The Epson PowerLite 1785W comes with a mid-sized remote control, with a drawback I wish every manufacturer would fix: it’s not backlit and I found myself needing to hold the remote in the projected beam of light when I had darker images displayed to be sure I didn’t press the wrong button. We’ll start from the top left and go row by row, or section by section when it makes sense to do so. The top section of the remote has a black background to differentiate it from the rest of the buttons. The power button is blue in color and lives in the top left. The opposite side of the top row is the Source Search button, which searches for input source signals. The next row consists of Computer, HDMI/Video, USB, and below the USB button is LAN, for accessing network content.
The next section is a ten-digit number pad; 1, 2, 3, followed by 4, 5 6, followed by 7 8 9. The next row has “Num,” which, when held down, toggles the numeric keypad to their alternate functions. Zero, of course, is in the middle, followed by “ID” on the right, which allows the user to toggle between different Epson projectors. Several of the numbers in the numeric keypad have alternate functions, accessed with the “Num” button; these are 6 (Link Menu), 7 (Auto),8 (Aspect), 9 (Color Mode), and 0 (Pen Mode).
The next section consists of a directional keypad (with actual arrows this time), with an Enter button in the middle that also functions as a left mouse click. Surrounding the directional keypad are four buttons, and going clockwise from the top left they are: Menu, Escape (which also functions as a right mouse click), Pointer, and User.
Below the directional keypad are three pairs of up/down, increase/decrease type buttons. Left to right, they are Page, E-Zoom, and Volume. Below that are A/V Mute, Split (Split Screen), and Freeze, followed by Home.