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Works for me - maybe regarded as dual purpose ?
on 23 January 2014
I don't have a Sky box, Xbox or other games console so I can't make comment on problems that people with these pieces of kit have reported having with this little switch box but I'm guessing this is because Sky and Microsoft have done their own thing and ignored accepted HDMI standards. I do, however have three Humax PVR digital recorders and this switch box works absolutely fine with these - and has done for some eight months now.
The only annoyance I have is not the switch box's fault, it's the nature of HDMI itself. I can be watching a recording from one PVR when the screen goes black and a "no video available" message appears on screen. This happens when one or more of the other PVRs starts recording or does the night-time search for broadcast updates. I'm presuming a signal is sent from the PVRs to my TV saying "I'm alive, alive I tells ya .... look at me, look at me !" and the TV (no real will of its own) automatically switches over to that device (HDMI devices - pushy little devils !!).
Each of the input ports has a red led light showing which port is active, and they're all clearly labelled - so you just has to press the button (again clearly labelled) once or more until the right device is selected again. I sit quite close to my TV so this is no hardship for me, some people may actually have to move to reach the switch - ooh, life is so 'ard, innit - but this may be the only exercise some couch potatoes ever get, so you could actually regard this box as a dual-purpose device - HDMI switch AND exerciser. Not bad for a solidly built little piece of kit costing only £3.49 with free postage