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Here’s what to do if your TV doesn’t have enough HDMI ports

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Human gadgets

Don't panic. Okay, it's okay, but please put it together.

The HDMI port on the TV is used up, and it feels terrible. Are you going to stand up and switch the cable from one gadget to another? 

The thought of it made me lose my temper.

Unfortunately, not having enough HDMI ports is not a big enough reason to replace the TV (I hope so). So what can you do? Shouting in the clouds? Burn your town and sprinkle salt? Attack and enthroned God?

Indeed, none of these are necessary. Just give yourself an HDMI switch.

As the name suggests, this is a smart little tool that helps you switch between HDMI ports. Yes, I know, I know.

Well, the working principle of the HDMI switch is very simple. You have an output (input TV) and a set of inputs, and you can plug in a game console, CD player or any other device.

To illustrate this point, here is an extremely poor chart showing how my personal HDMI switch works:

It's simple, right?

One thing to note is to make sure to get HDMI

. There is another kit called HDMI splitter, which can receive a signal and output it to multiple devices. For example, if you want the computer to appear on 3 separate screens.

You don't want one of them...I guess unless you want.

Okay, so your HDMI ports are all full and you need a switch-which one should you buy? Well, I haven't found a specific brand that is much higher than other brands, and there are many companies that I have never heard of.

I have got 

(As shown in the picture above), but there are all kinds of solid-state HDMI switches.

Therefore, what we have to do is to give you some precautions when buying. How are we? Then let's get started.

Most HDMI switches have "4K/3D SUPPORT" in the title, which actually means they use HDMI 2.0.

I hope most switches these days can use this standard, but be careful and check-especially if you are going to use the budget model.

Basically, if you can stand and turn to the TV every time you need to change the Nintendo Switch to PS4, you don't need to worry about the remote control. But we are better than that. for sure. We are, aren't we? Is it better than this?

HDMI switches with remote controls are expensive, and the extra convenience they bring is invaluable.

Oh, and one more thing, if you can find a device with an extended infrared receiver, that's a benefit. You can plug in the HDMI switch, and just dial out an IR receiver is very convenient.

This is not a deal breaker, but if the switch can slide between HDMI ports when the device is turned on, it can make life easier.

Basically, check whether the HDMI switch can be powered by USB. Although the plug is useful for some people, I have

It's near my switch, and it's a blessing to be able to power it via USB.

Listen, you never know when a new gadget or game console will appear. The best thing you can do is to make the switch have at least more HDMI ports than you need, so it is at least forward-looking.

In any case, you already have a list of everything you need to pay attention to when buying an HDMI switch. If you want to see what's on Amazon,

. Most of them should hover around $30, but of course there will be some deviations.

Released on June 16, 2020-10:44 UTC

June 16, 2020-10:44 UTC

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