Pioneer Elite PRO-101FD Plasma Monitor User Interface
The remote is quite substantial with more heft than most. The buttons are well organized and separated, but they are somewhat small and mostly the same shape, which makes them harder to find by feel. It's illuminated with a red backlight, which is easy on the eyes in the dark, and most of the buttons have a label or icon that can be seen in the dark with the backlight on. However, some buttons have a secondary label on the remote body that can't be seen in the dark.
The remote is a universal type that can control up to three devices in addition to the monitor. It also has dedicated input-selection buttons, a welcome rarity, though they are identified only by number, so you must remember which is which.
Some functions can be called up directly with dedicated buttons. In addition, an abbreviated menu with a few functions is available by pressing the User Menu button. If you change any settings, this button also toggles the image between its "before" and "after" states—very nice! And you can elect to keep the "after" settings or return to the "before" settings, unlike the PRO-111FD, which only let you keep the "after" settings and reset the controls manually to their "before" state if that's what you preferred.
The menu is improved somewhat over previous models, even those of 9G vintage. When you first enter the menu system, you still see only a list of main categories, such as Picture, Sound, etc. I would prefer to see the basic controls of each category in this topmost level. But most of the advanced picture controls are all visible at the third level rather than having to enter each advanced category separately, which is a big improvement when setting up the monitor.