What is an HDMI Switcher?
An HDMI switch is an adapter that adds additional HDMI ports and allows the TV to switch between multiple HDMI sources, either automatically or with the press of a button.
The device allows you to connect your display to multiple devices and switch between them in seconds, without the hassle of rearranging cables.
In most cases, when a device is turned on, the TV will automatically switch to that HDMI source, saving you the time of having to use the remote to select the right source. It’s great for people who use multiple devices, such as consoles.
The problem is there are hundreds of HDMI switchers out there, budget ones yet efficient, others can be quite pricey. Choosing the exact HDMI switcher for your situation can be a challenge.
When you’re done reading this you’ll learn about five great HDMI switches, and you’ll be one step closer to eliminating the issue of having to manually select sources.
Our selection of the best HDMI Switcher available in the UK market in 2019!
1 - Techole Aluminum HDMI Switch Bi-direction 1 In 2 Out
Budget-friendly, two ports
Here we have a rather basic HDMI switch with two additional ports and one button to manually switch between the two ports. Unfortunately, the switch is not automatic, but for the price that’s too be expected.
Overall, it’s a great adapter for people who need two additional HDMI ports, for example, you want to connect your Xbox and Playstation to the same display. It can support 30HZ and up to 4K resolution.
One cool feature is it’s backwards compatible. For instance, not only can you send two signals to one display but also one source to two displays. For example, if you connect a computer and two HDMI enabled monitors, it will create a dual-screen setup for you.
For the price, it’s hard to beat. Very basic, but it gets the job done.
2 - UGREEN 3 Port HDMI Switch
Automatic Switch and Remote Control
The Ugreen 3 port HDMI switch is a great little device for people that need three extra HDMI ports. It’s perfect for TVs that only have one or two HDMI ports.
What makes this device special is it automatically switches HDMI sources. No need to press a button. As soon as your HDMI compatible device powers on, the display will automatically switch to that source. It supports up to 4K resolutions at 30 hertz.
A couple of things to note. The Ugreen 3 is powered by a micro USB cable which you’ll need to plug into a USB socket. There’s also a remote control included, so you can manually switch to the desired source if it doesn’t automatically change. You’ll also find an IR wireless transmitter for the remote control.
Overall, the Ugreen 3 is a decent HDMI switcher. I like how it comes with remote control. The only downside is it’s powered by a USB cable. That means more cables to deal with.
3 - Fosmon 3 Port HDMI Switch
Smart Auto HDMI Switch
The Fosmon 3 is another automatic 3-port HDMI switcher. It has three LED lights that turn on based on which port is active and a button to manually switch ports.
The dongle is created to intelligently switch to the desired HDMI source, so most of the time, it will switch to the first device that turns on. This feature is called Smart Auto Switch.
Another thing to keep in mind is the Fasmon 3 is powered completely by the HDMI connected device, so there’s no need for an extra power cable. On that note, if the power from the HDMI device is not sufficient, there’s an optional micro-USB power port.
It also doesn’t come with a remote, but the button should be more than enough to switch to the desired HDMI source. If you have a wall-mounted TV, you’ll be happy to know the Fosmon 3 is wall-mountable. There are grooves on the back of the device that fit wall-screws.
Overall, a decent and basic 3-Port HDMI switch.
4 - Techole 3 Ports Aluminum HDMI Switcher
Aluminum Casing – Stays Cool
The Techole 3 port HDMI switch is an upgraded version of the first product we mentioned. It has three HDMI IN ports and one out. The dongle also has LED lights and a simple button to manually switch ports.
The cool thing about the switch is it has both automatic, manual, and remote control. When a device is turned on, the HDMI switch will change to that source. But if you want to switch to a specific source, simply use the remote or press the button.
One thing to keep in mind is this switch is powered by a USB cable, so you’ll need to find a free USB port on one of your devices. What I liked about this little switch is the aluminium body because it stays cool, even after long hours of being on.
All in all, a great HDMI switch. Perfect for people with multiple HDMI devices.
5 - Mrocioa HDMI 4K Switch 5 in 1
Five Extra Ports, No Power Cable Needed
Out of all the HDMI switches mentioned here, the Mrocioa has the most HDMI ports. It has five HDMI inputs and one output.
There are LED lights for all of the ports, including the power, so you easily tell if the switch is working as expected. In other words, if you have more than four or five devices, this HDMI switch is what you need.
You’ll be happy to know the device automatically switches between sources. You can also manually change the source with the usual button or a remote. They claim the device can switch between ports in as little as two seconds.
One thing you need to know is the switch gets its power from the HDMI source, so there’s no need for an additional power cable. Overall, if you need an HDMI switch that not only has 5 extra HDMI ports but also a remote, this is the right one for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does an HDMI Switch Reduce Quality?
It depends on the manufacturer, but using the majority of HDMI switches won’t reduce image quality. In some cases, due to low power, the switch might show a corrupt image. If that’s the case, try to plug in the included power cable.
Does it Work with Wireless Media Devices Such as Fire Stick, Roku, and Chromecast?
Yes, when these devices are connected to the HDMI switcher the TV will assume they’re plugged into an HDMI port. They all work.
Is an HDMI Switch the Same as an HDMI Splitter?
No. An HDMI switch is like a gateway for multiple sources, but only one source can be displayed at a time. There’s only one output. An HDMI splitter separates one HDMI port into multiple, allowing many displays to show the same source. Multiple outputs. In the UK market, you’ll find splitter models with two, four or more outputs. Browse our selection here or visit Argos, Maplin or Amazon UK.
Can an HDMI Switch Display 4K Resolution at 60 Frames a Second?
Most of the budget HDMI switch devices do not support 4K resolution at 60hz, they’re usually limited to 30hz. On the other hand, there are some more expensive HDMI switches that do provide support for higher hertz rates.
Can I Use an HDMI Switch to Extend Monitors?
Since HDMI switches only have one output, they cannot extend displays. Your best bet would be to buy a USB dongle with separate HDMI ports. An HDMI splitter will only split the source to other displays, not extend it.