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Must have add-on for office professionalsPosted
Logitech's newest Spotlight Advanced Presentation Remote let you click back and forth between slides without keeping your hand on a mouse, and some offer useful features like built-in laser pointers and even air mouse and trackball functionality. It is very sleek and most stylish one i have seen to date which allows you customize up to seven different functions, like scrolling through documents and volume control. The Spotlight is elegant simple. It is a rounded aluminum wand that measures 5.2 inches long and 1.2 inches wide, available in various colors like gold, gray, and silver finishes. It only has three buttons, a large Next button, and two smaller Spotlight buttons the same color as the remote's body. A flat rectangle of rubberized material on the underside helps ensure a firm grip. A wireless USB receiver fits into the bottom of the Spotlight and features a small rubber loop to easily pull it out. The receiver is standard USB and it plugs into your computer and connects to the Spotlight over a 2.4GHz wireless signal. A USB-C connector sits inside the recess for the receiver, letting you charge the Spotlight with the included 5.3-inch USB cable. Per Logitech, the remote can run for three hours after just one minute of charging, and can last for three months on a full charge. I have been using this remote for office presentations and battery lasted close to 2.5 hours. Spotlight comes with a leather carrying sleeve to protect the remote. Spotlight can also connect to your PC over Bluetooth. Logitech says the remote has a range of up to 100 feet using Bluetooth 4.0 or the USB receiver. I tried with Bluetooth option and it works without any issues. While the Spotlight has just three buttons, its motion-sensing air mouse function makes it a lot more flexible than a simple back/forward presentation remote. To use it as a mouse, just hold down the Spotlight button until the pointer appears on-screen, then wave the remote to move the pointer around. Release the Spotlight button to stop the pointer, then tap the button again to click. You can't right-click using the Spotlight, but you can configure several other useful features for presentations, including cursor-enhancing modes that can completely replace a laser or telescoping pointer. Highlight darkens the screen except for a circle around the mouse pointer; Magnify magnifies the area of the screen around the pointer; and Circle simply draws a white circle around the pointer. These modes can be individually enabled or disabled when multiple modes are turned on, you can switch between them by double-tapping the Spotlight button. The Logitech Spotlight feels very comfortable in hand, and the three-button design simplifies interacting with your computer during your presentation. The pointer enhancements are a fantastic and outstanding feature, with Magnify and Highlight really helpful in drawing the eye to what you want your audience to look at. I have given some of the key features below. Advanced Pointer System : Impress your audience and keep their attention with rich on-screen interaction available for the first time. Highlight and Magnify : Draw more attention to important points. Simply point Spotlight and press a button to highlight or magnify any text or visual content on the screen. On-Screen Cursor : Use it to play and pause videos or open links without missing a beat. Universal compatibility : Spotlight works right out of the box with most devices, operating systems and presentation software - Windows, Mac OS, Powerpoint, Keynote, PDF, Google slides and Prezi. 100 ft. Wireless Range : Move freely and present with confidence even in the largest rooms. Connect via included USB receiver or Bluetooth Smart. Logitech Presentation App : Download it a www.logitech.com/spotlight to quickly customize your remote with up to seven different functions. Spotlight remote is an elegant device built for a very specific purpose. It's one of the most intuitive and powerful presentation remotes available in the market. However, $130 price tag is on higher side. If you give a lot of presentations, it is definitely worth to consider.
