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Good, but Missing a Key Item: The Remote's Power Supply
on July 12, 2016
Overall this product is good value for the money. It will allow you to insert multiple HDMI cables into one source so that you don't have to constantly swap the cables if, like me, your TV only has one HDMI port.
I've seen several reviewers say they had issues with the quality of this product, namely that it breaks or doesn't work out of the box. I personally haven't experienced any issues of that sort. Mine came in some bubble wrap and happened to be shipped with another, larger product I ordered, so it was in a nicely packed and cushioned box. I'm not sure if this would be the case if it was shipped on its own.
Why I have to bump this product down a few stars is that it's missing one key item: the 5volt adapter/power supply for the remote. Without it, the remote is useless, which necessitates having to get up and push the switcher's buttons by hand. This isn't the end of the world, but I'm sure many people, like myself, bought the switcher with the hope that they wouldn't have to get up and switch it manually. A 5volt adapter isn't expensive, but I think I speak for a few reviewers when I say that I would have happily paid a few dollars more to have an adapter included. To not include one is a cheap cop-out, since it will ultimately leave the buyer with more purchasing/shipping costs or force them to go to an electronics/hardware store to buy one.
To sum up: the product works fine for me, but I feel like the company is cheaping out by not including a power supply for the remote. If you are thinking of buying this product, be sure to compare the overall cost of this switcher PLUS a separate adapter with another, similar product to see if it's cheaper to buy another product from a company that includes a remote power supply.