Are you looking forward to making a presentation that will probably determine whether you get that promotion or not? Or are you preparing to showcase how promising your proposed business plan is? Whichever is true; you need to do it like a real professional.
Good presenters are no longer limited by the forward and back buttons on their computers. Not with all the possibilities that radio frequency technology has brought in the presentation arena. A wireless visual presenter will not only add some movement to your presentation thing. It’ll also help you move quickly and seamlessly and also help your audience understand better.
- Product Name
Lightweight, bright green laser, versatile compatibility, rechargeable battery
100m 3600 sensitivity range, independent power on/off switch, unibody compact design
Excellent button layout, easy to use, on/off power button, laser pointer, solid curves
Simple control scheme, has dedicated buttons, uses AAA battery, above average wireless range
Has cursor control functions, lightweight and comfortable, excellent button control setup, bright green laser light, carrier pouch present
Amazon’s best-seller, fits in your pockets, inexpensive, thoughtful design, powerful red laser
Compact and ultra-slim, inexpensive, lots of features, supports different OS and programs, easy setup
Few independent buttons, durable, hassle-free usage, plug-and-play operations, AAA-battery powered
Has display with timer and vibration alerts, intuitively placed controls, media play button, power on/off switch
Affordable, long connectivity range, thoughtful button layout, battery indicator, excellent battery life
Best Presenter Remote Buying Guide – What to Consider
Features: A good wireless presenter remote is a guarantee that your presentation will flow well. However, it’s imperative to go for a unit with all the features that you need in the presentation room. A typical presenter pen may have a few buttons to advance the slideshow. While these still do the trick, others have extra features that’ll help you blow the presentation out of the water in style. A presenter remote that allows you to dim the screen, for instance, will help you draw your audience’s attention to you easily than that without this feature.
Design: Whether your presentation will last for a few minutes or roll to over an hour, the presenter remote’s curves should be comfortable in your hands throughout the session. The implementation of the control buttons is also worth considering. They should be conveniently placed to reduce all chances of a misclick.
Laser Pointer: Not all wireless presenters have an integrated pointer. However, opting for a unit with this feature is a bold move in the right direction. Most laser pointers are red while others are green.
Battery: The type of battery that a presenter pen uses has a drastic effect on its operations. While there are some that use the coin or button cell, it’s advisable to go for models that use AA/AAA batteries. These types are easily available and are inexpensive.
Dinofire is a great choice for those who may not have all the time in the world to compare the different models that the market flaunts. Dinofire is a US-based firm that designs and crafts its office electronic products in the USA. Ever since its establishment in 2011, this brand has known nothing else but an upward trajectory. It specializes in several office peripherals including voice amplifiers and PowerPoint clickers.
Though Dinofire boasts several items in this category including the D06 and the D18, Dinofire Wireless Presenter jazzed us the most. Having held on for a full year in such a competitive market, anyone of sound mind will agree that Dinofire Wireless Pointer is a hitter and worth investing in. Perusing the numerous positive reviews by Amazon’s individual customers should perhaps give you a solid reason to order for it if you feel a little bit skeptical.
The control scheme with this wireless presenter isn’t the simplest of the bunch at first. However, familiarizing yourself with the gadget beforehand should give you an easy time before the audience. The 3 buttons that you’ll use the most, page up, page down, and light control are on this unit’s face. While the ‘page down’ takes you to the next slide, pressing and holding it for a few seconds will black out the screen. On the other hand, ‘page up’ takes you to the previous slide. However, pressing and holding it will blow the slide to full screen.
On the left side, you’ll find a handy switch with which you’ll use to turn the PowerPoint pointer on and off. This ensures that the battery won’t get drained when the buttons are accidentally pressed in the bag. Worth noting, this button requires a little bit of force to slide it to either position. Again, its placement is always out of your way. As such, there’s no way you’re going to switch the wireless presenter off accidentally in the middle of your presentation. On the right side, there are the alt-tab and the alt-4 (enter) buttons.
