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Putting the Spotlight on presentations

The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote - like a wand with curved sides - can help to put your presentation problems behind you.
The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote - like a wand with curved sides - can help to put your presentation problems behind you.PHOTO: LOGITECH

Doing a presentation is always a daunting task - and the last thing you want is for your presentation remote control to fail.

The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote can help to make sure that the spotlight is never on the remote control.

From its looks alone, you can tell the Logitech Spotlight is no ordinary device. Made of aluminium and available in gold (the version tested), silver and grey, it is like a wand - measuring 13.1cm by 2.8cm - with curved sides.

Unlike the many boring black remote controls you find in the market, the Spotlight is sleekness exemplified, yet it is incredibly simple to use.

In fact, the Spotlight has a rather Apple-like design, with only three buttons lined up along its top. A large white Next button is sandwiched between two smaller buttons: Spotlight (for customised functions) above, and Back below. The two small buttons are finished smartly in the same colour as the remote control's body.

A rubberised rectangle on the underside allows for a firm grip. Without it, the control might slip off your hands because of the smooth aluminium surface.

The bottom end has a recess that houses a USB receiver, which you pull out to use. Inside the recess is also a USB-C port for charging using the bundled USB-A to USB-C cable. Besides connecting wirelessly via the USB receiver, the Spotlight also supports Bluetooth connectivity.

  • TECH SPECS

    PRICE: $169

    CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth, USB receiver

    WEIGHT: 49g

    RATING

    FEATURES: 4/5

    DESIGN: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 5/5

    BATTERY LIFE: 5/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

Instead of using a laser pointer that other remote controls use, Spotlight features a more elegant solution with three pointer modes - Spotlight, Circle and Magnify.

The Spotlight mode creates, well, a "spotlight" - a round spot that highlights an area but darkens the rest of the screen, while the Circle mode shows an outlined circle so you can highlight important points.

If you want a more impactful presentation, use the Magnify mode to enlarge a specific circular area to emphasise your point.

You need to download the Spotlight software to your Mac or Windows machine to configure the Spotlightbutton to these three modes. You can also adjust the size of the highlighted areas in each mode.

All three modes can be made availableusing the software. Just double press the Spotlight button to toggle through these pointer modes during presentations.

The software also allows you to set timers to send vibration alerts to the Spotlight, so you know when your time is up.

I tried the Spotlight on my Apple MacBook Air, as well as my office laptop. It worked without a hitch on Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote and Google Slides presentations. I particularly love the Magnify feature, as it never ceases to amaze people that you can do that in a presentation.

The Spotlight has an operating range of 30m, so you can move freely during your presentations and not worry about losing control.

Battery life is superb. It can last 3hr on a 1min charge, and lasts up to three months on a full charge.

The only downer of the Spotlight remote is its $169 price tag.

That's easily more than twice the price of normal presentation remote controls. But the others do not have the sleek looks and smooth operation of the Spotlight.

Trevor Tan

•Verdict: If your job involves doing a lot of presentations using PowerPoint or Keynote slides, the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote might just be what you need to impress your clients or bosses.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2017, with the headline 'Putting the Spotlight on presentations'. Print Edition | Subscribe