Top 4 Presentation Pointers that work on TV screens
If you have ever tried to get your presentation pointer to work on a smart television (TV) set or LCD screen, you would understand the frustration of many other users. While laser pointers are good for giving a presentation at work or school, finding one that could work with the latest smart LED TV would be a challenge.
Many modern televisions are made up of LCD or LED screens. As you might know, television monitors are designed to absorb incoming lights, so that viewers could see a better contrast of colors on screen. Laser pointers that show up on a typical slide projector screen, or on a matte surface such as the wall, will scarcely be visible on an LCD or LED screen.
The reason for this is rather technical. Television screens contain a polarizing filter. The area between colored pixels is painted black, and this is designed to absorb all incoming light. Laser lights pointed at the screen wouldn’t get reflected, thus giving you the perception of laser light becoming “lost in the screen”.
Another issue in using a non-compatible laser pointer on your LCD TV is you may actually damage it! If your laser pointer has a class rating that is too high for safe usage on LCD screens, it may result in dead pixels. As a general rule, lasers that function on more than 5 mW of power are unsafe for LCD screens.
However, our advice is to get a presentation pointer specifically designed for use on LCD TV screens. This will give you peace of mind, while also enhancing your professionalism. Today, we have taken time to review four of the top presentation pointers that are designed to work on LCD TV screens!
Top Presentation Pointers Comparison Chart
Presentation Pointer Reviews
1. Doosl Presentation Remote
- Highlight Presentation Remote:Advanced technology of Spot Lamp, magnification, give you a superior...
- Safe Digital Laser: Digital laser has an excellent performance on all screens including LED/LCD...
- Easy to operate:No need to download software, clicker remote has accompanied software in the extra...
The Doosl Presentation Remote is an advanced, feature-packed remote. It uses a digital laser that allows you to cast a spotlight on the screen, or magnify your content. It even comes with smart vibrating alerts for you to manage the presentation duration. Transmission is via a wireless receiver, and the device comes with a storage bag for you to put away when not in use. There is also an anti-lost voice prompt which reminds you to unplug the device at the end. The cursor works like a mouse and enables you to open links and play videos, except that it cannot be double-clicked. Regardless, the remote supports the core functions of Page Up, Page Down, Black Screen, Full Screen and Task Switch.
One critical area for improvement is in the device’s software. Users have commented that the software sometimes requires rebooting to work properly. However, the device functions as expected overall and has proven to be a popular pick.
We were impressed with the Doosl Remote’s ability to spotlight and magnify content on the screen. This is definitely a useful tool if you want to appear professional in front of your audience. Overall, we found the Doosl to be one of the best value option.
Spotlight and magnifier functions
Minor issues with software
Smart vibrating alerts for presentation time
Rechargeable. Comes with a storage bag
Best value for the price
2. Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote
- Advanced Highlighting* - The Logitech Spotlight remote allows you to highlight or magnify on screen....
- Smart Time Management* - Manage your time perfectly from your first until your final slide. Set...
- Universal Compatibility - The Logitech Spotlight remote is optimized to work with Windows or macOS...
The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote is easily our favorite in the list. The advanced highlighting function lets you highlight or magnify content on the screen. It even has a cursor that functions as a mouse. You can play or pause videos, click on hyperlinks and switch between modes intuitively. The timed alerts help you to keep time in your presentation and avoid overruns. You will be able to set timed milestones within the app, and receive vibration alerts directly in your hand.
More impressively, the remote has an operating range of 30 meters (98 feet), and you have the option to connect it to your computer using a USB receiver or Bluetooth. Mac users need not worry, as the Logitech remote is designed to work with both Windows and Mac operating systems!
The downside of this product is its somewhat steep price. Further, its highlighting and magnifying function does not work with iPhones. However, given its high capabilities, and compatibility with all the major presentation software (including Google Slides, PowerPoint and PDF), we think that this is a worthwhile investment for the long-term.
