Read our roundup of what's new in the buzzer world. See video test drives of new buzzer products that work with Game Show Presenter. And discover new games that work with your buzzers.


Can't tell who was first? That's a job for a buzzer lockout system. Here are companies that sell buzzers compatible with Game Show Presenter software.


Here's what we know from 15 years of working with buzzers, game software and the people who use them.

Home-made buzzers


We highlight some creative and clever home-made buzzer systems and alternative ideas.


We test drove the newest wireless buzzers from Affordable Buzzers and found them to be an outstanding value.

Summary: Another price breakthrough from Affordable Buzzers. This time, it's wireless table-top buzzers for $49.95 each. Playfully named "Big Daddy" buzzers, these are great for team play because the large buttons are easily shared by a team. The system uses one USB port for the wireless receiver that captures signals sent when buzzer buttons are pressed.

Features we like best are the easy setup (works out of the box with Game Show Presenter's various versions), solid construction and smart design. Good wireless range, too. Our test went up to 40 feet, but, of course, your mileage may vary. 

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Gold Level


Game Show Presenter GOLD Level is the newest software for creating your own game shows. It works with many popular buzzer systems, but it can also be used without a buzzer system by just pressing keyboard number keys. It supports 3 game formats with more on the way. It has expanded  customization options and advanced buzzer control options for number-key buzzers. Owners of earlier Game Show Presenter products may upgrade to the Gold Level.



The Eggspert Buzzers continue to be a low-cost favorite for teachers of young kids, but there are some tradeoffs. Older kids could be too rough with it. And while it does light up to tell you which team is first, it doesn't connect to Game Show Presenter, which means you would have to press the number key matching the player. Eggspert Basic and Eggspert Wireless sell at Amazon in the $50-$75 range.


The following companies make buzzer lockout systems that may help you create a game show experience for your players. We contacted each of the following and asked them to evaluate how Game Show Presenter software works with their products. When possible, we tested them ourselves as well. (If you are a quiz bowl or buzzer system vendor and would like to be on this page, please contact us using the info. at the bottom of this page.)

Affordable Buzzers
Phone: 267-893-7452
Affordable wired and wireless buzzer lockout systems used by many Game Show Presenter customers. Both table-top buttons and handheld-types are available.
A long-time maker of buzzer systems, has also ventured into app-style buzzers with the PickMe line of apps.

Eggspert Buzzer System

Wired version
Wireless version
Eggspert products for young kids are a low-cost solution. However, they do not connect directly with Game Show Presenter, so you must press the number key for the player whose light is on.

ESL Buzzer Game System

ESL Web Site
Based in Thailand, ESL makes a wired buzzer lockout system that connects via the USB port.

Rolls GS 76 Buzzer System

Sold by Rolls Corp through
This standalone* buzzer lockout system has 8 buzzer boxes and a control box that uses lights to show who buzzed in first. *See FAQ below.

Trainer's Warehouse
Phone: 1-800-299-3770
Trainer's Warehouse products the colorful "Who's First?" buzzer system in both wired and wireless models. 

Zeecraft Tech
Since 1975, Zeecraft has been making buzzer systems and accessories.

Are you a buzzer vendor who belongs on this page?

If you make game show or quiz bowl buzzers, contact us to see if you can be included in this list. 


What are the various types of buzzer systems?

  • Direct connect buzzers communicate directly with your game show software. The buzzers may be wired or wireless, but they use a USB or other method to receive the signals from the buzzers. In most cases, the software is then able to determine and show who buzzed in first. Game Show Presenter is compatible with direct connect buzzers that use a number-key signal. For example, if players 1,2 and 4 press their buzzers, the signals "1", "2" and "4" are sent to the computer and the game determines which player was first and shows that info. One advantage big advantage of the direct method is the software can have advanced features for controlling the buzz-in process.
  • Standalone lockout buzzers have no connection to your computer and do not communicate with the software. Standalone systems typically use sound or lights to indicate which player buzzed in first. If you are using one of these with quiz game software, then you would need to tell the computer which player was first, according to which light is on in the buzzer system. For instance, if player 5's light is on, you would press the "5" key and Game Show Presenter  would then display that player 5 is now going to answer the active question.

Can I build my own buzzer system?

  • Yes, if you have some DYI skills and mojo, you can build your own game show buzzers. We've dedicated a page to DIY Buzzer Project. Let us know how your project turns out!

Do you sell game show buzzers?

  • Our focus is strictly game show software, but we test many buzzers for compatibility. See our list of buzzer vendors above.

What are the lowest cost buzzer solutions you know of?

What is a buzzer lockout system?

  • Buzzer lockout systems determine which player in a game show "buzzed-in" first. When players race to answer a question by hitting buzzer buttons, the system shows who buzzed first and locks out the late buzzers. Quiz buzzer systems usually include lights and a buzzer sound effect, so they add to the game show atmosphere as well as functionality. Some systems are wireless (more expensive), some use buzzer buttons wired to a control box and others wire the buzzer units directly to the USB port on your computer.  

Where can I get game show software that works with buzzers, keeps the score and shows the quiz questions?

  • Game Show Presenter software has been doing these things for 16 years. It is used by teachers, trainers, presenters and entertainers. You can check it out and get a free trial version at
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