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Best Presentation Pointers 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2019
Best Presentation Pointers of 2018
You can make a choice based on the my list as you shop. I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best presentation pointers that you can buy this year.
I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best presentation pointers on the market. Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this presentation pointers win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this presentation pointers come in second place?
Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.
№3 – Wireless Presenter
Why did this presentation pointers take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
Presentation Pointers Buyer’s Guide
Carefully Compose Your Slides
Don’t copy & paste slides from different sources. You don’t want your presentation to look like a rag rug. What you’re aiming for is a consistent look. This will help your audience focus on the essential; your speech and the key facts you’re highlighting on your slides.
To that end, use a basic template or make your own. PowerPoint comes with a selection of presentation templates
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Your search for last minute presentation templates comes to an end with these online resources. These template websites cover both PowerPoint and Google Slides.
Consistently use font face and sizes on all slides. This one goes back to using a template. If you chose a professional template, the designer will have taken care of this aspect. Stick to it!
Match colors. This is where so many presentations fail. You might have chosen a funky template and stuck to the designer’s color profile, then you ruin it all with ugly Excel charts
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Tips for Formatting an Excel Chart in Microsoft Office
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Black text on a white background will always be the best, but also the most boring choice. You’re allowed to use colors! But use them responsibly.
Keep it easy on the eyes and always keep good contrast in mind. If you’re color-challenged, use one of the many online tools to select a good looking color palette
Animations & Media
In animations, there is a fine line between a comic and a professional impression. But animations can be powerful tools to visualize and explain complicated matters. A good animation can not only improve understanding, it can also make the message stick with your audience.
Embed the media in your presentation
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Read More and make sure it works in presentation mode, else you’ll look foolish.
Keep Your Audience In Mind
When you compile your presentation, ask yourself these questions:
Answer these questions and boil your slides down to the very essentials. In your talk, describe the essentials colorfully
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Read More and use your weapons, i.e. text, images, and animations wisely (see above).
If you fail to hit the target, it won’t matter how ingenious your design is or how brilliantly you picked colors and keywords. If you lose the attention of your audience, everything is lost.
Logitech Wireless Presenter R400
This wireless presenter has a lot to present to the buyer. With a 50 foot range, it demonstrates excellent quality on its own. It has a built-in docking bay that stores the receiver, an excellent source of portability. It has an Intuitive touch key technology for natural control for the user, giving you the confidence you need to present.
Logitech has unveiled its latest presentation remote, the Spotlight, which is a particularly sexy – and expensive – solution to a “problem” most of us wish we simply didn’t have to deal with. But is the flashy new clicker worth its £120 price tag? Will it actually make you better at presentations? Here are my early impressions.
I’ve spent a couple of weeks with the Logitech Spotlight now, of which exactly 100% of it was devoted to aimlessly caressing the remote. Its sleek, brushed aluminium design instantly appealed to the gadget snob in me, even though I know full well that a clicker doesn’t need to look or feel this good.
So why am I reviewing the Logitech Spotlight, when I blatantly have no business doing so? Well, let me start by saying that this isn’t a review. This is my take on whether, for the average consumer, it’s even worth considering an outlay of £120 on a presentation remote.
On paper, it’s not. For most “professionals” – somewhat begrudgingly, I include myself in this definition – presentations are an occasional and unfortunate part of what we do for a living.
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A laser pointer is a small (usually battery-powered) laser device designed for pointing at objects by illuminating them with a collimated visible laser beam.
Most laser pointers, particularly the cheap ones, contain a small GaInP/AlGaInP laser diode operating somewhere in the red spectral region, a collimating lens, a simple electronic diode driver, and a battery compartment for e.g. three coin cells.
Here, Nd:YVOis beneficial for a low threshold pump power, and KTP works in a relatively wide temperature range, thus not requiring means for temperature stabilization.
A green-emitting laser pointer, containing a tiny diode-pumped frequency-doubled solid-state laser. Red laser pointers are available in smaller sizes, because they do not need as large batteries.
Laser pointers should not be confused with lamps containing light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which emit a much more diffuse beam (with much lower spatial coherence, similar to that of an incandescent lamp) and can also emit light with different colors, or white light.
A typical use of a hand-held laser pointer is to point at some screen or chart during a presentation, e.g. a conference talk.
This is convenient because it can be done from a large distance and requires only a small hand-held device.