Perhaps the best part about this wireless presenter remote is its ultra-bright green laser light. Quite thoughtful, the laser light button is placed right near your thumb since you’ll have to use it a lot. In case you didn’t know, green light is usually more visible than red. As such, if you’re hunting for the best wireless presenter with green laser light, don’t look further than this unit. About compatibility, Dinofire works well out of the box with Windows 2003, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. It also works well with Mac OS, Linux, and Android. Lastly, it features a rechargeable polymer lithium battery. Its USB charger is included in the package.
- Advanced compatibility
- Bright green light
- Long light distance
- Dual-function buttons may cause confusion
In case you’re just starting out and you’re in need of an inexpensive wireless presenter, this Inateck WP1004 is good for your consideration. Right from the design, you’ll easily tell that this WP1004 is Dinofire’s staunchest rival. The 2 are not only similarly designed (in terms of size and hardware placement), but their control buttons offer almost the same functions.
Inateck is a UK-based firm electronics giant with offices in USA, Singapore, UAE, and India. In case you’re wondering where else you’ve seen this name, then it could be on a charger, PEI-E cards, Bluetooth speakers, or a USB hub you’ve purchased from them. Inateck boasts a reputation of integrating their high passion for innovation in fairly priced yet high-quality products. Inateck WP1004 wireless presenter falls in this category.
Another noticeable difference in the Inateck WP1004 wireless presenter remote is its easily locatable page up/ page down buttons. The 2 have bumps and have been clearly labeled. Presumably, the 2 buttons are easy to locate in low light intensity. Again, these up/down buttons are also used for full screen and black screen functions. The on/off switch is also present in this model. This one has a rugged design and requires pushing back and forth for the 2 functions.
At the bottom of this wireless PowerPoint clicker is a dock for the 2.4 GHz USB adapter (on this note, here is a gateway to the best USB wireless adapters in 2017). When ready for the presentation, all you do is pull the dongle and slide it into any free USB port on your laptop. This isn’t a new concept though. Almost every other wireless presenter employs it. It helps in ensuring that you never leave the receiver behind. Worth noting, this receiver supports plug-and-play functions. As such, you won’t have to install any software for it to operate. Again, it’s designed with Automatic Frequency Hopping technology. This one helps in avoiding interferences from any other Radio Frequency signals in the room.
About compatibility, the dongle works well in almost any USB port including USB1.1, 2.0 and 3.0. It also supports different operating systems including Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Mac OS, and Android. It also has a long effective range of up to 100m and offers 3600 control. This range allows you all the freedom you need to engage directly with your audience. The 3600 signal sensitivity makes it even better in that you need not be in its line of site to click.
- It’s inexpensive but of high-quality
- Has a long effective range
- Some have confused button functions
Having reviewed 2 wireless presenters with the same design and button configuration, Targus brings us a slightly different model. The Targus Wireless Presenter is similar to your typical TV remote. As such, you shouldn’t have any difficulties familiarizing yourself with its functionalities. Compared to our first 2 options, Targus is more compact and lightweight. It also houses most of the functions that we’ve seen in the previous models plus a few others.
Targus is a privately owned company headquartered in Anaheim, California. It claims to have over 45 offices worldwide and has direct distribution channels in over 100 countries across the globe. This brand deals with an array of computer peripherals including USB docks, Bluetooth accessories, keyboards, mice, wireless presenters, and soundcards. Talking of soundcards, here is a list of the best soundcards in 2017. If you’re a die-hard user of notebook computers, then you’ll be glad to know that Targus has the best backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, replacement power cords, and attaché cases for notebook computers.
Its face is dominated by 5 ultra-large buttons that allow you to advance the slides up and down, switch between several applications, black out the screen, and resume presentation. One thing that we did appreciate with this wireless presentation remote is the straightforward placement of the basic button on either side. As such, anyone who has never used a presentation remote before shouldn’t have any difficulties navigating through the buttons.
