D-Link 2-Port USB KVM Switch with Audio
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- Device Type - KVM Switch
- Form Factor - External
- Dimensions WxDxH - 5.5¿ x 2.4 ¿x 1.1
- Weight - 0.9 lbs
- Weight - 0.9 lbs
Amazon.ca Product Description
Control two computers using one monitor, USB keyboard, and USB mouse with D-Link 2-Port USB KVM Switch with Audio Support (KVM-221). The KVM-221 allows users to effortlessly control two systems without having to buy additional computer peripherals. It is ideal for the home office where business files are kept on one computer and personal files on another. With the built-in audio support, you can also share a set of speakers between two computers. Listen to music on one computer while having quick access to resources on the second computer You can even dedicate one computer as a music server.
From the Manufacturer
Simple to install and easy to use, the 2-Port USB KVM Switch with Audio Support (KVM-221) is the ideal solution if you are looking for a dedicated music server, a professional working from home, or youre simply looking to add another computer to your work station. The D-Link 2-port KVM Switch with Audio Support allows you to control two computers with a single monitor, USB keyboard, and USB mouse. Use the "select" button or keyboard hot keys to easily switch between two computers and perform multiple tasks. Unclutter your desktop and simplify your workspace with the compact D-Link KVM-221 KVM Switch.No drivers or software is required. It is a true plug and play device that will have you up and running quickly. Once connected, you can easily switch between the two computers with the front panel "select" button and keyboard hot keys. The built-in audio support allows you to share a set of speakers with two computers. This enables you to listen to Internet radio or voice conferences on one computer while surfing the web or performing other tasks simultaneously on the other. Use one computer as a dedicated music server while having full access to the other computers system resources.
Features and Benefits
- Easy to install and even easier to use
- compact in size, making it fit into virtually any workspace
- With the built-in audio support, you can also share a set of speakers between two computers
- Ideal for the home office where business files are kept on one computer and personal files on another
- Frees up your desktop space, minimizing wires and extra devices
Top Customer Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
1) Video: Reduces the quality of the image, also adding flickering;
2) Keyboard: Doesn't recognize my G15 Gaming Keyboard... it works as a generic keyboard instead, no macros nor LCD;
3) Mouse: Performs adequately here;
4) Audio: It adds significant noise even at low volumes;
My suggestion? Wait for the DVI KVMs to get cheaper.
D-link support said it will not.
Granted, I was planning on buying a different mouse and I may still try to use this KVM, but I've got a feeling I'll end up buying the Connectpro KVM that everyone is going on about.
Now, negatives on the other hand...
- The audio passthrough noticeably degrades the quality even though I have far from golden ears
- The USB ports introduce all the issues associated with antiquated first-generation USB hubs e.g. keys locking in after having been released, noticeable frequent lag for both keyboard and mouse, eats the occasional keypress (particularly modifier keys or repeated keys, e.g. the second S in 'press')
- Fairly loud internal beeper every time you press select.
- Intercepts Scroll Lock for the keyboard-based swap - which doesn't actually work.
- The box itself is light, attached cables are far heavier, so it'll rest at about a 20 degree angle, weighted towards the back.
- Because keyboard shortcuts don't work, you'll have to keep this where you can reach it, which probably means on top of your desk. Enjoy the many extra cables!
Overall, this is only good for machines which see very occasional use. If you have exactly two server towers in a corner and want to minimize the peripherals to manage them, this is perfect. But if you thought as I did that it'd make a good low-cost alternative to a laptop dock for your workplace, think again. You'll just be rolling out the welcome mat for several annoyances.