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It's black, the backlit buttons are fairly bright (red). Not as easy to read though, as the Vivitek's blue lights. Still, that's not a big deal. It's much nicer than the Optoma HD20 with its blindingly bright blue light. With the Optoma, I couldn't even make subtle adjustments to the image without holding the remote behind me, as the remote's light was so bright, I couldn't see what I was doing. That isn't an issue with the BenQ remote control.
The remote control's range is pretty good, though not exceptional. I can get a good bounce off my front wall and screen - 11 feet to the front, and 16 back to the projector, without too much difficulty. Probably more than half of the remotes I work with have less range than this one.
The W1000 remote control itself, is well laid out. Separate Off and On buttons are at the top. Next comes 6 direct input buttons for your sources, including two HDMI buttons.
Below that, the usual four navigation buttons, with a centered Enter button. And right below those, is the small Menu button (bottom left) and across from it, the Aspect Ratio button.