Are you looking to run the same signal on two TVs or computer monitors without going into complications of ordering a different receiver? If yes, it's time you invested in a good HDMI splitter. These nifty devices take the input from a single source and split the signal into multiple sources. So be it running the same TV program in multiple TVs or extending your laptop's display into two monitors, this clever device makes it all possible.
However, buying an HDMI splitter is not as easy as it seems. You'll need to check the number of outputs plus the resolution supported and how the video is rendered on the TV.
Well, that's where we come in. We have hand-picked some of the best HDMI splitters for TVs that you can buy.
HDMI Splitter vs. HDMI Switch
The terms HDMI Splitter and HDMI Switch are often used as the same. Just a search on Amazon will throw up dozens of results with both the terms jammed in.
In truth, both splitters and switches are quite the opposite. While HDMI Splitters takes in one input and distributes it among different devices, HDMI Switches take in multiple inputs and direct it to a single device. In the latter, the user gets the option to switch between the many HDMI inputs as per their preference. Some devices even bundle a neat remote to switch between the different inputs to make the job easier.
On the other hand, HDMI Splitters remove the hassles of connecting TVs to multiple TV receivers or inputs. Instead, it lets you duplicate the display to two or more devices like monitors and TVs.
Now, that we have settled it, let's see some of the best HDMI splitters for TV and dual monitors. But before that:
The Powlaken HDMI Splitter is a small pocketable device that is perfect for in-home entertainment. It effectively mirrors the display into two outputs. The rendered picture quality remains unchanged, and you will be able to enjoy the original picture quality on both the displays. It works just as great on 4K TVs and 4K monitors (see best 4K IPS monitors), provided you use the right HDMI cables. The maximum length of the output cables can be up to 60ft, which gives you plenty of room to route your cables.
This splitter supports a wide variety of audio options, and you don't have to worry about lags and jitters.
It's a simple plug-and-play device that is easy to setup. Plug in the two output cable at the one end and the power cable as well as the input HDMI at the other end. The crux of this device is its sleek looks, and you can rest assured that it won't spoil the look of your overall desk setup.
The Powlaken HDMI Splitter is quite popular on Amazon and has collected an average rating of 4.6-stars out of 5 on Amazon. Fakespot estimates around 80% of these reviews are high-quality reviews and can be trusted.
However, this device is powered through a micro-USB port, and given the rarity of the Micro USB cables, you'll want to hold on dearly to the power cable, should you decide to buy it.
2. Techole 4K Aluminum HDMI Splitter
Number of outputs: 2
Supported resolution: 4K x 2K@30hz, 1080P @30hz, 1080P @60hz
Another compact HDMI splitter that is suitable for a wide range of devices and use-case scenarios is the one by Techole. Like its counterpart above, it allows you to mirror a single display into two and supports a wide variety of audio options. It supports a multitude of devices such as PCs, gaming consoles (Xbox & PlayStation), streaming sticks, and Blu-ray DVD players. It bundles two handy LED indicators near the HDMI out ports that display the connections' status.
The support for HDMI 1.4 means you will get a theoretical 10.2 Gbps speed. Like the HDMI splitter above, you can extend the cables up to 10ft, with the maximum length of the input cable being 40ft and the output cable being 60ft long.
Interestingly, it's small and portable, and the unobtrusive design makes it easy to blend in the background. The connections are firm, and you won't have any loose fittings.
However, do note that not all splitters can mirror displays from streaming sticks like Fire TV Stick due to HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection).
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3. 1x2 HDMI Splitter by OREI
Number of outputs: 2
Supported resolutions: 3D, 4K and 2K@30hz, 1080P @30hz, 1080P @60hz.
The feature which sets the HDMI Splitter by OREI apart from the rest is that it can bypass HDCP from the HDCP-protected content. Another plus is that it comes with a power adapter and doesn't need a dedicated power cable to draw power. However, that comes at the cost of the device size. Compared to the two products above, the OREI HDMI splitter is a tad bigger.
Orei offers three splitter variants. While the one mentioned here lets you output to two devices, there are options for 4 and 8 outputs, though the latter will find more usage in a commercial establishment.
The 4K HDMI Splitter by OREI is quite popular on Amazon and more than five thousand user reviews. Fakesopt estimates that 90% of these reviews fall on the positive spectrum and are reliable. When it comes to the price, it's around $3 less than its counterparts above.
Do note that it doesn't support HDCP 2.0 & HDCP 2.2.
The Keliiyo HDMI Splitter steps up the game and lets you duplicate up to 4 displays. Yep, you read that right. This one supports 4K resolution at 30Hz and distributes the audio and video signal evenly among the connected devices with minimal latency in both audio and visual streams. The good thing is that you can check the status of the connections via the LED indicators at the body.
This Keliiyo comes with its power adapter and doesn't need a dedicated power line. And, it supports a variety of devices like PS4, PCs, TV receivers, laptops, and so on.
If you are looking for large-scale HDMI splitters with more than 4 HDMI outputs, the J-Tech Digital HDMI Splitter will be your best bet. This one has a whopping 8 HDMI outputs. Plus, it bundles a sleek and slim look and is easily portable and is apt for small businesses or cafes.
So what sets the Avedio Links HDMI Switch apart from the rest? Well, it's one of the few switches which can stream 4k@60Hz. So whether you want to duplicate your 4K display or run your favorite PS4 game in full resolution in two screens, this one lets you do so. It has a small footprint and needs an external power source like the first device in the list. It also supports a wide range of audio options. It supports almost all the popular audio options including DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD.
Furthermore, the company claims that the device is compatible with HDCP 2.2 devices and can bypass the said certification. Now, that's something.
Do note that both your displays must support 4K, else the display will downgrade. For instance, if you have hooked it up to an HD monitor, the splitter will downgrade the display to 1080p in both, even if the other is a 4K monitor.
Double the Fun
With these small but effective devices, you will be able to split the display into two or more displays with a lesser amount of wires and clutter. Most makers do not ship any wires with the kit, so make sure to invest in some quality HDMI cables. At the same time, do keep the distance between the source and the destination in check as it can lead to deterioration in signal quality.
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