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Test: Logitech Cordless 2.4GHz Presenter

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For a prefessional screen presentation, you need to have a small gadget in your hands that allows you to switch slides without having to interact with your computer directly (involving moving to the presentation computer and searching and pressing the right keys).

Mika posted his comments on Kensington Wireless Presenter a vew days ago.

Our company got some Logitech Cordless 2.4GHz Presenter which I tested with Windows and OS X.

Hardware

The thing has a nice size, not too small but also not too big. It feels smooth in my hand and every button seems to be at the right place.

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buttons for

LC-display with

minutes left

percentage bar with 100%, 75%, 50%, and 25% of the speaking time left

battery level indicator:

on/off slider

USB-dongle which can be stored in the presentation tool

built in laser pointer

two standard AAA-batteries

nice textile cover

timer can be programmed in multiples of five minutes and a vibration alarm that goes off five, two and it vibrates twice at zero minutes before end

signal range with fresh batteries: 15 meters or more (our company got no bigger room g)

nice soft/shell for transportation

low power consumption: manual says that the two batteries last six months when used frequently

Windows XP Pro SP2

Just plug in and everything is working.

Volume controls are able to control system sound level.

MS Powerpoint 2007

OpenOffice Impress v2.3

Foxit Reader v2.3

Adobe Reader v8.1.2

OS X v10.4.11 PPC

When the USB-dongle is plugged in for the first time, the system tries to identify this new "keyboard": the user is asked to press the left shift key (or similar) and fails because there is no shift key on this device :-)

After a while the user is confronted with a window that suggests three different keyboards where I chose the european ISO one. After that, the device is set up to be used.

Apple Keynote v2.0.2

Adobe Reader v7.0.5

NeoOffice v2.2.1 Patch 0

GNU/Linux

Sorry, I do not use Linux on a desktop these days, so please follow mikas blog :-)

Conclusio

From my point of view: this device is definitely worth a recommendation :-)

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