Belkin has quite a selection of high quality cabling and switch gear in its Pure AV range. The standout feature of the Pure AV line is that Belkin doesnâ€™t charge the earth like some traditional AV cable manufacturers, but the products still offer a massive improvement in quality over the awful, cheap cables that are often shipped with AV components.
The Pure AV HDMI switcher definitely looks the part, finished in a metallic grey, this solid metal box looks fairly industrial in nature â€“ just like most high-end AV components in fact. Measuring 182 x 77 x 24mm (WxDxH), the Belkin is a very compact solution. Of course itâ€™s easier to create a small HDMI switcher since the audio and video are carried through the same small connector.
This little box supports just about every resolution you could need â€“ 480i, 480p, 720i, 720p, 1080i and 1080p. Although 576i isnâ€™t listed in the specs, I canâ€™t remember seeing a device that outputs only 576i over HDMI.
The front of the switcher is adorned with a sleek, black plastic fascia. There are three green LEDs mounted in the fascia â€“ one for each of the three inputs. Thereâ€™s also a power indicator â€“ another green LED â€“ along with an IR receiver for the supplied remote control and an input select button.
Conspicuous by its absence is a power button, and donâ€™t go thinking that thereâ€™s a power switch at the rear, because there isnâ€™t. Basically thereâ€™s no way to actually switch the Belkin unit off, other than disconnecting it from the mains of course. I canâ€™t help but think that this is a major omission â€“ I have never encountered a single piece of AV kit that couldnâ€™t at least be put into standby mode!