I would recommend this to a friend
The Presentation Remote I've Been Waiting For!Posted
Seriously, you might think that the title of this review is overkill, but as someone who gives presentations to students and educators several times a week, I can tell you that it is not. I've been giving presentations with PowerPoint and such since I was a wee Cadet in the Air Force and I remember the days of not having the choice of staying next to the computer to flip slides or having to have a colleague flip them for you in an awkward exchange of nods or exclamations of 'next slide!'. Heck, sometimes I think it was easier doing presentations with ACTUAL SLIDES in a carousel and a 'remote' with a really long cord (actually did several of those too - Air Force tech in the 90's wasn't always up to snuff especially overseas). Recent remotes have done a decent job of flipping back and forth and giving you a pointer, and I've been pretty happy with it, though I always have to go back to the computer to click a link or alt-tab to another program. NO MORE! First off, let me just say that this is one sexy remote. I got the gunmetal gray version and it is nice, nondescript, sleek, and feels good in the hand. Button layout is perfect and it is easy to tell which of the three buttons you are on without looking down. Charging is super simple, you pull out the USB fob that you plug into your computer and then you can use the USB-C cable that comes with the device to plug it in to any USB charger or your computer. Charging is simple and fast. You get three hours of operation from one minute of charging. I did a full charge out of the box and it took less than an hour though I'm sure it had some charge already on it. Ok, let's get down to set-up and use. Set-up is easy. Download the software from Logitech and install. The configuration of the device is very intuitive and gives you some really good options for what you want the forward-back buttons to do in their 'alternative' press and hold mode. You have everything from fast forwarding through your slides, to bringing up a blank screen, to controlling the volume, to doing a custom button press. I opted to not set up an alternate press for the main button out of fear of accidentally setting it off (not an expected fault of the remote but of mine). For the back button I set up a programed button press of Alt-Tab so that I can switch programs, and that combined with the on-screen pointer that works through magic to move on the screen, I can switch programs and start all kinds of additional programs that I can't embed in my PowerPoint. For the 'pointer', you have all kinds of options from darkening the screen with a window of light that you want people to focus on, to magnification, or just a plain Circle which I consider to be the basic-laser pointer alternative. I really like the Highlight feature. It does a much better job of focusing viewers on what you want than any pointer could ever do. You get two options though and so I have Highlight as my main option with a double click just bringing up the Circle. Either way you also have option of enabling a cursor which allows clicking on on-screen items and such. You also get an option on how big you want the circles to be, which is nice. The way it works for highlighting is that once you press the button it brings up the highlight in the center and then seems to use a gyroscopic function to move it around from there. The great thing is that you don't have to point the remote at the screen, you can keep you hand down if you want and just move your wrist there and the cursor still moves. It's magic! Some other options that are also embedded in the remote is a vibration warning when you are down to 5 minutes left in your established presentation time (which you set through the menu), as well as a notification when time is up. You can turn this feature off through the advanced settings. Some other advanced settings for the Spotlight remote allow you to control pointer speed, alert intensity, battery alert, and the ability to change from the USB receiver to Bluetooth if you so desire. I'm sticking with the USB receiver since it seems to have incredible range and is easy. I don't know what more I can say about the Logitech Spotlight. This does everything I could want when I'm out there giving presentations and is going to make my life A LOT easier and I think it will make my presentations better. Yes, it may be a it on the pricey side but I have already dropped a ton of money on fancy laser pointers that don't give me a quarter of the functionality of this thing. I know my boss is going to be insanely jealous of this thing and I'm going to have to guard it with my life! If you give presentations on a routine basis, the Spotlight will be an awesome addition to your presentation toolset.
I would recommend this to a friend
Present like a proPosted
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. PROS - 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. CONS: - 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. CONCLUSION: 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.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Potential; Missed OpportunitiesPosted
Background: I'm a public school teacher. I was super excited about this product! I use a smartboard in my classroom, which is great... but I'm still actually quite tied to the front of the room. I was hoping that this device would help me be able to circulate more (which it does), while still being able to utilize some basic mark-up actions like highlighting and underlining vocab words on the smartboard due to the cursor function and customize-able buttons (which it does not). The overall verdict: This is a really helpful device, but not currently worth the price--I've used a number of MUCH cheaper remotes that do almost the same things. With the app, there is probably a lot of potential for expansion of this remotes abilities to make the OUTSTANDING cursor function more mouse-like (drag and drop/hold down left-click, right click), which would make this remote much more useful. Probably less likely with a software update, but important for presenters--the ability to save settings to the remote from a computer with the app for use on a computer WITHOUT the app... for traveling presenters using different computers, this function would make the Spotlight a homerun. The Good: - Beautiful design. I love the look and feel. The buttons all work well, the weight is good and the surface is sleek, but not slippery. - Surprisingly accurate cursor on the screen, even when the remote is not actually directly pointed at the screen. The sensor seems to detect relative movement. The cursor also works outside of presentation apps... rudimentary single and double-clicks work on any program, just like a mouse. This is by far the best thing about this remote--the cursor function, once you get used to the speed and relative