Summary: I needed a switch that has DVI but still uses PS/2 for the keyboard. For the price, I am quite satisfied. Something to be aware of, the DVI out (as in the cable that goes to your monitor) is NOT female.
Pros: Inexpensive PS/2 port for keyboard DVI Audio Switching
Cons: When you turn on a computer with the switch set to the OTHER input Windows will reset your monitor resolution when you switch back. This is just a nuisance really, but it does reset all of your icons. It's been a while since I used a KVM switch so this may be more of a problem with current techno...
Cons: In response to IOGear's response, I already used the IOGear live chat, but their 'solution' did nothing. When I reported this to chat again, I waited for over an hour, with no response via chat. I've already returned the unit for full refund.
Summary: I wrote the previous review too soon, as I didn't have the audio connected yet. When connected, I realized that this device causes Windows to announce 'Found New Hardware' every time you switch computers. What a pain.
Pros: Handles USB Mouse and PS/2 Keyboard.
Cons: Causes Windows XP Pro to announce the 'Found new Hardware' sound every time you switch computers.
Pros: I did not use this device before returning. I should have researched this more thoroughly with IOGear before buying. Newegg was very good about the RMA.
Cons: Description on Newegg site did not have full hardware requirements as stated on IOGear box. You must have a PS2 port for keyboard on the computer and a USB port that supports the mouse on the computer. I did not use this device before returning.
Summary: This style of unit ('Y' in line with pair of cables) is made by several vendors but all are based on same chipset. This is only one that I am aware of that does not require an external power supply - very nice. Other vendor's unit ran very hot - may be a generic problem with chipset, we shall see.
Pros: This is my second 'Y' style KVM unit - I had a B*#!&^n that failed (twice). This one does not require an external 5VDC power supply - a plus in my book. Works fine with my 1600 x 1050 monitor sound and (directional beam) microphone. Second USB connector is nice but I haven't had opportunity to us...
Cons: 'Y' style unit is not easy to position on desk - no integral fastener to hold it in place so it drops to floor or wherever it feels like. Not a problem unless you have to dig it up to change connections.
Pros: Easy to set up and use. Hard button is a nice alternative to using hot keys.
Cons: Doesn't always switch over the sound or mouse. This may be a problem with Windows though - it's hard to tell. Works best when both computers are on - meaning if you shut one down, make sure you switch to the computer that's still on before the first one shuts down or you could lose mouse and soun...
Summary: Video - When either of my two PCs enters sleep mode, and i'm using the other PC, when i switch back and wake it up, the screen (sometimes, but not always) drops to a low resolution (1024x768). This is extremely annoying, and requires that i manually change the resolution back to the 1900x1200.
Pros: Small, very compact. Reduces the MASS of cables i used to have under the desk. Button is great feature.
Cons: PROBLEMS! Keyboard - keys occasionally seem to 'lock up.' The KVM indicates to the PC that it's held down, when it's not. Sometimes it's one of the ASWD keys, and othertimes its the shift or ctrl. They PC thinks the keys are held down until you hunt the key down and press it again. Disconnecting ...
Summary: I have to go shopping for a PS/2 keyboard to use the hotkeys. Tried the PS/2 -> USB converter and it does not work with my D#ll keyboard. I really like this KVM despite it's cons. If you can overlook the few flaws that it has it is a solid KVM for work and play.
Pros: -Hotkeys options are very nice -Switching is ultra fast compared to other KVM's I have -Compact -Comes with external remote (wired) -Supports my D#ll 24" LCD -Makes wire management easy -Affordable
Cons: -Wires are not modular, you are stuck with the ones on the KVM. Plan on buying extension cords/adapters for all cables on the KVM if your computers or computer/monitor are really far away from each other. -The wires that go to your two computers are different lengths. Odd design choice. -Hotkeys ...