One thing that we noted in our tests is that Targus Wireless Presenter isn’t compatible with Mac. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been indicated anywhere both on Amazon and Targus sites. However, it works well with most PC computers and laptops. Again, like Inateck WP1004 this one uses a triple A battery. To save on battery, there’s a dedicated on/off switch on the presenter. Unlike the previous models, this presenter houses its 2.4 Ghz receiver in the battery compartment. True. It’s quite inconvenient to open the back cover every time before and after a presentation. However, as one of our panelists noted, interacting with the battery regularly will keep you alert on when you need to replace it.
Worth mentioning, Targus AMP16US-52 also has the most sought laser pointer. This one will help you highlight the most important points. It also allows you to walk as you talk which not only kills the boredom but also allows you to interact one on one with your listeners. Again, this wireless presentation remote has a 30-ft wireless range (which is average but acceptable) and doesn’t require any technical setup. Its automatic syncing and plug-and-play operations greatly reduce the time wasted. This is worth of praise, especially in a timed presentation.
- Easy to use
- Excellent button layout
- Good wireless range
- Inconvenient dongle storage dock
Inateck is back with a PowerPoint clicker that is sleeker, lightweight, and easier to use than their first model, the Inateck WP1004. While the 2 units- WP1002 and WP1004- are quite similar in terms of design, they also have several significant differences. For instance, the former model, the WP1004 has Auto Stand-by and Sleep Modes which are not present in the latter model. On the other hand, the WP1002 seems to have been well received than any other model that we’ve reviewed thus far. This one boasts a good 4.6/5 star rating from its Amazon’s verified purchasers. Though it lags behind in some of the advanced features, this one is more inclined towards allowing you more mobility.
Inateck is known for designing most of its wireless presenter remotes in the form of a straight stick. And that is exactly what the WP1002 is; a stick with 3 dedicated buttons on its front panel and an ON/OFF switch on its side. This stick measures 5.3 x 0.9 x 0.5-inches and weighs around 1.6 ounces. The convex arrangement of the control buttons makes ‘blind’ operations possible. All the buttons have a raised texture that is easy to feel by touch which highly minimizes the risk of a misclick. The stand out feature of this WP1002 is its dedicated buttons. Unlike in the WP1004, each of these buttons plays a single role. As such, you can use it right out of the box without any prior experience.
Inateck WP1002 PowerPoint clicker is powered by a single AAA battery. The good news with this type is that it’s easily available in the store near you and at a lower price. Again, it’s also swift and easy to change even while the presentation is on. Even better, WP1002 is equipped with an indicator light that blinks slowly to alert you when it’s time to replace the battery.
Like other Inateck wireless presenters, the WP1002 is compatible with Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Mac OS, Linux, and Android operation systems. The bright green laser is the other desirable highlight of this product. In case you’re new to these units, models with green laser pointers are a little bit hard to find. They are also a tad pricier when found. Apart from being bright, the sweet spot with the green laser is that it’s easily visible even in bright conditions where red laser light is hard to see.
- It’s lightweight
- Bright green laser light
- Dedicated control buttons
- Has basic functions only
Versatility is amongst the most sought-after features in the world of wireless presenters. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a unit that offers this without being uncomfortably bulky or stressful to use. However, with an experience spanning to over 35 years in computer peripherals, it seems nothing is so hard for Kensington when it comes to professional presentations. Coming up, for instance, is a unit that most users have declared as one of the best wireless presenters cursor control. Considering the brand that is behind it, this is a real challenge to other models as you’ll find out soon. First…
Kensington is a USA-based brand with its headquarters in San Mateo, California. It’s mainly known for its unbeatable laptop security locks among other computer productivity solutions. In fact, this brand features in our article on the best laptop locks in 2017 reviews. You can peruse that too if you want to lock your laptop as you deliver your presentations. Kensington boldly claims that its products have been tested and proven to be above the industry standards. Whether this is true or not, our analysis and tests showed that this Kensington wireless presenter with cursor control is a good way to click away the slides while feeling and looking like a pro.