motion, can be just as accurate as using a mouse pointer. Other mouse functions do not work (see "the bad.") - Fast charging, no changing batteries. USB-C connector is recessed into the remote, inside of the dongle bay. Neat design! - Strong connection to computer via USB dongle. Forward and back functions work well on apps with approved compatibility /especially Powerpoint). And for apps without "approved compatibility," the cursor function can work well just like a mouse as an improvised alternative--this worked well in my classroom for Nearpod presentations instead of touching the Smartboard. - I love that the USB dongle docks snugly into the remote for transport. And the protective slip case is a nice touch. - The option to use bluetooth or the USB dongle to connect to your device is really handy, especially if your computer/tablet lacks an open or standard USB port. The Meh: - The app was incredibly underwhelming. I like there are some options for customizing the buttons, but there are just so FEW options. Logitech thought of the basics, like holding down a button to black out the screen and holding it down to bring it back. There is also an option to enter a custom keystroke... but this one is a big question mark for me. You can only type in a literal key as the custom keystroke... it apparently can't be a mouse function. What a missed opportunity! Hold down a button as a right click? Why not? It would make this remote so much more useful. I could also see combinations of button presses being used for certain rare functions. There is so much potential in the app, and being able to customize the remote--but it's just not there right now. Very, very basic. - Many functions do not work on a computer without the app. For example, due to security on my school network, I was not able to download and install the app onto the computer that connects directly to the smartboard. When using the remote on this Windows 7 desktop with no app, only the cursor, forward and back basic functions work. When I installed the app on my Surface 3 (Windows 10) and projected a presentation via WiDi, even without having changed any settings in the app, I suddenly had highlighting too. Having the app vs. not having the app makes a difference in the features you're able to use out of the box. The Bad: - If you want to use your customizations, you need to have the app and the customizations set on the computer you're presenting on--they do not save to the remote. I realize that most pro presenters probably have their own laptops that they connect to whatever presentation equipment is in the room nowadays, in many buildings, that might not be the case. If you're in a situation where you have to present using different computers, but you love your customized settings, you'll have to download the app and redo your settings on any computer you present with. - The price is too high for what it is right now. With some expansion of capabilities to make the, again, really awesome and accurate cursor function the centerpiece of this tool to make it a functional distance-mouse with more practical use, I would consider it a more worthwhile investment. The bottom line: I waffled between three and four stars on this. The potential of this product and what I expect can come down the line in functionality thanks to having the app and the truly outstanding tracking of the cursor function made me want to give it a four... but the high price and half-baked mouse functionality (honestly, it made me almost angry to be able to click on things in my presentations, but not be able to move marker arrows in Powerpoint or use any other mouse functionality, even though every other element of this remote worked PERFECTLY as a mouse! It was actually frustrating!) led me to a three. The question I had to ask myself was... would I recommend to a teacher colleague to spend full price on this product as it is now? Sadly, the answer was no... hopefully some future updates will come down the line to improve the product's functionality (there is so much potential!) that would change that answer!
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Presenters Must Own ToolPosted
The setup for the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote was a breeze. After downloading the software from Logitech, the installer shows you how to remove the bluetooth adapter and insert the charging cable into the remote. It uses a USB C type plug that goes into the controller and a regular USB 2.0 on the other end. It wastes no time in showing you one of it’s greatest features: the 1 minute charge. The key feature of this presentation remote is to ability to charge in under a minute. Sure as it sounds, when you plug in the USB cable to the computer during the installation, it starts counting the one minute in front of you and tells you that the device is now charged for up to 3 hours of presentation. Very impressive start. Other features that this product excels in are the ability to point anywhere on the screen of your presentation with a simple click and a customizable timer. On top of that, the buttons can be customizable via the app that gets installed. A nice bonus touch included in the remote is that it can work via bluetooth. I didn’t even have to use the included receiver, as I use my Macbook Pro’s own bluetooth to have the remote work. The performance of this presentation remote is bar none. I am an educator that presents daily. After testing this product for a week, I was amazed at how less frequent I needed to be near my computer and was able to stand closer to my students for faster assistance when required. The focus feature allows me to click wherever I need. I customized the forward button to raise and lower the volume when I hold it. The way it works is that, after I hold the button, if I need to raise the volume, I just raise my hand. If I need to lower the volume, I lower my hand. I got a low of, “Ooo’s and Aww's,” from the students as soon as I used the feature the first time. There was no delay when I used it and a 1 minute charge (up to 3 hours of use) was more than enough to last me the entire week. The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote exceeds my expectations. I didn’t expect for this remote to be any different than other clicker remotes that are sold. However, after using this product, I fell in love with it. The price for the presentation remote is worth it’s value for the person who presents daily or very often. Educators can get great use out of this remote, especially with its customizable options. Non-educators, for example, traveling vendors or public speakers, can make great use of the magnification and spotlight options that the remote allows. I highly recommend this all public speakers who want to tether themselves from being next to the computer and want to make a more impactful presentation by being closer to the public and attend to their needs.
