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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2011
Solid construction and visually pleasing - this gem is an absolute bargain. I have viewed other more expensive products and I can say that this is hands down the best value wireless presenter that I have seen. My Compaq Windows 7 Laptop located the device without any problems. Install the supplied software and you have a truly versatile presenter. In 'Mouse Mode' the cursor moves quite sharply across the screen but I soon got the hang of it. The right and left arrows act as the right and left mouse buttons and the small circular window in the middle acts as the touch pad. I booted up a presentation in Libre Office and switched to 'Presenter Mode' and the unit worked flawlessly - it even has a button to blank the screen which I have seen during other presentations and I think is a very useful feature.

It would be difficult to justify spending any more on a wireless presenter - and by the way it has a laser pointer as well for good measure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2011
I have found the Targus Presenter to be temperamental (using Windows 7). Not only was it slow and unreliable in making a Bluetooth connection with the computer, the connection often went down and was not easily reestablished. Hardly the kind of problem you want in the middle of a presentation given that it was designed for use with PowerPoint presentations this is a fault which makes the product all but useless.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2012
Given the good reputation Targus has in general, I was pleased to see such a bargain offer from them. I was keen to have a presentation tool / pointer that did not require an additional dongle, but that could make use of the laptop's built-in Bluetooth - dongles tend to get lost.

The product arrived promptly. On unpacking, I followed the manual's instructions to download the software from the UK site for Targus. The manual directs you to [...]. There is no such software at this link. Even more mysterious is that Targus list no such product as the part number BEU0564C. Rather than return an items costing less than £7, I soldiered on...

On my Windows 7 laptop, when Bluetooth connected with it (no mention of Windows 7 in the manual - only XP and Vista), it sees the model as a "Targus Presenter for MAC (AMP11)". I then loaded the software from the enclosed CD. Start this software (confusingly referred to as Mouse Settings), select the "Targus Bluetooth Presenter (AMP11) - Mouse mode" and select Default Settings. (No mention of the part number BEU0564C here either!). After a long pause and some fiddling with the switch on the device (I don't know if this had any effect?), the device worked, giving PowerPoint all the expected commands (in the device's presenter mode).

The BEU0564C / AMP11 unit automatically switches off after 60 minutes, according to the manual, or when you push the power switch for about 4 seconds. When it is powered on (also hold the power switch for about 4 seconds), the unit flashes a red light, to indicate it is not yet connected to the Bluetooth receiver. (The only mention in the manual of a flashing light is a battery low warning.) It auto-connected after about 3 minutes - just about OK if you know about this in advance, but a lifetime if you have a waiting audience and you are just looking at a flashing light! I found no way to shorten this re-connect time, in the software or through Device Manager in Windows 7. I cannot yet comment on general reliability, as I have just got the BEU0564C / AMP11 working today. I will add to the review if I encounter the reliability issues experienced by another reviewer.

Likely product history: This product appears to be an orphan - it originally sold as the AMP11 for the MAC in the USA at $42. Targus describe it as "the only wireless presenter dedicated to Mac users." On their own site, it was slated for not keeping up with the OS upgrades on the MAC to Lion 10.7. It appears to have been re-launched for the European market with a Windows driver and packaged as BEU0564C at this far lower price. I could find no Windows software / driver support for this product from Targus (or anywhere else) on the Internet - so don't lose your CD!! (There is no PDF manual on the CD, despite the label saying there is.)

Summary: For about £7, this is an inexpensive PowerPoint presentation tool which works with Windows 7 on my built-in Bluetooth receiver (Dell Wireless 355 Module in a XPS M1530). I like the lack of the need for another USB dongle. The range is very good. The deduction of stars is for the apparent lack of support on the Targus site, the effort it took to get it going initially and the three-minute wait, if for any reason you need to reconnect to the Bluetooth receiver.

