There’s one more thing to look at before we conclude our hardware tour of the Epson Home Cinema 2030 and 2000. That would be the remote control.
Epson’s remote is a compact, white affair. It is dripping in buttons, but first I must point out that like every other $1000 and under home projector, (and many under $2000), there’s no backlight on the remote. That’s sad, and an inconvenience.
At the top of the remote is a blue Power button. Press once for On, twice to power down. Next comes the inputs. Across from power is an LAN button.
The projector supports HDMI link so you’ll next find a full set of controls that looks like those you’d find on a Blu-ray player. You know – rewind, play, fast forward, pause, beginning, end, and stop. The LINK menu button is just below on the left, while on the right is a Mute button that works with the built in speaker, and I assume, the audio out if you are using it (we did not test, but that would be the logical way to work it.)
Just below Stop and Mute are volume controls, and then as we move to the next section it’s the navigation area with menu on the left, Esc (back) on the right, and then four arrows in a round configuration with Enter in the center.
Below that is a User button (left) you can choose it’s purpose from several options, but default seems to be a toggle between full power and eco mode. The other options are all 3D related except for the option for displaying the Info menu.
Further down are three rows of three buttons. From the top of those rows (left), are a 2D/3D toggle, Color Mode presets, and fast or fine image processing. From past experience you’ll want Fast if you are gaming as that seems to significantly improve display lag times.
The next mode allows selection of 3D format manually (or Auto), direct access to the color management system (CMS – RGBCMY), and a toggle for the Auto dynamic iris.
Back to the left, on the next row is the Slideshow button for the USB port which will let you do just that – set up slide show for your photos, etc. Next is a simple blue test pattern, a good one for focusing. And on the right, Aspect ratio, which normally you will leave on Auto, or Normal, but the other two choices are Full, and Zoom.
That leaves only one more button, the AV/Mute, which mutes the video and audio. Note, that unlike the slider AV mute on the projector, the door doesn’t close, so you get a blue screen or a black screen, or you can put in your own logo to display.