Here’s what to do if your TV doesn’t have enough HDMI ports

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Running out of HDMI ports on your TV sucks. Are you meant to actually stand up and switch cables from one gadget to another like a goddamn animal? The thought of it makes me choke with rage.

Unfortunately, not having enough HDMI ports isn’t a big enough reason to change your TV (I wish). So, what can you do? Shout at the clouds? Burn down your town and salt the earth? Attack and dethrone god?

Really, none of those are needed. Just get yourself a HDMI switch.

As the name suggests, this is a clever little gadget that helps you switch between HDMI ports. Yes, I know, I know.

Okay… so how will it help me when I run out of HDMI ports?

Well, how a HDMI switch works is simple. You have one output (which goes to your TV) and a selection of inputs that you plug your games consoles, disc-players, or whatever else into.

To illustrate this, here’s the incredibly poor diagram that shows how my personal HDMI switch works: