This is the first DVI-KVM switch I am using. The unit is plugged into two Dell Precision 690 workstations with quadro FX cards and 30 inch Dell monitor. The switching between the two systems (linux and win-XP) is excellent. NO hickups whatsoever!. Based on bad reviews on other KVMs (including ones from Belkin) I was little but apprehensive in ordering it. But my dicision did not go wrong. If you want a DVI based KVM switch that supports upto 30 inch monitors with high resolutions, this is the card to go. Just buy with confidence. I am a tech savvy guy with lot of high-end supercomputing systems and graphics intensive workstations (quadro FX 4600 series). You will not go wrong with this switch.
I upgraded my IoGear VGA/PS2 KVM for this DVI KVM. Let me start by addressing the issues stated in another reviewers bad review on this product (review was found on another site).
The following things are true.
- The unit is bigger than you might expect so take a look at the dimensions... it sits over a foot wide. Not really an issue for me - I've got a spot for it and it looks nice where it is.
- Yes They use LEDs that are brighter than the average bear for the indicators on the buttons, again - I don't really have an issue with that either just noting it.
- Yes the unit is light and with all the cables hanging off the back you might need double sided 3M tape or something to keep the front from constantly lifting off the desk, it was not necessary for me because my desk sits on a wall and the wall helped with the tension on the cables (the arc of the cable has them rest against the wall taking the pressure off the KVM). This is true but not a knock on the product, as the fact of the matter is this is a SOHO unit, its designed to have solid features at a good price. Using a plastic housing helps them with their costs so they can offer it at a lower cost.
At any rate those are the items in the bad review, in my opinion they are mainly non-issues. As far as anything not working at resolutions etc... I'm not getting that, my box works great. I have 3 different PCs running now, with a 4th pending once my docking station ships. Everything works like a champ, and that's all I can say.
So in the end. I got a product from a known SOHO manufacturer that does what it said it would, and I got it at a price better than any else I could find.
DO note the following. These are DVI-i so adapter may be necessary if your PC outputs DVI-D or other such thing. Additionally DVI to VGA adapters to support a legacy PC off of one of the ports don't work. Not the $10 simple adapters (you might be able to get this to work with the powered DVI to VGA converters but they are expensive, prob better to buy a cheap graphics card).
I have usb hard drive attached as a peripheral. The switching works great. One of the three machines I have connected is a standalone machine with legacy software needed for work. I used to have to keep plugging and unplugging the drive between that machine and a laptop used to transmit the customizations to other sites. Now it's just a push of the button. The hotswappng works well with no issues. I had to rank the performance as a 4 because there is still an outstanding issue with my quad-core HP that is does not recognize the keyboard during a boot up. I get around that with a usb extension cable and plug the keyboard directly to it just during boot up. A pain, but I don't reboot that machine very often, so I can live with it until I get it resolved. Also, my MS natural keyboard and mouse occassionally drop off and I have to unplug and replug them in. But had the same issue with my prior Belkin VGA KVM. I'll blame that on MS for now.
Overall very pleased with the product
I just replaced my Belkin F1DD104L DVI KVM with an identical one; the first one died in a power failure (as did other equipment). I like the functionality a lot, especially the ability to separate video and audio. I switch among four systems, and like to listen for incoming messages on my work computer. What I do NOT like about it is the annoying beep when switching that many others have mentioned. [ScrLk]+[ScrLk]+B does not seem to work to suppress.
Share one monitor, keyboard, and mouse between UP to four computers
With Belkin's newly redesigned SOHO KVM Switch, you can share your monitor, keyboard, and mouse with up to four USB computers. You can also connect one set of speakers and use them for all your computers.
The SOHO KVM Switch helps to increase your efficiency and productivity at home or in the office by reducing desktop clutter while keeping access to all of your programs and files spread across multiple computers.