Aten VanCryst VM0404H HDMI Matrix Switch Reviewajmatson - September 14, 2010
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How many times have you had to get up and switch around cables for your TV or other devices? It seems no matter how many connections a vendor makes on a media device or television you never have enough. I have done it time and time again: forgot what device is plugged in after getting comfortable only to have to get up and jumble cables to get the right setup. On my HDTV I have two HDMI inputs and four media devices which I use to view content. Having to constantly switch cables around each time my family or I want to watch something gets really annoying.
Aten has designed an intuitive device to battle these problems with the VanCryst VM0404H HDMI Matrix Switch. The HDMI switch simplifies life by allowing you to connect not only multiple input devices but to also transfer the video and audio sound to multiple televisions and monitors. The VM0404H provides a simple operation that is so easy a child can select the correct devices with little effort. If you have ever suffered from lack of high def connectivity this review will open your eyes to a whole new world. Without further delay how about we dig into the Aten HDMI Matrix Switch.
The Aten VanCryst VM0404H HDMI Matrix Switch comes packaged in a plain looking box with the Aten logo on the front and rear. On the side of the packaging there is a product label which identifies the contents and lists what is included. There is also a diagram of the type and voltage of the power plug that is used for the unit depending on the country and requirements. In this case (for the US) there is a standard vertical prong type plug rated at 120v/220v.
When you open the packaging it shows how well Aten wanted to keep your product protected. The company encased the ends in foam to prevent damage from movement and wrapped it in a protective sleeve to keep it from being scratched or dented from the accessories. Included with the Aten HDMI Matrix Switch is an IR remote control, four rubber feet, manuals, rackmout kit and the power adapter in the white box. Below is a diagram showing how the device can be configured for use according to Aten.
Now that everything is unpacked we can get a better look at the switch itself.