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Logitech Cordless Presenter


Posted: October 26th, 2002
Written by: Justin "The Sheriff" Woods





Installation

The receiver is a small, blue USB connector, it is about 1 inches long, and has a small connect button on the bottom, and an LED on the top. Installing this is a no-brainer, just plug it into an available USB port and your ready to go. This is the beauty of Bluetooth, you can implement it into very small devices. The "wow factor" is furthermore increased when you realize how many peripherals could be made using the standard.

          

Like I said, installation of both the hardware and software is pretty much idiot-proof. You plug the receiver into an available USB port, put the batteries in the presenter, switch it to mouse mode, and turn on the PC. When the PC boots, the receiver will blink with a red LED for a few seconds, then the mouse and receiver will establish a connection. Once connected, you're all set. The only thing left to do is insert the CD, and install Logitech's mouseware.

          

Logitech's partnering with various companies is one of the reasons they are doing so well. Their diverse line of products also helps, and you can be assured that they will be around for a long time. I appreciate the fact that these partnerships mean advertising and promoting those partners in their software, but I think it would be better to use some sort of interface where I select what I want installed in the beginning of the install, rather than answering yes/no throughout the process.

          

From an administrative perspective, any time you have to install an application or piece of hardware, and the install requires you to sit and answer questions, is a waste of valuable time. Most applications allow some sort of silent install, where you set an answer file and the install runs, without your intervention. This is only an observation, not everyone has 200 PCs to administrate. I did a little research, and couldn't find anything on silent installs for Logitech's mouseware anywhere on their site.

          

Finally, a reboot is required, and your done. When you reboot, mouseware will ask if you want to configure the new mouse, and once that's done, so are you. One small hiccup I noticed is that upon rebooting, mouseware recognizes the mouse as a Logitech USB compatible mouse, and ask if you want to configure it. Once done, mouseware immediately recognizes the mouse again, this time correctly as the Cordless Presenter, and you're asked to configure it a second time. I am not sure if this is something Logitech has set up on purpose, but it was a little annoying.

So after all this, how does the Cordless Presenter rate?


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