Updated November 17, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Presentation Remotes

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This wiki has been updated 26 times since it was first published in May of 2015. For freedom of movement when giving a lecture or any type of presentation, untether yourself from your computer with one of these wireless remotes, many of which are equipped with laser pointers, and all of which will help ensure your audience is focused on what you are saying, rather than what you are doing. We've ranked them by ease of use, overall features, and battery life. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best presentation remote on Amazon.

10. DinoFire Q20

9. Satechi ST-APAM

8. Doosl DSIT001B

7. Red Star Tec PR-820

6. DinoFire DR100

5. Kensington K33374USB

4. Kensington Expert K72427AMA

3. Canon PR10-G

2. Amerteer Wireless Presenter

1. Logitech Spotlight

Editor's Notes

November 13, 2019:

During this update, we had to remove a lot of our previous recommendations due to newer versions being released and/or availability issues. One such model was the Red Star Tec PR-819, which was replaced with the more recently released Red Star Tech PR-820. The latter offers significantly more functionality than the former and is ideal for someone who wants a greater level of control over their laptop when across the room.

Another example is the Logitech R400, but unfortunately in this case, the new iteration suffered from too many complaints of connectivity issues over Bluetooth. So instead of including the newer Logitech model, we completely replaced it with the Bluetooth-capable Satechi ST-APAM, which has one of the most premium looks of any of the options on our list. We did, however, keep the Logitech Spotlight, which also offers Bluetooth functionality and has some great features most others don't, like the ability to highlight or magnify items on the the screen.

The Amerteer Wireless Presenter is the most compact new addition to the list. Rather than having to hold it in the palm of your hand, it slips right over your ring finger. Though small in size, it matches other models in functionality. While on the topic of holding these devices, we would be remiss if you we didn't point out the contoured shape of the Kensington K33374USB, which may look a little funny, but feels very comfortable in the hand.

If something slim is what you are after, there DinoFire DR100 and Doosl DSIT001B are the best options. They both come for a very affordable price and can easily be slipped in a pocket when no longer needed during your presentation.

The Power Of The Presentation

This concept is now known as ultra rapid visual categorization, and describes the amazing speed at which humans digest visual information.

A visually stunning presentation can produce powerful results. Eloquence in speech, coupled with knowledgeable and engaging slides can properly entrance the audience, taking them on a journey and inspiring them to take action. The visual aspect of a presentation may be the most important. While people may remember lines from important speeches, studies have shown that the quick visual processing speed in humans actually plays into learning in a more powerful way.

Researchers designed an experiment in which humans were given 20-150 milliseconds to look at an image and decide if it contained an animal or not. To put this in perspective, the average blink of an eye takes roughly 300 milliseconds. 94 percent of the tested subjects were able to correctly answer whether or not an animal was in the picture in less than half the time of the average blink.

This concept is now known as ultra rapid visual categorization, and describes the amazing speed at which humans digest visual information. The current research shows that by 150ms, the eyes and brain have communicated enough information to allow for decisions to be made, and much of the actual processing happens even faster than this.

Similar studies have shown that humans can recognize a face in as little as 50 milliseconds, and categorize most other images in just under 80 milliseconds. This makes the visual elements of any presentation that much more important. From the presentation of the speaker, to the layout of their slides, the audience picks up subconscious clues and makes decisions about the presentation before the speaker ever blinks.

The Benefits Of Presentation Remotes

The benefits of using a presentation remote to control the progression of slides in various types of presentation software are quite easy to understand. The ability to be far away from the computer can be pivotal in the success of a presentation. To a computer, presentation remotes act just like very small keyboards with limited functions. The controls on a presentation remote simply hit the same forward and backward buttons as the cursor keys on a regular computer keyboard.

Using a presentation remote gives the presenter full control of their slideshow.

Without a presentation remote, presenters are left with the options of manually pressing the keys or mouse by themselves, or working out a complicated system of hand signals with someone offstage who is controlling the device. In either case, this leads to large breaks in the presentation, increased stage anxiety, and a generally bored audience. Especially if the speech or presentation requires timing or contains comedic slides; much of the luster is lost during these empty pauses.

Using a presentation remote gives the presenter full control of their slideshow. If the audience misses key points on a previous slide, there is no hurrying over to the keyboard to bring it back up; it is simply a click away.

There is also the added functionality that many presentation remotes offer. Many presentation remotes have built in functions, such as laser pointers. These make it simple to highlight key points of a slide, just be certain not to aim it at the eyes of audience members.

Giving The Greatest Presentation

The most important aspect of delivering a great presentation is preparation. An experienced speaker will rehearse their presentation many times through in front of a mirror, pet, or loved one; in order to prepare themselves for difficult phrases or work out the timing of their slides. On the day of the presentation, a great speaker will be equipped with a presentation remote, notes on their speech, water to relieve a dry throat, and perhaps tissues or a towel to absorb sweat from their brow.

Especially for first time speakers, it is important to slow down their speech to a seemingly awkward degree.

Nervousness is normal, especially for first time speakers. For those with a fear of public speaking, this can manifest itself as anxiety, increased heart rate, and a sense of critically focusing on themselves. Even for confident presenters a noted reaction occurs in the body; increasing heart rate, breathing rate and the rate at which they speak, though they may be unaware. Especially for first time speakers, it is important to slow down their speech to a seemingly awkward degree.

The presenter is often not only thinking about the sentence they are saying, they are thinking about the entire speech. When they open their mouth to speak, their normal rate of presenting can seem lightning-fast to the audience. By slowing their presentation down to an uncomfortable degree in their minds, presenters help calm their own minds and speak at a regular speed.

The second greatest step a presenter can take to ensure a great speech is to eliminate speech disfluencies as much as possible. Disfluencies such as false starts, repeated phrases, switched words, and the word um can make up over six percent of all speeches. While audiences are forgiving, too many of these disfluencies can distract the audience and destroy credibility as a presenter. The easiest way to remove disfluencies from the speaking voice is to focus on only the presentation that is being given, and not allowing the mind to wander.

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Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on November 17, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

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