The remote is both intuitive and enables you to handle every task you could possibly need on the projector save for the Zoom and Focus knobs for the lens. Unfortunately it’s not backlit but being that you’ll likely be using it in a fairly bright classroom (or conference, or multi-purpose room), it is not a huge deal. Still, it would be better to have a backlight. You can do a smart search to connect to a source or there are buttons to simply connect with the source of your choosing. I found smart search to work pretty well and quickly, certainly improved upon my experience in the past on my old classroom projectors from over four years ago. You have quick button access to color mode switching, ratios, split screen, a customizable user button, and you can of course adjust your volume. If you utilize PC-free projection, you can also control aspects of the presentation with the remote.
Lastly, you have digital zoom capability which you can access on the remote, and you won’t sacrifice much quality while you’re zooming in and moving around the screen as needed. The image remains clear and sharp and makes for a convenient feature to enhance your presentation when needed. Finally, the remote had a range of about 30’.
Any of the features in the menu system that you can’t access directly from buttons on the remote itself, become accessible, of course, by hitting the Menu button on the 990U’s remote and navigating from there.