited to your needs and devices, you’ll be sure to have one that will undoubtedly become a part of your presentations to come. All the best!
We’ve gone over all the things you need to consider when choosing a presentation remote from the features to its construction and price. Now, let’s take a look at the five great presenters that we’ve mentioned, and see what they have to offer and which one would work best for your particular needs.
Logitech is one of the world’s most respected electronics companies. It’s known for its reliable and high-quality PC and mobile accessories, its innovative designs and dedication to comfort and efficiency. If you’ve never owned a Logitech device, you’ve undoubtedly come into contact with one at school, the office, or seen one on your favorite tech Youtuber’s channel.
For this review, we’re taking a look at the Logitech R800 Presentation Remote. Logitech did wonders with this presenter, and its arguably one of the best presentation remotes on the market. First, let’s talk about the green laser pointer that’s quite visible on any type of presentation screen. This ensures that your audience is following your presentation, whether it be a pitch or lecture, closely.
This remote is built with an easy to read LCD display that features a timer and vibrating alerts to help you keep track of your lecture or speech. If you’re nervous about going overtime, you can program the timer to the maximum amount of time you’ve allotted for your presentation. Once you’ve reached the final 5, 2, or 0 minutes of your talk or demonstration, your remote will vibrate, telling you it’s wrap up time. This can come in especially handy if you’re a student who is marked on timeliness.
Aside from the practical timer feature, the Logitech R800 Presenter also offers a 100-foot wireless range. This gives you the freedom to walk around the conference room or lecture hall and engage your audience even more while delivering your presentation. Its carefully designed controls make transitions and controlling your presentation as easy as moving your hand. In addition, you won’t have to worry about going out of range because, if you start to do so, the reception level indicator alerts you to move closer to the receiver without anyone even noticing.
When you purchase your Logitech R800, you also get a 2.4GHz USB wireless receiver that you simply plug into any computer. Within minutes, your presenter is ready to rock, all without the worry of complicated installation setup or lengthy wait times. Just plug in and begin. In addition, you won’t have to worry about losing the 2.4GHz USB wireless receiver because it stores in the presenter. The presenter itself can be packed into the included carrying case.
The Logitech R800 is powered by 2 AAA batteries and has a 20-hour maximum battery life. Furthermore, there’s a battery indicator, letting you know how much time is left on your batteries. This gives you the chance to either replace or recharge them, and not be left hanging in the middle of your big presentation.
Covered by a 3-year warranty, the Logitech R800 Presentation Remote makes for smooth and seamless presentations that will have you looking like a boss in front of your students, peers, or clients.
Sometimes it takes a new perspective to bring about fresh innovation in the tech industry. That’s exactly what Satechi has done with its brilliant use of product design and manufacturing efficiency, even though it is a relatively young company compared to its competitors. Satechi is an award-winning accessories company that continues to deliver award-winning electronics for consumers around the globe.
Available in both black and white, the Satechi Bluetooth Smart Presentation Remote is a presentation remote that works both in and outside of the office. Because of its Bluetooth connectivity, you can use this presenter to control everything from your Bluetooth enabled computer and Apple TV3, to your iOS devices and Galaxy smartphone.
It uses Bluetooth 3.0, which gives it a range of up to 100-feet, allowing you the freedom to traverse the room and interact with your audience as you deliver your mind-blowing presentation. This presenter works with multiple presentation software such as PowerPoint and Keynote. You can use it to move through your slides and jump to a selected slide with ease.
If you want to open an app or show your classroom something in iBooks, you can use the Satechi Smart Pointer to do so without having to go back to your keyboard. Thanks to its accessibility mode, you can maintain the flow of your presentation by simply enabling VoiceOver on your iOS device.
Take things a step further and use the Smart Pointer to pause and play your video or audio tracks. Turn up or turn down the volume, fast forward, rewind or skip entire tracks on your computer, phone, or iOS device. It’s not just great for the office or classroom, but it also works well at home. If you’re having a cozy night in, the last thing you want to do is get up to skip a song on the PC, especially when you’re bundled up snuggly on the couch. Instead, just use the Smart Pointer to forward the track and continue to relax.
This beauty also works great for selfies and group photos. If you don’t have a selfie stick and aren’t a fan of the timer feature on your phone, just set it up, get into position, and use the volume up button to snap a gorgeous shot. You can have an Instagram-ready photo in seconds. After all, you’ve got to make use of great lighting whenever and wherever you can.
The Satechi Smart Presenter comes with a rechargeable battery. It works with the iOS 4.0 or later version, the Mac OS X c10.4 or later version, the Android 4.0 or later version for your Samsung Galaxy devices.
One of the electronics brands that is known for its exceptional mobile and desktop device accessories is Kensington. This company has an impressive 35-year record of accomplishment and is revered by businesses and professionals around the globe for its ergonomically designed, affordable, and productivity boosting products.
