Review (January 2007)
By Kevin Nakano
There are several HDMI switches currently on the market and the need for these products have increased due to the growth of HDMI-based components. However, none of the current HDMI switches we have seen appear to be affordable up until now. Accell Corporation, know for their cable line, has recently introduced the smallest HDMI switch we have ever seen with a price to match. For under $100, the Accell UltraAV High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 2 to 1 Switch provides users with the ability to select from one of two HDMI sources using the supplied IR remote control or by manually pressing the toggle button on the unit. The unit has LED indicators that illuminate the selected input. The switch is fully HDCP compliant and supports high-definition video rates as high as 1080p (or computer resolutions of 1920 x 1200) as well as multi-channel digital audio. Measuring just slightly larger than 2" x 2" and 0.6" thick, the UltraAV HDMI Switch can be hidden among the cables (out of sight) thanks to the 5-foot cable that extends the IR sensor. The sensor can be placed in a strategic location using the self-adhesive, double-sided tape so that it is in clear line-of-sight of the remote. The body of the switch has a built-in IR detector, so using the extension cable is optional. The mounting holes on the body of the HDMI switch allow it to be fastened to a cabinet or wall as another option. Gold plated connectors provide reliable connectivity to the HDMI cables. No external power supply is needed for the switch, making it a completely stand-alone device. There is a small jack located on the side that appears to be designed for an external power adapter, but there is no mention of this in the manual. The small IR remote is similar to the ones that come with camcorders. It uses a 3-volt lithium button battery.
While it may be tough in the future to limit HDMI sources to two components, Accell Corporation has an affordable solution for today's consumers. The simplicity and performance offered with the UltraAV 2-1 HDMI Switch makes it a highly recommended product.
- Kevin Nakano
Optoma H77 High-Definition HD2+ DLP Projector
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