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Gadget Review KeySpan EasyPresenter

By Kailas Narendran
STAFF COLUMNIST

Pros

• Form, function, cost

Con

• A little light on features

The Lowdown

The EasyPresenter system from Keyspan provides an affordable entry into the presentation-remote market. The remote and dongle come in a tight size, with the necessities to give you slide movement, screen blanking, and laser pointing. All of this is available for as low as $33 as listed on http://www.froogle.com.

Factors

This gadget is a top performer in all areas:

The size and shape of this little guy are key. The remote is less than half an inch thick, and slides easily into a pocket or bag. It’s comfortable to hold, allowing easy access to the presentation buttons. A laser pointer is integrated but requires a bit of a thumb bend or remote shuffle to operate.

Functionality-wise, the device gives you most of what you need for a presentation. Buttons are laid out logically, with slide controls on top, audio on left, visual on right. All the buttons are useful, but it’d be great if there were also one to start video on a slide. That would prevent the inevitable dance of deftly manipulating the touchpad, racing forward through the deck, apologizing, going too far back, and repeating two or three times before finally getting the video started. Visually, there are controls for blanking, as well as starting and stopping the presentation. These are especially useful when you go to backup slides, allowing you to switch to the sorter view, scroll through using the slide advance buttons, then switch back to full screen.

The crowning glory of this gadget is its price. At $39.99, this widget is an incredible buy.

Looking at the variety of remote options, there is a whole set of features that could be desired. The market is splattered with multifunctional gadgets, but this device is not, and does not, claim to be everything to everyone. But it does what it’s supposed to do very well. Find out more at http://www.keyspan.com/.