Excerpt: I use 1 tower just for accessing the Internet, and the other for personal and business use. This allows me to use one monitor/mouse/monitor to switch between the two. While one internet computer is busy downloading, the other in doing business number crunching as an example. Another benefit is, if one computer fails, I'm still up and running with the other while the failed one is being fixed. Switches is a breeze.
Pros: All In One Compact, LEDs Show Current CPU, Quality Cables and Jacks, Very Quick Switching, XP Up Plug and Play
Excerpt: I bought this product to share a monitor between a PC and a security DVR. Pros: -It is very simple to use and it works very well for how it was intended. Cons: -It requires a keyboard to switch between the monitors (striking Scroll Lock twice) -It only has PS/2 connections which are becoming outdates however it clearly is intended for PS/2 connections.
Summary: I have seen some complaints regarding positioning this unit on ones desk. Who wants this and why? personally I have enough stuff on my desk. It's not like you have to hit a button on the unit. although it is equipped with lights to show which channel it is serving, I have no need to have them in sight to tell which computer it is serving. As far as mounting goes I suggest cable ties and cable tie mounts. Try mounting it with these under your desk.
Pros: Long cable length, works with usb to ps2 adapter, simple hot key switching.
Cons: none. I have owned two of these for at least five years without any issues.
Summary: Has worked flawlessly with every keyboard, mouse and monitor I've thrown at it over the last 5 years, including a few USB devices with USB->PS/2 adapters. Also including an older Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse combo that had separate cables for each device. Newer wireless combos tend to send both devices through a single USB cable, and I'm not sure how well that will work with this thing.
Pros: Been using one of these for a long time now.
Cons: - It is what it is - PS/2 and VGA, in a world in which new PS/2 devices are nearly extinct and VGA is phasing out.
Summary: i had no idea such a thing existed. and now i use it all the time. and i do mean all the time. so useful. if you are ever using more then one machine for w/e reason. this baby simplifies the situation. no more jumping from keyboard to keyboard. no more diggin that ancient monitor out of the closet.
Pros: ability to use one keyboard one mouse and one monitor on two machines.
Cons: limited to two machines? as if thats a con..
Summary: Just plug it in and turn on your computers. This thing works like a charm and a simple press of the scroll lock key twice will switch between the two computers. The only thing that it doesn't share is the speaker output but for less than $25 I'm not going to complain. The unit is small, the cords are long and it couldn't have been easier to install. NOTE - This assumes that you have a PS/2 keyboard AND mouse..