It can be quite annoying when multiple devices need to be connected to the same TV or monitor. Most large screen TVs come with just two HDMI ports. This can become very annoying to work with when the TV needs to be connected to a media player, a console, a computer and other devices. Basically one device needs to be removed in order to switch to another one. It can be quite annoying to have to deal with cabling so often.
The solution comes in the form of HDMI switches. Basically they are a hub that allows the user to connect multiple devices into it and switch between them without actually physically swapping the cables. Most of them come with a remote that makes it very easy to switch between sources. Also these HDMI switches need to be connected to just one port in the TV. There is nothing complicated about them and they are very easy to setup. One of the only downsides is the fact that they would need to be powered by an adapted which means an extra cable.
Best HDMI Switches in 2018
For our list we browsed trough several hundreds of HDMI switches in order to select just 10. The models in our list come with positive feedback from the ones that already own them and have a decent price tag. To keep things short here are the top 10 best HDMI switchs in 2018 reviews.
- 10. Belkin AV10117 4-Way HDMI Switch with Wireless Remote
- 9. MT-VIKI 5 Ports to 1 Port 5-In 1-Out Remote Infrared Switch Mini Metal Box HDMI Splitter
- 8. C&E CNE46126 HDMI 5×1 5-Port Switch
- 7. Monoprice 105557 4×1 HDMI Switch with Toslink
- 6. J-Tech Digital JTD3DSP0301 3-Port High Speed HDMI Switch
- 5. J-Tech Digital JTD3DSP0108 8 Port HDMI Powered Splitter
- 4. Sabrent High Definition 5×1 HDMI switch
- 3. Fosmon HD1832 Intelligent 5×1 5-Port HDMI Switch
- 2. Fosmon HD1831 3-Port HDMI Switch
- 1. Kinivo 301BN Premium 3 Port High Speed HDMI Switch
10. Belkin AV10117 4-Way HDMI Switch with Wireless Remote
The Belkin AV101174 is a compact HDMI switch that comes with a moderate price tag. It was made to be as simple as possible with four HDMI input ports and one output port. The device comes with LED indicators for each input port. It has a large switch button that allows the user to swap between sources on the fly.
Along with the ability to swap between sources with the physical button the HDMI switch also comes with a small remote. However it does not include any HDMI cables. They will need to be purchased separately.
9. MT-VIKI 5 Ports to 1 Port 5-In 1-Out Remote Infrared Switch Mini Metal Box HDMI Splitter
MT-VIKI is a relatively unknown brand and their HDMI switch is a rather decent product. It is inexpensive and comes with 5 output HDMI ports which should be enough to connect plenty of devices to a TV.
The model includes a small remote but it also comes with a physical button on the switch to swap between sources. It is rather large when compared with other switches but small enough to be hidden behind the TV. According to the specifications the model also works as a bandwidth amplifier.
8. C&E CNE46126 HDMI 5×1 5-Port Switch
C&E CNE46126 is a small HDMI switch. It is one of the most affordable products of this type which explains the models build quality. In terms of functionality the product works quite well.
The model is a 5 port HDMI switch with LED indicators and a physical button that allows the user to swap between inputs on the fly. It does not include a remote which can be a turn off but if it did include one it would have made it a bit more expensive.
Monoprice 105557 is a great option for the ones that need a HDMI switch with multiple outputs. It actually has one HDMI output, an optical output, a digital coaxial output and a classic 3.5 mm jack output.
In terms of inputs the model supports up to 4 devices to be connected over HDMI. It also works as a bandwidth amplifier which boosts the signal and it includes a small remote. As with other similar devices the model comes with LED indicators and a physical button to switch between inputs.
6. J-Tech Digital JTD3DSP0301 3-Port High Speed HDMI Switch
J-Tech Digital HDMI switch is a decent option for the ones that have a limited budget. The switch was built to have a compact form factor with all 3 input ports placed on the front side. Its LED indicators and the switch button are placed on the same side which could make it difficult to reach when all 3 input ports are used.
One interesting feature that it comes with is the automatic switch. Basically the switch can detect if there is signal on one of the inputs and switch automatically. It does also include a remote that should make it easy to use without even getting up from the couch.
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5. J-Tech Digital JTD3DSP0108 8 Port HDMI Powered Splitter
The J-Tech Digital 8 port HDMI switch is a great pick for the ones that need to manage a lot of devices that need to be connected to the same TV or monitor. It has a total of 8 HDMI ports spread on the back and sides as well as 8 LED indicators on the front. The design is fairly slim and comes with a metal body.
Similar to other switches the model has a physical button that allows the user to swap inputs. The remote included can also switch between inputs remotely. It is worth mentioning that the model also supports signal retiming and can worth as a bandwidth amplifier.
4. Sabrent High Definition 5×1 HDMI switch
Sabrent has a great HDMI switch that comes with a decent price tag. It actually has a metal enclosure with 5 LED indicators on the front and 5 HDMI input ports on the back. Its slim design makes it easy to hide behind the TV.
In terms of performance the switch supports all video resolutions and even 3D content. It comes with a small remote and a physical button on the switch itself to allow swapping between inputs.
3. Fosmon HD1832 Intelligent 5×1 5-Port HDMI Switch
Fosmon HD1832 is a great HDMI switch that comes with everything needed to connect up to 5 devices to a single HDMI port on a TV. The package includes a small power brick, the switch itself and a small remote.
As mentioned above the model comes with 5 HDMI inputs. All of them have their own LED indicator LED. The kit does not include the HDMI cable for the output. That will need to be purchased separately.
2. Fosmon HD1831 3-Port HDMI Switch
The Fosmon HD1813 is one of the most popular models in our list for a simple reason. It is one of the few HDMI switches that does not require in-line power. It is actually powered by the input source.
In terms of features the model can swap automatically between sources when it detects a signal. It also comes with a physical button that allows the user to select the input. Also each input has a LED light indicator.
1. Kinivo 301BN Premium 3 Port High Speed HDMI Switch
Kinivo 301BN is a great HDMI switch that comes with a premium build. Its enclosure is made out of lightweight aluminum and all its input ports are placed on the front. The output port is also placed on the front.
The model allows up to 3 devices to be connected over a single HDMI port. It comes with a small remote and automatic switching based on active input. It includes an AC adapter and all the cables needed except for the output one.
HDMI switches can be extremely useful and remove the hassle of having to deal with cables every time a new device needs to be connected to the TV. They make things so much easier.
Our list includes multiple models with the main difference between them being the number of input ports. If the build quality of the enclosure matters for some, that might also be something worth looking at but it does not affect how they work. Most of them include a remote and almost all of them come with an AC power adapter.