I would recommend this to a friend
Souped up Presenter RemotePosted
Initially, I would've rated this remote a 3-star item. As a corporate speaker and facilitator, it's my job to be on stage, in front of people giving lectures, hosting seminars, and training. The reason for the initial "meh" response was due to the fact that without the companion software from Logitech, there's no difference here than a $30 Targus presenter from your local Best Buy. This is especially problematic since I had to jump through numerous hoops to get the Logitech software installed on my work laptop. Working in the financial services industry, security when installing new apps is paramount, I understood it, but it was a freaking headache. From a design aspect, it's a brushed aluminum body that's very reminiscent of Apple's products - probably one reason why it's available in black, silver and gold. With the construction of the body not being plastic, the remote feels very solid in your hand and your thumb comes to rest very naturally on the "Next" button that's the largest of the three. The remote can be paired with Bluetooth or via the USB dongle that's housed in the based of the remote. Since Bluetooth pairing is disabled by a group policy setting on my laptop, I used the dongle and found no issue - the reach was awesome. Not once during my workshop did the remote fail to respond, even as I walked all around the room. The 4-star review comes after my experience using the remote with the Logitech software - holy cow! I don't think I'd ever go back to a basic presenter remote again. You can customize aspects of the highlighter to go wide or narrow.You can also add some secondary functions to the "Next" and "Previous" buttons that I used to control the audio levels when I played videos I had embedded in the presentation. Pros ------ * Sturdy / attractive design * Wide range reach * USB-C connection allows rapid charging * Logitech Software unlocks more customization possibilities Cons ------ *Price - at $120, this is a presenter remote best geared towards professional speakers * Logitech Software needs corporate approval before being installed on machine * Air Mouse function can be a bit spotty depending on the app your using Bottom Line ---------------- If you're a professional public speaker or facilitator who regularly delivers seminars, workshops and executive presentations, this remote can really help up the wow factor in what you're delivering. If you're a junior facilitator or someone who doesn't give presentations regularly or doesn't have admin rights to install the Logitech software, then this remote is overkill. I was happy enough with it once I got it up and running that it's become my go-to presenter remote and I have no regrets there.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Wireless Presenter For A Mac (for now)Posted
My Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote came with sheets giving the typical FCC warnings and instructions on how to remove the rechargeable batteries for appropriate disposal but came with NO information about setup or use - it even took a few minutes before I figured out how to charge it (and mine had to be charged before use - it wouldn’t even turn on out of the box!). Fortunately, though, it charges very quickly - just a minute or two of charging provides several hours of use. The unit fits comfortably and feels very natural in my hand - and I can’t vouch for the full 100 ft. operating distance but it worked perfectly at over 30 ft. from the my laptop. It has some haptic response features (on/off, some preset timers, etc.) and uses a blinking LED on the pointer end to indicate pairing status and low battery. There is no traditional mouse right-click functionality - but it uses three buttons to give the device much of the other functionality of a mouse , albeit a mouse that has been streamlined primarily for use in presentations. You could kinda use the presenter as an air mouse but I think that you would find that frustrating - it’s designed for presentations where its simplicity becomes a desirable feature. But to get the full functionality, you have to install the associated presentation software FROM Logitech. And that's where I ran into a couple problems: (1) the MacOS software isn’t available in the App Store - you have to download it directly from the Logitech site and install it the old fashioned way (that would have been a great thing to have stated in a quick start guide of some kind!), & (2) my Windows 10 installation stalled at 91% and never recovered so I was never able to test the extended presentation capabilities of the device using my Windows laptop. I was able to find one entry about the Windows problem on the Logitech user community forum where they have recognized (?) the problem (over a month ago?) but have not updated their download link. So if you like this wireless presenter (and I do!), you might only be able to use it fully on MacOS. Windows 10 problems aside, I would recommend looking through the information about the remote’s functionality on the Logitech site before attempting to use it - without even rudimentary setup instructions it took me a long time to get my (MacOS) installation right and to understand how the device worked in association with applications.
