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August LP205R Laser Presenter
on 22 August 2011
Summary: Very easy, very good, very pleased.
1. It's a well made, neat, lightweight, effective slide changer/presenter with a red laser which is good for general use.
2. We use it with PowerPoint and it's very straightforward, has simple controls and is and easy to use, so ticks all our boxes. A number of our users are in the non-technical category but they can operate it without any problem once I have pointed out what the five controls do and not to use the bottom one. The limited functions are what makes it easy to use and pretty well foolproof. Main use is right button for forward with occasional top button for blank slide or left button for backwards and laser pointer in the middle. Couldn't be any easier.
3. Buttons are well placed and well spaced so they don't get pressed accidentally. Before buying the August We had an other brand which was smaller but it was a nuisance as the controls were too close together and therefore got mixed up with some interesting, but distracting, results.
4. We plugged it in an it worked first time without any set up procedure. We use Windows 7.
5. Manual on/off switch is easy to use and located out of the way so can't be accidentally switched off when changing slides.
6. The usb receiver is stored inside the unit so doesn't need to be held separately.
7. Takes one commonly available AA battery and has room in the case for a spare.
8. Case holds the unit and a spare battery so keeps everything together. It's a generic zip case so not specifically shaped for this unit, but it's ok.
1. Storing the usb receiver inside the back of the unit is very neat, but it can be fiddly to get out if you have short finger nails. A bit of practice helps.
2. I wonder whether removing the back cover to access the usb receiver every time you use it will result in the cover becoming loose after extended use. I'm considering buying an August LP107T as well to compare as that one stores the usb receiver in the end of the main unit making it more accessible.
3. If I forgot to switch it off after use I'm not sure how long the battery would last so I try to make a point of ensuring it's off at the end of each presentation. Perhaps an auto switch off if not used for a time would be possible. However, having space for a spare battery means you won't be left high and dry.