However, the visibility of the generated spot on the screen is often poor (particularly for red laser pointers with relatively long emission wavelength), and a fast-moving light spot can have a somewhat nervous appearance.
Therefore, some people prefer an old-fashioned telescopic pointing device for presentations.
Laser pointers can be useful for, e.g., aligning some machinery, or for certain optical distance measurements.
Brightness and Color
The apparent brightness of the illuminated spot depends strongly on the wavelength of the emitted light.
Most devices operate in the red spectral region, where the sensitivity of the eye rapidly decreases with increasing wavelength.
Devices with 650-nm output appear about twice as bright as those emitting the same power at 670 nm, and 635-nm devices still about two times brighter.
However, the shorter-wavelength laser pointers are typically more expensive.
This is particularly true for green lasers, which are significantly brighter than their red counterparts, but are still expensive.
They involve a diode-pumped solid-state laser and a frequency doubler.
Due to the typically poor conversion efficiency of the frequency doubler at low power levels, hundreds of milliwatts of infrared (typically 1064-nm) light are required for generating a few milliwatts in the green, and the batteries will accordingly not last very long, unless they are comparatively heavy.
Range of a Laser Pointer
Lay persons often ask what is the range of a laser pointer is, and responding to this interest some producers specify some more or less questionable numbers.
If the question is meant to be how far the light of a laser pointer can propagate, the correct answer is that there is no limit, provided that the light is not absorbed or scattered away in the atmosphere.
However, the beam area will eventually become larger due to the beam divergence, so that the intensity e.g. on a screen will be reduced even if the overall power remains constant.
Accordingly, an airplane pilot looking down into such a beam from an altitude of 10 km will not be disturbed by the remaining small intensity.
The range of a laser pointer may also be understood as the maximum distance from which the spot on the screen can be seen.
That kind of range is normally not limited by the beam divergence but by the overall optical power (apart from the wavelength and level of ambient light), since the issue is not the comparatively minor divergence on the way from the laser pointer to the screen, but rather the huge divergence of the scattered light on the way back.
Therefore, someone standing next to the illuminated screen would easily see the spot when it is already hardly perceivable from the position of the laser pointer.
Here’s how to get started.
Add notes to each slide. These can serve as your script for the presentation, which stays hidden from your audience. To make your notes easier on the eyes you can click the “Make this text larger” or “Make this text smaller” icons in the bottom of your Notes panel.
Click Slide Show tab in the top nav bar. Make sure Use Presenter View is checked.
Click From Beginning to start your PowerPoint’s slide show. The presentation will require two monitors. The audience will see the main presentation and you will see all the tools you’ll need on the other.
Stay on schedule. If you watch the timer in the top left of Presenter View to see how much time in your PowerPoint 201has elapsed.
Highlight specific points. Click the “Pen and laser pointing tools” icon on the left directly below your slide to text on a slide. You can use this tool to write notes directly on a slide with the Pen tool during a presentation or erase notes you make on your slide with the Eraser tool.
Click the See All Slides icon, second from the left under your slide. This allows you to see all of your slides in a sleek grid view at any point in your presentation. That way, if you’ve just presented your audience with an interesting graphic and you want to sneak a peek at the slides coming next to prepare, you can view all your slides without the audience knowing you ever left the slide they’re viewing.
Backstage at the Webinar
3) Plan ahead: Once you have become familiar with all the tools and features available within your webinar platform, you can now carefully plan out how you’d like your event to go. Do you want to use polls, chat, video, screen share, uploaded content, music, etc? Plan out all of these interactions at specified intervals ahead of time. In order to help organize the flow of the event, here are three organizational hints: 1) use layouts to seamlessly move from one activity to another, 2) use the webinar producer to help administer interactive activities and 3) put placeholders in your slides to indicate, and remind you of, a transition or activity you had planned for that point in the presentation.
Presenter and Media Modes
In Presentation Mode (A), forward and back buttons seamlessly move your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation slides, along with screen blackout option and a button to activate the laser pointer. In Media Mode (B), the buttons offer play/pause, previous track, next track and stop.
