What We Like
- Ergonomic design
- One-touch controls
- Affordable pricing
What We Don’t Like
- Somewhat short range (50 feet/ 15 meters)
- Lack of video playing ability
- Lack of compatibility with non-Windows operating systems
Logitech is a company that prides itself on making high-quality peripheral devices for computers and office equipment. One product line that does not get much attention is its presentation pointers.
Using their in-house Bluetooth and wireless networking technologies, Logitech has produced a number of presenter devices that offer good value to consumers. Previously, we had done a comparison of three popular Logitech presentation pointers, which you can find in this post.
Who is This Product For?
The Logitech Wireless Presenter R400 is a great option for those using Windows devices. If you give presentations from time to time, this is a presentation pointer you could consider picking up. It’s lightweight, comes in an ergonomic design and is priced affordably.
Setting up the device is easy as it’s plug-and-play, so if you’re not a particularly tech-savvy person, rest assured that the R400 is not complicated at all.
What’s Included in the Set
The R400 comes in one presenter unit, with the USB receiver stowed away in a small compartment at the bottom of the main unit. A carrying case and 2 x AAA batteries are also included.
- Presenter Mode Built in Class 2 Laser Pointer Intuitive touch keys for easy slideshow control
- Bright red laser pointer easy to see against most backgrounds
- Up to 50 foot wireless range for freedom to move around the room
The Logitech Wireless Presenter R400 uses a red laser that shines at a range of up to 50 feet (15 meters). This seems a little short compared to Logitech’s other presenter models, such as the R500 and R800. The laser is rated as Class 2 with an output of less than 1mW, which is safe for consumer use.
In order to operate the presenter, you will need to plug in the included 2.4GHz wireless receiver into a computer’s USB port. The R400 runs on 2 x AAA batteries , which are supposed to last up to 20 hours in laser pointer mode, and 1,050 hours in presenter mode. Logitech also provides you with a handy carrying-case to prevent damage.
The slide controls are arranged in a one-touch design, meaning you only need to press one button to go forward or backward. One gripe that some customers have is that the buttons are formatted as “Page Up/Page Down” and do not have a “Left/Right” functionality.
Weighing in at slightly over 2 ounces or 57 grams, the R400 is definitely a lightweight option with an ergonomic design. We find that it fits comfortably in the palm of the hand, just like holding on to a stress ball !
Where the product fails to shine is in its compatibility with operating systems. The R400 was designed to work only with Windows-based operating systems – Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Some Apple users claim to have tweaked it to work on their MacBook’s, although that is not something we would advise everyone to try.
Another shortcoming is that the presenter is unable to play videos within presentations. Nevertheless, we think that for its price, the R400 offers quite a decent range of capabilities.
Setting Up and Installation Process
After opening the package, look for the main presenter unit. Remove the USB wireless receiver from the bottom section of the presenter unit. Next, plug this receiver into your computer’s USB port. Switch on the presenter, and you will be able to start using it right away!
Our recommended alternative to the R400 is the Logitech R500. It runs on just 1 x AAA battery, has a slightly longer range of 65 feet (20 meters) and offers two ways of connecting – by Bluetooth and a USB wireless receiver.
Furthermore, it supports Windows, Mac, iOS and Android operating systems, offering flexibility to those who have to present in a variety of scenarios.
Another strong point is that it’s designed to work with many kinds of presentation software – these include Prezi, Keynote and PDF, on top of the usual PowerPoint and Google Slides. However, take note that the R500’s buttons may wear out after years of intensive use.
- The R500 is optimized to work with Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, and leading presentation software...
- Move and present freely from as far as 20 meters (65 ft) away. Perfect for medium to large-size...
- The R500 pairs with the powerful Logitech presentation app so you can customize button functions,...
The Logitech Wireless Presenter R400 is a good choice of presentation pointer for those who need to give presentations occasionally. We like how it is designed in an ergonomic way and is priced affordably.
Some areas of concern are its lack of compatibility with non-Windows based devices, and the lack of ability to play videos within presentations. It also lacks the Left/Right button control, opting instead for the Page Up/Page Down function.
However, the R400’s one-touch controls and light weight will be attractive to many. By and large, it does its job as expected and is a great buy at this price level.
Can I use the Logitech R400 for my MacBook?
Firstly, not all MacBooks are created the same. MacBooks from 2018 onwards have the USB-C port, whereas you would need a USB-A port to plug in the Logitech R400’s wireless receiver.
Customers with older MacBooks have commented that they were able to get the R400 to work quite easily. Using it on PowerPoint or PDF should have no issue, whereas certain applications like Keynote require you to map the presenter’s controls in order to make it compatible.
Mapping Guide for R400’s Buttons:
|Button on R400||Key on MacBook|
|F5 / Esc (first press)||F5|
|F5 / Esc (second press)||Escape|
|Blank screen||. (Period or full stop)|
The left and right buttons should function by default as “Page Up/Page Down” keys, while mapping the Start button requires a few more steps.
Look for your system settings menu, then select “Keyboard”. Scroll down until you reach the “Shortcuts for applications” button. Click on the “+” button to add a shortcut.
Select the correct application (in this case, Keynote) from the program dropdown list. Fill in the menu option “Play Slideshow”, and in the shortcut field, enter the key “F5” or press on your presenter’s “Start presentation” button.
Check out this blog if you wish to find out more advanced information on key mappings for MacBook!
To sum it up, you may use the Logitech R400 for older MacBooks, although there is no guarantee that all buttons will work as intended.
Logitech R400 Driver
The Logitech R400 is plug-and-play, meaning there is no setup required and no software to install. However, it may be good to download the manual to read:
This will give you a good idea of the control functions and how to troubleshoot common issues.
In case you still encounter problems getting the presenter and receiver to work, you should download the latest Presenter Pairing Utility from Logitech’s official downloads page:
After downloading the Utility, launch it and follow the instructions accordingly. Make sure you have installed the correct version for your operating system!
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