This unit’s design is the sleekest we’ve reviewed thus far. Right out of the pouch, the wireless presenter appeared ‘slippy’ to us due to its shiny upper part. However, its unique contours offered us a different experience. The presenter has a thicker and curved backside and tapers down towards the front side. Measuring 5.25 x 3 x 8.12 inches and weighing 0.55lbs, this presenter comfortably fits in your palms and is also easy to hold in your hands. The thicker end houses an easily removable 2.4 GHz wireless receiver that also happens to hold a removable 4GB memory card. This card offers a safe and sure storage for your presentation files. This presenter has 2 slide switches on either side. On the left is a slider switch that turns the device ON and OFF while that on the right helps you to switch between the cursor control and presentation modes in a snap. When the presentation remote is ON, all the buttons light green.
Kensington has a 4-way button layout. Quite thoughtful, the 4 buttons are LED backlit when the presentation remote is ON. This is a superb feature that assures you that the presenter is functional. Again, it’s a sure way of ensuring that the remote has been switched off after the presentation to prevent from draining the battery. On this note, Kensington wireless presenter with cursor control uses 2 AAA batteries for its functions. The 2 buttons positioned on both the right and the left sides move your slides forward and back. Another one is used to black-out the screen while the fourth activates the laser pointer. This PowerPoint presenter uses the best-in-class green laser. Kensington claims that theirs is 10 times brighter than the red laser.
At the center of the 4 button layout is a joystick that allows you to use the presenter like a mouse. With this, you can easily move the cursor anywhere on the screen. In case you’re wondering, the joystick has a low profile so that it doesn’t stand in your way as you press any of the four buttons. Worth mentioning, the joystick can also be utilized as a left-click button irrespective of the mode you’re in. Everything else aside, what sets the Kensington wireless presenter with cursor control a notch above the competition is its 150-foot range. This is all the freedom that you would want to roam the room and engage with your clients or students to the maximum. Kensington is compatible with most Windows OS including 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. It also does well with Mac OS X. If you don’t fancy the cursor control option, you can still go for a standard version of this model. The standard version has the 150-foot signal range and LED backlit buttons. Its price is also relatively lower.
- Has cursor control functions
- Green laser light is ultra-bright
- Has a long wireless range
- Drains the batteries fast
At 0.2 ounces and 5.5 x 0.8 x 0.8- inches, Doosi wireless presenter is the most compact PowerPoint point that we encountered in our search for the best wireless presenters 2017. This gem isn’t appearing on our list for the first time. This wireless presenter remote graced the second position in our article on the best PowerPoint presenters for 2016. Good wireless presenters can go dirt cheap at times. At below 15 bucks on Amazon, Doosi is amongst the cheapest wireless presenters on the market. Again, this model is currently the best-selling wireless presenter on Amazon as we type these wireless presenter reviews.
Doosi has more of a stick than the Inateck and Dinofire models. However, despite of its sleek and slim design, this wireless presenter remote has been built to withstand lots of abuse and regular use. Doosi is available in 2 colors; white and black. In case you’re not sure which color to go for, I would suggest ordering for both. You’ll still get some change from your 30 dollars. This presenter pen is tastefully crafted from nickel plating metal dome while the buttons are silicone. Its lightly textured body offers a comfortable touch feeling, and it’s also extremely easy to hold as it is resistant to scratches. Moreover, its size makes it easy to carry the presentation pen either in your bag or pocket.
