Logitech International

January 05, 2005 04:01 ET

Perfect Timing: Logitech Unveils Wireless Presentation Controller with LCD Timer


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JANUARY 5, 2005 - 04:01 ET

Perfect Timing: Logitech Unveils Wireless Presentation
Controller with LCD Timer

LAS VEGAS--(CCNMatthews - Jan 5, 2005) -

Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter Helps Professionals Deliver Engaging
Presentations and Stay on Schedule

Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI)(SWX:LOGN), the world's leading manufacturer of
cordless PC peripherals, today at the Consumer Electronics Show unveiled
a new wireless presentation controller with a built-in programmable
timer. The new Logitech® Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter will help business
professionals manage their time while they wirelessly control their
presentation.

The Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter is designed for the growing
number of mobile professionals who frequently deliver presentations. Its
features enable people to maximize eye contact and interact naturally
with their audience. The timer, displayed on a 1-by-1/2-inch LCD, is
large enough to see with a quick glance -- and it provides vibration
feedback when there are five and two minutes left on the timer. The
presentation controls are easy to identify by touch, allowing the user
to focus on the audience rather than fumbling to find the next slide.
And with a wireless range of 50 feet, the user can control a
presentation while roaming freely in almost any environment.

"With this product, we've addressed two fundamental problems that plague
people who give presentations: running out of time and the disruptive
mechanical process of changing slides," said Ashish Arora, Logitech
director of product marketing, Retail Pointing Devices. "The timer helps
keep presenters on track and on time. With the easy-to-identify buttons
and extended wireless freedom, we've made it easier to stay focused on
the audience instead of on the computer. Presenters can maintain eye
contact as they wander freely about a room, without running back and
forth to their PC or awkwardly signaling for someone else to push a
button to go to the next slide."

Logitech's reliable 2.4 GHz wireless technology makes the device easy to
set up and easy to pack away. Installing the device simply involves
plugging the 2.4 GHz mini-receiver into a computer's USB port. The
Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter is automatically paired at
manufacturing with its mini-receiver, which eliminates the connection
process; there is no software to install. When not in use, the
mini-receiver is easily and safely stowed away in an internal slot
within the Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter. The product also comes
with a protective storage case for travel.

Logitech has tailored the function and form of this product to suit the
needs of people who make a lot of presentations. At approximately 4 1/2
inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide, the Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz
Presenter fits comfortably in the hand, large enough to maneuver but not
so large or flashy that it draws unnecessary attention. The Logitech
Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter has a simple, logical button layout that is
easy to navigate by feel. The two largest buttons represent the Forward
and Back commands; they are distinctly concave so that the thumb
naturally rests on those controls. Between them is a raised button that
activates the integrated laser pointer, allowing the user to direct his
or her audience's attention to a particular portion of a projected
slide.

The Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter includes two small buttons above
the primary Forward and Back controls, one that launches or exits the
slideshow mode in PowerPoint® and one that turns the display to black.
The device has a volume control for multimedia features on one side and
the timer button on the other side.

In addition to displaying the timer, the LCD screen also includes a
battery-level indicator. The Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter has an
expected battery life of six months with frequent use.

Pricing and Availability

The new Logitech® Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter is expected to be
available online and in retail stores in the U.S. and Europe beginning
in February. Its suggested retail price is $79.95 in the U.S. The
Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter will also be available as a
five-pack through some business and system integrator channels.

About Logitech

Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal
peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and
communicate in the digital world. Logitech International is a Swiss
public company traded on the Swiss Stock Exchange (LOGN) and in the U.S.
on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGI). The company has
manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North
America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are owned by
Logitech and may be registered. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.

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