The Kensington Expert Wireless Presentation Remote is a feature packed presenter that blows many others out of the water. The first thing that may catch your eye is its ergonomically designed body that easily fits in your hand. Its backlight buttons are naturally positioned so you can use them without a second thought and see them clearly, even in a dark room. The Kensington Expert Wireless Presentation Remote also offers two modes: the presenter mode and the joystick mode. The presenter mode allows you to present your information visually while giving a pitch or lecture, and the joystick mode lets you use the cursor as a mouse to control your computer’s cursor.
You can do all of this from up to 150-feet, which is significantly higher than many other presentation remotes on the market. It uses 2.4GHz radio frequency wireless connection with a USB receiver that you can store in the presenter for convenience and security. The receiver also works with a micro SD card where you can store your presentations, which comes in handy and leaves an extra USB port on your computer open for additional hardware.
The Kensington Expert Wireless’ green laser pointer is also one of its many highlights. It’s 10X brighter than the usual red laser pointers which makes it visible even on LED/LCD displays. So, no matter the room or presentation display, you’re prepared to give a presentation that will have your colleagues singing your praises.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be carried out of the room with people cheering your name? Sure, it’s not a football game, but giving a great presentation is no easy task, so there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be congratulated for it.
All it takes to power the Kensington Expert Wireless is 2 AAA batteries which are included with your purchase along with a carrying case. What’s even better is it’s covered by a 2-year warranty and works with MAC OS X, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Kensington did wonders with this presenter and we were left quite impressed with all it had to offer.
Tripp Lite is a company that’s been in business for more than 95 years. During that time, it has established the brand, Keyspan, which is dedicated to manufacturing and distributing well-designed tech solutions. Tripp Lite itself has over 3000 products in its inventory, and its Keyspan lineup is one that offers you a wide array of choices for your professional needs.
Our featured Keyspan product is the Keyspan Pro Presentation Remote. It’s a presenter that uses a 2.4GHz radio frequency to give you a range of up to 100-feet, and can work even through furniture or walls. This is because the RF technology doesn’t need line of sight to work, so you have a lot of room to move around and keep the flow of your presentation going even if there’s a solid object in front of you.
Control is important when putting on a great presentation, and the Keyspan Pro gives you just that. At the click of a button, you can start or end your presentation, darken the screen as you please, adjust the system volume, timing, and your presentation’s transition effects. It also has a laser pointer which you can use to help your audience focus on an important point in your PowerPoint program. Mouse control is another notable feature on the Keyspan Pro. With it, you can use your presenter like a mouse, so you can control other elements on the screen, not only your PowerPoint presentation.
Save yourself hassle and headaches with this presenter since the USB receiver is easy to install. All you have to do is plug it into your computer, boot up your presentation and you’re ready to go! The best part is, the Keyspan Pro Presenter works with both Mac and PC. When you’re finished with your presentation, you can store your USB dongle in your Keyspan Pro and turn it off using its On/Off switch.
When you purchase the Keyspan Pro, you get 2 AAA batteries that are sure to last you a good while before you need to replace them. To top it all off, it’s also covered by a limited 1-year warranty. Overall, this presentation remote works quite well for both Mac and PC users and gives you the functionality and flexibility needed to deliver an impressive presentation.
Needless to say, consumers want to save money without compromising on product quality. Whether you’re buying new clothes, shoes, toys, electronics, or office supplies, modern-day consumers are on the hunt for high-quality products that make their daily lives easier and more efficient. That’s what you get with Doosl, a relatively new electronics brand. Based in China, the Doosl electronics company is dedicated to creating high-quality electronics that make everyday life, both in the home and around the office, a stress-free experience.
The Doosl Wireless Presentation Remote is built with a top-quality microchip that allows for an impressive 100-meter range. It uses a 2.4 GHz radio frequency to communicate with its USB dongle that you can simply plug into your computer and use without any installation. This frequency is ISM free and works worldwide without any interference.
The body of the Doosl Wireless Presenter is available in black and white. It has a nickel plating metal dome coupled with a silicone keypad which gives you a remote that feels comfortable in your hand. The red laser pointer works well in most rooms and helps to keep your audience’s attention on your talk or lecture. You can use the Doosl Wireless to open hyperlinks and play slides without breaking the flow of your presentation. Interact with your audience, all while moving your page up and down, or while bringing up a black screen to wrap-up your PowerPoint.
When you’ve wrapped up your presentation, shut off your Doosl Wireless Presentation remote with its power switch and pop it into your bag to avoid draining its battery. It also comes with auto standby and deep sleep modes, which conserves its battery power. These modes ensure that you won’t run out of battery power during your speech or demonstration.
The USB receiver is stored in the Doosl Presentation Remote’s docking bay. You can use it with up to six different transmitters at the same time. This presenter works with a multitude of operating systems, both old and new, such as Windows 7 and 8, Vista, XP, 2003, Mac OS, and Linux. Overall, this presentation remote is an affordable and carefully thought out device that will certainly help you deliver exceptional presentations.
We’ve covered a lot in this review. Thanks for reading it and we hope we helped you choose the right presentation remote to help you kick some butt! However, if the five we reviewed weren’t to your liking, then check out what else these top brands have to offer and see if you like any of their other products.