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Does NOT Come With A USB-AC Adaptor, Battery Compartment Won't Open
on December 26, 2017
I was about to give this 4-5 stars. I glanced at the other reviews, & found William Bentrim's, where he mentions regarding the remote, "I tried to open the battery compartment just to see how hard it would be to replace the battery. I could not get it open.".
I then checked it & learned that he is correct. Either there's a design flaw & it won't open or it requires a very special trick that perhaps customer service may or may not provide. To significantly rephrase Mr Bentrim's conclusion, It appears to me that when the battery dies on the remote, it's time to consider throwing the remote in the garbage.
The other issue, while inexpensive is a real issue: It does not come with a USB to AC adapter. It has a USB charging cable, but no adapter to plug it into an ac outlet. If you're using it in a pc or a monitor with a charging port, I guess that won't matter; but in my case I was fortunate to have an extra Kindle USB-AC adapter. I strongly suggest ordering an adapter along with the unit! Oddly, in the description on Amazon, it states that power is not required. However, they come with the power cord (just not the plug), an input for power on the unit, & statements about the power cord in the owner's manual. I embarrassingly admit I did not try it without the AC before putting it away in the closet (I don't need the extra jacks at this time, my tv has 3).
Other than those 2 issues I was pleased; the unit worked flawlessly (though I had a brief learning curve that the unit will not power up at all until an HDMI source is plugged in; I briefly thought it was DOA. It wasn't; but it's very useful to know this!).
The switch works fine (though it takes a couple seconds for the new source to appear on screen) & if there is any picture degradation it's minor.
This would be very useful for someone with a TV or pc monitor with not enough HDMI ports.
Unfortunately the battery issue & to a lesser degree the lack of an adapter that probably costs under $1.00 at wholesale precludes a recommendation.