“This component video switch features the ability to have 4 inputs to 1 output and a remote control to control which device is being used”
Name of product: 4-In/1-Out AV Selector Switch With Remote (AVs41I)
- 4 Inputs (S-video and composite video connections) and 1 output
- Remote control
- Small design
- Easy installation
- Very affordable
- The small design makes it easy to find a place to put it
- Sometimes just stops sending a signal and needs the input to be selected again
- Manual selection is not possible
- The remote seems to have a lot of buttons that don’t do anything
- Poor documentation and support
This component video switch features the ability to have 4 inputs to 1 output and a remote control to control which device is being used. The inputs supported are rather lacking with only S-Video and composite video connections being supported.
The good things that this component video switch presents are a low cost and a small design. The cost of switch is comparable with other low end models and has shortcomings like some of those also that will be discussed. The design is very convenient as it allows you to pretty much put it anywhere you’d like without it being too much of a sore to the eye.
This device has a great deal of shortcomings I found when compared to other component video switches. One thing that was really irritating was the fact that occasionally it would stop sending a signal from an input device. The only remedy I could find was the device needed to be restarted.
Another big pet peeve is that the component video switch does not have manual selection buttons; I found this detrimental because sometimes you may need to manually switch and also the fact that the remote seems to have buttons that don’t do anything; it would be nice to be sure I’m getting everything I can out of this component video switch.
The last pet peeve I found about this switch was the fact there seems to be very little documentation for this device in any location, whether it’s the instruction manual or online. There seems to be no one to answer questions either or to help you with technical support.
Overall I would say to stay away from this component video switch as you’re pretty much just wasting your money by purchasing it. There are better options out there, even at this price range. Check out the other component video switches on this site to find much better buys.
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Posted on Sunday, March 7th, 2010.