The HD33 remote control is nicely laid out. In addition, it's range seems pretty good, better than many, although the beam is relatively tight, so you quickly have to learn where to point it at your screen to get a good bounce.
I have one major complaint about the Optoma HD33 projector's remote, and it's an old complaint, I've leveled at Optoma before. Strangely: The backlight is too bright!
A few years ago, I never thought I'd say that, but, if you want to adjust the brightness and contrast, say of the projector, using a pattern, the remote's backlight will blind you. When I was using the controls for adjustments I had to hold the remote upside down, with the lighting away from me so I could get a feel for the subtle changes on the screen.
OK, it's great going with blue LED lights for backlighting, but please, pick a dimmer LED bulb or cut down on it's brightness another way.
As to the layout itself: Power On and Off have separate buttons on the top row. Press twice, to power down.
Next come four aspect ratio buttons.
After that, it gets more interesting, the remote goes to 3 buttons across with the center button a bit higher on the remote. That row gets you directly to key menu functions. From the left to right:
Brightness, Pre-set modes (ie. Cinema), and Pure, which gets you to the menu for adjusting dynamic features; Pure Detail (dynamic sharpness?), Pure Color (dynamic color, plus - think like Brilliant Color), and Pure Motion: creative frame interpolation for smoother motion.
The next three button row: Contrast, Lamp mode (Standard, Bright, and Image AI), and finally 3D Modes.
Next comes four arrow buttons in a round configuration with a center Enter button.
Finally below that to the left, is a small Menu button. All that's left below that are direct input buttons - HDMI 1 and 2, and PC, on one row, and on the bottom row, Component Video and Composite (a trend seems to be starting - home projectors without an S-video. I've seen others recently, as well.
All considered, a perfectly fine remote, other than being too bright. Button feel is reasonably good. Learn where the buttons are, and the LED light brightness can be dealt with. On the "bright side" when the room is fully darkened, the remote can double as a nice (blue) flashlight for reading Blu-ray disc boxes, finding your snacks, etc. I guess there is a silver (blue?) lining to many issues.