“Presenter mouse? You know… the remote control for PowerPoint”
I have done quite a lot of looking around for these devices in the past – I often get asked about them on my PowerPoint courses.
After using a variety of types over the years, my recommendations are:
- The less the pointer does the better it is (to a minimum of course!).
- It must just plug in and work – no installation at all – on Windows and Mac.
- It must be very robust
- It must fit in a pocket
Although this isn’t a product endorsement – other present mice are available – I personally would not be seperated from my Kensington presenter mouse:
- It has only four buttons: forward, reverse, blank screen and pointer.
- I haven’t found anyone in my classes who couldn’t use it first time.
It works in every Windows, Mac and Ubuntu machine I have ever tried it in.
- I have dropped it many, many times
- It is the perfect shape for hand and pocket – a classic piece of good design.
BUT, BUT, BUT…
I have yet to find a presenter pointer/mouse that meets all the above AND has configurable wireless channels. I have tested my Kensington presenter mouse and I can control PowerPoint from another room – the quoted range is 50 ft. This clearly isn’t going to work if everyone has one in our suite of lecture rooms!
What I haven’t checked out is if different manufacturers use different frequencies. I doubt it.
What is really needed is a Bluetooth version that can be paired with a particular computer. However these tend to be fully functional mice.There are a few that might fit the requirements, for example the Interlink Bluetooth Stopwatch Presenter, but I haven’t had a chance to try one yet.
Does anyone else have any suggestions?