So these little things have been seen throughout my social media, just without an official review. I was holding off the review until I was able to fully test all the features, but that doesn’t seem to be happening in the near future. Because of this, I wanted to provide what I do know about the product.
First, I’ll start with the build quality. This thing is heavy duty. In my experience, most HDMI Switchers tend to be plastic and just feel cheap. This one by DotStone feels like a higher end, well-built switch. It’s hefty and made of metal.
It has 4 HDMI Inputs on the rear, as well as the DC power. The output is on the side. I find this feature handy as it not only separates them so you know which one is the output, but it stops an input from being on the front as I’ve seen in the past.
Now on to the features. Boy, this thing has a bunch of them. One of them is the Support for PIP (Picture in Picture). It allows you to watch and listen to one source while another is in a little box in the corner (video only). With the touch of a button (either on the unit itself or it’s remote) you can switch between the sources quickly. It does 3D, a feature I didn’t test, not because I couldn’t because I didn’t feel the need to. 3D is dead inside of televisions, and work in some projectors, but a dying breed inside home theaters. I also wasn’t able to test the 4K capability the switch has. My current receiver (which I’m hesitant to give up, despite it not being 4K) I will make an edit once it is tested. One of my favorite features is the auto switching. If I’m watching Tivo and I turn on my Playstation (which is what happens when I want to play) the switcher changes the input to the newly turned on system. Once I am done and the Playstation fully enters standby, it switched back to Cable. This can be turned on or off, but on both of mine (bedroom and theater room), they are left on.
This is definitely in my top 10 products, and I personally use two of them in my systems. If you don’t have enough inputs, need to expand, or just need a switching HDMI box, this is the one I whole heartily recommend