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BenQ remote controls have always been favorites of mine. This one looks like just about all the others; white, long, thin, and brilliantly backlit. It follows the same layout as the others, except that it lacks some buttons as most of BenQ's more expensive projectors have power zoom, focus and lens shift, while the BenQ W500 has manual controls for it's zoom, focus and lens shift.
The W500's remote control fits well into your hand, and I would venture to say, that it's even a good size for someone with really large, beefy hands. It's easy to navigate all your favorite buttons while holding and executing with one hand, and rarely having to slide your hand up or down the remote.
From the top. Top left, has a red power button, all by itself. Press once for on, twice for off.
Immediately below, two rows of input buttons, with both component video, and composite video on the first row, and the HDMI, computer (labeled D-sub), and S-video, on the second row.
Immediately below that there are five more buttons - a row of three, and then one of 2. These control aspect ratio, and are labeled: ANA (anamorphic) for normal 16:9 content (ie. HDTV, letterboxed movies, etc), 4:3, LB for letterbox, but this is a stretched mode, Wide (another stretched mode), and Real, which provides direct 1:1 pixel mapping (you would probably want to use this setting if you are feeding DVD's from an upscaling DVD player set to 720p output.
In the middle of the two buttons on the second row, but just a little bit lower, is a round button that lets you toggle between preset modes (Cinema, etc.)
Directly below it, in a slight curve, are the three User memory buttons, and one labeled Default, which puts you (as you guessed) back into the projector's default settings.
Further down, are the four arrow keys for menu navigation, with the enter button in the center.
Next row: Menu button on the left, and Exit, on the right.
The bottom row has four buttons, allowing direct access to image controls. From left to right; Brightness, Contrast Color (saturation), and Tint.
Then, at last, about 2 inches further down the remote, in the center, all by itself, is the backlight button, which, when pressed, stays on for more than 10 seconds. BenQ's backlighting on the W500's remote control, is nice and bright. It is easy to read the text on each of the buttons, even in a fully darkened room. All of the buttons but two, have their function printed on them. The exceptions are the Mode button (yes, Cinema, Dynamic...), and the Default mode button. The unique placement of the Mode button, makes it easy to find, even without a label.
Overall, an excellent remote control.