Lightning Review: Belkin 2-in-1 HDMI Switch

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The Gadget: Belkin's 2-to-1 HDMI Switch that's not only small and IR-remote controlled, it's also self-powered—meaning you won't have to take up another slot on your already crowded home theater power strip.

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The Price: $54.99

The Verdict: Fantastic. We tried it on both an upscaling DVD player and a PlayStation 3 and noticed no signal degradation between this and plugging the devices straight into the TV. It supports up to 1080p, and can be toggled by a simple remote that has the numbers "1" and "2" on two buttons. It takes a second or two to switch from one input to the other, but unless you're toggling back and forth rapidly between a basketball game and a game you're playing on the PS3, you won't really notice. You can get a totally cheap switch from Monoprice for about $20, or another no-name remote-enabled switch for $30. Belkin's, however, comes with a lifetime warranty and a name like Belkin. [Belkin]

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@mwalker05: I have a $1000 Onkyo receiver and I am out of HDMI inputs (TiVo HD, PS3, Xbox 360, Toshiba HD DVD). I would love to have an HDMI switch that automatically detects whether or not there is a signal and switches depending on that. Another remote is something that I don't need (I think I have ~5 remotes right now). So I guess I'll just keep using component for my 360 until something else comes along.