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Apogee HDMI 3x1 Mini Switcher - No power supply needed

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3-Port
  • No power supply needed. External IR receiver base w/ remote
  • Switch easily between any three HDMI sources
  • 24k gold platted connector
  • Discrete IR remote (included)
  • HDMI pass-through
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Technical Details

Length: 3-Port
  • Brand Name: Apogee
  • Model: Toogoo
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

Length: 3-Port
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001JTQUYG
  • Item model number: Toogoo
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2008

Product Description

Length: 3-Port

The 3x1 HDMI mini switcher routes high definition video (in multiple resolutions up to 1080p) and digital audio from any one of the three sources to display unit. Three inputs accommodate the simultaneous connection of up to three high definition video sources, such as satellite systems and HD DVD players. The output sends the high definition audio/video signals to a high definition display. Aside from the manual switching, the switching can also done via the IR remote that is provided with the unit for added convenience. The compact design eliminates the bulk of an HDMI switcher while still having the same functionality.

Customer Reviews

It even automatically switches to the one device that is on or you can use the remote.
W. D. E.
Turn on cable box receiver and TV (DVD player turned off), TV views cable box receiver signal.
John
Comes with a remote and doesn't require any external power, making it easy enough to use.
A. Person

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By PeteM on March 12, 2011
Size Name: 3-Port Verified Purchase
Inexpensive HDMI switch works well to automatically share single HDMI port on TV between Sony PS3 and Apple TV (2nd gen). Note that Apple TV keeps HDMI port active even while in standby. So to support auto-switching make sure ATV is assigned to higher numbered port (lower priority) on HDMI switch. Plugging PS3 into port 1 and Apple TV into port 2 will support auto switching, since PS3 (port 1) overrides ATV (port 2) when the PS3 powers up, and relinquishes control back to the ATV when PS3 powers down.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Mills on July 20, 2009
Size Name: 3-Port
For about $20, my expectations weren't too high, but this product has done everything the description says it will do. There's three HDMI inputs on the "front" and one output on the "back" (front and back distinctions are at your discretion). Simply hook up your devices and then connect to your upstream television or other video display device. The box takes care of switching back and forth or you can use the included 3-button remote to manually swap.

It all works perfectly. The device does take about 30 seconds to notice that my Xbox 360 has been shut down, but I don't know if that's the fault of the box or if the 360 doesn't close off the HDMI port until the final moment.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Doyle on July 19, 2010
Size Name: 3-Port Verified Purchase
Easy to use, hook up and forget it.

I've bought and installed 2 of these...one in my own home, and one in (my 70 year old) mom's home afterward. Mine had worked out well, so when I was visiting Mom, I ordered one to help her manage her HDMI tangle, too. I felt confident it was automatic and needed nothing once set up, or I would have never left one behind with her to deal with (1,000 miles away).

I was settingup my entertainment center after receiving my Samsung 60" LED Samsung UN55C7000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV (Black) (which ROCKS...see my review!), to which I needed to run 3 HDMI devices over the one HDMI cable I had embedded inside the wall prior to installing the television.

This came with a remote control, which kind of worried me because I have WAY too many of those and didn't want to have to use one every time I wanted to change inputs. It chooses automatically, so the remote went into the "who knows what this is for" remote drawer and the unit works perfectly and chooses the input based on...whatever is giving out a signal, I guess. It works, and that's what matters.

It also came with what is usually referred to as an "IR Blaster" cable, one end plugs into a jack on the body of the splitter and the other end can be lead out to the front (and attached with velcro or tape) so it can "see" the remote control if you choose to use the remote.

There's a pretty bright blue led on this thing, you wouldn't want it shining in your bedroom at night. You could cover it with tape, or just stuff it behind the equipment like I did. I can still see a faint blue glow back there when I turn out the lights...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C3 on June 25, 2012
Size Name: 3-Port Verified Purchase
This device is more handy for most people who may have enough HDMI ports on their TV, than using the TV Input settings, so it is a great convenience. However one thing to consider and that is the function of the Auto-Select function. It too works as described in the little leaflet (not a manual) based on selecting ports 1 - 2 - 3 in that sequence based on which port has power. As an example if port 1 is empty and there is power on port 2 it will automatically select port 2 and so on. BUT! Most devices today never really turn off, they just go into a hot standby mode. If your device can be turned off/on by a remote, it is never powered off, but in a hot standby mode and probably sending power to it's cable/port.

In HDMI networking, if the device is in standby, it will most likely be powering the port. So if 2 or 3 ports have this type of device connected, the auto-select doesn't work. There should be a pretty good work-around though and that is a little matchbook size remote with 3 buttons, 1, 2, and 3. There is a little IR sensor you plug into the switch and route the IR sensor to a place where it can see your remote when you use it. The sensor itself is the size of a thimble. so pretty small on a 3 foot cord. Just take the little remote and label it with what device is on what port and press the button of the device you want to watch. This remote won't last as long as the rubber button type though, as it uses the little snap dome switches which will last a year or two at best, but for $10. Even if it fails, just buy two and have a spare at this price.

However with my three devices all having standby modes, so never being totally off, even the remote control doesn't make it switch ports. The only way is the manual switch button on the device itself, which is most likely hidden behind your TV.

So this isn't the answer for everyone, but it is cheap enough to be worth a try.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victor Weisser on April 9, 2009
Size Name: 3-Port Verified Purchase
Very nice unit for a very reasonable price. Does the job as advertised. Small size is handy for those with an aversion to clutter.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tlniec on July 10, 2010
Size Name: 3-Port Verified Purchase
EDIT April 2011:
A recent comment on my review got me thinking about this product again. After I tossed out the one that failed on me (I was just barely outside the return window), I bought another. That one has been working just fine for over 6 months. Based on this, I feel comfortable rating this as a 4. Based purely on functionality/size/ease of use/price it probably tends toward a 5... but questionable quality/reliability (i.e. you might get a lemon like I did the first time), holds it back to a 4.

EDIT August 2010:
I have bumped my review score from a 5 down to a 2 for this item. A couple of weeks ago, i.e. after just a month or so of use, I started having intermittent audio drop-outs... and then sparklies... and then complete loss of signal. Even after dialing from 1080i down to 720p and then 480p, no signal. After some troubleshooting, I bypassed this switch (keeping the rest of the LONG signal chain in place), and was able to get signal to my TV again -- implicating this switch as the culprit.
I am confused as to why it died a slow/gradual death, rather than a sudden one. There was a period of a few days where the switch was "usable," just with audio drop-outs and video sparklies before it finally gave up for good. Going to see if I can return this and get it replaced, or if I just have to take it as a loss (if so... at least it was cheap).

ORIGINAL REVIEW JULY 2010:
I bought this as part of the signal chain feeding HD sources in my basement to a new plasma TV installed upstairs over my fireplace (see my HDMI extenders review for more details). I selected it mainly because:
1. It has 3 ins to 1 out, which is what I required for my system.
2.
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