I would recommend this to a friend
Pricey But Worth it For ProsPosted
First, I'll address the price point which is admittedly steep at $129.99. How much could a clicker really be worth? Well, the Logitech Spotlight answers that question. For those that frequently find themselves presenting and wishing there were more functionality (other than forward and back) built into your clicker, the wait is over. The Logitech Spotlight provides circular highlighting (via sensors in the Spotlight--not a projection or laser), zooming, media interaction, and cursor control from your fingertips--which can be up to 100 ft away from the laptop! An added benefit is that this functionality doesn't come in the form of a NASA worthy control panel. Instead, it comes in a very stylishly simple aluminum metal remote that fits comfortably in your hand. It feels professional and of such quality that it won't break apart if accidentally dropped or smashed around in a laptop bag. A large part of public speaking is confidence and this should boost anyone's confidence with it's added functions as well as style. Installation is simple and easy. If you only want the basics (clicks forward/backward), it's as fast as plug and play. To take advantage of all the tricks the Spotlight can do, you'll need to install the free app from Logitech. I found this to be extremely easy and fast. The app was simple and intuitive allowing you to customize the function of the Spotlight's buttons. This is great so if you have no need to interact with media and instead care more about highlighting and magnifying, you can set the buttons to do exactly what you need. This makes interacting with your presentation a breeze and intuitive without having to think or search in a haystack of buttons while providing your full attention to the presentation itself. Forgot to charge your Spotlight and are about to present? No problem. A 1 minute charge via USB will last for 3 hours. A full charge will last up to 3 months! As you can tell, I can be a bit long winded. This isn't a great thing when you have limited time to present. The spotlight has an answer for that as well. A vibrating alert can be configured through the Spotlight's app to mark milestones (10 min, 30 min, etc) in your presentation. This can help keep people like me on track. In addition, you can use the app to have a timer included on the screen for more real-time monitoring. In conclusion, I really enjoyed presenting with the Spotlight. The customizable functions come in REALLY handy as sometimes the needs of your presentation change. You may need more media interaction in one while only need zooming and highlighting in another. No matter what, you'll only have 3 buttons to contend with allowing you to maintain focus on dazzling your audience. Call me superficial, but the look and feel of the Spotlight made me feel more confident. It's stylish, quality, and clearly costs more than your average remote. It just says "Pro" to anyone who sees you wielding it. Your fellow presenters will be envious and immediately feel slightly inadequate with their plastic laser pointers on steroids. Pros: Look & Feel (Stylish) Build Quality Customizable Functions Wireless (Bluetooth or included dongle) Battery/Charge Life/Time Included Carrying Case Distance Cons: Price* *Any pro presenter should have the Logitech Spotlight. If you don't present frequently (or do extremely important presentations where style, flare, and seamless interaction matter), the Spotlight is still something that could revolutionize your presentations. Whether it's worth the price for the amateur/occasional presenter is up to you. I still think it's a neat gadget that will have your audience/co-presenters inquiring about your Spotlight.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great product for presenters!Posted
As a person who gives presentations on a pretty regular basis, I must say that I love this product. It feels very sturdy, as the frame feels like it may be made out of a light weight metal. I don't worry about dropping this remote on stage. It is very minimal in design. That's a good thing. Imagine being in front of a very large audience and fumbling with unnecessary buttons trying to give a presentation. With the Spotlight Presentation Remote, that will NOT happen. It fits in your hand well and puts emphasis on what you need, the advance slide button. There are two other buttons on the remote, a "back button" and a "highlight button." Both are smaller than the advance slide button. I gave a mock presentation to myself using the remote and I was pleasantly surprised at the remote's responsiveness. There was never any lag in changing slides. I could easily use the remote to highlight items on the screen and select them just as I would if I were using the computer mouse. The timing reminders are a nice feature too. The remote vibrates in your hand when it is getting close to the end of your presentation to remind you to wrap it up! With the downloadable software available on the Logitech website, more adjustments can be made to the inner workings of the remote. Things such as vibration intensity and the function of holding down one of the three buttons can be edited to perform custom features. You have to download the software to make the most out of this remote. Otherwise, all you can do is advance and go back on slides. This remote works with either Bluetooth or a USB plug that is stored conveniently on the bottom of the remote. The remote comes with a short USB cable for charging. Logitech claims that with a 1-minute charge, the remote can last for a 3 hour presentation which is nice, especially if you forget to charge the remote before the day of your presentation. The remote also comes with a small carrying case that it can slide into. All in all, I love this remote. During my mock presentation I felt like I was free to move my hands around, as the remote doesn't take up much real estate in the palm of your hand. Great job Logitech!
