It's white, the backlit buttons are fairly bright (blue), and very readable in low or no light. Unlike the Optoma HD20 competition, the blue backlighting isn't over the top. With the Optoma I couldn't even make subtle adjustments to the image, without holding the remote behind me, as the remote's light was so bright, I couldn't see what I was doing. That's not a problem with the Vivitek remote control.
The remote control's range is pretty good, though not exceptional. I can get a good bounce off my front wall and screen - 11 feet to the front, and 16 back to the projector, without too much difficulty. Probably more than half of the remotes I work with have less range than this one.
The H1080FD remote control itself, is well laid out. Separate Off and On buttons are at the top. Next comes 6 direct input buttons for your sources, including two HDMI buttons.
Below that, the usual four navigation buttons, with a centered Enter button. And right below those, is the small Menu button (bottom left) and across from it, the Aspect Ratio button.
The lower half of the remote has five rows of three buttons (with good spacing, I must note). The first three rows are mostly direct access buttons for image controls like Picture mode, Contrast, Brightness, Sharpness... but also include a Source button, a Status (info) button and a Mute. The last two rows have volume up and down, freeze, blank, backlight and Auto (primarily for PC).
All considered a very nice remote, better than most!