Review Canon vs Logitech Presentation Remote

Whatever purchase we make, we always want to get our money’s worth or more. We avoid regretting a purchase, so it’s important that we do a bit of research before checking out.

There are many remote controls specified for presentations. This review can make choosing easier for you.

In our review for the Best Canon Presentation Remote, which you can read here, we’ve come to the conclusion that the Canon PR10-G was the best. It outranked the PR1000-R, PR500-R, PR5-G, and PR100-R.

As for Logitech, the Logitech R500 Presentation Pointer emerged to be far more outstanding than the R400 and R800. For more details on these clickers, just click on this link. For a review on the Logitech R500, you can find it here

Canon PR10-G
Logitech R-500
Canon PR10-G Wireless Presentation Remote, Green
Logitech R500 Laser Presentation Remote Clicker with Dual Connectivity Bluetooth or USB for Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Slides, Wireless Presenter
Material
Durable plastic scratchproof and slip-proof encasement
Lightweight with textured grip
Laser Color, Range
Green (8x more visibility), 100 ft
Red (2x more visibility), 65 ft
Supported Presentation Software
Microsoft Powerpoint, Apple Keynote
PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote, Prezi, Google Slides
OS Compatibility
Windows® 10, Windows® 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista® SP2 and above, Mac OS® X v10.5 - 10.11
Windows 10 or later, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.12 or later, Chrome OS, Linux 2.6+
Controls
Laser, Lock, Play, Power, Slideshow Controls, Timer/Vibration On/Off, Timer and Settings
Three-button design. A separate app for the timer, customize functions and monitor battery life is needed
Connection & Battery
USB only, no Bluetooth, Two AAA Batteries
Bluetooth or USB receiver, One AAA Battery
Software
None
Logitech Presentation Software
Canon PR10-G
Canon PR10-G Wireless Presentation Remote, Green
Material
Durable plastic scratchproof and slip-proof encasement
Laser Color, Range
Green (8x more visibility), 100 ft
Supported Presentation Software
Microsoft Powerpoint, Apple Keynote
OS Compatibility
Windows® 10, Windows® 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista® SP2 and above, Mac OS® X v10.5 - 10.11
Controls
Laser, Lock, Play, Power, Slideshow Controls, Timer/Vibration On/Off, Timer and Settings
Connection & Battery
USB only, no Bluetooth, Two AAA Batteries
Software
None
Logitech R-500
Logitech R500 Laser Presentation Remote Clicker with Dual Connectivity Bluetooth or USB for Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Slides, Wireless Presenter
Material
Lightweight with textured grip
Laser Color, Range
Red (2x more visibility), 65 ft
Supported Presentation Software
PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote, Prezi, Google Slides
OS Compatibility
Windows 10 or later, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.12 or later, Chrome OS, Linux 2.6+
Controls
Three-button design. A separate app for the timer, customize functions and monitor battery life is needed
Connection & Battery
Bluetooth or USB receiver, One AAA Battery
Software
Logitech Presentation Software

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Breaking it Down

Material, Laser Color, and Range

Canon PR10-G

Imagine the nightmare of having your remote control malfunction in the midst of a presentation. It might cause some repercussions. 

So, if you’re out there preparing and presenting one slideshow after another, you need something that’s long-lasting and reliable. Seeing as it is made from a sturdy slip-proof plastic material, you won’t worry about any mishaps like dropping it. 

Equally important is the clarity of the actual laser pointer. Remember, not all presentation rooms will be dark enough to make your laser visible.

But with a green laser, it’s guaranteed to be 8x clearer than a red one. Personally, I find it easier on the eyes in comparison to a harsh red ray.

It’s not only visible, but the range reaches up to 100 ft. This might come in handy especially if you’re doing a presentation in a wider space where you need to command the room by walking around and interacting with the audience.

Logitech R-500

What we like about the Logitech remote is that it’s lightweight and it also has a textured grip. Those who speak with their hands can be assured that your clicker isn’t going to accidentally slide off of your palm.

However, because it is quite lightweight, the material isn’t as sturdy. As time goes by, you’ll notice that the buttons might get worn down. 

This one features a red laser pointer. Although it isn’t as visible as a green one, it still does the job well. 

As for range, it competes quite well, reaching up to 65-feet. This is still a good choice for medium to large rooms.