A button at the top switches the pen to standby or deep sleep mode. This helps in minimizing power consumption. It’s followed by the page up and page down buttons. They have raised bumps, so you’ll blindly tell the button you’re about to press even without looking. These buttons also combine other functions including play slides and screen blackout for PowerPoint. The last button at the furthest end turns the laser on when pressed and off when released. Worth mentioning, the laser is red and is strong and bright to standout in poorly lit conditions.
At the back of the wireless PowerPoint remote, the USB dongle slides seamlessly into the chassis with a magnetic snap. We found a slight flaw with the size of this receiver. Though not so easy, it feels as though it could snap anytime when pulling from the USB port. We also appreciated that this unit works pretty simple and does not require any setup. Again, besides PowerPoint, Doosi supports Prezi and keynote too.
- Packaged well for gifting
- Uses AAA battery
- Dual-function buttons are tricky to master at first
Sometimes, you don’t have to spend so much in a wireless presenter remote if all you need is a laser pointer and something to advance the slides. But there are those times when you need a unit with more than the standard features without going off your budget. That’s where Beboncool wireless presenter remote comes in handy. This is an inexpensive multi-functional unit that offers most of the functions that are common with several high-end models.
Right out of the box, this Beboncool resembles Targus AMP16US-52 by all aspects. From the control scheme to the solid curves, it appears Beboncool threw the idea of coming up with a new structural design out of the window and assumed that of Targus from bottom up. To be honest, I didn’t expect this wireless presenter remote to carry out the numerous functions that adorned its package. This thought was fanned not only by its low price but its small size.
Setting this wireless remote for a presentation is extremely easy and super fast. In fact, no pre-setup or software installation is necessary. To use it, you just pull out the USB dongle (it’s docked next to the battery at the back compartment) and plug it into a USB port, kick the remote’s switch on, press ‘connect’ and launch your presentation.
Worth mentioning, Beboncool supports PowerPoint, Excel, MS word, ACD See, Notebook, PDF, Prezi and iWork. It also allows you to visit website pages following links in your presentations. Again, it supports several operating systems including Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 7, 8, 10, Linux and Mac OS. All this at below 15 bucks should leave the hard-to-please presenters super excited. 1 AAA battery (ships without) is all you need to power this unit. It has a wireless remote range of up to 39ft. This control distance is way shorter than that of Targus but still long enough to offer some degree of mobility and ease of use. The only flaw that we came across was its rather slightly noisy buttons. However, this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker at all considering that the wireless remote presenter is backed by a good 2-year warranty.
- It’s compact and ultra-slim
- It’s inexpensive but loaded with features
- Minimal control range
You were right to guess that this list wouldn’t be complete without the Kensington K33374USA. This is a unit that everyone wishes that they had added to their presentation experience a few years ago. It’s never too late, though. You could still own yours today, here, and now. This Kensington Wireless Presenter is all about simplicity and the freedom to roam about as you deem right. It’s designed to offer an awesome time to both the pros and the technologically challenged.
This easily handheld PowerPoint clicker measures 4 x 1.8 x 0.8-inches and weighs roughly 3.5 ounces. Though not the lightest, it’s the most compact that we came across. This device has a comfortable rubber textured grip that makes it feel great between your fingers and in your palms. This Kensington also has a low-profile button layout design with only 4 of them for all its operations. Though the 4 buttons don’t offer you tons of extra features, they still make the presentation remote quite effective and reliable.
Like in any other wireless presenter that we’ve reviewed thus far, Kensington has a storage bay for its USB receiver. The sweet spot with this unit, however, is that the wireless remote turns on once the dongle is pulled out and switches off after sliding it back. This automatic on/off feature means that you’ll have one less button to deal with. This also helps in eliminating unnecessary battery consumption in case you forget to switch it off. On this note, Kensington uses 2 AAA batteries with a pair included in the package.
Its operations are also as flawless as its design. This unit supports both Windows and Mac systems including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Mac OSX 10.11. The remote is plug-and-play in all systems and doesn’t require any set-up wizards. Moreover, its 65-ft of operation range allows you to stay connected even when the signal is partially blocked by your audience.
