Summary: Only port 1 would work and the device would not switch which renders this device useless. I also suspect that this device fried one of the inputs to a brand new View Sonic monitor, but I cant prove it. I suspect this because the port on the monitor worked before it attempted to use this KVM, but no longer functions.
Summary: It switches between the PC's without issue but my gripe is with the placement of the DVI connections which is very bad and awkward. It's not even remote control! So why configure them in such a way??? I bought it a while ago but until today I decided to hook it up. With the awkward configuration you have to think of creative ways for placing it around your desk; especially since the DVI cords aren't very long.
Summary: Reading the reviews for this product I thought the reviewers must be insane. Complaining that it only comes with DVI-I??? Well, it turns out that that's a bit more of a severe problem than they let on, and here's why: This device only comes with DVI-I cables, and they're not a standard DVI-I cables. One end is DVI-I, the other is DVI-I plus audio; i.e.
Pros: Great price because some KVM switches can be expensive. I was able to attach DVI-D cables and I was able to attach one DVI-D to HDMI without problems. Keyboard and mouse also work.
Cons: The 3.5mm audio is bundled into the DVI-I for input but separate for output which caused problems for me. For input, you have to use their cables which are way to short (4ft). The layout is also odd where outputs are in the front. The unit is also too light and will move around a lot. For those looking to do audio, I would suggest another box for simplicity. Also, you can't do surround sound over one 3.5mm with this KVM switch while using audio enhancing software.
AN AMAZINGLY SIMPLE AND TOTALLY AWESOME LITTLE KVM !
D. Solomon, Amazon
15 May 2013
Summary: 1 Easy to set up 2 Clearly packed, booklet that clearly illustrates the ports on the unit 3 Tech Support is -GREAT!!!!! easy to reach - reliable and smart and helpful 4 Screen resolution - same as before i had the box on the setup... 5 All my peripherals ( plus one huge mac display ) work on a Mac and a PC ! 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +5 = Happiness!!!! thank you StarTech !
Summary: I got the device setup properly using my two computers. I could switch between the two using the button on the front, but the keyboard shortcuts did nothing.
Pros: fast switching via button
Cons: keyboard shortcuts wouldn't work on my unit at all and neither would the software included with the unit - it didn't recognize any KVM was plugged in either on my Windows desktop or new macbook pro. Mouse hover events were also not registered on my macbook pro - not a big deal, but annoying none the less. I contacted their customer support with the above issues and their response was: "Unfortunately, we no longer support the software provided with the SV211KDVI. The o...
Summary: For the price, this works well enough for my uses. There are a couple gotchas though, that prevent it from getting 5 stars: - The connector layout is not well thought out; but this is not a major issue. - The included cables are DVI-I (and only 4 ft long), but you can use standard DVI-D cables in their place. Note that doing so will remove your ability to switch audio, as the audio cables from the computer are built into the DVI-I cables they provide.
Summary: Product ran great until the USB ports went out! Got a hold of the company, they ran me through a bunch of hoops (weeks). How they want me to box it up and send it to them. What the neck! I’ve never had to return a product this way. Most companies send you a box with return postage or other will send you a replacement product first and worry about your broken item later. The bottom line StarTech’s custom service and return procedures are the worst I’ve ever seen!