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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Great little clicker for the price - I use it with Google Slides on Mac OSX. Also, some setup tips that aren't included for Macs
Update: two conference presentations later this baby is going strong! I used the laser pointer and back/forth buttons extensively over two 40 minute talks. Worked like a charm and didn't let me down. One of the venues had the Logitech version this design was clearly based off of, and the quality and feel in hand was indistinguishable. Love this thing - it is so much easier to present with a remote than trying to keep track of a keyboard. Full review below.
This is a really solid little presentation remote that feels great in the hand, and has a nice clicky feedback sound when you click from one slide to the next. If I could give it 4.5 stars, I would. Overall, I think it's a great product for the price.
I had the opportunity to review this clicker and took a chance on it since there wasn't anything confirming this worked with my preferred program (Google Slides) and not a lot on the subject of whether or not it works with a Mac. I can happily report it the most important functions - going forwards and backwards, and the laser pointer - work perfectly in Google Slides on a Mac.
Some tips for setup:
When you plug in the USB receiver on your Mac, it'll identify itself as a keyboard input, which makes sense when you think about it - you're mimicking pressing the left and right arrows on your keyboard, and the escape key. You'll get a dialog which asks you to identify the keyboard by pressing a button to the left of your shift key. Obviously, you don't have one of those on your clicker, so don't do anything with it - just hit that key on your regular keyboard, let it come up with the warning that you just used the default Mac keyboard, and skip the keyboard identification step. After that, you'll have a few choices for the type of keyboard to set up the clicker as. I left it at the default (Japanese) and as I said, the main functions of the clicker work fine. You could try the English keyboard if you're feeling fancy and want to see if you can get more of the remote to work.
Clearer instructions on that would have been nice, but even without those, the clicker wasn't too hard to set up.
Pros of this clicker:
- Great price. You can drop a bunch on a clicker, and I'm sure you can cheap out on a clicker too. This doesn't feel like a cheap clicker, even though it is less expensive and it's not a brand I recognize.
- Comfortable in hand - this clicker touts ergonomics and it doesn't lie, this fits perfectly in my hand. It's just a bit bigger than my palm, and I can make a nice fist around it. The shape feels great, and it doesn't feel like it'll go anywhere when I'm animatedly waving my hands around while talking - something I definitely do.
- Nice bright laser pointer, which my cat is very much enjoying
- Nice build quality - it doesn't feel cheap, and in addition to the nice shape has a nice texture to the plastic that promotes grippiness, even if you're a sweaty palms lady as I am.
- Not 100% intuitive to use. The important stuff - backwards and forwards - they get right, and the button placement is perfect - right under your thumb. I was confused by the laser pointer button and thought it was the on/off switch for a while until I realized what it did. Now that I realize what it does, the placement is great and totally makes sense. I just found the on/off switch on the side. Moral of the story - don't roll into a presentation without having used this a bit first and getting used to the placement of everything. (You wouldn't anyway, right?)
- USB dongle is long. I was really, really excited to see the USB receiver on this was tucked away at the very bottom of the remote, nice and snug - what a nice design! I'll never lose it! However, I'm a little disappointed to see it's a full size stick - the same size as you might see for a thumb drive. I would love to see a receiver with a lower profile, such as what my wireless mouse uses. That aside, it is functional and works well.
- I wasn't able to get all the buttons working properly in my program of choice (Google Slides). The important ones work, but the Start Presentation button doesn't launch the presentation for me - though it does close it out. I'm not sure what the Black Screen button is supposed to do, but it doesn't do anything in Google Slides. However, the backwards and forwards buttons work well and give good tactile and audible feedback when you press them, and that's all I really need in a clicker. You only launch a presentation once, probably before you even start, right? So honestly, this isn't really a problem for me.
Would I repurchase at full price? So far, definitely. I'll update after I get through a full practice run of my presentation, but if it stands up to that, it does exactly what I wanted it to at a good price. If you need a clicker, but aren't thrilled about the idea of shelling out $30 for one, this is a solid choice. Good for the occasional presenter (like me!) for sure.
I received this product at a discount in exchange for my review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Surprising well made! (And with a laser pointer that works!)
[[VIDEOID:e1c23f07180763a5724345d2642dd237]] The McVista Micv01 wireless presentation device is so much better than I thought it would be. Typically with being under $15, I thought the remote wouldn’t work very well, especially the laser pointer. I have to say… I was wrong. I’ve used a lot of these devices, and this one has been the best functioning presenter remote I have used. Not only was it simple and quick to install, but it functioned really nicely.
I use these remotes when I am giving presentations at work, power point presentations to be exact. It is much easier for me to use the remote to click through the slides and the animations on the slides than to use a keyboard or a mouse. In the video I walk through using it and why I like it so much!
Quick to install (only took about 15 seconds for my computer to recognize and be able to use it)
Fits nicely in my hand
On off button (saves on battery life)
The laser pointer actually works!!! This is one of my favorite features to be honest. Most laser pointers I have used don’t work well on screens or TV’s, but this one actually works and shows up. This is going to make pointing to key aspects on my screen so much easier.
The play button – lets you quickly start and stop the presentation.
None that I can think of except you have to provide the AAA batteries.
I have received the product at reduced cost in exchange for my honest review.
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Very handy device
By TnT Bender
This is great for presentations, school, work, church, committees, etc. Any time you need to talk and show supporting graphics, charts etc. I appreciate the fact that this is quick and easy to install, nothing to download, just plug the USB receiver into your computer, or laptop and give it a few seconds for your device to find it, and you are good to go. The red laser pointer is nice and bright and precise. I actually bought this for my brother who works in real estate and thought it would be great for his presentations. The size of the device is not too large and not too small, it fits comfortably in your hand, and it’s a non-slip material so you won’t lose it if you tend to get sweaty palms when doing presentations. There are 5 different buttons for operating the remote. They are easy to use. It does take three AAA batteries that don’t come with it. The USB receiver fits in the end of the remote itself, so its all compact and kept together so you don’t lose anything.
Disclaimer: I received this for a reduced price in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.