I had been using a PS/2 KVM switch between my Inspiron 8000 laptop and my desktop. Over time, the PS/2 port on the laptop has become unreliable (mouse position drifts). Using an external mouse and keyboard via the single PS/2 port also requires a Y-adapter cable, which tends to be a nuisance.
With this USB unit, I no longer need the PS/2 port. No more wandering mouse pointer and so much easier to plug in. Fantastic value.
the switch plugged in and worked perfectly without installing any drivers or anything on xp. the product feels solid and i would definately buy again. I havent tried the audio switch as I have a separate switch for that. The only problem i noticed is that my mouse has a usb to ps2 converter and it is a really tight fit into the switch (regardless, it fits)
If you have to share one monitor with two computers this is the switch for you,works flawlessly & as always (the most important thing for where I order my computer parts,also price of course)buy.com got it to my home super fast! A++++++++++++++++
This item replaced a much older, and bulkier, switch. It didn't seem to work at first but after a couple of reboots all has worked well (for over three weeks now). I now believe that was due to my computers installing the appropriate USB drivers. My favorite part is the audio capability. The older switch did not have that feature and I had two sets of speakers...My desktop is less cluttered now...Great buy.
This device worked out great. It was simple to install and works without any software or drivers immediately upon installation. About the only issue that I have is that it would be nice to have an option to connect a USB mouse instead of PS/2. Also, the PS/2 ports are a little too close to the VGA port, forcing the PS/2 connectivity to go in at a slight angle.
I had been looking for a KVM switch for awhile so when I saw the great price for this KVM I purchased it. I needed to connect a desktop running Windows XP SP2 and a desktop running Ubuntu Linux. I plugged both computers to the KVM (The directions were well laid out) turned the computers on and that was that. To switch between the computers one presses the scroll lock key twice. I didn't have to install any software. I had seen this KVM for about 30 to 40 dollars at Frys so I was very pleased with the purchase price (10 dollars after a rebate). I guess buy.com had a special sale on the KVM. I do wish companies did away with rebates or make them all electronic rebates for ease of filing one with the company.
One feature that I wasn't expecting was audio support. This unit comes with an audio jack. I have a 6.1 speaker system so I just connected the green plug, going to the speakers, to the side of the KVM and then plugged the green plugs hard-wired to the KVM to each computer's audio card. Audio works fine for both desktops. So I would recommend this KVM switch.
Good value, but the design is a bit flawed. First, I like the USB connectivity, as it makes it possible to work with my laptop that has only one PS2 port, and the sound switching is great, too. However, one glaring ommission is a USB port or two on the switch to accomodate USB mice and keyboards (easy since it all is converted to USB anyway). I am forced to use a USB to PS2 converter for my mouse, which brings me to my next point: the 3 ports are too close together. I had to force the USB/PS2 converter in at an angle(risky) and loosen the monitor cable to get them both in. It works, but the converter falls out easily if the switch is moved around.
This device connects a PS/2 (round connector) mouse and keyboard to two computers, converting them to a single USB connection (flat connector) that plugs into each of two computers. If you have PS/2 devices, this is perfect, but it's *not* what you want if you have a newer USB mouse or keyboard. -- Once connected, press the scroll-lock key twice, and you're looking at and controlling the other computer, press the key twice again, and back to the first. Compared to other larger and bulky KVM switches this one is tiny, essentially a cable with a larger than usual connector, which means it takes up no desk space. In addition, I'm successfully driving my monitor at 1600x1200 pixels from one of the computers, so the video handling is top notch. -- I do have one small problem. Putting one of the computers, a Mac, to sleep and getting it to stay asleep is tricky. When it's asleep, the mouse is still powered. The slighest move wakes the Mac up. I had to develop the trick of sleeping from the Apple menu and immediately pressing the scroll-lock key twice, turning the switch to the PC on the other connection so that mouse movements don't get sent to the Mac. A slight inconvenience, but it's the only problem I've had.
It's true that this product will not transmit features from multimedia keyboards, such as the play, pause, skip, etc. buttons that control your music playback. Other that this, it works great!
I originally bought this for a slightly different configuration. At my office, I have two computers: a desktop with one monitor that consistantly streams market information, and my laptop which drives two external monitors. I rarely need to access the desktop as I let it run all day long. However, when I did need to get to it, having the additional keyboard and mouse available was a pain. This product eliminated an additional setup from my desk.
I even connected the sound from each computer through this device to my one set of speakers. The only drawback (and obvious now that I think about it) is I wanted to playback an audio file on the desktop and continue working on the laptop (when I switch back to the laptop, the sound goes with it).
Even then, it solved a lot of problems, and my workspace is much cleaner!
Introducing the two port MiniView Micro USB Audio KVM switch from IOGEAR - the simplest way to manage two PCs or Macs from a singlePS/2 keyboard, monitor and PS/2 mouse and share the multimedia speakers among them. This self-powered KVM switch features mouse and keyboard emulation to ensure smooth operation, as well as support for Plug-n-Play monitors and most wheel mice. Our patented VSE Video Signal Enhancement technology provides rich, 32-bit color at resolutions up to 2048 x 1536. With KVM cables (6ft long) molded into the unit, all you need to do is to plug it into your computers, and you've got a complete KVM solution from IOGEAR.
1 x 2-port MiniView Audio Micro KVM1 x User manual1 x Quick start guide1 x Warranty registration card
Number of Computers Supported
Number of Local Users Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
2048 x 1536
2 x 4-pin Type A USB / 2 x 15-pin HD-15 Male Video / 2 x Line Out
1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Female Keyboard / 1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Female Mouse / 1 x 15-pin HD-15 Female VGA / 1 x Line Out
0 to 80% Non-condensing Relative Humidity
32°F (0°C) to 122°F (50°C) Operating / -4°F (-20°C) to 140°F (60°C) Storage
Analog KVM Switch
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Manufacturer Website Address
MiniView Micro USB Audio KVM Switch
Port selection through convenient Hot Keys PS/2 mouse emulation for error-free boot-up Saves space and reduces desktop clutter Plug-n-Play monitor support No software required Built in AutoScan mode LEDs allow for easy status monitoring
1 x 2-port MiniView Audio Micro KVM 1 x User manual 1 x Quick start guide 1 x Warranty registration card
Support for Microsoft Intellimouse, Logitech FirstMouse+, MouseMan+, and most PS/2 mice
PC / Mac
Computers with USB connections, and HDDB15 VGA connection PS/2 Keyboard and mouse To share audio, a multimedia sound card is required. Only support 2-piece, powered speakers systems
0.98" Height x 4.72" Width x 1.93" Depth
Number of Computers
2048 x 1536
Number of Users
1 x Local User
3 Year Limited
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