Good product. Great when you have to fix other people's computers.
G. Rogde "G.R.", Amazon
11 January 2015
Summary: Great when you are fixing computers. I hate always having to unplug my main system to fix other people's stuff. Sometimes it doesn't want to switch everything and you may have to go back and forth several times to get everything working.
Excerpt: I knew I wanted a switch and the sales associate helped with the details. The in stores help was great and when I needed additional assistance the Staples .com customer service representative provided the service that we seldom get in today's business world. In both situations STAPLES was well represented. The switch I purchased is of good quality and reasonably priced.
Summary: I bought this to replace a different brand that stopped working after about a year. This model and brand plugged right into my existing KVM cables, so I didn't even have to disconnect my computer side cables. It works very well so far. This will be the fourth model I have bought and the most expensive. The other, cheaper models all stopped working after about a year. Time will tell if this is a better product.
Summary: It is almost a good product... It does its job except for 2 issues - one of them is critical! Since it receives its power from the USB port it may not receive power at boot time. While your Windows OS is booting up Windows looks to find a keyboard and occasionally needs one (after a crash, to select which method of startup to use). Windows 7 in its great awkward wisdom stops and hangs sometimes when the keyboard is not seen (XP has a similar behavior, sometimes worst).
Summary: Scroll lock doesn't work to switch between computers when a computer is turned off or running linux. The OS shouldn't matter, but it does. Hotkey on both scroll lock and numlock. I use numlock for numlock so switching computers using this key is inconvenient. This is a common mistake made my KVM manufacturers and often hard to determine using their documentation.
Summary: Good device. Allows switching of keyboard, mouse, microphone and speakers. I suspect works great switching between Windows based machines. Disappointing that it does not work with Linux. The only way to switch from Linux is with the buttons on the box itself. Apart from that a nice cheap USB KVM.
Summary: Delivered promptly and on time. Everything was in the box as stated and it was very simple to install. I ran the software CD on both PCs (Vista) and the little switcher programme installed without difficulty. Plugging in the cables was straightforward and obvious - the diagram in the instruction booklet was clear and unambiguous. Operation is also simple.
Summary: Pretty good product. Does exactly what it says on the box. In case anyone is wondering, you don't need a USB mouse & USB keyboard together - it is possible to have a single USB dongle which (wirelessly) connects to a mouse and a keyboard. To get your machine to display its correct resolution on boot, just make sure your KVM box is set to receive input from your booting machine.