Logitech R400 vs. R500 vs R800: Complete Comparisons in 2024

Laser pointers R400, R500 and R800

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Laser pointers R400, R500 and R800

What To Know

  • R400: This model is highlighted for its plug-and-play convenience, 50-feet range, and ergonomic design, but lacks an integrated time management feature and has compatibility issues with Mac systems.
  • R500: Notable for its dual compatibility with Mac and Windows, the R500 offers a 65-feet range and requires the Logitech Presentation app for advanced features
  • R800: Distinguished by its 100-feet range and green laser, which is brighter than red, the R800 includes an LCD for time management and battery level indication, but it is more expensive and has limited compatibility with only Windows OS.

 In this guide, the Logitech R400, R500, and R800 will be thoroughly compared, helping you discern which model best suits your presentation needs.

Let’s explore these options and find the perfect fit for your next presentation.

Embarking on this journey through the Logitech laser presentation remotes, we aim to uncover the ideal tool to elevate your next presentation.

1. R400

R400 Logitech laser pointer

The Logitech R400 has a bright red laser pointer that can travel up to 15 meters or 50 feet. It uses a 2.4 GHz wireless receiver that plugs into your computer’s USB port. The pointer uses two AAA batteries.

The device is plug-and-play, meaning you need not install any software. When the presentation is done, put the receiver into its slot in the remote.

By the way, the R400 is Windows-only. Although using it with a Mac is not impossible, the experience won’t be as seamless.  

For instance, if your MacBook Pro only uses a USB-C port, you must use a USB-A to USB-C adapter   to plug in the pointer device. The compatibility concerns are, however, mostly software-related.

What we like

  • A lightweight device
  • Affordable
  • Ergonomic design
  • The 50 feet range means free movement during presentations
  • No separate software needed
  • Can connect via Bluetooth or its receiver

What we don’t like

  • Doesn’t come with an integrated time management feature, meaning the presenter has to manually track the time.
  • The laser doesn’t pair with Viewboard (an interactive whiteboard)
  • The rubber build can get sticky over a period of use, and no amount of cleaning undoes that.

Tracking time during presentations is handy so that the presenter doesn’t spend too much time on a particular slide(s) and maintains pace.

2. R500

R500 Logitech laser pointer

The Logitech R500 is yet another wireless pointer with a red laser. It’s compatible with both Mac and Windows. The pointer can be connected to your laptop via a USB receiver or Bluetooth.

The R500 is a three-button pointer. The primary button helps move to the next slide. The smaller button below lets you go to the previous slide. The top button helps activate the pointer.

The device uses the companion Logitech Presentation app to supercharge presentations.

The app’s user-friendly interface lets you manage time, set toggle pointer mode, put up a blank screen, customize actions, etc.

You can use the pointer without the app but only to change slides. For more advanced controls and interactions, you need the app. Customize the pointer’s function buttons to your liking if you want.

What we like

  • Simple and straightforward button layout
  • Maximum 20-meter (65 feet) Bluetooth range
  • Battery sipper

What we don’t like

  • The receiver is tricky to remove
  • You cannot enable the various features without the app
  • No multi-feature buttons
  • Using the pointer on a different computer means re-downloading the app and setting it up again

3. R800

R800 Logitech laser pointer

If you don’t like red lasers, look at the Logitech R800. The green laser pointer has a wireless range of up to 30 meters (100 feet), the highest of all the three devices listed here.

The few additional feet of wireless range means slightly more flexibility in controlling slides from different areas in a room. That also means moving closer to or interacting with many more people in the audience.

Moreover, the green laser is not just another color. Green light is proven to be more visible or far brighter than red, particularly in varied ambient environments or lighting conditions. In fact, human vision is much more sensitive or finds green light four times brighter than a red laser.

Like the R400, this pointer is also Windows-compatible only. But the R800 has an LCD screen that the other pointers do not. The LCD helps manage presentation timings, offering essential information such as a timer and a pointer battery indicator.

Even if you don’t keep an eye on the display, the pointer will vibrate slightly when you’re nearing the presentation allotted time.

You can program the vibrating alerts to go off at particular intervals in the presentation, such as when it’s time to proceed to the subsequent slide.

What we like

  • The 100-feet operating range is a big plus
  • Time alerts can be set to go off at ten, five, and two-minute intervals
  • LCD timer countdowns
  • The ability to check the battery level via the LCD
  • The LCD screen blinks to alert when you’ve breached or near the 100-feet range

What we don’t like

  • The remote is a bit too long for comfort
  • Slightly on the pricier side
  • The laser isn’t as robust and big, particularly when compared to the R400

Buyer’s Guide

All three work as great presentation pointers. But each has certain unique features or capabilities that make them stand out.

The Logitech R500, for instance, is the only pointer on the list to be officially compatible with macOS and Windows. The other two pointers can be paired with a Mac, but the connection won’t be the most seamless.

The R800 and R400 have several feature-enabling buttons but are also pricier. Not to mention, they work without issues with a Windows computer.  

Products Pros & Cons Price
  • Sends vibration alerts when time runs out
  • LCD screen shows battery level and time
  • The LCD screen is information-packed, eliminating the need to look at the monitor or laptop screen
  •  No software required
  • Slightly pricier and officially compatible with Windows OS only
Logitech Professional Presenter R800 
  • Works with both Mac and Windows
  • Straightforward to use
  •  Minimal battery usage
  • Connects wirelessly via a receiver or Bluetooth
  • Light on the pocket
Logitech Professional Presenter R500 
  • Good enough wireless range
  • Budget price
  • No extra software needed
  • Officially compatible with only Windows
  • Lack of built-in time management features
Logitech Professional Presenter R400 

If you don’t want the LCD screen and want the most affordable pointer, look at the R500. If you don’t mind paying a bit more for some added features, the R400 is a solid bet.

If there’s no budget constraint, you make presentations in relatively large spaces, require the freedom to move around, and want a laser pointer that caters to all that and more, go for the R800.


Ultimately, all three presentation pointers mentioned above are capable devices. The right one for you depends on your requirements and preferences.

The price difference between the R400 and R500 is not big. But the R800 represents a significantly higher price jump. If you’re buying the pointer, ensure you find value in most of its features.

If you don’t go around the room during a presentation or do not require an extensive wireless range, the R800 will be an overkill and an unnecessary splurge.

Regardless, you won’t go too wrong buying any of the three laser pointers.

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