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Top quality, incredible value, can share other devices too!
on 22 March 2011
I use this to connect my 24" monitor, wireless keyboard and wireless mouse to my laptop and desktop PCs.
It works perfectly!
To cover some common objections:
* captive, non replaceable cables. Come on, how long before a cable breaks, really? A set of cables would cost nearly as much as this whole package anyway.
* captive cables too short. May be an issue if you have a big desk. My laptop and desktop are at opposite ends of a small desk, and cable length is fine - Though another 0.5m would be useful to allow neater routing of cables.
* Display quality. Cannot be faulted - however, my desktop PC reverted from 1920x1200 to 1024x768 after connecting for the first time - so this might explain some users' loss of quality. Windows had even detected the monitor incorrectly, as if the maximum resolution was 1600x1200. A quick trip into Device Manager to delete the Monitor and then Scan For Hardware Changes, and the correct PnP monitor was detected, and I'm back at 1920x1200 with perfect quality. Note I only had to do this this first time.
* Flimsy switch - it works, stop complaining!
You can use this device to share more than just the keyboard and mouse. I connected it to my Belkin 7 port USB hub to which my scanner, keyboard, mouse were all connected. I expected Windows to have to re-find the scanner driver after each switch in this configuration, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Switching is still between 3 and 7 seconds even with the scanner.
Top Tip 1
The first time you access each PC, Windows will install drivers again, as the USB ports have all changed. Leave it connected to that PC long enough for it to finish before switching.
Top Tip 2
Always plug everything into the same USB ports. