Review: Kinivo 501BN 3 and 5 Port HDMI Switch




The Kinivo 501BN 5 port HDMI Switcher is a must have if you need a HDMI switcher. I have 8 devices on just one of my TVs. (Hey I am a tester it comes with the job.) Even if you don’t have 8 devices I still recommend it as some of the cheaper TVs only have TWO HDMI ports.

I tested out the 5 port version but it is exactly the same to the smaller and cheaper 3 port version.


  • Very quick switching between inputs
  • Auto senses what HDMI port is active
  • Great remote control
  • Dose what it says it will do (Something kind of rare now of days)
  • Easy to setup
  • Works with some universal remotes (Harmony remotes seam to work with it)


Some devices like the Apple TV always leave their ports running even when sleeping. This prevents the auto switching from working. (That is an issue with Apple TV and other devices not an issue with the 501BN.) You can still use the manual switching if you have a Apple TV.


  • Switches 5 high speed HDMI inputs into one output
  • Can switch automatically (based on active input)
  • Works with 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i Resolutions
  • Supports manual switching using the supplied IR wireless remote or the button on the device
  • Supports 3D, HDCP 1.2 compliant; Deep color up to 36-bit
  • 1 year warranty

(Please also see the YouTube video for the full review.)

You can find the 5 port switcher on Amazon here:

Or you can find the 3 port version on Amazon here:

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