updated 11:35 am EST, Fri January 26, 2007
Evergreen HDMI hubs
HDMI hubs are becoming increasingly useful to wealthier home theatre enthusiasts, but few of them have a remote control, like the EG-HDMI201 by Evergreen. An infrared receiver on the hub is good up to 4.6 feet, letting owners switch between the two ports on the device without standing up. This also means that the hub can be kept relatively concealed, though it still requires line-of-sight to receive commands. Demanding users can upgrade to three-port or five-port variants. Shanghai Donya is selling the HDMI201 for 9,980 yen ($82), the 301 for 29,980 yen ($248), and the 501 for 39,980 yen ($330).