best simple remote for MacBook Air

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Zortrium, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Zortrium macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    For the past several years I've always used an Apple remote to give presentations on my laptop, and was totally happy with it -- it was simple, easy, and (most importantly) reliable.

    Unfortunately, with the lack of an IR sensor in the MacBook Air, that's no longer possible. I've never used any other remotes/presenters before (and no iPhone, etc) so looking for suggestions as to the best solution.

    The two possibilities I can think of are buying a USB IR adapter for the MBA, or going the more conventional route of a Bluetooth presenter. The IR option is obviously a pain and just band-aids the problem, but the Bluetooth option makes me hesitate because I know some remotes drop the connection or similar, and that's the absolute last thing I want to have to deal with. I don't need hundreds of buttons and features, I just want a small, reliable remote.

  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    i've used remote buddy and a wii-mote (connects via bluetooth) pretty reliably to control my mini used as a media center.

    *small note, only the regular nintendo branded wii-motes are supported, i got a small sized one from a different manufacturer, and couldn't get it to work, and was told by remote buddy support it wouldn't work.
  3. animatedude macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2010
    i don't understand why Apple didn't release a Bluetooth Remote when it's slowly removing the IR sensors from its Mac line up....
  4. smellalot macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    Maybe Keynote Remote is the iPhone App you're looking for.

    As general remote App I can recommend Rowmote Pro.

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