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Better option for always-on devices
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2018
This is a review of the J-Tech four port HDMI switch with PIP, ASIN B00OJMAXZ2.
I bought this to replace an auto-switching 4-port HDMI switch, which I put up with for months: It was switching inputs in the middle of watching programs, for no apparent reason. There are tons of auto-switching units out there. My guess is they're all built around the same lousy chip that does not offer a disable option. The problem is, only one of my HDMI devices has a traditional on-off switch. My Google Chrome and Apple TV are not designed to be turned off, which does not mesh well with HDMI auto-switching. Especially when the devices are located remotely.
For my application, the key feature of this switch is that I can turn off the "Auto" switching function. I would prefer a hardware slide switch instead of the electronic switching, but I couldn't find one of those at any reasonable price. So this will have to do. My application is multiple HDMI devices on a rack, mounted 50 feet away from the TV. So, all the pretty lights on the front panel of the J-Tech make my laundry room look a little more like Christmas.
The PIP function is actually helpful, too, as I can see that my other always-on devices are, in fact, working. There's no explanatory info on the PIP functions in the brief manual, so I'm not really clear on when the PIP shows up and disappears. But it does seem to show up when switching and disappears shortly thereafter.
The remote control has soft pushbuttons which are helpful, but the manual does not fully explain all the buttons.
The input LEDs are right - to - left (4, 3, 2, 1) on the front panel, which seems odd to me but has no effect in my setup. I'll guess that the board was designed by somebody who spoke a language that reads right to left.
This was a lifesaver for me, and I'll never buy another auto-switching HDMI switch again.
I paid the street price for this unit, and I was not compensated in any way by anyone for writing this.