Logitech Spotlight

As a frequent presenter of workshops and other meetings involving slides, the Logitech Professional Presenter R700 has been my traveling companion on many, many trips. It is one of the “must have” devices in my travel bag, almost regardless of whether I’m scheduled to give a presentation or not. I’m on my third at this time, the second breaking during a trip to Europe in 2013.

But I have wondered what Logitech would do next with its wireless presenter range, and have visited the Logitech site multiple times over the past couple of years to see what “next” looked like.

Well, “next” is here with the Logitech Spotlight. It takes a new approach to a wireless presenter, de-emphasising the static red or green laser dot, and replacing it with a spotlight option that “highlights areas of focus or magnifies them in pixel-perfect detail.” This and other functions are controlled through the companion app.

Chaim writing on The Verge calls Spotlight an “expensive solution to a super boring problem,” but does note the following about the device:

Logitech’s new Spotlight presentation remote is an attempt to remedy this by bringing presentations to the present day with a new, modern design. It’s an elegant-looking device, made of machined aluminum and a dramatically simplified interface. Spotlight cuts down on buttons to make it easier to use without looking at the remote, offering only a single oversized forward button, a back button placed below it, and a media button on top. And it’s compatible with most major presentation software, including PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote, and Prezi.

I look forward to trying one out.

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