I would recommend this to a friend
The Logitech Spotlight Presentation remote is something new to me. I have always done presentations standing in front of a computer screen, and I may or may not have had a laser pointer to work with, depending on the venue. In my current position, I do a lot of presentations and typically they are very straight forward power point personations and I have videos in some of them. That said, based on my personal experiences in doing these presentations, this was a game changer for me. First things first, I tend to walk around a room when I present and get the audience involved. Usually it is not a large room, and the groups ranged between 25-50 people. Keeping that in mind, I can go anywhere in a room and control the presentation. I am not stuck behind a podium hitting the forward key on a keyboard or telling my assistant “next.” And it says 100 feet in the instructions manual, I think I got a little more than that when I was testing it out the first time. I think we tried it at about 120-125. So, when you use a typical pointer it is usually a laser style pointer. This one is a little different and gives more of a highlight or spotlight effect on the screen. To be honest, it is much more professional looking and gives your presentation a more polished look to it. The first time I tried it, I immediately got compliments on it. Also, my wife immediately stole it from me and is using it at her school in her presentations now! My favorite option is the ability to play the imbedded videos with ease. It seems like something so simple right? But all of us have seen presentations conducted by professional instructors when they minimize the presentation to play a video they can’t get to work in their hyperlink. Even when the hyperlink is connected properly, they still don’t work half the time. Why can’t you just make the video play right on the screen from a remote? You can with this remote and it is awesome. Again, giving it a polished look to your presentation that others just don’t have. Finally, depending one what I am presenting, sometimes I can be on a very specific schedule and that means finishing within the allotted time limit. Nothing makes me more upset then the jerk presenting in front of you taking an extra 15 minutes and eating into your time. It is not professional and it can always be avoided. With this remote, you can set reminders for yourself and they come in the form of the remote softly vibrating in your hand. It is not noticeable to your audience and you keep rolling without skipping a beat. So if you know you need to be on slide 20 when you feel the first vibration you placed for the half way marker, you know you are right on time or if you need to speed up or slow down a bit. This is my FAVORITE feature. So subtle, so helpful, and so discrete. In the beginning of my review, I stated this is a game changer for me. It truly is, and I consider myself to be a good presenter. This really just makes your presentation more interactive as far as bridging the gap between you and the screen it is showing on. Everything that seems logical is now easily done on a device that feels comfortable in your hand. So if you are a presenter, whether it is a regular thing for you or if you work on a team that does a lot of presentations such as HR or a training department. This is a must have tool to have in your tool box. I will never go back to the old way, it would be like taking back my iPhone and carrying a pager. I recommend this to anyone, it is an amazing product.
I would recommend this to a friend
nice comftable presenterPosted
I love how it feels. simple to use once you get software installed. I am writing my review now and if need will update more later on. For the price, I do like the futures with it that other presenters don't offer. Things that I really like. I like that you can customize the buttons and what they do, however there are not to many options at the moment. still a nice future and can see potential in the future. I like that if you are presenting with multiple screens, this will show on each screen if they are synced. were as other presenters with a laser will only work on the screen the laser is pointing at. I like the little pouch and that the usb adapter fits in the bottom and you can use that as a tab to pull the presenter out of the pouch. I also like that you can use it like a mouse. a bit to get used to but you can change the sensitivity a bit for pointer speed. and then you just tap the top button for it to act as a left mouse click. my laptop did not come with a remote and so this is a nice handy remote. I can sit back when I want to and play movies and stop without having to get up. I can also adjust the volume up and down. a few things that I would suggest, like to see, or just not to fond about. the charging cord is about 6 inches. its as long as the presenter. so very short. I would love to see it longer so that you can easily plug into a computer, laptop, wall adapter etc and be able to place the presenter someplace safe. I rather have a disk for software so that you don't have to try and download from internet or have it built into the presenter. there are only 4 options for the pointer that replaces a laser. one of which is only available when the other 3 are not selected. and that is, just using the mouse pointer. if you have 1, 2 or all 3 of the other options selected (highlight, magnify or circle) to go between the 3 if all are selected you just double tap the top button. this is great, but I think the regular mouse pointer should also be a option with that. I would also love to see a red dot as an option as well. the if you want to use a red dot (like a laser) you have that option and if multiple screens are being used, it would show on all screens. I think it would also have been nice to have like a double tap of the forward and back buttons as well to be able to do functions. like double tap and hold after the second tap. or can have the double tap to go to a blank screen, can have it to mute the volume, etc. many options that I think or hope can get added in the future to make this even better. overall I think the price is worth it. have used a few cheaper presenters for half the price and they do not work as nice. and only have a few options for them. not to mention, those usually take a AA battery which cost over time. I cant wait to put this thru some more test and see how it handles after a few months, a year, etc. and I cant wait to possibly see what futures might get added in future updates, which is something that I also think could be a plus for this presenter.