Compatibility

Canon PR10-G

This clicker is compatible with both Windows and Mac. Go ahead and check the list below if your device is included: 

  1. Windows® 10
  2. Windows® 8
  3. Windows 8.1
  4. Windows 7
  5. Windows Vista® SP2 and above
  6. Mac OS® X v10.5 - 10.11

However, it seems that the presentation software support leaves more to be desired. It only supports Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote.

Logitech R-500

If you’re using any of these operating systems, you can definitely use the Logitech remote:

  1. Windows 10 or later
  2. Windows 8
  3. Windows 7
  4. Mac OS X 10.12 or later
  5. Chrome OS
  6. Linux 2.6+

To me, the best part of the Logitech R-500 is that it’s more inclusive when it comes to the presentation software compatibility. Here’s a list of the slideshow software you can use with this remote:

  1. Microsoft PowerPoint
  2. PDF
  3. Apple Keynote
  4. Prezi
  5. Google Slides

Software and Controls

Canon PR10-G

Because this remote control does not require you to download and install specific software, all the features can be found in the actual remote. As small as it is, it harbors everything you need.

Controls:

  1. Laser - this can be activated using the pointer button
  2. LCD backlit screen - displays the timer, battery, and signal. 
  3. Easy navigation controls - a straight to the point design
  4. Vibration - alert yourself about the time discreetly
  5. Power button

I can see all these features coming in handy during presentations that are highly professional. Believe it or not, your choice of remote can affect your confidence as a presenter.

Continuously glancing at the timer on your computer can come of as rude or unprofessional. While getting confused by the buttons on your remote control can show that you’re nervous or that you’re not confident in your presentation. 

Logitech R-500

With only 3 buttons, you might wonder how you can operate all the functions of this remote. The key is in the Logitech Presentation Software which you can download here.

Through this software, you can set up the functions of the buttons. Unlike the Canon clicker, you’ll have to rely on the application to monitor the time and battery life. 

Thankfully, although you might be conscious of the time, you won’t have to habitually check the battery life. The Logitech R-500’s battery life is pretty long-lasting, which we’ll cover in the next features.

Batteries and Connectivity

Canon PR10-G

This clicker requires two AAA batteries. Although there is no stated feature on how long this lasts, some reviews gave pretty neat statements on their experience.

According to them, they used the remote for 8 hours a day for 2 weeks and it barely affected the battery life. Suffice to say that I am pleasantly surprised because, with an LCD screen, people might think that the battery might die out quickly. 

However, I’m a little disappointed that you only have the option of connecting to your device via USB. It does not feature a Bluetooth connection. 

Logitech R-500

With one AAA battery, Logitech says that it can last up to 12 months. If you don’t use the laser pointer, it lasts up to 12 months and 1 week.

It’s quite impressive considering that it only requires one battery as compared to the Canon PR20-G which requires 2 batteries. With two AAA batteries, the Logitech remote can last 2 years. 

Best of all, you can connect through USB and Bluetooth. So it might be a better choice for those who are more tech-savvy and use devices that don’t readily have a USB port. 

Final Recount

Below we can see that Canon and Logitech are pretty closely matched.

Features

Canon PR10-G

Logitech R-500

Material and Durability

Laser pointer

Range

OS compatibility

Slideshow software support

Controls and Software

Battery life

Connection

Pros and Cons

Below we can see that Canon and Logitech are pretty closely matched.

Canon PR10-G

Pros

  • Ergonomic design, durable, LCD screen
  • Slip-proof, scratch proof
  • Green laser, 100ft range
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Fool-proof controls
  • Long lasting battery life

Cons

  • Not compatible with Chrome OS and Linux
  • Cannot connect through Bluetooth
  • On the more expensive side

Logitech R-500

Pros

  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux
  • Compatible with  Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, PDF, Prezi, and Google Slides
  • Can connect via USB and Bluetooth
  • Less expensive in comparison
  • Ergonomic, slip-proof
  • Long lasting battery life

Cons

  • Not very durable, buttons become worn-down
  • Red laser
  • Smaller range (65ft)
  • Only 3 buttons that require customization

Final Verdict

Overall, the basis of the ultimate choice boils down to whether you get your money’s worth. Although Canon PR10-G is a good choice considering its durability, the inability to connect via bluetooth might be a drawback for some.

Therefore, I have to give the top choice to Logitech R-500. It’s half the price of the Canon PR10-G but it allows you to connect via Bluetooth and is compatible with various operating systems and different slideshow software. 

  • October 22, 2019
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