Cons: I USE to recommended IOGear products on a regular basis to all my friends, family and corporate needs. This will not happen anymore. Their current RMA process and procedure of not allowing a cross shipment for a defective warrantied part is ridiculous. Expecting customers to wait anywhere from 7- 10 days at the earliest to receive a replacement product is just bad customer support and service.
Pros: Using this in a government facility to image workstations for refresh. Cables are plenty long.
Cons: Couple things I've noticed: (1) goes from normal scroll lock+scroll lock+ (up or down arrow key) + enter....to a more complicated input method. (2) I have a Dell keyboard with a built in smart card reader but the card reader is not present on the machine -- the solution being you need a separate card reader. Aside from these two small issues, I've not found anything significant that would stop the normal person from using it. Obviously the home user won't be using sma...
Cons: I believe I got a defective KVM switch, however these are the issues I ran into just in case: KVM kept disconnecting the monitor Monitor would go out of sync Mouse would disconnect Monitor defaults would randomly change Resolution would randomly change to low res I was using two Dell monitors that worked well with other KVMs and 4 other computers all different configurations.
Summary: Like I said, the switch works great, while it works. For $220 I would hope for something with a little more longevity to it. In my opinion, looking at a yearly cost for KVM switches is not the way to go.
Pros: This KVM has sturdy switches that don't break down over time. I do appreciate the front USB ports that can be swapped around to whichever machine you need it on, much more convenient than always pulling and plugging it in to whichever machine you need.
Cons: The only reason I give it 2/5 is due to how well it works, WHILE it works. I originally started off with 2 of these and they ran great for 1year and 1.5 years respectively. About half a year after getting these the front USB ports stopped working for swapping between computers. Nothing end of the world but it was a nice functionality to have. I had assumed that I had gotten some bad luck after the first one died only a year after purchase so I went ahead and ordered a...
Summary: It isn't the cheapest KVM out there, but being able to switch a dual-head system between 4 boxes rocks. This is the perfect thing for multi-OS development work.
Pros: It's a great little unit - I've got a Mac, a Vista box, and two Linux boxes set up on it, and it all works fine. Had a little problem with the ATI drivers on the Ubuntu box, but the Mac, the Vista box, and the NVidia drivers on the CentOS workstation handled it perfectly. Being able to leave the sound on one box while you toggle to another is a really awesome feature - it means I can leave music playing while I'm doing the KVM shuffle.
Cons: Cables can be a bit short if you've got a spread-out workspace. I couldn't find a DVI version of this - a lot of modern dual-head cards are DVI-only, and having to scare up enough adapters is annoying.
Summary: There are no good, inexpensive 4 port switches. LinksKey is a better switch, even though it is more expensive
Pros: Great size. Good instructions. Integrated cables.
Cons: The USB leads on the integrated cable are too short. They should be the length of the cable itself instead of half that. Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 was not recognized. Tech support agreed the keyboard wouldn't work even in the "custom" USB port. Returned switch.
Summary: I did not hook up my speakers to the switch, so I can not speak to that functionality.
Pros: Worked perfectly. Hotkey computer switching works fast and flawlessly. I have used several other KVM switches which had problems in this area - either not always switching the first time you key in the hotkeys, or having serious lag time, but not this model. Picture quality is also good for both monitors.
Summary: I have a Windows laptop, a linux workstation, and a G5 hooked to this full time. The 4th port is my "bench" port for other machines I may be working on. I've been using it 8 hours a day for over a year and really haven't had a problem.
Pros: I've been using this for about a year and a half and it has worked great for me. I especially like the fact that when you switch ports you don't have to switch the audio. If you just tap a different port it keeps the audio on the one you want, you hold down the button if you want to switch the audio too. Build quality is nice with metal casing and rubber/plastic end peices so it won't scratch your desk.
Cons: Occationally, maybe once a month, my Windows laptop looses the keyboard and I'll have to plug the KVM USB lead into a different port, but I blame Windows.