Customer Review

Reviewed in Canada on January 25, 2021
I have been working on a couple of projects running from my Raspberry pi and have been interested in adding bias lighting behind my 65” TV for quite some time now but I have yet to find a solution with low enough latency to run it effectively. I have tried several options from the world of USB capture devices but they all either require a significant financial investment ($150+) or several adapters to accomplish the desired setup. Seeing as this is a hobby project, a $150 investment seems like overkill and having several adapters (4k HDMI to 1080p HDMI, 1080p HDMI to composite input, and composite inputs to USB inputs) is just a nightmare to accomplish and seamlessly run software for.

Using plenty of Ezcoos products before for different projects, I have come to rely on some of their tech to keep my system up and running smoothly. Recently I discovered that Ezcoo has a USB 3.0 capture device. I was expecting it to fall in to the “investment overkill” category but I was pleasantly surprised. Coming in at right around $100 including shipping, and with the promise of better specs than some of the leading competitors, I was eager to give this a try.

What I like….

1. 4k HDMI passthrough with splitting! - Most options that have HDMI input only seem to work at 4k@30hz, NOT 60hz! This is frustrating as I try to keep things as close to 60hz as possible to avoid issues. In addition, Ezcoo has included the ability to split the HDMI input into a USB 3.0 output simultaneously with the HDMI passthrough. This allows you to forgo the extra HDMI splitter if you need a separate signal as I do.

2. HDMI downscaling and EDID management - This is great for being able to adjust your output for different situations. I have a setup that requires my 4k input to be downscaled to 1080p as my bias lighting setup does not handle HDR content very well and responds better to a downscaled image. This allows me to have the ability to view 4k content if I choose to but also use the DIP switch to enable to downscaling when I want to use bias lighting.

3. Good compatibility - I have tested the USB 3.0 Capture device with a several capture programs and all but one of them was able to see the device and use it as expected the first time. The only time it did not function properly, I simply had to restart my Mac in order to fix the issue. As a bonus, the latency remained nearly the same with almost all programs I tried. Almost no lag was experienced with using both the lookout and the HDMI passthrough.

What I did not like….

1. Getting it set up with my Raspberry pi - Maybe it was the fact that I have limited experience with Linux or maybe its because its new project for me, but, I had issues getting things up and running on Linux. Once I got things going, it was smooth though.

2. Access to the DIP switch - The DIP switch works well but it is also quite small! I had some issues with accidentally moving a second switch with my fat fingers and not knowing it. This lead to almost 10 minutes of not understanding what I did wrong until I looked very closely at the switch. It would be best to use a small screwdriver or even the tip of a knife would work.

3. Lastly, Understanding the EDID settings on the bottom of the unit was a bit hard. The pictures are there but sometimes it is hard to figure out what switches are on/off.

Ezcoo includes a couple of cable ties and 2 mounting brackets that are helpful. They also include 1 USB 3.0 cable and a couple of Velcro pads for sticking the unit to the side of a cabinet or TV.

Overall, the build quality and performance matched more expensive options that I tried but it also had the great additions of EDID management, simultaneous HDMI passthrough/loopout, and wide compatibility. So far, this has performed just as well as much higher cost options, if not better in some cases. Ezcoo has done a great job on implementing all the features it has at a reasonable price point. I am looking forward to seeing what Ezcoo might add to this setup in future iterations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value! Good Results!
By Josh on January 25, 2021
I have been working on a couple of projects running from my Raspberry pi and have been interested in adding bias lighting behind my 65” TV for quite some time now but I have yet to find a solution with low enough latency to run it effectively. I have tried several options from the world of USB capture devices but they all either require a significant financial investment ($150+) or several adapters to accomplish the desired setup. Seeing as this is a hobby project, a $150 investment seems like overkill and having several adapters (4k HDMI to 1080p HDMI, 1080p HDMI to composite input, and composite inputs to USB inputs) is just a nightmare to accomplish and seamlessly run software for.

Using plenty of Ezcoos products before for different projects, I have come to rely on some of their tech to keep my system up and running smoothly. Recently I discovered that Ezcoo has a USB 3.0 capture device. I was expecting it to fall in to the “investment overkill” category but I was pleasantly surprised. Coming in at right around $100 including shipping, and with the promise of better specs than some of the leading competitors, I was eager to give this a try.

What I like….

1. 4k HDMI passthrough with splitting! - Most options that have HDMI input only seem to work at 4k@30hz, NOT 60hz! This is frustrating as I try to keep things as close to 60hz as possible to avoid issues. In addition, Ezcoo has included the ability to split the HDMI input into a USB 3.0 output simultaneously with the HDMI passthrough. This allows you to forgo the extra HDMI splitter if you need a separate signal as I do.

2. HDMI downscaling and EDID management - This is great for being able to adjust your output for different situations. I have a setup that requires my 4k input to be downscaled to 1080p as my bias lighting setup does not handle HDR content very well and responds better to a downscaled image. This allows me to have the ability to view 4k content if I choose to but also use the DIP switch to enable to downscaling when I want to use bias lighting.

3. Good compatibility - I have tested the USB 3.0 Capture device with a several capture programs and all but one of them was able to see the device and use it as expected the first time. The only time it did not function properly, I simply had to restart my Mac in order to fix the issue. As a bonus, the latency remained nearly the same with almost all programs I tried. Almost no lag was experienced with using both the lookout and the HDMI passthrough.

What I did not like….

1. Getting it set up with my Raspberry pi - Maybe it was the fact that I have limited experience with Linux or maybe its because its new project for me, but, I had issues getting things up and running on Linux. Once I got things going, it was smooth though.

2. Access to the DIP switch - The DIP switch works well but it is also quite small! I had some issues with accidentally moving a second switch with my fat fingers and not knowing it. This lead to almost 10 minutes of not understanding what I did wrong until I looked very closely at the switch. It would be best to use a small screwdriver or even the tip of a knife would work.

3. Lastly, Understanding the EDID settings on the bottom of the unit was a bit hard. The pictures are there but sometimes it is hard to figure out what switches are on/off.

Ezcoo includes a couple of cable ties and 2 mounting brackets that are helpful. They also include 1 USB 3.0 cable and a couple of Velcro pads for sticking the unit to the side of a cabinet or TV.

Overall, the build quality and performance matched more expensive options that I tried but it also had the great additions of EDID management, simultaneous HDMI passthrough/loopout, and wide compatibility. So far, this has performed just as well as much higher cost options, if not better in some cases. Ezcoo has done a great job on implementing all the features it has at a reasonable price point. I am looking forward to seeing what Ezcoo might add to this setup in future iterations.
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