Problem: Not Enough HDMI InputsOur family television desperately needs an upgrade. We have a circa 2006, Sony WEGA LCD Projection HDTV. The HDTV was actually a hand-me-down from my parents years ago. They upgraded their TV significantly and disposed of their slightly used Sony into my living room. I was very appreciative for their gift. I would be embarrassed to describe the TV that their Sony replaced. I'll just say it was old enough to have a vacuum tube inside it. I'm a cord cutter primarily to save money so it makes sense I wouldn't want to replace a perfectly good TV. My HDTV does have one glaring problem I had to solve, only two HDMI ports. I was in Best Buy just a few days ago ogling their selection of affordable LED TVs and noticed that many only had 3 HDMI ports. The most expensive televisions had 5 HDMI ports. There must be many people with this same problem. I use a lot of internet TV boxes and other HDMI peripherals and consoles. I clearly needed more than two HDMI ports. Switching HDMI cables back and forth behind my stone age TV was no fun so I discovered the best HDMI switch box to solve my HDMI port problems.
Solution: Sabrent 5-Port HDMI Switch BoxIn my opinion the very best 5-Port HDMI switch box is the Sabrent. In my research on YouTube, I found the following unboxing review of the Sabrent 5-Port HDMI switch box by LBNproductionz. If you desperately need more HDMI ports as I did, the video is short and worth watching.
Sabrent HDMI PortsThe Sabrent HDMI switch box has a single HDMI output to your HDTV. The HDMI switch box also has 5 HDMI inputs for your devices. When I purchased the Sabrent, I needed three HDMI inputs with room to expand. I have a Roku 3, Apple TV, and Nvidia Shield Android TV all requiring an HDMI connection. I plan on acquiring more HDMI devices and consoles in the future and the Sabrent solves my immediate need as well as providing additional ports for future HDMI devices.
My Important Notes about the Sabrent HDMI Switch Box
- The Sabrent HDMI switch box comes with a small IR remote control to switch the HDMI inputs. The remote uses a CR2025 lithium battery and one battery is included. The remote can turn the box on and off, switch to specific numbered HDMI inputs, or cycle through the inputs at the press of a button.
- While the remote is nice to have, it's small, plastic, and unsightly. There is a button on the faceplate of the HDMI switch box to switch the inputs. I find the vast majority of the time I press the faceplate button to switch inputs.
- There are six super bright leds on the faceplate of the HDMI switch box that can interfere with your television viewing. I put a piece of black electrical tape over them and never think about them again.
- The HDMI switch box requires a power outlet and does not draw it's power from the HDMI of the TV. I had to also upgrade to a larger surge protector with more power outlets.
- The body of the Sabrent HDMI switch box is all metal, heavy, and feels very well made.