- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.7 x 5.6 cm ; 1.2 Kg
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
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- Item model number: GCS72U
- ASIN: B002K0TU2C
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 Nov. 2009
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,070 in Electronics & Photo (See Top 100 in Electronics & Photo)
IOGear 2-Port USB Cable KVM Switch with Audio and Mic
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- One USB keyboard, USB mouse, and VGA monitor control two computers
- 2.1 Stereo audio and microphone support
- 3' long molded-in cables to simplify setup
- Compact design features two attached KVM (USB and VGA) cables
- Computer selection via convenient a one touch pushbutton switch that can be placed on your desk
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The IOGEAR 2-Port USB Cable KVM allows users to share a VGA monitor, a USB mouse, a USB keyboard, a set of powered speakers and a mic between two computers. Users can switch between computers using a manual pushbutton switch located on a wired remote that can be placed on your desk for convenience.
The GCS72U offers an out-of-box solution with no additional cables, power supply, or software needed; it's simple plug & play. It supports multiple operating systems including Windows, Sun, and Mac. It is the ideal KVM for those who want a competitively priced, entry level KVM that will allow them to multitask with two computers at their convenience.
Cable length: 0.91 m
Colour of product: Black
Compatible operating systems: Windows XP / Vista 32/64\nMac OS X+\nSun Solaris\nLinux, UNIX
Connector(s): 4 x USB, 2 x VGA, 4 x MiniPlug
Top customer reviews
Fortunately, this little device worked perfectly, first time.
I am now sharing a wireless keyboard and mouse(Microsoft Keyboard 100 set), and an AcerX233H monitor between an HP laptop in a docking station, and my MacBook Pro.
Yes,....I am using a Microsoft wireless set up on my Mac, and it works perfectly on both. As as result I have reclaimed over half my desk and now have a kit set up to die for!
I think the key is that there is no software involved - it's a mechanical switch rather than relying on keyboard softkeys.
It arrived today and, while I don't have the monitor yet, I have been able to test the switch and it works very well. The cables for each computer are bundled together as a single wire when leaving the switching block, making it much easier to manage cabling and avoid the spaghetti disaster that normally comes with a more complicated setup.
Another feature that helps keep cabling hidden is the remote control switch. This operates on a toggle basis so is only one buttons and attached to the switching block with a good length of cable so this can be conveniently located at the side of a desk or wherever else you wish it to go. I'd recommend buying some cable tacks to keep this tidy, and perhaps some double sided adhesive if you plan to fix the button to the underside or side of a desk.
The build quality seems good and the connections are well fitting and secure. The switching time is very fast (not too important for me as I'll be changing monitor inputs too) and as long as one of the computers is on power is maintained to these USB devices which might be important if your keyboard has some advanced features involving temporary memory.
All in all this seems like a great product and, crucially for me, works without the VGA connections being in use. I can't actually think of any way this product could be improved!
The quality of the image on the 1680x1050 LCD monitor is good both when I'm on one and the other computer. Each switch takes from 1 to 2 seconds of video blackout: not long enough to be annoying. Never failed on thousands of switches I did in several months.
I also used the KVM switch (during one day only) with the same monitor and laptop, but with a different computer (with a more powered graphic card) and I had some problems with the video quality each time I switched to this last one: the image was a little blurry and required to be re-calibrated each time (annoying). That is said to understand that the type of connected hardware can impact on the performance of the KVM switch.
The switch of the keyboard and the mouse is almost immediate (no delay), except some times (roughly 10% of the times) one of the two hangs up for few (roughly from 1 to 5) seconds before waking up.
I give 4 stars instead of 5 only because I think this technology can be still a little improved with a 'zero' delay video switch (there are some KVM switch that do that, but much more expensive), no keyboard/mouse hang up, no different connected hardware impact.
I use the KVM switch with an USB to USB data transfer cable (instead of using a shared USB pen drive connected to the KVM switch) and my work performance is quite near the one I had using a single good computer.
If you need to use two different computers, switching continuosly from one to the other, don't waste your time and break your back and eyes moving with your chair from one computer station to the other one, but buy a KVM switch, this one works and is a good bargain.
With this KVM, you can change from one computer to the other, with just pressing one button. It takes like 2 seconds which is acceptable.
Now my productivity has increased.
It works perfectly
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