Panasonic has changed the remote control, from the learning remote on previous models, to a smaller, compact, and easy to use remote. It definitely has far less buttons. Despite missing a few features, I really like this remote.
From the top: A red power button (press once to power up, and twice to shut down). Opposite it, is the backlight button.
Please note, the backlight on the Panasonic PT-AX200U is about the brightest I've ever seen, and the labels on each button are large and easy to read. Almost all of the competition can learn from Panasonic in this regard.
OK, the next two rows have lots of goodies, and an interesting scheme.
On the left is a button marked Theater Room, and it lets you toggle through all the Presets designed for darkened rooms. Cinema 1, 2, and Natural. Next to that button, in the center, is the Livingroom button. It toggles you through the Presets, that would be used in rooms with ambient light: Vivid Cinema, Normal, Game, and Dynamic.
Favorite, as mentioned, lets you bring up the one mode or other feature you want to set as your "favorite."
The next row gives you control of aspect ratio, Picture Adjust lets you toggle through all presets, and Color Management lets you access some specialty color managment profiles that you can create.
Next comes the Menu and Return buttons, and immediately below, the four arrow keys with a center Enter button.
Down at the bottom is a Default button, a Freeze (frame), the Input Select (source select), and a Function button.
Many remotes have more buttons and features, so that you don't have to access items from the menus, or can select a particular source, or Preset, but overall, the Panasonic keeps things simple. You might have to go an extra step, but they sure make it easy. Definitely a favorite remote.