Follow-up 5 days later: This product is just too un-reliable for me. It drops the link to the Bluetooth too often and takes too long to re-connect (around 3 minutes). I ended up buying a Kensington product Kensington Si600 Wireless Presenter with Laser Pointer - Presentation remote control - radio that is nearly 4 times the price (£22) and uses a seperate dongle - but it just WORKS! No software to install, no droped connections, no worries during your presentation. If you need a presenter at all, you need one in which you can have confidence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2011
This does not work with Mac. The only places they mention Mac is the packaging (once) and a link to download software in the manual. This link is broken. [...]
No instructions on how to setup or use this with your Mac. Seems like an old product as the Targus site does not even list it anymore!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2012
To be honest I regret buying this. It is far too bulky and so far I have been unable to get it to move forward in a slide show in presentation mode. This might have something to do with not having installed the CD drivers. But on the other hand I am working with a notebook and have no CD drive. Targus have no online drivers for this model presenter so don't think like I did that you can download it from Targus's Support page! I am seriously considering returning this and getting a Kingston!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2011
Being able to use this device as a bluetooth mouse as well as a presenter doubles its usefulness. It fits the hand and is easy and intuitive to use. I've found that it's also useful for general use as a wireless mouse when the computer is hooked up to the Television. I can sit across the room and control the screen. With the addition of a wireless keyboard, I can do pretty much anything with the computer from the comfort of the sofa. Great stuff for couch potatoes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2012
I bought this mainly for the price, unsure it would actually work with my computer (I have seen some posts of discontinued drivers, lack of support for Windows 7...) - but I took the plunge and now I don't regret it!

Didn't even take the CD off the slipcase, just placed the batteries, fired it up, paired with my computer and... voilá! It worked straight out of the box, both mouse and remote features played nice with Fedora 16 and GNOME 3.2. I also tested the slideshow support on LibreOffice with success.

The optical trackball mouse actually works very well, it just takes some time to get used to it, and the transitions between mouse and remote are instantaneous and seamless - I'm pretty sure it will work fine when I'll need it during a presentation!
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on 11 December 2011
This is a great product!
I use it for Powerpoint presentations run from my laptop, and it works a treat!
At first I wasn't too sure as I'd read a few critical reviews, but upon recieving it, it did exactly what I'd wanted it to do!
As long as you have a Bluetooth enabled machine and can succesfully install the drivers it will do exactly what you expect.
The main attraction for this (and why I gave it a 5, not a 4) is the price! At under £7 it's amazing! And if you don't have a bluetooth enabled machine, then Bluetooth dongles are usually only around £1 or less... which is still only £8. When you consider that the other remotes are from around £15 - £30, you have to wonder how this is so low?
Thankfully Amazon have finally updated the specs for this product, which previous reviewers had commented on, so everything should now be correct. The unit is larger than others I've used, and slightly heavy (as it uses AA, not AAA batteries) but it's not really noticable when in use and this means that it will last longer between changes.
One great feature is the interchangeability between pointer mode and mouse mode, sometimes my machine takes a few seconds to recognise the change, but it enables you to remotely access features that you might otherwise need to be with your PC for...
The power button can be awkward sometimes, but it shouldn't be able to be triggered in a pocket, as it needs a good 3 second press to activate. It will also switch off after about 30min and go into a standby mode. But will wake up by just a press of a button.
The LASER pointer also comes in handy, especially with my kittens, who spend a great deal of time chasing a mysterious red light around the house...

To sum-up if you need one of these devices, and haven't got a lot to spend. So long as it's compatible with your machine/OS (to be honest, that's 99% of us), then this is a highly recommended unit!
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on 12 January 2012
First, I must point out two things.
One, I'm the most cynical person I know.
Two, I'm not the most tech savvy person in the world.
Anyway, because of a shoulder injury, while looking for something easier to use than a mouse,
a trackball maybe, I stumbled upon this product. When I unpacked it I was immediately taken
by the robust look, [I was expecting something a bit "plasticy" to be honest for the price].
The ease of use, the ease of set-up, the price, sorry, getting carried away but I cant find a single
fault with this thing. Quite frankly I'm not altogether sure why it hasn't replaced "the" mouse.
Admittedly it would be useless in an office, but for home users this is a must buy.
But,[you just knew there going to be a "but" right?] I've only been using this for 12/14 hours
so it's anyones guess as to reliability, battery life, etc.[please god don't fall apart in the morning].

My take is for a tenner or so,[you might need a little bluetooth dongle which cost next to nothing]
it's more than worth taking a chance on reliability.

A little plug for Amazon.
Ordered this Tuesday morning, arrived Thursday morning.[nice].
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on 9 October 2012
This is a simple product that does just what the label suggests. I have bought this for bluetooth connectivity to my iPad to be used as a mouse. I have not tried to use this as a presenter.

My goal has been to control my iPad with a remote control/presenter with Keynote. This requires a jailbroken iPad and the new BTC Mouse & Trackpad Cydia Tweak. Put simply this works amazingly. Took 1 second to connect to the iPad and I can now control the iPad as a mouse and when in Keynote the mouse works as presenter. Fantastic and for only £5.30!!

I assume this is old clearance stock since the battereies have an expiry date of November 2011 but they are in perfect condition and working fully. This item is a bargain for any jailbroken iPad user.
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