The BenQ MW535A comes with a small remote control that makes configuring the projector, toggling between inputs and general command and control functions a breeze. Its thin profile fits comfortably in the hand. At the very top of the remote control there are two colored buttons, a big, bright green ON button and a big, bright red OFF button. Unlike the control panel on top of the projector, there is no Power Button, but two separate buttons; one for On and one for Off.
Next is the directional keypad, Up, Down, Left Right, with an OK button in the middle, and surrounded by four other buttons. It’s important to note that the Up and Down arrows have double uses just like on the projector’s control panel, however, the Left and Right arrows do not control volume; that’s a separate set of buttons a bit further down. The four buttons surrounding the directional keypad are, clockwise start from the top left, PC 1, to quickly switch to that source, Source, Menu and Back.
Below the directional keypad are two rows of two larger buttons. The top row, left to right is Eco Blank, which we discussed above. To the right is the Auto button, which we learned automatically displays the best picture quality. Below Eco Blank is Freeze, which freezes the frame on the screen while allowing source video to continue to advance. To the right of the Freeze button is the Mute button, which we all know how to use.
Next are three groups of + and – buttons. The first for Page, which is used in presentations to advance to the next slide and return to the previous slide. Next is Zoom, which controls the digital zoom function for extra close examinations of an image for details. On the right is the volume button, which controls the internal 2W speaker.
Two more rows of buttons follow, and they are top row left, CC for closed captioning, Info for the projector’s system status, and SMART ECO. SMART ECO displays a menu offering the choice between the brightness modes of Normal, Economic, and Smart ECO. The bottom row of buttons display a menu for 3D Settings (the BenQ MW535A is a 3D capable projector). The Aspect button gives a choice of five different aspect ratios, and Quick Install displays a menu with options for Test Pattern, Vertical Keystone, and Installation (options for front table, rear table, front ceiling and rear ceiling.)