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The HD25-LV remote control is well designed in terms of layout. In addition, its range seems very good, no problem with a 20 foot distance, including a bounce off of my screen, which is better than some others, and more than satisfactory. The actual IR beam seems a little less spread out, so if "bouncing" you do have to pay a little more attention as to where you are pointing it.
As to the layout itself: Power On and Off have separate buttons on the top row. But, you still have to press Off twice for shut down (a good thing).
Next come four aspect ratio buttons, in two rows, but the top of those two has a center button which lets you change lamp brightness.
Two rows of three have: Brightness, (preset) Mode, Contrast, on the first of those two. The second row has both Edge Masking, and the Overscan alternative. The center button is a Source Lock. The HD25-LV can search through all the inputs automatically, looking for live ones, or with Source locked, it will stay on the one you set it for.
That brings us to the Navigation area. Four arrow keys in a roundish shape, with a center locate Enter button. Menu is below to the left.
That leaves only the five bottom buttons which control sources. There's two HDMIs Computer (or a second component), Component video and standard composite video. That's all she"s got!
This remote control is extremely similar to past Optoma remotes. Thus, I must repeat my usual complaint:
The Optoma remote is backlit with bright blue LED light. It is almost blinding in a dark room. Definitely too bright. That said, as it turns out with this projector, due to the lack of a User savable setting, no one's going to be tweaking image settings (at least not after they have a good set in the projector.)
Still a blue LED light of half or 1/3 the brightness would be better.
The Optoma HD25-LV's remote is a very good one, other than being too bright. Button feel is respectable. As to the remote's overzealous brightness, you can use the remote as a small flashlight - perhaps to pick out your next Blu-ray movie!