Bummer! I own the "old" JVC DLA-RS20 which comes with the same remote control as the HD250 and HD250Pro come with. I never was satisfied with the range on the remote, and I'm still not! JVC upgraded the remote to all their models when they brought out the RS15, RS25, and RS35, and their consumer equivalents, but with the new HD250 they have regressed. Perhaps they had bins full of these old remotes, to get rid of?
Mind you once you get past the limited range, and also the slightly soft feel of some buttons, it's a respectable remote. Still...
To paraphrase what I said in last year's DLA-RS15 review - 'perhaps the single greatest improvement of the RS15 is the new remote' - so you can see why I'm bummed with the switch back to the "old" one. If I shelf mount my RS20 behind me, there is no way I can get a good bounce off of the screen, I'll be foolishly holding the remote up and pointing behind me, every time I need to change something. The same would be true for the HD250.
Overall, the buttons are well organized and fairly well spaced. The buttons are of decent size. At the top are two power buttons. On the right is Power On, and on the left, is Standby (power off). You press Standby twice to power down.
The next pair are Lens (brings up the Lens focus, zoom, and shift controls), and Input.
Below those two are the Info button, Lens AP (aperture) for the manual iris, and on the right, Aspect ratio selection.
Next come eight image controls, including: Gamma, Color Temp, Color saturation, Tint, N.R. (noise reduction), Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpness.
Right above the four arrow keys in a round arrangement, are a Test button (toggles between test patterns) and a Hide button to black out the image.
In the center of the four arrow keys is a very large enter button. Below the arrow keys are the Menu button on the left, and Back button on the right.
There are 8 buttons for the modes, toward the bottom, Cinema 1, 2, Dynamic, etc. Three of the buttons are for your user defined modes User 1,2,3.
Finally! the last button, a wide thin one is the backlight button. It's in a good place. Since the remote itself is very dark, it's nice that the Light button glows slightly in the dark.