Review: Pelican System Selector Pro
Author :        Date : 26-Nov-10

If you are an old school gamer like myself, it goes without saying that there is a significant need for additional standard def television inputs due to the large library of systems requiring this type of A/V connection. Typically I’ll play games across a variety of consoles – the last thing I want to do is mess around behind a TV switching out cords and the like. The Pelican System Selector Pro was/is my salvation.

This device features an impressive 8 A/V (Composite / S-Video) and 3 Component inputs. Additionally, there are three Ethernet ports for sharing a broadband connection between systems that utilize this technology. One of the best features is the convenient front A/V ports (hidden by a concealed door) which allows quick access to plug in and play those ‘occasional’ systems in your collection.

The performance is exceptional with both CRT and HD television sets. I have never experienced degradation of signal nor lag time regardless of the what systems I have hooked up. Newer models come with a remote, but in all honesty I think this is pretty useless. I greatly prefer the simple push-button method of selecting a system on my older model rather than trying to fuddle around looking for a remote.

The Pelican System Selector Pro is not a small unit. Measuring in at a healthy 9.5" D x 17.0" W x 2.5" means that you will have to allow some space in your display. The design does meet industry standards, so this is a stackable unit with other components in your A/V rack. Contrary to what may be initially communicated by the feel of the rather light weight, hard plastic chassis, this switcher has been extremely durable over the nine years that I have had it. A customizable, lit name plate is located directly above each console/device that is connected to the Pelican System Selector Pro.

Overall this is highly recommended for any gamer that has multiple systems they want to have connected to their TV. If you want to spend more time on gaming rather than jockeying cables, the Pelican System Selector Pro is for you.

Pros

  • Significantly frees up those precious ports on your TV by providing 8 A/V connection for your gaming systems
  • Built-in mini ‘router’ is extremely convenient for those that do not have access to a wireless environment

Cons

  • Plastic construction feels a little fragile, but I have had no issue with it at all over the 9+ years that I have had it.
  • Externally powered by an included AC adaptor, so you will need to free up a spot on that surge protector for this unit

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