Which presentation remote should I use?
A presentation remote is a vital tool in a presenter’s belt. It enables you to step away from your laptop and really interact with your audience. There are a range of remotes available and most of them do the job effectively, but we’ve listed a few of our favourites below.
The Kensington Wireless Presenter with Laser Pointer and 2GB Built-in Memory is best in terms of features, but the most expensive at £58. It has all the features you’d expect a top-of-the-range remote to have, plus 2GB of memory storage – handy to keep a backup of your slides on. Seasoned presenters will know that it is always worth having an emergency backup!
Also by Kensington is a cheaper option without built-in memory: the Kensington Wireless Presenter with Red Laser Pointer, currently on sale for £20.81. This has all the features you’ll need to present, including a handy laser pointer. It’s worth noting though that the laser will only work when in slideshow mode in PowerPoint – otherwise it functions as the ‘F5′ key and performs different actions on your computer!
The Logitech R400 Wireless Presenter is another great all-rounder that at £29 has all the standard features you’d expect, alongside some handy extra buttons including ‘blank screen’.
The Targus Presenter is the no-fuss option. At just under £20, this is a budget remote with a simple forward and backward function. This is the clicker we use to record presentation videos in our studio as it doesn’t have any complicated features, making it easy for those unfamiliar with remotes to use.
There are various apps available that can turn your iPhone or other device into a presentation remote. These can be great for an emergency backup, but we’d typically avoid these unless absolutely essential as they can be a bit of a pain to set up and are far more temperamental than traditional hardware remotes.
Do you have a favourite remote you like to use to present? Let us know in the comments below.
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