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1.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea badly implemented, 9 April 2010
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What should be a really simple device has turned out to be almost useless, unless I JUST want to present a set of Powerpoint slides that I know inside out in a "Death by Powerpoint" fashion.

Sure enough plug in the device, start your powerpoint presentation and it works OK, but if you want to use "Presenter View" forget it. Presenter view allows you to see your notes and what is coming next on your laptop, whilst the Audience sees the presentation. When not in presenter view, Powerpoint Accepts Left/Right Arrow and Page Up/Down to switch slides, in presenter view Left/Right switches slides and Page Up/Down scrolls your notes. This gizmo sends Page Up/Down, so in presenter view you cannot progress the slides. I contacted technical support and you cannot configure the buttons so that 0/10 for research and 0/10 for flexibility from the Kensington team.

Then when you point at something with the laser pointer, it also sends an F5. Which in Powerpoint will start the presentation. Now whilst I can see it would be useful to have a separate button to start the presentation, if I'm about to point at something on the screen with a laser pointer, surely it would already be on the screen? Now in Powerpoint this isn't much of an issue, but if I am presenting a live demo, or reviewing documents chaos ensues - Point at Firefox and the page reloads, point at Word and the Find/Replace window pops up and obscures what you are pointing at, the list goes on, all not terribly helpful. There seems no logical connection between the action of wanting to highlight something on the screen with a laser pointer to actually starting a presentation, they are different actions and should be on different buttons - 0/10 for common sense.
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2010 16:23:41 BDT
It's good to know limitations as well as benefits. This review is clear - use it with Powerpoint in simple mode. Nothing fancy

Posted on 30 Nov 2010 12:08:04 GMT
Chasmanp says:
Thanks for the additional information. To be fair I have only ever used the device for power point presentations pulling documents into the slide set so ignorance was bliss.

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 23:09:43 GMT
Good review and good points - so what did you end up buying??
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