Right out of the box, I was impressed with how neat the packaging was. I know it doesn't do much for the product, but it felt stylish, which was foreshadowing for the product.
I used to create presentations and run the PowerPoint slides for attorneys in court, and if they had this tool, they wouldn't need to pay thousands of dollars for a person to click the next button, or pull up documents. Instead they would have been able to use this clicker and breeze through things like they knew what they were doing, pulling up weblinks, zoom in on signatures of signed documents, highlight important parts of the slide, etc. It really is a really cool tool.
SUPER COOL PROS:
- Zoom feature on the fly (PowerPoint 2013+ lets you zoom in to areas, but a keyboard and mouse is required, where this uses tilting sensors to detect where you are pointing to move the curser like a mouse)
- Highlight areas of the screen (useful for pointing out key areas, while presenting, and not using a tiny red dot from a laser pointer, where people in the back cant see the smallest dot ever)
- Tilt sensing curser movement (This allows you to move the curser on the screen and even select and click things, like the play button on a video, even if you don't have an animation to play automatically, or clicking a link you have on the slide).
- Forgot to charge the battery??? Have no fear, 1 minute charging will get you through the presentation. If you have not used the remote in a long time, and you get that big moment to shine....and find out that your battery is dead, simply plug it in and introduce yourself, and by the time you actually start your presentation, the battery has enough juice to get you through the entire presentation. That is awesome. No need for AA's or anything, this is a built-in battery that charges with USB. The cord is included, and is super short, but hey, I cant complain about 1 minute charging.
- Vibration for keeping you on time, when you don't have a slide presenter screen to see. If you tend to talk a lot, this is a good way to politely tell you to get on with your point, or you are losing them. No matter how many times you practice your slide timing, this will keep you on track, sparing you the embarrassing moment when someone nods off in the front row.
- Clearly marked forwards and back buttons. How many times do you hear presenters ask, which button makes it go to the next slide? Not any more.
- Programmable options for the forward and backwards buttons. Simply assign a keystroke or option for holding the button down, vs clicking. I have not found a use for it, but it is good to know that it is an option, should I find one in the future.
- Biggest problem I see (actually small), is that the carrying case has no room for the charging cable that is needed with the remote. It fits the remote snugly, so trying to jam the 6" charging cable in there too is quite a task. I can only imagine that after a few times of trying to jam it in the case, it would bend easily, and no longer be stiff enough to push the cable down all the way into the case. The cord needs to stay with the remote, so where would i put it, if not in the case??? That seems like a big design flaw to me. The packaging box was so great, but the little leather case just let me down a bit.
- It was not quite plug & play for me. I plugged it in, and it said the device driver was installed, but it wasn't, or at least nothing happened. I had to go to the Logitech website to download the software for the Logitech Spotlight, THEN it worked. It was a little hard for me to figure out all the options, and wish it would have walked me through the setup in a video. Instead, the videos just show you a computerized animation of what it can do....but left me wondering HOW to actually do it. There were no instructions printed on how to use it or set it up, which I thought was odd.
- The software disappears when you click off the settings window. The only way to get it back is to open the software again, which seems kind of odd to me.
I really like this wireless remote. It is pretty spendy, but I felt pretty cool using it for the 1st time, and people commented on how I highlighted the screen and zoomed in without switching programs. It sort of felt like I was giving a TED talk presentation. So far, no glitches that I have encountered. I will feel quite confident when I give presentations, and present like a PRO.