|Submited By: Jaime Litus on 11/19/2009|
I bought this to deliver daily powerpoint presentations to my classes. I wanted high-end reliable equipment with solid function, solid wireless performance, and functions I could use to move in and out of powerpoint, open additional programs or files, and use as a mouse from the front of the room next to the projector screen rather than being tied to a laptop or table with a wireless mouse. This remote does all I wanted it for. It eats batteries due to the powerful green laser pointer (btw, it wows students to see such a bright green laser pointer--one student even said it s so bright on the screen that it hurts her eyes! I responded: good! it s supposed to get your attention!). But if, like me, you think the bright laser and full mouse functionality (even right-click, select, and four buttons programmable to be keyboard keys, i.e., F5 for ppt startup) is worth two AA batteries for every three weeks of heavy daily use (I mean solid 6 hours a day of non-stop use), then I can t imagine another controller being a better one than this. I have had no problems with the USB wireless receiver--it s truly "plug & play." No software, no hassle, instant remote mouse & presentation power. I don t know how I ever taught with a projector and ppts without this--oh, wait--yeah, I remember: I was using an awkward remote mouse that left me tied to a table at the front of the room. Now I wander the room as I lecture with the remote in my hand, making adjustments, pointing out parts of diagrams, emphasizing passages of notes, bringing up other documents, opening other programs, etc, all while being able to closely monitor student progress and wander the room to address student concerns. I saw other reviews of this presentation remote that raised a concern about the size, but if it were any smaller, I d lose it even more often than I do! I really like the quality rubberized grip, the trigger-style clicker for slide advancement and mouse-click functionality, the left and right arrows for forward and back advancement through presentation slides, and, as I mentioned before, being able to bring up a left-click menu to change programs with the click of a button. I guess the only thing I wish this remote had that it doesn t have is a holster for it to hang on my belt--until I find one, I guess the pocket of my blazer will have to do.