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Awesome Presenter with Cursor control!Posted
Do you remember the Airmouse concept of the mid 2000's? That sort of Died? That's this thing. Only this works! The construction is impeccable, it feels perfectly weighty and slim in your hand, smooth, but not so slippery that you're going to fling it. I was able to charge it, power it up, and get it connected without ever opening the manual. The included bluetooth dongle fits perfectly in the base and has a nice fabric tug handle to remove it. This same void is also where you plug it in to charge it. As a presentation remote the Spotlight works very simple The one large button advances your slides, the upper button activates your cursor/spotlight/in powerpoint laser pointer, and the bottom button is usually back. It's important to note that all of these buttons have configurable behavior in the Logitech software that accompanies the presenter. This is a VERY nice feature that many others have been missing out on for a long time. The package includes a nice pouch for the presenter, with the bluetooth dongle docked, and a charging cable. I was a little disappointed at this level that the charging cable didn't fit in the pouch so it can all get tossed around in my bag together, but I'll definitely survive. It also took a little bit of jockeying to get the charger cable plugged into the port because it's recessed so far, and they made the plug on the cable long enough, however it's narrower than the opening itself. So far battery life seems to be as advertised, which means I won't need to charge it that often, and then maybe having a charging cable with me all the time won't be a necessity. Overall I love it, and would recommend to anyone who gives presentations in a professional setting.
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this will boost your presentation to a new levelPosted
This will definitely boost your coolness factor! Being able to zoom in on a bullet point or start up a video or click a link without touching your laptop is awesome. The presentation I threw together for a few friends went over very well and at the end they were all asking how I was able to start the videos without touching my laptop. I showed them my secret, the logi spotlight remote!! This device is petty sleek. I have the slate color and I love the way it looks. The (mostly) all metal design feels very premium in your hand and the minimalist design is easy to master. There are only three buttons and the forward button is the biggest one and is the focus of most of the features. There is a plastic area on the back of the remote that is probably there to help with grip (if your hand happens to get sweaty during presentations) and possibly with allowing the long bluetooth range of 100 feet. I wasn't able to test the limits of that distance, I was only able to get about 45 feet away and further than that, I was on the other side of a wall so I can't speak to the 100 foot distance, however, at 45 feet, I had no connection issues. The battery life will have to be taken for their word for now though. They say it will last months and I tend to believe that claim, but time will tell. USB type C is used to charge the device and they included a USB type A to Type C connector which is nice. If you don't have a bluetooth receiver in your laptop, a USB Type A transmitter is included, which is what I used. In order for this to work, you have to install their spotlight software, which I had some issues installing. It would keep stopping at the 91% mark. After a reboot when it did it again, I disabled my AVG anti-virus scanner and it completed. It thought that the spotlight.exe file was a trojan, so just be aware of that.
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Premium Presentation RemotePosted
The Logitech Spotlight Remote is an excellent premium presentation remote. I have frequently given CLE presentations to other attorneys, and the Spotlight Remote is an excellent tool. I paired the Spotlight with my Surface Pro 4, which is the device I generally use to give presentations. I had some initial issues installing the software because the corporate version of Norton on my computer believed the software contained a trojan. I presume Logitech must have updated the software, because I finally got it to work today and have spent some time testing Spotlight. Of course, it functions as a basic presentation tool, advancing and reversing slides. But it has a number of other cool features. First, as the name implies, you can use a button on the remote to create a highlighted "spotlight" on the presentation. This is a very nice feature, allowing you to really focus on specific parts of the slide. Second, you can set timers such that the remote will vibrate to give you a reminder. This can help you stay within an allotted time or encourage you to move along to the next slide. Also, you can use the remote to control video within the presentation. All features work perfectly. The Spotlight is a nice remote. It feels solid and substantial, but not overly heavy. In the box is a nice carry pouch, a charging cable, and a dongle you can use to connect to a computer that doesn't have BT. It is on the pricey side, but it is a clear step above other remotes used for presentations.
