Logitech Spotlight Review

The Logitech Spotlight is a good option for a presentation pointer. Whether you’re a teacher, lecturer or you work in a business and you need to give presentations, you’ll likely need something to maintain the flow of your presentation. Why? Well, keeping your presentation flowing is very important to the overall reception amongst your audience.

In this brief review, I’ll give you my honest thoughts on whether you should opt for the Spotlight or if your money is better spent elsewhere.

Logitech Spotlight Review – How good is it?

The Logitech Spotlight isn’t particularly cheap, so it’s worth knowing whether it’s actually worth your investment. I had the fortune of lending this presentation pointer off of a friend recently for a few days, and I can give you an honest and impartial opinion (I use a R500 normally as I don’t need anything fancy).

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Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote - Advanced Digital Highlighting with Bluetooth, Universal Compatibility, 30m Range and Quick Charging – Slate
  • Advanced Highlighting* - The Logitech Spotlight remote allows you to highlight or magnify on screen. Visible to audience in-person and video conference. It also has a mouse-like cursor control for you to interact with your content (videos, links, etc). *Requires installation of Logitech Presentation software (available for download at logitech.com).
  • Smart Time Management* - Manage your time perfectly from your first until your final slide. Set timed milestones within the app and receive vibration alerts directly to hand. *Requires installation of Logitech Presentation software (available for download at logitech.com).
  • Universal Compatibility - The Logitech Spotlight remote is optimised to work with Windows or macOS as well as leading presentation software including PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF, Google Slides and Prezi.
  • Dual Connectivity - Connect the Logitech Spotlight remote to your computer via USB receiver or low energy Bluetooth. A convenient, built-in dock stores the USB receiver inside the remote when not in use.
  • 30 Meters Operating Range* - Move and present freely from as far as 30 metres away. Perfect for medium to large-size rooms. *May vary based on use and computing conditions.

First things first, we’ll looking at some of the specs of the Spotlight. Then, let’s go through some of the good things about the device that I particularly liked, as well as some negatives. Finally, I’ll give you my verdict on whether or not this is a good purchase for the majority of people. If you’re interested, there are other presentation pointers available on the market, thought the Spotlight is one of the best.

Logitech Spotlight Features

The Logitech Spotlight seperates itself from the other pointers for a few reasons. To reallt get the most out of this presentation pointer, you need to download the software – this is essential, otherwise you might as well get yourself a regular presenter.

After you’ve downloaded the software and connected the device, this is how the setup looks in your display (this is on my Mac).

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From here, you can easily set up the Timer, the style of pointer you’ll use and you can assign short keys to the Next button and the Back button when you hold them down. Setting the timer up is extremely easy, and you can even get the Spotlight to give you a vibration a few minutes before the end of your presentation.

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Next, you’ll be able to actually adjust the style that the pointer works in. You’ve got three options to pick from.

You can choose from;

  • Highlight – This is the standard spotlight view that you’ll use. It dims everything int he background except where your pointer is aimed.
  • Magnify – Great for large halls and auditoriums, magnify zooms in on where you’re focussed making it great for larger audiences.
  • Circle – If you don’t like highlight, then you can opt for circle which is just a small circle that shows exactly what you’re focussing on.

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After you’ve decided on the type of pointer that you want to use, you’ll can then set yourself up some short keys through the ‘Hold Next’ option. This is an easy way to set the hold buttons to volume control, as well as cut to blank screen, fast forward, scroll or custom. With custom, you can easily set the hold button to make a powerpoint effect occur.

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Colorwaves

The Spotlight is available in a variety of different colorwaves. The original three colors that were released were silver, slate and gold, with a funky red option being released soon after.

Now, lets really look at the Pros and Cons of the Spotlight and what’s good and bad about their design.

Pros

    • Bluetooth – The majority of Logitech pointers, or all pointers for that matter, utilise the use of a plug in USB dongle to connect the device to your computer. This isn’t the case with the Spotlight however, as it has integrated Bluetooth. This can save you a lot of hassle in the long run and you won’t need to worry about carrying the dongle around with you.
    • USB Charge – Finally, Logitech release a presentation pointer that you don’t have to use AAA batteries for. Hallelujah! This would make a lot of difference for me, because it makes it much easier to use. All you have to do is plug the Spotlight into your computer through the USB port and you can easily charge it. You won’t need to charge it particularly often either, as it has a long lasting battery.
    • 100 Foot Range – Okay, so it’s not increase on R800, but it’s nice to still have a long distance range of 100 feet. Whether you’re likely to use it often or not, there’s always the chance that you might end up using the presenter in a larger auditorium, so it’s nice to have range. 
    • Same Logitech feel – For some reason, other companies like to add tons of fancy buttons to their presenters. This can make them feel overdone and a bit confusing, in all honestly. You don’t need to worry about this with the Logitech Spotlight, as it’s the same old 3 button feel that you’re probably used to.
    • Built in volume control – Another great part about the Spotlight is that you can set it up with the software to have built in volume control. You can set it up so that then you
    • Bluetooth – The majority of Logitech pointers, or all pointers for that matter, utilise the use of a plug in USB dongle to connect the device to your computer. This isn’t the case with the Spotlight however, as it has integrated Bluetooth. This can save you a lot of hassle in the long run and you won’t need to worry about carrying the dongle around with you.

So now, as much as there are many good things that I do like about this pointer, there are a few things that I do not like. Here are a few of the things I didn’t like about the Logitech Spotlight.

Cons

    • Price – The Spotlight is significantly more expensive than any other pointer that you’re going to find on the market. Is it really worth the high price tag? I’m not convinced, seeing as it’s double the price of the Logitech R Series.
    • Needs the software to be worth it – To get the best out of the Spotlight, you undoubtedly need to install the software to your laptop. Otherwise, it’s just going to work as a regular run of the mill presentation pointer. This might not sound like a big issue, but it can be if you’re going to be presenting using various different computers.
    • No laser – We’re entering into a new range of presentation pointers, it seems. The standard red laser dot is being sacrificed for something more advanced e.g. the Spotlight. Undoubtedly, some people will still prefer to use a presentation pointer with a laser – if that’s the case, then this isn’t the device for you.
    • Too techy – This presenter is good, but it may be too advanced for what you really need it for. Sure, it looks professional, but the majority of people would do just fine with a regular presentation pointer.

My Verdict

Overall, the Logitech Spotlight is an awesome presentation tool if you’re giving regular presentations and want to appear ultra professional. It has everything that you need and more. It’s a little out of my price range and I’ll only be giving occasional presentations, so I didn’t see the need to purchase it myself – but I would consider it in the future.

Last update on 2018-11-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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