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StarTech SV431DVIDDU
5.8 out of 10

StarTech SV431DVIDDU

This 4 Port Dual DVI USB KVM Switch allows four PCs, each with d Read more

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Overall 2
2.0

Get something else

Benjamin H., Newegg
20 December 2011
  • Summary: I had another Startech KVM that was more trouble than it was worth and this proved to me that their "professional" line is no better. I will be buying another brand, which I cannot name based on guidelines and am optimistic will be better.
  • Pros: Was a great concept, let me use two monitors on one KVM
  • Cons: Ports 3 and 4 failed within a couple weeks. The thing gets hot as a frying pan and has no fan. It's a pile of junk and I am returning it to NewEgg if its not too late.
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Overall 2
2.0

Could not score lower.

Victor R., Newegg
13 October 2011
  • Summary: I believe that the dual power source is the problem here. The 9V power supply and each PC USB power is to much or miss handled by the unit.
  • Pros: It works out of the box.
  • Cons: 1. Locks up occasionally (maybe once a month with daily use). See next con. 2. No reset/power switch, so when it locks up, you have to disconnect the 9V power and ALL USB inputs, which are inconveniently located under all other connectors. 3. Single-link DVI only (1920x1200 max). 4. I have also l...
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Overall 8
8.0

Mixed bag of good features vs. annoying issues

Bennett L., Newegg
12 January 2011
  • Summary: I've used this every day for over a year. Despite my many complaints, I am pleased with this KVM. The many issues, particularly the lockups/reset issue, dropped it to 3 eggs, but I gave it 4 because of its many features that other KVMs lack, like customizable hot-key, USB hub, ability to...
  • Pros: 1. Emulated KVM, which avoids the annoying monitor & USB device connect/disconnect (like cheap KVMs do) and the resultant delay while the PC (re-)connects USB device. However, see con #1. 2. CAN FUNCTION AS QUAD-MONITOR KVM!!! (Dual-DVI and dual-VGA using DVI/VGA splitters on both input and outpu...
  • Cons: 1. Emulated KMV = generic HIDs. Media keys and 5-button mice are fully functional as generic HIDs, but device-specific drivers won't work. E.g., IntelliPoint sees a generic HID, not a Microsoft mouse, so it won't reprogram the buttons. 2. Locks up occasionally (maybe once a month with daily use)....
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Overall 6
6.0

Fustratingly slow to switch

James M., Newegg
24 August 2010
  • Summary: Some mice can't be used with the USB mouse port, but I found that you can plug the mouse (for example, my Evoluent Vertical Mouse2) into the switched USB hub and it works perfectly.
  • Pros: Supports two 1920x1200 pixel DVI monitors x 4 computers.
  • Cons: I also have the occasional repeating key problem, but my biggest gripe is the 5 seconds my screen is blank when switching between computers. It is awfully annoying. I count to 5, look up, and the screen is still blank before the switching completes.
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Overall 6
5.6
Value for money 4
4.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 2
2.0
Overall quality 8
8.0

Buyer Beware

JEFF, TigerDirect.com
10 February 2010
  • Summary: Connecting this device between my two 30 inch DVI-D Dual-link only monitors limited my resolution to 1280x800. I had to switch to 22 inch DVI-D Single-Link monitors to get the results I wanted. The assignable USB and Audio ports are nice for my NMS server.
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Overall 6
6.0

A little overpriced...

Dave J., Newegg
23 April 2009
  • Summary: It's a nice KVM. I've been using the Linkskey KVM for a few years, which is PS/2 only, and now I needed one that supports USB keyboards & mice, so I grabbed this. It's more expensive, and even more so since you also have to buy your own DVI/USB cables, which can easily bump the price up another...
  • Pros: Front switches make selecting specific computers quicker. Switchable from front, user-definable hot-keys, and software. Switchable hub. Several configuration options; Keyboard/Mouse, USB hub, and audio can all be independently switched.
  • Cons: Doesn't come with cables, unlike the Linkskey PS/2 versions which sell for about the same cost. Has a nasty habit of getting locked into a key that constantly repeats, usually after an Alt-Tab operation. USB devices can't be made available to multiple computers simultaneously. Display takes a sec...
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