Red Laser Pointer
Make your point at the touch of a button with a bright red laser that can highlight any part of your presentation with complete effectiveness
The internal battery recharges via any USB port using the included micro USB recharging cable
The narrow end of the presenter has a capacitive stylus tip, providing excellent control for touchscreen devices
Setup & Features
Despite its unusual design, the Yoga Mouse is as easy to set up as any wireless mouse. The mouse uses an internal, non-removable battery, so first you have to charge the mouse using its included micro-USB-to-USB cable. Lenovo claims you should get one month of typical use from a two-hour charge. We didn’t run it dry in two weeks of on-and-off use of the mouse.
Once the mouse is fully juiced, you have two wireless options for connecting it to your computer: Bluetooth or radio-frequency (RF), the latter via an included RF wireless USB receiver. If your computer supports Bluetooth, you can opt for the first and forego the USB receiver altogether. Lenovo provides a niche inside the mouse for storing the USB receiver; you slide back the lower half of the mouse to expose the storage area.
The included Quick Start guide provides a helpful step-by-step procedure for how to connect this way. We won’t detail it here, as it’s a typical Bluetooth-setup routine and straightforward enough. This method is especially handy if your computer is short on USB ports to accept the RF dongle. If you have the ports to spare, though, the RF setup method is even simpler: Just plug in the USB receiver, set the slider on the mouse to the “wireless receiver” setting, let the drivers install, and start clicking. It’s also more stable; sometimes, when using the Bluetooth connection, the mouse needed to be paired again after the PC fell asleep. (Ironically, this was on a Lenovo ThinkPad XCarbon.)
You switch between the two input modes by moving the slider next to the charging port. (The third position initiates Bluetooth pairing.) Turning the mouse on and off is just as easy: Press and hold the power button for three seconds to turn it on, or two seconds to turn it off.
Once we began using the Yoga Mouse, we found that switching among mouse mode, media mode, and presentation mode was a cinch. Furthermore, we found the mouse worked across a decent-size room. (We were able to track from far enough away from a 42-inch HDTV that we could no longer see the cursor.) This means that the Yoga Mouse should work well within the confines of most conference rooms (when giving a presentation) or living rooms (when watching movies). The top buttons were very responsive overall, responding to single-clicks and multi-clicks. And the virtual-button volume controls also allowed us to press-and-hold to raise or lower the sound level quickly.
PowerPoint is one of the few applications in which users will deploy the Yoga Mouse’s presentation mode, and in our testing with slide presentations we had archived, the mouse worked just as expected. Launching our sample presentations and advancing slides was perfectly simple, assuming we had the PowerPoint program already launched. The one thing that occurred to us in using the mouse for mock presentations, though, was that a laser-pointer function would be an ideal feature to add.
If you play movies or listen to music on your computer using Windows’ built-in programs, the Yoga Mouse’s basic media-playback controls work just as expected. However, its behavior was less predictable when using other applications for playback. The controls, for one thing, do not work in media played back within a Web browser. So, if you want play/pause functionality, you’ll have to do things the old-fashioned way, flipping the mouse into mouse mode, then tracking and clicking.
For complex setups and non-IR devices
More elaborate and a little harder to set up, the Harmony Companion doesn’t require line-of-sight to your gear, is able to control Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, and can even run your smart home.
The Harmony Companion is able to integrate with several do-it-yourself home automation hubs and smart devices, such as lights, locks, thermostats, and motorized shades, which is something few other universal remote controls can do. Further, the Harmony mobile app on a smartphone or tablet provides remote control and access to your system and smart devices from anywhere via the internet. No other remote control we can find offers this much control, connectivity, and compatibility for the money.
However, the Companion is more difficult to setup and program; it is made for tech-savvy people.
If you need the Companion’s level of control, ease of programming, vast control database and smart activity-based systems but still want a touchscreen or want to add even more devices to better integrate your smarthome into your system, the Harmony Elite is your remote. Another Hub-based Harmony, it adds a touchscreen and support for up to 1devices to the Companion’s specifications, giving home theater enthusiasts and smart home experimenters maximum flexibility.
If a color LCD screen doesn’t impress you, and you want to save about two plain pizza’s worth of money, the Logitech Harmony 350 is your remote. It can control all the same devices with the same amount of skill as the 650, but it’s not backlit, and it lacks the handy help feature built into the 650. If it weren’t for the lack of a backlight, this would make an economical remote for bedroom TVs (where you are almost certainly in the dark).
Sixty-five years after Zenith introduced the first TV remote control, it seems we’re still waiting for someone to perfect one, but the 650 and Companion are as close as you can get today without spending several hundred dollars.
