Get an HDMI switch and three cables for $11.99

Do you have an HDMI-deprived HDTV? For less than the price of a single HDMI cable, you can get three of them, plus a switch box.

For a mere 12 bucks (with coupon code), you can score three HDMI cables and a switchbox.
For a mere 12 bucks (with coupon code), you can score three HDMI cables and a switchbox. Meritline

Problem: you need to connect a TiVo, a Roku box, a game console, and other video goodies to a TV that's short on HDMI ports.

Solution: an HDMI switch box, which turns one HDMI port into many.

Over at Meritline.com, you can get a three-port HDMI switch and three-pack of 6-foot HDMI cables for $11.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code MLC227VN at checkout.

That code will reportedly expire after 200 uses, after which the price jumps back to its regular $15.99--which is also a mighty fine deal for such a bundle. As of this writing, the code was still active.

As I've mentioned many, many times in the past, most low-cost HDMI cables work just as well as their crazily overpriced counterparts (I'm looking at you, Belkin and Monster). I'm running maybe half a dozen "cheapies" in my house, and all of them deliver picture-perfect results.

As for the switch, it allows you to plug three devices into one HDMI port, automatically switching to whichever device is powered on. You can also switch manually as needed.

Given that it's still a challenge to find a single HDMI cable selling for below $15 at retail stores, this is one seriously good bundle.

That said, it's worth taking a peek at the 70-odd user reviews on Meritline's product page. Although users collectively rated the bundle four stars out of five, several noted that autoswitching doesn't always work properly--especially with an always-on device like a Roku or TiVo. If you have that kind of gear, it might be worth spending a little extra on a switch that has a remote for cycling through inputs.

 

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