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00:29 – Hardware overview
00:42 – Wireless range
01:07 – Charging and battery life
02:15 – Hardware and software compatibility
02:30 – Software configuration
02:35 – Timer feature
03:05 – Pointer / mouse controls
03:37 – Mouse / spotlight demonstration
04:48 – Custom controls / macros / keystrokes
05:16 – Running a presentation with Apple Keynote
This is the luxury automobile of presentation remotes and is priced accordingly. But those who are delivering presentations for a living might find some of the features here worth an investment – especially its ability to act as a mouse.
The built quality is excellent, the battery lasts a long time (even in storage) and can get enough juice in a minute or two via USB to easily get through a presentation lasting a few hours.
It can connect up with its included USB dongle (recommended for the best range) or via bluetooth. The spotlight is not backlit but only has three buttons so it’s very easy to know what you’re about to push even in a dark environment. It also has a vibration motor inside that can provide cues as to when to wrap up a presentation and when time has expired. There are some limited customized controls that allow for things like volume control, blanking out the screen, or even passing keystrokes from the remote (more on that in the video).
Mouse control takes some getting used to but it does work well using the controller’s internal gyroscope. The spotlight button needs to be held down while moving the cursor, but after releasing the pointer stays in place at which point a click of the spotlight button executes a mouse click. This is very useful for loading up web pages, etc. during a presentation.
Is it perfect? No. The magnification feature feels sluggish on small computers (like the 12″ Macbook). The USB-C charging port is buried deep inside the remote so it may not work with every USB-C cable. A cable is included but I am worried how long it will last given it requires tugging in an area below the plug molding to get it out.
And while the software is intuitive and easy to use it will load itself up every time the computer is booted by default. This feature can be disabled but for the less tech savvy it’ll be another piece of background software running unnecessarily.
But as somebody who delivers a lot of presentations I can say this is the first remote I’ve come across (outside of my iPhone) that I’d actually consider using on a regular basis.
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