Long range of 30 meters (98 feet)
Choice of USB or Bluetooth transmission
Lack of highlighting and magnifying function for iPhones
Compatibility with Mac, Windows and all major presentation software
Highlighting function. Quick charging
3. Tripsky H100 Presentation Remote
- 【Safe Digital Laser】This presentation clicker comes with digital laser which is safe as well as...
- 【Enhanced Highlighting Magnify】Highlight ppt remote control allows you to highlight or magnify...
- 【Smart Timer & Anti-Lost】This wireless presenter comes with a built in timer helps to manage...
The Tripsky H100 Presentation Remote comes with three transmission modes- the spotlight, magnifier, and digital laser. This ensures the safety of the audience and users, as compared to traditional laser. The device comes with an alarm timer so that you could set a time limit for your presentation, and you will feel a vibration at the end. You could also check the remaining duration at any point in time. However, the remote does not allow you to set intermediate timed alerts throughout the presentation, which we found to be a drawback.
Another key strength of this remote is the rechargeable battery. You could easily recharge the battery by connecting the device’s micro USB charging cable to a USB port. The cursor control gives you the basic range of mouse controls (up/down, left/right, task switching, hyperlinks and scene switching), while its slim design makes it comfortable to hold. The receiver also has an anti-lost reminder so that you will remember to unplug the USB dongle after use.
Digital laser, spotlight and magnifying modes
No intermediate alerts during the presentation; alarm is for the whole presentation length
Alarm timer, anti-lost reminder
4. DinoFire Wireless Presentation Remote
- 【PRESENT LIKE NEVER BEFORE】: Advanced technology of highlighting, magnification, give you a...
- 【EASY TO OPERATE】: No need to download but install software, wireless presenter remote has...
- 【DIGITAL LASER - WORK ON LED/LCD SCREENS】: Traditional laser can be harmful to eyes if misused....
The DinoFire is a good all-around wireless presentation remote. The first thing you might notice is a polished, lacquered appearance. It has many of the functions of competing products, for example, the spotlight and magnifying abilities. Its digital laser dot can be easily adjusted for size and color. 20 seconds after you turn off the presentation remote, its anti-lost voice broadcast will remind you to remove the USB dongle. Note though that this only works if your computer’s microphone is switched on.
This pointer works well with LED and LCD screens and protects users’ eyes as opposed to traditional laser pointers. It also supports Mac and Windows operating systems, and the usual host of presentation software such as PowerPoint, Prezi, PDF and Google Slides. Further, the DinoFire provides wireless cursor control that feels like a mouse, an accompanied setting app, and a TF card that doubles up as a 128MB U-disk. The controls include the essential page up, page down, full/ black screen and switch windows abilities.
The presentation remote comes with a vibrating timer to alert you when it’s time to end your presentation. However, its downside is the lack of ability to create additional alerts during your presentation. Furthermore, when using a Mac, there is one additional step to set up your device. The DinoFire uses a USB dongle for transmission. In a Mac device, after plugging in, you will need to move the DinoFire icon to the “Applications” folder before opening it. In a Windows PC, the remote is plug-and-play. Our verdict for this product is it’s a good all-around presenter for the price.
Beautiful lacquer appearance
No additional timed alerts; Requires one extra step to set up in Mac
Compatibility with Mac and Windows
Good all-around presenter
Anti-lost reminder. Rechargeable
The Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote is our top pick for LCD/ LED-compatible presentation remotes. This is a very advanced device, with an extensive range, compatibility, and a choice of two transmission modes. However, the somewhat steep price point may be a concern for some.
For those with budget constraints, the DinoFire Wireless Presentation Remote is a great value option, as it offers many of the essential features found in other popular models.
Nevertheless, the four products reviewed today all proved to be competent presentation remotes, and you are unlikely to run into major issues with any of them. If you have any experience with these devices, let us know in the comments below!