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The Kensington wireless presenter has been a great purchase for me. I bought the product about 2 years ago now as I had a set of interviews coming up at which I had to give presentations and thought that this might help boost my confidence. Well to cut a long story short I got a PhD place at the first place I interviewed using this presenter, coincidence almost definitely although one of the post-docs interviewing me remember the presenter 6 months later when I started. This leads nicely on to me saying that the installation of the device is fantastic, at the interview and on every laptop I have used you just pop the USB in and you are ready to go inside 10 seconds.
Back to the device, it looks good and feels like it is the right size in my hand, it is easy to press the buttons and they all work really well. It has 4 buttons, one is the laser and also acts as F5 meaning you can use it to start presentations in powerpoint etc and also if you desire to refresh your web browser from a distance though I don't think that is its intended use. The other 3 buttons are an exit button and a forward and back slide button. It works really well and there is no lag between button press and slide transition though this might depend on the machine in use (but I normally use it on my netbook). The presenter easily works from 5m plus but I can't comment on more than this as I have never tried sitting further away.
The laser pointer is red and works ok, it is normally bright enough to use in a well lit seminar room on a light background (though personally I have a preference for green lasers they cost around double the amount to buy!!!!). Although I recommend against it as you might hit them in the eye pets (a cat and multiple dogs) love to chase this thing for hours.
I can't really comment on the battery life other than to say that since I have had it I have not had to change the batteries and I use it on a fairly frequent basis.
Overall a fantastic buy for anyone that gives presentations on a regular or even semi-regular basis, it points, it transitions and it keeps your hands away from the laptop when presenting which is a bonus when you see others having trouble but going to far on the presentation or using the mouse to point and clicking by accident.
If you ever have to give a Powerpoint presentation using a basic laptop and projector then you need one of these little devices to make the whole thing a breeze.
What is it?
It is a small device which will fit neatly in your hand and enable you to move from slide to slide (and back again) without going near to the laptop. You can stand wherever is best to communicate with the audience just so long as you are in range of the receiver and that is something like 30 feet so you will have plenty of scope!
How does it work?
All you do is to take the little device out of the base of the unit ( the thing that is showing to the side in the photo above) and plug it into the USB port of your laptop, put the main unit in your hand, load your Powerpoint presentation and set your presentation to 'slide show'.
The little handheld device will then be able to operate you slide show remotely by communicating with the receiver in your USB port. The handheld device is easy to use - the right hand button will move you on to the next slide, the left hand button will move you back a slide - simplicity itself. In addition the bottom button will give you a blank screen on the first press and the second press will bring your presentation back - this is a really useful feature in my view because your audience can assemble to a blank screen and then you can press to bring up your first slide - when you have finished you can blank the screen again giving a much more professional appearance.
On this particular model there is a button at the top which works an infra red pointer to enable you to point from a distance at a place on the presentation.
Is it easy to use?
Exceptionally so - it is 'plug and play' and that is literally all you need to do - no software to load, no real skills to learn, it is intuitive and the worst mistake you might make is to press the infra red when you want the blank screen button!
One of my pet hates is to watch Powerpoint presentations where the speaker is continually returning to their PC to move on a screen, usually the laptop is somewhere low down so they are stooping - it generally spoils the flow and is distracting. Even worse is when they get a friend to crawl on their hands and knees behind the laptop to operate the PC whilst the speaker speaks! - unprofessional I think even if it highly amusing to some in the audience and it seriously detracts from what is being said.
The Kensington Wireless Presentation Remote retails in the region of £30 and if you are doing presentations on a regular basis it is a great investment. If you are a company doing presentations to promote your business I don't think you can afford to be without one - you will look far more businesslike and in control.
Would I recommend it?
Yes I would, in fact I can never understand why more people don't use them for presentations. They are not expensive and they just make the whole processt so much simpler.
This review is based on a review I previously published on Ciao