- Durable and versatile compatibility
- Automatic on/off feature
- A bit pricey for its functions
Logitech R800 is a brother and a staunch competitor to the Logitech R400 that currently holds our #1 position in this list. Not that R400 is any better compared to the R800. This is a hard-to-beat unit only that it lies more on the pricier side of the spectrum. Logitech is a renowned giant when it comes to computer peripherals. Established in 1981 by 2 PhD holders, Logitech’s success story began with its first P4 mouse. This was the first commercially available mouse. Since then, Logitech has outgrown its limits to include an array of computer and presentation peripherals including keyboards and wireless presenters.
Logitech wireless presenter R800 has a sleek but not too slick ergonomically curved design. It’s all black in color except for the arrows on its control buttons and the bold logo at the bottom. Its face seems a little bit busier than that of any other model on this list. However, this is so because of the large LCD display that adorns its face. This LCD display allows you to seize the stage and circle the tables in confidence with its built-in timer and silent vibrating alerts.
Logitech R800 Presenter remote has a thoughtfully contoured shape that comfortably fits in your hand. The controls have also been intuitively positioned so that they are easy to locate by touch and to master. The arrow button on the right takes you to the next slide while the left arrow takes you back. It also has a play button that starts and stops media files in your presentation. A full-screen button, next to the play button, enlarges visual aids and also blacks out the screen.
But the greatest feature embedded on this industrial quality wireless presenter is its green laser light. Unlike the red laser controls, this one allows you to highlight on any type of screen including LCD, Plasma, and projector screens. Besides being a plug-and-play device, Logitech wireless presenter R800 also boasts an extremely favorable connection range of over 100ft. It’s also compatible with PowerPoint and keynote (the play button doesn’t function on Keynote though) and supports Windows Vista, XP, 7,8,10 and the latest versions.
- Has built-in timer and vibration alert
- Has longer signal range
- Not meant for Macs
Logitech wireless presenter R400 is quite similar to its sibling the R800 minus the LCD display. It’s also a few ounces lighter and YES… several bucks cheaper than its brother. Logitech Wireless Presenter R400 features an all-black plastic construction. The case, however, has a rubber coating that gives it a solid feel. The buttons are shiny and are contoured so that your thumb will easily ‘tell’ which button to press with minimal to no errors.
Notably, all the buttons have icons that speak for themselves. Just like in the previous model, the right arrow button advances the slides forward while the left brings the last slide back. Below the page up/page down controls is another pair of buttons. The one on the left plays and stops files embedded in your presentation while that on the right captures your audience’s attention by blacking the screen. One flaw that we found with the latter controls is that they were slightly smaller. As such, users with pretty thick thumbs may have issues here.
You also get a red laser pointer. Though not as bright as its green counterpart, you shouldn’t have any trouble in both dark rooms and well-lit presentation rooms. Again, Logitech R400 does not require any advanced setup. You’ll be able to use it on your laptop right from the box. However, do note that, similar to its sibling, the R400 isn’t for the Apple fans. This one works with Windows Vista, XP, and 7. For Windows 8 and 10, you’ll have to install a driver from Logitech’s website first.
- Above average connectivity range
- Contoured design
- Intuitive buttons
- Won’t work with Apple computers
So, which is the best wireless presenter for you? That’s for you to decide. Are you looking for an affordable presenter with only the basic page down/page up functions? Beboncool and Doosi fit the bill. Do you regularly use a mouse in your presentations? What about going for the Kensington K72427AM wireless presenter with cursor control functions? In case you’re in need of an advanced unit, Logitech wireless presenter R800 has enough surprise for you.
Is there any other wireless presenter that you feel should have been covered here? Please tell us about it in the comments section below. Again, remember to share this piece with a colleague if you found it helpful. We wish you a whole new experience in your next presentations.