What is the difference between HDMI splitters & HDMI switches?

Written by: Jon Duffy



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If you’re tired of having to constantly swap HDMI cables between sources or need to show the same signal across multiple displays, an HDMI splitter or an HDMI switch could be exactly what you’re looking for. But what is the difference between HDMI splitters & switches? What do they do? And which one do you need?

What are HDMI Switches?

An HDMI switch is an ideal choice if you need to connect multiple devices to the same TV or monitor. Maybe you’ve got an Xbox, a PlayStation, a streaming stick and even a DVD player (for retro value), but you don’t have enough HDMI ports available to connect them all. You don’t need to manually unplug one to use another – simply use an HDMI switch!

HDMI switches feature multiple input HDMI ports for your devices and one output which connects to the HDMI port on your television. Now you can easily switch between the various inputs with the click of a button.

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What are HDMI Splitters?

Need to show the same output across multiple screens? An HDMI splitter is the way to go. It accepts one input source and shows the content across more than one television or monitor.

From creating multi-display setups to sharing console gameplay across two or more screens, it’s a simple and convenient solution that won’t leave you tangled up in multiple HDMI cables worried about which device is plugged into which display.

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Which one should I get?

The only other major factor to consider is the resolution you’ll be working with. Make sure you check whether the HDMI splitter or switch can handle Full HD or 4K Ultra HD visuals so there’s no loss in quality.

You can check out our full collection of HDMI Splitters & Switches here, so explore our range and create your ideal AV setup at home or in the office.

About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.