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Light weight, great range, and very intuitive.Posted
Simple packaging and very easy and quick setup once you download the software. The pointer is extremely slim and lightweight...just what you need from a presentation pointer. Being able to charge up in a little over a minute to get 3 hours of use with the included USB C cable is wonderful. The pointer itself has very simplified interface, you have only three buttons at your disposal: a large "forward" in the middle; a smaller "back" arrow below it; and a third bullseye button that sits at the top of the slender wand. Customization is what make this pointer so powerful in my opinion. The functionality of these buttons isn't fixed; you customize the actions they execute using the companion app. So, for example, where a quick press on the main button might move you on to the next slide, a longer hold can be set to launch the magnification feature; a raised hand gesture can trigger changes in volume. A final neat touch is the haptic feedback, you can configure the Spotlight to vibrate at set times, which could be beneficial to pacing your presentation and your overall timing. It's compatible with most of the presentation software you're likely to encounter including PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi and Apple Keynote. I give it a solid 5 stars but the price needs to come down a bit for most users like myself to justify the premium price.
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Logitech has stolen the “Spotlight!”Posted
The new Logitech Spotlight is a presenter’s dream come true when it comes to presentations! The following is my review of this AWESOME product: Setup- Firstly, setup for this product was user-friendly. I followed the enclosed instructions by visiting Logitech’s website (Logitech.com/spotlight) and downloaded the software to get things rolling. After downloading the software which didn’t take very long, I paired a Bluetooth connection with my HP notebook; thereafter is when the fun began. Initially, I wanted to be assured of the functionality of this gadget; therefore, I tested the remote on some PowerPoint slides as such the show ran smooth as butter! I further tested the remote by setting the timer to notify me when 5 minutes were remaining and it delivered on point with ease. I love the “spotlight” feature because true to its name, it highlights your presentation wonderfully. For example, if there is something that you really need to emphasize while presenting this feature is an EXCELLENT source because it emphasizes visually with concise clarity what a presenter hopes to get across to his or her audience. Also, it isn’t harsh on the eyes in comparison to a gadget that may house an “infrared light!” Distance-I stood back at least 15 feet and my slideshow still progressed quite easily. Logitech has stated that the remote works up to 100 feet. Versatility-the “Spotlight” offers great versatility. I have an HP desktop that I wanted to pair the Bluetooth with for presentation usage; however, for some unknown reason after several failed attempts, I was unable to successfully pair. Thus, I used the USB dongle which achieved the needed results for a successful PowerPoint presentation. Moreover, if you’re needing to do a presentation to an online audience and /or small group and may not have the necessary audio visual equipment, this product will suffice fine in getting it done along with a laptop or tablet. As an educator, this product is a dream come true for me in many ways because of its compact design, user-friendliness, portability, versatility and overall quality. If you are in the market for a reliable product that will deliver excellent presentation results that will put you in touch with your audience, this is the product!!!
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An excellent evolution of the Logitech PresenterPosted
First Impression: What a nice box. I think it fits the price point better than if it were delivered in a plastic shell! It is easy to open (even has small tabs on the tape) and has all the items packed in layers in the box. Besides the remote, dongle and the charging cord, it comes with a cover to hold the presenter and the cord – although things are pretty tight when both are in the sleeve. Installation: I plugged the dongle into an older Windows 7 laptop and it installed without any problems. Once I installed the software from Logitech’s website, the options were easy to configure to make it work just the way I wanted. Installation on a Windows 10 laptop worked the same way, even pairing with Bluetooth was quick and worked well. Installing on a Windows 10 desktop machine halted repeatedly at 91% so I had to disable Avast to get it to finish. All the other machines had been running other antivirus and had no problems. Use: I have been using an older Logitech R800 presenter. I was hesitant about the simplicity of the Spotlight because there are only three buttons. After installing the software, I can configure the buttons to do most of what the old one did as well as a few new things. The remote is just the right size to carry around and doesn’t get in my way when presenting. I miss the laser pointer for how quickly it worked since it had its own button, but the on-screen highlighter is an even better tool and will probably prove more useful as I get used to it. I really like being able to adjust the volume with just a simple movement up or down and have one of the buttons programmed to blank the screen when I need it. I quickly found that it works with Windows Explorer as well (so every application can utilize it to some extent), whereas the old one only worked in PowerPoint. As a teacher, I use my presenter several hours each day and I have been very happy with the Logitech R800 for years. It had just the right number of buttons and had a small screen to let me know the battery level and other information. The Spotlight does the same functions I used on the R800 and adds just the right mix of new features to make it even better. I can do without the screen, it probably used the battery anyway. Conclusion: Overall, I am very happy with the Spotlight and am sure that it will prove as useful as my other Logitech devices. I would have no problem recommending this to anyone looking for a very capable and flexible presenter that can connect to USB or Bluetooth.
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