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Aten VanCryst VM0404H HDMI Matrix Switch Review



Now we get to the part we have been waiting for. To test the switch, I set it up on one of my Hi-def televisions and connected four different inputs to it. Since my HDTV only has two actual HDMI inputs, this allowed me to test having multiple devices without having to switch cables. I used this setup for a week not only for myself but for my wife and kids as well (ages 12 and 7 years old). During that time I gauged on a scale of 1 - 10, with ten being the best, on how easy it was to use, how easy it was to setup, cost and compatibility.


Input Devices:

  • Direct TV HD DVR Receiver
  • Patriot Box Office
  • PlayStation 3
  • Custom HTPC


Output Devices:

  • Samsung 42" 1080p HDTV
  • LG 47" 1080p HDTV










The Aten HDMI switch was very efficient at doing what it was designed to do. I broke down the testing into several sections, including ease of use and costs associated with implementing the switch. For ease of use and ease of setup I rated the Aten HDMI Switch a 9 because it is quite simple to setup. It is basically plug and go. Once it is installed and setup, the ability for my 7 year old to operate it without any issues speaks for itself. It is literally push button for what you want, either on the device or with the included remote control. When it came to the costs associated with implementing the switch, I gave it 7 out of 10. The reason the score was not higher is because the switch itself costs over $500 and the HDMI cables are not included. Since there are four input and four output devices, that means you would need a total of 8 HDMI cables. Since most devices come with them you should be ok but for others such as the PlayStation 3, which does not, you would need to purchase additional ones. This brings up the costs even more. Finally was the compatibility rating, for which it received a score of 10 out of 10. Every HDMI device I tried on the switch (all the ones I own) worked perfectly. I saw no video or audio degradation during the testing and watching many Blu-Ray movies and other HD content is crystal clear.

  1. Introduction
  2. Closer Look
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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