The best presentation 'clicker' money can buy
If you spend much of your working life giving presentations, you already know the value of a 'clicker', a wireless remote control to flick through your slides. A reliable clicker allows you to focus on your audience, not the computer you're presenting from. And while the mobile apps of PowerPoint and Keynote allow a similar remote, nothing feels as good as physical buttons when you're standing in front of a room.
With a recommended retail price of $199, the Logitech Spotlight is probably the most expensive clicker available, but the well designed hardware and clever software make it the best remote available.
The remote is smooth aluminium, with colours to match Apple's Macbooks. The click forward button is much bigger than the other two buttons, making it easy to feel for without looking. Then there's a smaller back button, and the button that gives Spotlight its name.
When paired with the Logitech Spotlight software, you can use that button to highlight or magnify part of your screen, or as a Wii-style remote. The software works on a system level, for Mac or PC, so you can use the features with any presentation software. You can even have the remote vibrate if you're going a little long, and you need to wrap things up.
Most importantly — because there's nothing worse than your clicker dying as you step on stage — the Spotlight is reliable. It features an internal battery that tops up quickly via USB; one minute on the charge will give you three hours presentation time. Built into the handle is a removable bluetooth dongle, for connecting to older PCs. And if you're presenting on a shared computer, the Spotlight will work with PowerPoint as a standard clicker, though you will miss out on those screen highlighting tools without Logitech's software installed.