Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector Review

One of the cheapest 4K, HDCP 2.2 HDMI switches around

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3.5

Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector

Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector
Lifewire / Emily Ramirez

What We Like

  • Minimalist design

  • Incredibly cheap

  • Supports HDCP 2.2

What We Don't Like

  • No remote

  • No HDMI female output

  • No HDMI 2.0 support

The Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector is an extremely cheap, reliable product for those that need 4K-capable HDMI ports. It doesn’t have as many features as a pricier switcher, but it gets the job done.

3.5

Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector

Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector
Lifewire / Emily Ramirez

When looking for an HDMI switcher, some consumers want the most minimal option they can find. Meet the Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector. It has no remote, outputs to HDMI female, and relies on the user being nearby to switch inputs, but it supports 4K video at 30Hz and is HDCP 2.2 compatible. Best of all, it’s one of the cheapest 2.2-compatible switches out there, and it just works. For the right consumer, this switch is a perfect solution to expand the number of HDMI inputs in your setup.

Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector
Lifewire / Emily Ramirez

Design: Basic but solid

The Goronya HDMI switch can operate up to 1080p/60Hz or 4K/30Hz. It has no remote, so switching inputs involves pressing the manual select button on the switch until the correct input is selected. There are three total HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, all housed in a shiny metallic body. While the body doesn’t look very luxurious, it’s sturdy and compact, and the switch has a steel-braided cable for HDMI output. The steel braid ensures that the cable never breaks from blunt force, but that does not make the cable immune to degradation from twisting over time.

The Goronya switcher is pretty spartan, little more than a handful for ports and an LED light to indicate which input is active.

The Goronya’s major design flaw is its lack of an AC adapter or other dedicated power device. Because it inherently draws power from whatever input devices it’s connected to, this can cause interference in the switch’s function with specific products--notably, the Playstation 4, the Apple TV, and the Roku. These devices never truly “power off” their HDMI signal, so auto-switching may not work properly with these devices plugged in.

Setup Process: Some unfortunate oversights

To set up the Goronya switch, we plugged our PC, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation 4 into the HDMI inputs, and we connected the output cable to our BenQ HT3550 using an HDMI male to female adapter. In setup, it’s already apparent this switch is designed for TV use: it comes with no remote, meaning the switch must be in an easily accessible location. However, most projectors are ceiling-mounted, so the switch must either be located on the ceiling or connected to a male to female adapter. We feel that this inconvenience could have been easily remedied with a remote or a standard USB female output, since HDMI cables tend to be male on both sides.

Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector
Lifewire / Emily Ramirez

Features & Performance: Fairly bare-bones

The Goronya switcher is pretty spartan, little more than a handful for ports and an LED light to indicate which input is active. It outputs up to 4K at 30Hz and is HDCP 2.2 compliant, so while you can’t watch movies or game at 60Hz you don’t have to worry about compatibility with Blu-ray players or streaming sites. It also supports HDR, 3D output, and Dolby TrueHD audio to make the best use of your playback devices. Additionally, it has automatic switching, so it will switch to a newly activated input. On average, it takes about nine seconds to switch inputs. 

It outputs up to 4K at 30Hz and is HDCP 2.2 compliant, so while you can’t watch movies or game at 60Hz you don’t need to worry about compatibility with Blu-ray players or streaming sites.

The Goronya switch doesn’t support HDMI 2.0, unfortunately. With HDMI 1.4 output, you may lack the bandwidth to support the maximum output of your devices. Given that since the switch is only capable of 4K at 30 Hz, however, you’ll likely never find yourself pushing against the data limits of 1.4. 

The Goronya also lacks some quality-of-life features, such as a remote and a Picture-in-Picture mode, but it does offer solid, reliable performance. Over time, the switch may degrade because of its exposed design, since the cables and ports are free to twist and bend.

Price: Ridiculously cheap

For about $15, the Goronya 3 Port HDMI switch is a great budget option. It’s not the most convenient option out there, but it has HDCP 2.2 compatibility, a rarity at this price point. If you want to upgrade to a model with a remote, a 3 port, 4K/30Hz switch with HDCP 2.2 compatibility should start at about $30.

Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector vs Smartooo 23031 HDMI Switcher

If you’re looking for a more fully-featured model, the Smartooo 23031 HDMI Switcher is about $30 and offers three inputs, a remote, HDCP 2.2 compatibility, and 4K/60Hz playback. It’s a great value for its features and rock-solid performance, though it does cost twice the MSRP of the Goronya. That said, doubling the price means you’re still only paying $15 more, and the Goronya feels comprehensively like a more modern, user-friendly switcher.

Final Verdict

The Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector is a no-frills package. 

For $15, It’s a fine choice if you want to spend the absolute minimum amount of money for a functional switcher. It packs all the essentials you need for 4K streaming, including HDCP 2.2 compatibility, but to keep prices this spectacularly low it omits 60Hz output and a remote control. 

 

Specs

  • Product Name Goronya 3x1 HDMI Switch Selector
  • Product Brand Goronya
  • MPN HDM.ZWB.FBA003
  • Price $15.00
  • Release Date April 2016
  • Product Dimensions 6.5 x 5 x 2 in.
  • Warranty 18 months
  • Screen Resolution 4K @ 30Hz
  • Ports 3 HDMI In, 1 HDMI Out
  • Formats Supported 12-bit color, HDCP 2.2, HDMI 1.4
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