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: 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.
Summary: Very satisfied as a whole though, and I get a lot of troublefree use from it.
Pros: An excellent product for what it is....Works great as a switch; never have to wait for it to catch up with what I'm doing. I use it with my Windows XP machine and my Macbook pro, and have never had any issues while switching between the two machines.
Cons: The audio ports produce a lot of noise when the speakers are routed through it. I've since disconnected the speakers and given up on them. I guess having a true analog audio switch combined is a little too much to ask for when making a kvm switch. I wish it was a metal housing, and had a little weight to it, instead of the small little plastic housing that it's in. I've kinda had to hide it behind the monitor to keep my desk space as clean and free on cables as possible.
Summary: when i got it, newegg had it for around half price. at regular price it isn't quite the bargain that i got it for, since the TRENDnet TK-209K appears to be the *exact* same item for lower cost. the trendnet unit is a different color of course, but look closely - the same exact design implies that both KVMs are built by a third party for branding by *both* startech and trendnet.
Pros: USB, audio, hotkey switching. have not had any operational issues at all thus far.
Cons: slightly pricey at regular price. short cables (4 feet) included. this turned out to be a pain for my use. furthermore, while longer KVM cables are easy to come by, extending the audio cables means buying two male to female extensions, since startech doesn't seem to make longer audio cables for this.
Summary: Says the mouse port is optimized for mice and took a chance that it would also accept normal USB items. Used the mouse port to plug in a 4-port USB hub (mousepad, mentioned above), and it seems to work fine (although that might cause the keyboard interference I mentioned). Well-worth the price I paid, even if the kb issue is caused by the KVM switch. It's a minor annoyance for a major convenience, and a terrific price.
Pros: Highly cost-effective, works as advertised. Has no trouble switching between my desktop and my laptop (which I plug in on-the-fly when I need it). Provides a convenient location and method for using the desktop monitor, instead of having to plug/unplug the monitor and peripheral cables every time I want to use them.
Cons: Occasionally, my USB keyboard will act a little weird. This *could* be because I also had a Zonet 4-port USB Mousepad with Speakers plugged in as well (since returned). Sometimes, I'll type, what I've typed doesn't show up on screen; then it races to catch up. (Similar to having a *really* slow Internet connection.) I can't tell if this item is the cause, however.
Summary: While my list of cons is long, those are merely nitpicking issues. I definitely recommend this KVM switch if you need a low-price one that can do audio and USB.
Pros: No ghosting at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 resolutions, woo! Great feature list, hard to beat at its price range.
Cons: Requires USB bus power. The Scroll Lock + Scroll Lock key combo doesn't seem to work in XP for me, but manual switching makes this otherwise irrelevant, and I may be doing it wrong as I'm using this to switch between my laptop and my Xbox 360, and I'm currently not using the other VGA+USB cable provided, so this may be my own doing. I also wish the VGA and USB portions could be seperated farther apart, but these are all picking nits.
Summary: When dealing with KVM switches, you get what you pay for. There are certainly KVMs that offer higher quality video and audio, but they tend to cost a lot more. This is a solid unit for basic use.
Pros: No issues when switching between my Macbook Pro and Windows Vista desktop PC. Video quality is better than I would have expected.
Cons: Short cables. Audio quality is mediocre at best.