Summary: Like many others have stated, the only way was to reboot, which means lost work if you were in the middle of something. AND, if I really wanted to waste time rebooting, I could just swap cables when I wanted to use the other computer. I was really looking forward to being able to free up desktop space by removing 2 of my 4 monitors. I should have spent the extra and purchased the IOGear.
Pros: The pros would be: nice small footprint and cheap price; however, since the device does not work, those really can't be pros. Bottom line, there are none!
Cons: You get what you pay for. Second channel would not display or wake up the monitors.
Summary: Others have complained about the device not working. It is somewhat temperamental. If you boot a computer and it does not have control of the monitors during the boot process there will be issues with only being able to view one monitor. If you boot the computer and allow it to have control of the monitors until it is fully booted you can switch back and forth and there is no issues. It took me a little bit to figure this out and was frustrating.
Pros: This is great for hooking up two separate towers using a single set of dual monitors, a mouse, a keyboard, and speakers.
Cons: See other thoughts. They're not really cons just some issues I came across that need some understanding when considering the product.
Summary: This had the potential to be a really great product, but it has given me one disappointment after another from day 1. Very sad.
Pros: Solid case, professional look. Lots of features including switching audio independently of the video and input. Came with high quality cables
Cons: It came with DVI-I cables, which are not compatible with any of my devices, so I had to purchase another $40 worth of adapters. If your computer is not on when you switch to it, or is booting up or even just waking up, it will very frequently not pick up the monitors, keyboard or mouse. The only fix is to disconnect the cables from the PC or hard rebooting the system. Every time I switch to my PC and the PC is in sleep mode, it takes 30 seconds for the mouse and keybo...
Summary: First monitor worked fine through this KVM switch, but second flashed on an off repeatedly. While on, second monitor displayed a smattering of green pixels across the desktop. I tried a couple different DVI cables, same behavior. Monitors both work fine when connected directly to the PC. As an aside, Newegg's customer service was excellent and timely. Gave me a refund and paid for return shipping. Thanks, guys!
Summary: Can't get a response from customer service via email. I sent in a RMA request and waiting for a response. I will probably have to call but don't see much progress with that either. KVM switches aren't cheap either.
Pros: Nice product when it works! Allows you to connect to two monitors per computer when it works right. I bought 4 of these KVM's and only 1 seems to be working correctly.
Cons: computer would lose video signal after a couple hours and it would have to be restarted to regain video. Connected KVM to another computer with same problem but it seems to work fine with HP computers for some reason.
Summary: Setup: 27" Dell Monitor @ 1920x1080 22" Acer Monitor @ 1680x1050 Razer Anansi Keyboard Razer Death Adder 3.5G Mouse Custom Build PC - Win 7 x64 MacBook Pro w/ Retina 13" (2012) Note: I had to use a DVI-D Dual Link cable from the KVM to the 27" monitor to get 1920x1080.
Pros: Works as I hoped. Some reviews had me worried but I am running a 27" and 22" with Razer keyboard and mouse from a Win 7 x64 and OS X machine with only very minor issues so far. Win 7 machine is a gaming PC and performance of the keyboard and mouse was important. So far, I have only had a very minor issue mention in the cons.
Cons: Green LED for the last device continues to blink when both devices are turned off. Support recommended plugging both computers and KVM power into a power strip and turning it off to kill the power which is bandaid to a design problem. The device should have a power toggle or a way to turn of the LEDs after X amount of time. Minor keyboard issue where a direction key continues to send after it has been lifted while playing games on the PC. Pressing the key again fixes ...
Summary: Would be nice if I could have both audio channels play at the same time. Listen to music from my personal machine and still hear notification beeps etc. from my work PC. I could always just not hook up the audio from the work laptop and control it independently but the KVM switch is too much fun. At this point only reliability would be my concern as I have seen some hit and miss reviews on Linkskey KVM's.
Pros: Dual monitors, USB and sound sharing. Many handy hotkey features. Compact w/ steel housing.
Summary: Overall, I gave this a three star rating because it *does* give me the ability to work with two computers with a KVM switch. However, the quirks make it a bit of a pain sometimes. By far the worst is the typing issue. I would not call myself an excellent typist, but I'm not horrible, and I am finding myself constantly having to go back and make corrections, usually adding a space between two words.
Pros: No problems to set up, has connected to everything fine, easy to switch between computers.
Cons: This switch has a number of odd issues. The first that I have noted is that in order to pull a signal from a given PC, you must first hit the switch button for that unit. If you turn on the PC, then try to switch over, it will not get any signal. I have also noted that once you start up the PC, you must open one or two windows before switching over to the other one. If not, when you try to switch back, it will not receive any signal and you have to reboot. The crazies...
Summary: Overall very pleased, especially given how affordable it is. This is a plug-n-play KVM that works great.
Pros: This thing works great. The metal housing gives it a sturdy feel. The switching buttons seem durable, though I rarely use them. I was a little worried that my wireless Logitech USB keyboard & mouse wouldn't work great, but this KVM handled it fine. The USB printer and audio channels work fine too.
Cons: It can drop the first key press after boot up, but I'm used to it now when logging in. Small nit. As others have said, this thing comes with DVI cables that have four analog signal pins around the flat tab conductor. I had to wiggle them out for 20 minutes to fit the DVI connectors that didn't have them. After hooking it up, I got interference lines on one of the monitors. It must have been due to my mangling the connector as a new DVI cable solved the problem. I gues...
Summary: More to follow if I can get in touch with the vendor and get support.
Pros: As expected. Nice professional unit, small,
Cons: Audio quality is very bad, lots of cross talk even when I separate the audio wires from the other wires, it maybe un-shielded cabling supplied or a defective unit but I have a mid-range sound system attached, and the sound quality is too poor to use it.