Sony's remote control is a familiar one from previous home theater projectors. It is a larger affair, with widely spaced buttons, and large spaces between sections, making it a pretty easy remote to navigate without looking at it. There is a backlight, although a bit dim, the light makes the buttons' labels readable.
For a remote this size, it has less controls than you might expect, with less direct access to specific controls than some other, more cluttered remotes offer.
The first row, from left to right has the backlight button, the Input source select button, and a slightly larger Power button (once for on, twice for off).
The second row offers an image Freeze button, APA, which is the automatic setup for a PC signal, and a Picture Muting button to blank the screen.
Below those two rows are the four arrow keys with center Enter button in a cross shaped configuration. To the right of the up arrow, is the dreaded Reset button.
I'm just not a fan of putting a reset button on a remote control, where any member of the household has the opportunity to wipe out your settings. Better to just offer it up in the menus.
Below the arrow keys is a blue bar, which is the menu button. It's nice and easy to find in the dark, without looking, or needing th backlight.
Below it are the aspect ratio control (Wide Mode), RCP, which is the Real Color Processing that allows fine tuning each of the primary and secondary colors (Red, Green, Blue, and Cyan, Yellow, Magenta). To the right is the ADJ PIC control, which allows you to toggle through all the individual controls found on the Picture menu, without having to use the menu system. I'm talking controls like Brightness, Contrast, Color (saturation) Tint, Noise Reduction, Black Level control, and so on.
The next two rows each offer three buttons. The first of those rows buttons are for choosing the preset picture setting you want: Dynamic, Standard, or Cinema, while the second row offers the three user definable saved modes (User 1,2,3).
Finally, there are two rocker switches, one for Brightness and one for Contrast.
Range of the remote is pretty good, a bit better than average. I was able to get a good bounce off of my front wall/screen from my normal seating position, to the front of the projector about 15 feet back. (so 25+ feet in all).