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The Best HDMI Splitter - 2020

Last updated on November 24, 2020
Best HDMI Splitter

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Our Picks For The Top HDMI Splitters

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  Best All-Around Pick

Techole Aluminum Bi-Directional 4K HDMI Splitter & Switch

Techole

Bi-Directional 4K HDMI Splitter & Switch

Overall Take

Multifunctional ConvenienceWhen you want ease of use and flexibility, this bi-directional HDMI splitter is a smart choice.

  Best for Organization

GANA 3 Port 4K HDMI Switch & Splitter

GANA

3 Port 4K HDMI Switch & Splitter

Overall Take

Three-Input EaseIf you live a media-rich life and are tired of dealing with cables, this three-input HDMI splitter will keep things simple.

POWLAKEN HDMI Splitter 1 In 2 Out-Aluminum Alloy 4K HDMI Splitter

POWLAKEN

HDMI Splitter 1 In 2 Out 4K HDMI Splitter

Overall Take

  Best for Families

Avedio links Dual Monitor 4K HDMI Splitter, 1 In 2 Out

Avedio

links Dual Monitor 4K HDMI Splitter, 1 In 2 Out

Overall Take

Double Output OptionPerfect for playing a game or movie across different rooms, this HDMI splitter simplifies setup and lets you focus on enjoying your media.

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Guide written by Danielle Smyth
Last updated on November 24, 2020

With the proliferation of media devices and interconnectivity, we all need a way to manage multiple inputs and outputs such as game consoles, TVs and LCD screens, computers, cable and streaming boxes, casting devices and other media devices. However, many modern TVs and LCD monitors come with only one or two HDMI input ports. This is where HDMI splitters and HDMI switches come in.

HDMI splitters and switches are capable of taking multiple inputs and converting them to a single output, or taking a single input and split it into multiple outputs all without losing signal quality or speed. They eliminate the problem of constantly switching cables and simplify the setup and associated cable needs of multiple devices.

The first consideration with an HDMI splitter is how many inputs and outputs you need, and in which direction. Individual households usually need multiple inputs and one output that they can switch between. Venues like conference centers and sports bars often need a way to split a single input, such as a slide deck on a computer or a sports game on cable, across multiple output devices. Some HDMI splitters feature as many as 16 outputs.

Another consideration is whether the HDMI splitter itself needs an external power source. Some models draw their power from the signals they handle, while others require an external power source. Some splitters that don’t require an external power source do need at least two input devices to be on, while splitters that need an external power source add an extra cable to the equation.

The Best HDMI Splitters

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  Best All-Around Pick

Techole Aluminum Bi-Directional 4K HDMI Splitter & Switch

This HDMI splitter features a single port on one side and two on another, with the capacity to take input and output through either side. This means you can use it to switch between two input devices or switch between two output devices with ease. With a simple toggle switch control that lights up the number of the active port, this tool requires no outside power source.

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Techole
Model
2
  Best for Organization

GANA 3 Port 4K HDMI Switch & Splitter

Featuring three input ports and an easy-to-operate sequential toggle, this HDMI splitter lets you easily switch between multiple game systems or computers and cable or other video sources. Even at a high-speed, 4K/3D/deep color output, this device requires no external power source.

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Brand
GANA
Model
4
  Best for Families

This HDMI splitter lets you display the same 4K Ultra HD or 3D output flawlessly on two devices at once. With support for HDMI v1.3/1.4, the tool can carry deep color and supports a variety of audio formats. The package includes the splitter, a high-speed HDMI cable, the user manual and a micro-USB cable for the power source.

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Avedio
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Our HDMI Splitter Buying Guide

With the proliferation of media devices and interconnectivity, we all need a way to manage multiple inputs and outputs such as game consoles, TVs and LCD screens, computers, cable and streaming boxes, casting devices and other media devices. However, many modern TVs and LCD monitors come with only one or two HDMI input ports. This is where HDMI splitters and HDMI switches come in.

HDMI splitters and switches are capable of taking multiple inputs and converting them to a single output, or taking a single input and split it into multiple outputs all without losing signal quality or speed. They eliminate the problem of constantly switching cables and simplify the setup and associated cable needs of multiple devices.

The first consideration with an HDMI splitter is how many inputs and outputs you need, and in which direction. Individual households usually need multiple inputs and one output that they can switch between. Venues like conference centers and sports bars often need a way to split a single input, such as a slide deck on a computer or a sports game on cable, across multiple output devices. Some HDMI splitters feature as many as 16 outputs.

Another consideration is whether the HDMI splitter itself needs an external power source. Some models draw their power from the signals they handle, while others require an external power source. Some splitters that don’t require an external power source do need at least two input devices to be on, while splitters that need an external power source add an extra cable to the equation.

DWYM Fun Fact

While the terms “HDMI splitter” and “HDMI switch” are often used interchangeably, they actually have distinct — and even opposite! — meanings.

An HDMI splitter takes a single input and duplicates it across multiple outputs, “splitting” the signal.

An HDMI switch takes multiple inputs and allows you to toggle to “switch” between them for a single output. Some devices are bi-directional, able to act as a switch in either direction, while others are truly two-in-one, allowing multiple inputs or multiple outputs from the same central device.

The HDMI Splitter Tips and Advice

  • Check the HDMI version number not just on the HDMI splitter, but also on the input and output devices and even on the cables. Modern HDMI devices and cables can carry 4K, 3D and deep-color video data and HD audio, but if the cables, splitter or input/output devices are older or of the wrong version number, they may not be up to the task.
  • HDMI versions are backwards-compatible. While newer version numbers are often required for the crispest quality on newer inputs, older systems should be compatible with new ones with no extra effort.
  • While many small and sleek HDMI splitters are attractive for their size and portability, don’t discount the bulkier devices. They are often larger because they provide cooling, allowing them to handle many outputs simultaneously without losing quality or speed.