These days, selecting the best universal remote is largely a matter of selecting the best Logitech Harmony device.
And then there’s Logitech. These days, selecting the best universal remote is largely a matter of selecting the best Logitech Harmony device.
Something from Logitech’s Harmony lineup is your best option for Universal Remote Control these days. From left, the Harmony 650, Harmony Companion, Harmony 350, and Harmony Elite. Photo: Michael Hession
A few new options have emerged, some of which we’ll discuss in the What to look forward to section below. And if you don’t mind using your smartphone or tablet as a remote, here are several app-based remote systems. Usually these system require some separate hardware that take a Bluetooth signal from your phone or tablet and send out an IR signal to your AV components. Logitech, of course, offers a system like this, as does Peel. We tried out both of those to see if an app alone can be good substitute for a handheld remote.
The Logitech Harmony 650 is the best universal remote for most people because it can coordinate the functions of up to eight components, is relatively simple to program with its MyHarmony software, and uses a smart, activity-based interface that simplifies control of your whole home theater. It can only control IR (infrared) devices—that’s most audio, video, and home theater gear—but it can’t communicate over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, so it isn’t compatible with some recent devices (Logitech’s Hub-based devices, which we’ll discuss below, are a better option if you need more than IR control).
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The most egregious design flaw in the Harmony Companion is that the buttons on the handheld remote are not backlit. While it’s true that the raised buttons and intuitively organized layout makes it easy to use by feel only, that only applies if you know what each button is supposed to do. For example, if you can never remember which is the DVR button and which is the Guide button, you’ll struggle to operate the remote in the dark.
The Harmony Companion doesn’t have a display like the Harmony 650 does. That means many of the less-often used functions, such as changing the surround mode or subwoofer level, won’t be accessible through the Companion’s remote. Nor is the Help function available from the handheld remote, since there’s no way for the remote to interact with the user. The Harmony App offers a “FIX” feature that allows the user to directly access incorrect settings (power and input for components, for example). It’s faster but less intuitive to use than the Harmony 650’s Help function, since it doesn’t provide visual prompts.
If the relative ease of programming, vast control database and smart activities of the Companion just isn’t enough for you, and what you really want is a cool touchscreen to let you tap your home theater into action, and you’d like to integrate even more of your smarthome devices into your system, then you’ll want to investigate the Harmony Elite, the top dog remote in the Logitech lineup.
The full-featured Harmony Elite. Photo: Michael Hession
The Elite is Harmony’s flagship remote, replacing the Ultimate Home. The standout feature of the Elite is the color touchscreen built into the remote. Instead of pressing hard buttons for Movie, TV, or Music, for instance, you scroll up and down on the screen for your activity and tap that. The screen then switches to pages customized for that activity, and the control options can go satisfyingly deep. All the activity names can be customized, or you can create your own. This is also the remote if you have a lot of gear—it can control up to 1devices (up from the Companion’s eight-device limit) so it potentially replaces up to 1other remotes (or lets you add control for more smart home gear, as we’ll discuss below).
Like the Harmony Companion, the Elite also allows you to hide your home theater gear in a cabinet or gear closet. It comes with two IR blasters you can position in front of the cabinet doors that keep your gear out of sight.
The Harmony Elite, like the Companion, is based on the Harmony Hub. Photo: Michael Hession
Like all the other Hub-based Harmony remotes, the Elite also allows you to use the Harmony app in addition to the actual remote.
The app option
What if you don’t want another handheld device but the idea of universal remote control does appeal to you? An app may well do the job. We’re particularly fond of the Logitech Harmony app, which as noted, comes with any of the Hub-based remotes. You can also purchase the Harmony Home Hub as a standalone unit (it’s available without a remote) and just use the app. But that’s still around a hundred dollars—more than you’d spend for our top pick, the Harmony 650, and not so much a savings over the Companion that we’d recommend you give up the option of having a hardware remote altogether.
PC Mag’s Alex Colon, who rated the Home Hub a 3.out of 5, said “it’s just as easy to perform simple tasks like adjusting the volume and changing channels using the app as it is with a standard remote. It feels great being able to tuck all those bulky remotes out of sight.” Gizmodo’s Adam Clark Estes agreed. After his first hands-on with the Harmony Hub, he wrote, “The app design is especially terrific, since it uses big bold controls and gradients to show you what your connected home devices are doing. Honestly, it worked so well I would personally skip the remote.”
