I’ve not bought a new TV for about 10 years. Have a Samsung LCD that does the job.
However it’s starting to show its wear and tear, marks on the screen etc so, with the PS5 calling my name next year I thought I’d have a look at the market.
I’m presuming I’m going 4K.
Now, I don’t care about the model, size wise I’m not looking for a behemoth (I think my current one is 42" maybe? which is fine), but what I really REALLY want is one that has built in HDMI switching so I can connect my Apple TV, my PS4, and our Virgin Media box to it and not have to have a second box sitting around.
Anyone heard of such a thing, because googling just brings up multiple ideas of which is the best add-on switcher device… and any ‘best 4K’ review lists are full of specs that, ultimately I have a sense of but in reality I don’t give a … about because I’m not after the best of the best here.
But what I DO want is convenience. Specs be damned. Why can’t I find one with a built in HDMI switching capability and at least 3 or 4 HDMI ports? If there is such a marketplace for switching devices as additional purchases, surely someone offers it built into the TV?
Bonus points if you get one that doesn’t bog me down in ‘smarts’ I just need a screen!
Most TVs now have at least 4 HDMI ports and support CEC.
This means the TV can switch to the right input automatically and HDMI devices can even turn the TV on or off.
I think this is what you’re asking for?
Yes, as per that article above, all new TVs have it but will call it something different just to annoy you.
It’s in the same family of stuff that allows the TV to send remote control commands back down the HDMI to the device so for example you can use your TV remote to press up down left right ok pause and have that sent to your PlayStation so you don’t have to use a joypad to control bluray menus or playback.