Excerpt: This purchase replaced an identical unit that started malfunctioning after 5 years. The fact that I chose the same one indicates my satisfaction. One reason I like it is that it works perfectly with Windows8. There's essentially no setup. Connect all the pieces, then turn on each computer. It's that simple. And at the price it's hard to beat.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Fast, Reliable, Works With Win8
Summary: Nice KVM switch but it doesn't work with my CRT. It does work with LCD monitor. I didn't try the audio. Contacted IOGEAR Tech Support. They are friendly but seem to have limited knowledge of their products.
Summary: If you're looking for a KVM that will handle a wireless keyboard and mouse, and won't appear as a reconnecting/disconnecting set of USB devices to your operating system, this is the unit for you.
Pros: I bought this KVM to replace the GCS42UW6. The 42UW6 doesn't emulate a keyboard or mouse, so it will support any number of weird keyboard and mouse configurations, but the downside to it is that Windows 7 is a giant pile of junk, and will stop responding to keyboard/mouse input after enough switches back and forth.
Cons: None. Works as described. Can't ask for much more than that.
Summary: I purchased so when I work from home I can use my work laptop running Windows and my custom built PC running Ubuntu with a single mouse, keyboard, set of speakers, and monitor (extended desktop when using laptop). It works as I expected and switches flawlessly between the two machines. I'm using a Dell keyboard and wireless Logitech mouse.
Summary: I had another brand that was just a physical USB switch so it added/removed a USB hub, keyboard, and mouse, which with Windows 7 and 8 took about 3-5 seconds and was really annoying. Be sure to put the keyboard and mouse directly in the correct ports, they are only labeled white-on-white on the bottom of the unit.
Pros: Emulates the keyboard for each side so text input switches instantly. Mouse still is added/removed from each computer though, probably because they have more state (programmable input rate etc), but is also instant. This is good because if you want to switch other devices you can use a hub on the mouse port. Special keys like calculator work with a Microsoft keyboard (didn't try others).
Cons: Built-in cables. I don't need the VGA or sound cables (2 monitors, want sound from both computers at once not switched), but I'm stuck with them. The box doesn't have buttons anyway so doesn't need to be on your desk so there's no reason it has to be so small that it can't have connectors.
Excerpt: It does just what it is suppose to do. It allows me to connect two computers to one monitor,keyboard, mouse, and speaker system. Just tap the scroll Lock key twice to go from one computer to the other.