The Pronto Peel is a good app remote for people who don’t have overly complicated systems. The product is in two parts: a hardware module that connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and beams out IR commands to your home theater gear, and an iOS or Android app for you to poke at. It also comes with a corded IR blaster for getting the command signals to hard-to-reach devices. Like the Harmony, it can control components in a cabinet or closet as long as the Pronto module isn’t outside of Bluetooth range from your mobile devices.
Setting up the Pronto Peel started off easy. The app walks the user through a few simple steps to add a TV (projectors too), receiver, DVD/Blu-ray player, streaming media player, cable/satellite set-top-box, HTiB or soundbar. After that it guides you through creating activities based around your source components. It all was working well for us until time came to create an activity for watching streaming video. The IR codeset Peel found for one AV receiver didn’t include all the receiver’s video inputs, so to make the Roku work, we had to move some of the HDMI cables around until we found ones that corresponded to the five HDMI inputs the Peel said the receiver had (our receiver actually has HDMI inputs). Another work-around was to teach the correct input code to the Pronto Peel, but the learned input couldn’t be added in the activity creation step, so that solution wasn’t perfect.
The Peel app is also more limited in what kinds of devices it can control. For instance, it can’t control any game system, while the Harmony will control most game systems as well as several smart home devices.
The Peel app is not quite as intuitive as the Harmony app, but we were able to get it to do everything we needed with a little finagling. If your AV system doesn’t go beyond the basic components and you want to be able to hide your gear and control it all cheaply, the Pronto Peel will have you covered. However, if you’re not committed to the idea of an app for your home theater, we still think you’ll be happier with the Harmony 650 handheld remote.
We also tried out the Nevo Portal from Universal Electronics. Like the Pronto Peel, the Nevo system includes an app and a Bluetooth module. One difference is that the Bluetooth module with the Nevo includes some fixed buttons itself, such as power and volume, so you can keep it on your coffee table to reach out and tap the volume up without opening the app. That’s a great feature, but the greatness ends there. The activity macros are difficult to set up and don’t always work, and the fixed buttons on the module were about as unreliable. Since it’s almost the same price as the Pronto Peel, you’re better off with the Peel.
About the only competition a Harmony remote has is another Harmony remote. There’s not a lot of competition in good universal remote controls.
The Wayne-Dalton WDHC-20 HomeSettings Controls Teleport Universal A/V Remote is unusual among the universal remotes available today in that it’s a combination of a universal IR remote and a Z-Wave controller. Compared with the more capable Home Control, though, the WDHC-20 is limited: it can control only four IR devices, has a much smaller database of IR codes, does not include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or USB connectivity, and only controls Z-Wave smart home devices—so unless you own some Z-Wave devices, this probably isn’t for you.
Universal Remote Control (the company) used to offer a range of good remotes, but the only URC model you can currently buy off the shelf is the clunky and difficult-to-program SR3, which only controls three devices. It’s more of a replacement remote than an universal remote.
RCA offers an eight-device capable “universal” replacement remote, along with two-, three-, four-, and six-device versions. The bigger RC remotes even have programmable macros that let you power up several devices with one button press, but they aren’t capable of the kind of switching or complex control the Harmony devices can accomplish.
Like RCA, One for All has several universal remotes in their lineup (at least those for sale in the United States), including the Simple 4; these have similarly limited programmability and only support three or four devices.
What to look forward to
Another newcomer, the Ray Super Remote, looks like a smartphone, but it’s a dedicated touchscreen remote. Currently the Super Remote can only be used in systems with a cable subscription, but as soon as that changes, we’ll add it to this guide.
Wrapping it up
The Harmony Companion and the Harmony 650 both offer control of up to eight devices, but that’s where the similarities end. The Companion’s separate Hub uses a combination of IR, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi to extend its control capabilities beyond that of the IR-only 650. Not only can it control Sonos speakers, the Companion integrates with a variety of smart home systems, and the Harmony mobile app gives you the options of using a smartphone or tablet as a remote as well as control of your home from anywhere you have internet access.
The 650 is still our favorite for systems with components using only IR remotes. The Companion, on the other hand, is the best value for the money you can find in a remote that can let you integrate control of your AV and home automation systems.
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First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Presentation Pointers wisely! Good luck!
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