Over the past few years, the quick rate of adoption of HDMI has turned it into one of the most common audio/video connections available, present in just about any type of next-generation device. However, much to the users' discontent, most HDTV sets are equipped with just one HDMI interface, which obviously means that they will be able to connect just one HD signal source at a time.
And this is exactly the reason why Belkin, a company specialized in the development of all sorts of connectivity solutions, has launched back in December 2007 the the HDMI 2-to-1 Video Switch, which will allow users to connect and easily toggle between two HDMI devices and watch full 1080p video on their HDTVs.
As expected from such a device, Belkin's switch supports all HD resolutions, namely 480i, 480p, 720i, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. Furthermore, it is capable of maintaining the highest HDMI single-link video resolution and also works with HDCP-compliant devices, and provides quite a high level of versatility, as it connects and switches between both HDMI and HDMI to DVI cables.
Furthermore, it comes packed with a remote control that allows users to choose the desired input from the included IR remote control. Furthermore, the switch doesn't require an external AC source, due to the fact that it is powered directly by the HDMI cable connection to the HDTV.
The HDMI 2-to-1 Video Switch from Belkin is currently available in stores for around 50 US dollars, which is a pretty good price for such an item, especially taking into consideration that all HDMI-related devices still have some pretty high price tags, due to the fact that, after all, we're talking about a very last-gen technology.