Don’t be constrained by a single HDMI output. Broaden your horizons (and your screens) with an HDMI splitter, which decreases the need to constantly adjust cables. A standard HD TV typically has one HDMI input, but with an HDMI splitter, two or more devices can be plugged in at one time, giving users the options to switch between units without having to plug, unplug, and repeat. That means more watching-time and less switching-time.
For example, say you want to connect a Blu-ray player, game console and cable box to your TV. An HDMI splitter makes it easy to keep all three units connected at the same time, enabling you to plug in and relax. The HDMI splitter mirrors the digital signal that the external units are sending out, which means your video and audio experience will be as high quality as if it were the only item plugged into your TV.
HDMI splitters also work to share screens, mirroring two screens at the same time. Say you’re in a home without cable and want to stream the football game off your phone and onto two TVs at once. An HDMI splitter can make that possible. Touchdown.
Check out three of our top picks for HDMI splitters below.
1. KELIIYO HDMI Splitter 1 in 4
Transmit audio and video seamlessly without lag or loss of quality to four HDMI outputs with the KELIIYO HDMI Splitter 1 in 4. Made with a durable metal casing, the KELIYO’s four ports are designed with anti-oxidation and anti-corrosion input and output ports to deliver stable signal transmission.
Pros: The KELIYO works with 3D and 1080P and is compatible with computers, laptops, gaming consoles, DVD players, projectors, HD TVs and more.
Cons: The KELIYO isn’t listed as being compatible with 4K resolution. It also can’t switch all four signal sources onto one display at a time.
2. Orei 1 x 2 HDMI Splitter
If you need to split one HDMI input signal into two identical HDMI output signals that are identical to the original, we recommend the affordable Orei 1 x 2 HDMI Splitter. The Orei is ideal for using with speakers and audio equipment and works with almost all audio options. We also like that the Orei is HDCP compliant and doesn’t require a bypass.
Pros: The Orei comes with a rugged cool enclosure that keeps the unit from overheating and aids in fast heat absorption.
Cons: The Orei will not work with HDMI cables over 30 feet or extend monitor screens. It’s also not a switcher that allows you to choose between multiple units (ie. a DVD player and gaming console) on one TV (for that we recommend the KELIYO).
3. Avedio links HDMI Splitter
Transmit audio and 4K, HD and 3D video at the same time without experiencing lags or quality loss using the Avedio links HDMI Splitter. The 1 to 2 splitter duplicates screens and doesn’t require an external driver.
Pros: The compact and lightweight Avedio is the smallest HDMI splitter on our list and ideal for travel.
Cons: The Avedio comes with a USB cable but not an adapter, which is required to plug the Avedio into a cable box.