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Best Presentation Remotes 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated February 1, 2019
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Maurice TurnerMy name is Maurice Turner. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, focusing mainly on technology related topics. After spending over 52 hours comparing at least 22 presentation remotes, I am recommending the best presentation remotes of 2018

Eventually, I found something that would suit my needs but it occurred to me that I wasn’t the only one who might be having the same problems I did. Like most products, some outdo others, so use my top three list below to get started on your search for the best presentation remotes of 2018.

Best Presentation Remotes of 2018

Here are the customer reviews of some of the best presentation remotes of 2018. Before you spend your money on presentation remotes, start by familiarizing yourself with the various types. The best presentation remotes will make your fairytale dreams come true! The above tidbits will bring you closer to selecting presentation remotes that best serves your needs and as per your budget.

Test Results and Ratings

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Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
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Materials
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Durability
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Quality
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№1 – Logitech Spotlight Advanced Presentation Remote Slate

 
Logitech Spotlight Advanced Presentation Remote  Slate

Pros
Advanced wireless presentation remote goes beyond laser pointing so you can interact with content on the room screen
Precisely highlight or magnify specific content right on the screen with the simple touch of a button
Track presentation time and set vibration alerts to stay in command until your final slide
Cons
We’ve been using it for 4 months and didn’t notice any flaws.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this presentation remotes win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.

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Style
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4star

Materials
5

5star

Durability
5

5star

Quality
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Wireless Presenter

 
Wireless Presenter

Pros
Wireless Presenter, it is equipped with top-grade microchip, up to 100 meters wireless range. Operating on 2.4G RF frequency, it is an ISM free frequency and can be used world-wide. It is made of nickel plating metal dome and silicone keypad, brings you comfortable touch feeling.
Cons
A little more expensive than comparable models.
Lack of durability.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this presentation remotes come in second place?

Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.

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Style
5

5star

Materials
5

5star

Durability
4

4star

Quality
4

4star

 

 

№3 – BEBONCOOL RF 2.4GHz Wireless Presenter Remote Presentation USB Control PowerPoint PPT Clicker

 
BEBONCOOL RF 2.4GHz Wireless Presenter Remote Presentation USB Control PowerPoint PPT Clicker

Pros
Environmentally friendly ABS plastics; Scientific ergonomic design; A plug-and-play wireless receiver; Wireless Technology: 2.4 GHz; 1 x AAABattery Not Included
A bright red light pointer that’s easy to see against most backgrounds, highlight key areas of your slides
Cons
No advanced features despite the cost.
Still fairly pricey.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this presentation remotes 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. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work.

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4star

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Presentation Remotes Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy presentation remotes, right? No!

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.

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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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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.

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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.

The competition

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.

Sources

Six Decades of Channel Surfing: History of the TV Remote Control, Zenith

David Katzmaier, Logitech Harmony Home Control review: Remote really ties the room together, CNET, October 2, 2014

John Falcone, Logitech Harmony 650 review, CNET, July 12, 2013

Rachel Cericola, Logitech Harmony 650 review, Digital Trends, May 27, 2015

Tim Stevens, Logitech Harmony 650 remote review, Engadget, March 17, 2010

Andrew Williams, Logitech Harmony 650 review, Trusted Reviews, March 28, 2011

Presentation Software

If you are truly serious about purchasing new presentation software and need some guidance, you should view our buying guide to presentation software.

Powerpoint alternatives are great, but we know there are plenty of options to choose from.  Some have their advantages and disadvantages while others are perfect for a certain audience.  We’ll examine the presentation maker programs we believe would be great and even the ones that may not be but could still be another viable solution.

Libre Office

Impress is a truly outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Creating and editing slides is very versatile thanks to different editing and view modes: Normal (for general editing), Outline (for organizing and outlining your text content), Notes (for viewing and editing the notes attached to a slide), Handout (for producing paper-based material), and Slide Sorter (for a thumbnail sheet view that lets you quickly locate and order your slides).

DocketZoom

Docketzoom helps you bring to life highly interactive presentations that enhance buyer perception. With DocketZoom you can easily create appealing presentation that delights and engages your audience. Its inbuilt analytics helps you understand critical user insights to formulate better content strategies.

Instant Magazine

Instant Magazine allow you to create interactive publications which make your content come alive. It is one tool, for all platforms, for all devices. Get the best reading experience on smartphone, tablet and desktop. Personalized and fully measurable.

Panopto

At Panopto, the company believes that video can have a transformative effect on learning. So they built a video platform that helps businesses and universities improve the way that they train, teach, and share knowledge.  Panapto acts as a video presentation software package that allows consumers to manage, live stream, record, and share videos across your organization.

Remote Control

Battery: AAA battery (not included)Operating voltage: 1.5VRemote Control Technology: 2.4GLaser distance: gt; 300 mLaser wavelength: 650nmLaser power: lt;1mW or lt;5mW (optional)Product size: 10times; 40 times; 30mmWeight: 20g (without battery)Control distance: not less than 1meters (Note: The actual effective distance depending on the surrounding environment)

USB receiver

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Final Word

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 Remotes wisely! Good luck!

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