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BenQ Joybee GP1 Remote Control

The GP1 comes with a very nice credit card sized remote control. The buttons, of course, are small, but they have a decent feel, much better than some credit card remotes with those soft “bubble” buttons. The layout is decently done, although the arrow keys could be better positioned. I repeatedly had trouble finding the left arrow button in the dark.

Along with all the basic navigation features, source selection, etc., you’ll also find a Blank screen feature, Freeze feature, a digital zoom feature, Source, an Auto setup, Menu, and color Mode.

On the lower half of the GP1 remote control, there are what looks like DVD controls. They are there for navigating your slide shows, etc.

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BenQ GP1 Lens Throw

The lens is fixed – no zoom. The ratio of the lens itself is 1.92:1 – that is, the distance from the screen is 1.92 times the width of the projected image. To project a 40 inch wide image this BenQ projector needs to be placed 1.92 x 40 inches from the surface you are projecting on. In this example, 77 inches back. Just as an aside, the throw on the GP1 is almost identical to the Optoma Pico we reviewed a couple of months ago.

GP1 Lens Shift

There is no adjustable lens shift – not that anyone would expect it on a product like this one. The BenQ GP1, however, does have fixed lens offset, similar to the amount found on most business projectors. That translates to: If you set it up the Joybee with the projector about even with the bottom of your screen, you should get a very rectangular image without needed to engage keystone correction. And on that note, the projector does offer automatic keystone correction, which can be turned off from the menus.