The 5.7- by 1.8- by 1.0-inch remote control has a good variety of buttons, but lacks key backlighting – something that should be on the remote for every classroom projector. It uses a pair of AA batteries that are included. With infrared receivers front and back, the W29 has the ability to turn either of them off.
While the remote control is mostly white with blue or black printing, the top row is cordoned off with a black background. This area has the on/off key as well as ones for doing a source search or connecting with a Computer, Video, USB or LAN content. It’s expected to the ones that will be used the most in classroom activities.
Next down is a section with a numeric keypad for things like entering IP addresses into the PowerLite W29. Its keys double for changing the Aspect ratio, the Color mode or running the projector’s Auto optimization routine. Below them is a four-way pointer with an actuation button in the middle. At its corners are buttons for opening the Menu, Escape, using the Pointer as a mouse substitute (if the projector is tied to a computer with a USB cable) and selecting which of two users is in control.
Next down, the PowerLite W29’s remote has three sets of two buttons. They can move a presentation’s pages forward or back, adjust the digital zoom or turn the volume up or down. The last row contains buttons for muting the sound and video, dividing the screen into two side by side images; you can use either of the VGA and HDMI inputs for this but not the USB input. Finally, there’s an image freeze button as well as one for Help.
Instead of the popular laser pointer for highlighting an item on the projector’s screen from across the room, the PowerLite W29 has a software pointer that can be moved around with the remote control. There are three pointer icons available: a double arrowhead, a circle and a single horizontal arrow.