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Startech-sv231uadvi.14881367
5.4 out of 10

StarTech SV231UADVI

The SV231DVIUA 2-Port DVI USB KVM Switch lets you control two US Read more

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Overall 2
2.0

Absolute junk

Mark H., Newegg
12 April 2008
  • Summary: Was able to get the keyboard and mouse to work only using the hub ports, which disables using hot-keys and requires the power brick. This is the worst product I've ever purchased from Newegg.
  • Pros: If it works at all, the video signal is not degraded significantly.
  • Cons: Using the dedicated mouse/keyboard ports, the mouse response is choppy at best. The keyboard drops out constantly, and often repeats characters 20-30 times. When the device is first powered, it doesn't pass video until the cables are unplugged and plugged back in few times. (The cables are fine, tested elsewhere.) At random other times it will stop passing video on whichever port hasn't been used in a while.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good, but some quirks

Matthew B., Newegg
23 March 2008
  • Summary: In the end, it's a good piece of hardware for base tasks such as server room usage. If you want to switch between a work pc (laptop) and a gaming pc then you need something better.
  • Pros: Does it's job ok, and in a server room is probably excellent. I've noted littled video degradation at 1600x1200 and it seems quite reliable. Overall it's great, but it's not suitable for gaming or other high-end tasks. For your server room it's the cheese.
  • Cons: Does NOT support newer mice (4-5 button). Even if you plug newer mice into the USB hub rather than the mouse port (USB 2.0 vs 1.x) a five button mouse behaves oddly. Also, with vista I've experienced a lot of mouse freezes plugging the mouse into the hub rather than the mouse port. In the end, this switch only emulatese BASIC hardware. No mouse or keyboard expanded functions work. This is my experience with an M$ wireless mouse/keyboard 5000 and 3000. I also tested a ...
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Overall 10
10

Working great with Linux, Windows, and OSX

Christopher D., Newegg
6 March 2008
  • Summary: After all the mixed reviews and problems folks are having, I was worried I would encounter problems - I needed a USB/DVI KVM at work though, so took the chance. I used basic DVI and USB cables with this which cost about a third of what the official KVM cables cost.
  • Pros: No problems encountered with any OS - switching was prompt and provided immediate use of the target computer. I tried this out with a few systems, including desktop Linux (Ubuntu 7.10), Windows XP (32 and 64bit), and a MacBook Pro. My Windows keyboard extras all seemed to work right plugged into the keyboard port (I never use them though). Wired mouse seemed to be OK. Switching works without power.
  • Cons: To use my Logitech MX Revolution I had to plug the receiver into the USB Hub portion, which means this has to be powered to use this mouse. Response was incredibly sluggish and laggy plugged into the mouse port. The good news is, it works, and all OS's recognized all the buttons.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pleased (for the most part)

Anonymous, Newegg
19 September 2007
  • Summary: NewEgg describes the KVM as supporting 1600x1200, according to the manufacturer, it's actually = "Maximum Digital Resolutions 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz" - so I had to gamble on it working, luckily it did.
  • Pros: Running @ 1680x1050 with no problems, great picture. Internal hub is a nice feature. Good little box for the money and I would buy it again.
  • Cons: No cables - not that big of a deal, but I discovered that the cable that came with my HP W2207 doesn't work with the box. That was after an hour of pulling my hair out thinking that the box didn't support the resolution. I tried newegg support but that wasn't helpful.
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Overall 10
10

Awesome product

Kevin A., Newegg
10 April 2007
  • Summary: It's solid construction leads to a slightly bulky box, considering some of the D-Sub KVMs.
  • Pros: Solid - first thing I noticed when pulling it out of the box is the weight. It's construction is not plastic. It keeps it simple and top notch DVI switching. Best way to switch between two computers (ie. work and home) and maintain top-notch performance from your high dollar monitor.
  • Cons: NO CABLES, just a power supply. It would be nice to have USB and Audio cables included. I can let the lack of DVI-D cables slide, because I'd prefer to pick my own. But just give me some working, lengthy USB and Audio cables.
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Overall 10
10

Awsome KVM

Anonymous, Newegg
1 March 2007
  • Summary: If you like me and don't own a PS2 mouse or keyboad .an you need a powerd hub this KVM works Great. the is my first time buying from StarTeck.com and it rock stedey we'll made
  • Pros: I run two system one work one play but i do a lot on bouth .so this KVM works great .it come with 4 USB and works as a powerd hub i'v pluged my 7 port hub in to the KVM and i can runall my toys like scaner ,printer ect . and with the audo and mic hub you can be playing on a program like TS teamspeak or swich over to you work system and still have you music or what ever . the two butons in frount have two light each on telling you your USB hubs on line and working and ...
  • Cons: The start out cost get a bit much most DVI cabel run about $45 ech on up but after you get all the parts it run Awsome
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Overall 6
6.0

Maybe I just got a bad one......

suemccartin, epinions.com
7 February 2007
  • Summary: Great switch seems to be very well made, expensive, I just got a bad one but I'll try them again in the future.
  • Pros: dvi, usb hub, usb mouse/keyboard support, keyboard hot switching
  • Cons: no ps2 connectors, may not work with adapters
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Overall 10
10

Perfect KVM

Brett M., Newegg
8 September 2006
  • Summary: It's really nice how you can unlock the USB and audio switching from the video. If you are using one computer and playing music, you don't always want the sound to switch to the other computer.
  • Pros: Simple switching, programmable hotkeys, Switching audio and USB.
  • Cons: Push buttons seem a little cheap, but i use the hotkeys 98% of the time anyway
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Overall 8
8.0

limitations

David B., Newegg
20 July 2006
  • Summary: Since I have only one DVI port on my monitor this switch enables two computers to use it and the printer with push button changes.
  • Pros: It's a good switch, works well sharing a DVI monitor and printer with two computers. Small and well made, extra USB ports available with this device.
  • Cons: It does not work well with cordless keyboards and mice, in fact not at all. Confirmed with their tech support. Guess I'm stuck with cords or two KB's and mice.
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Overall 10
10

Great USB DVI Switch

Mark B., Newegg
20 July 2006
  • Summary: I have tried about four different KVM switches that support DVI and USB over the last couple of years. While most worked ok, none could do hotkey switching with anything other than a standard keyboard. Anything with extra buttons (i.e. volume control, web/email hotkeys, etc) would not work with hotkey presses.
  • Pros: Easy to install, hotkey switching, high quality 1600x1200 DVI video, USB/DVI switching that actually works well with 1600x1200 and an enhanced USB keyboard!!! (Been looking for nearly two years)
  • Cons: No cables included, but usually included cables are too short anyways.
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