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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Logitech 2.4 GHz Cordless Presenter (Black)

The Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter helps you focus on connecting with your audience, not your computer. Take advantage of its 50-foot range to control your presentations while moving around an auditorium with confidence. A built-in LCD timer with vibration alerts at five and two minutes helps you effectively manage your time.

- LCD timer
Easy-set LCD timer gives automatic, inaudible warnings at 5 and 2 minutes remaining.

- Intuitive controls
Launch/End slideshow
Slide Forward
Slide Back
Black screen
Volume control

- Integrated laser pointer

- Storable 2.4GHz wireless receiver

Extended 50-foot range lets you move around with confidence.

Logitech 2.4 GHz Cordless Presenter (Black)

- Technical Details
Launches Slide Show and Allows Escape.
Has Volume Control and Integrated Laser.
Works With any PC, no Software Required.
50 Foot Range.
Long Battery Life

- Customer feedback:

1. I have been using the Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter for about three weeks. During that time I have used it in 18 one hour lectures. The presenter does everything it was designed to do effortlessly. I decided on the Logitech Presenter for a two reasons. First, it installs with no software. Just plug the USB radio transmitter/receiver into the back of your computer and it is ready to go. During my initial installation Windows XP said there was a problem, but everything operated just fine. Second, this presenter has a limited number of functions. It was my view that when giving a lecture the last thing you need is to have to hunt among a dozen or so buttons to do something. Also, more buttons increases the likelihood of hitting the wrong one. On the top the Logitech Presenter has 5 buttons: 1) forward, 2) back, 3) laser pointer which is between the forward and back, 4) F5/ESC which starts PowerPoint at the first slide or returns to the work view and 5) black the screen. All of the buttons are conveniently placed, work as promised and are easy to find without looking at them. On the left side is the on/off switch and volume control and on the right side is the button to set the countdown timer. The timer starts vibrating at set intervals 5 minutes before it reaches 0. It appears to use batteries sparingly. After about 18 hours of use the battery meter has yet to move.
There are two possible negatives to the Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter. First, it has no mouse (I actually consider this a positive). So if you need to use a mouse in your presentations this is not the presenter to get. Second, it only appears to work with PowerPoint. It may work with other programs, but I have found no mention of it.

2. I purchased this about two weeks ago, and have already used it several times. I'm just wrapping up my graduate education, and wish I knew about this sooner. If you present in teams, and usually have someone controlling the slides, you know how its difficult to sync your presentation with the other person. The Logitech Presenter puts the control into your hands. This also allows you to step away from the computer, and focus on the actual presentation than changing the slides.

This unit does the following:
- start presentation/exit presentation
- black out the screen (good for when you want to have people focus their attention on you instead of the slides)
- forward/back, to navigate through slides
- volume control
- laser pointer
- time limit notification (warnings at 5 mins and 2 mins)
- Also comes with a compact fabric case.

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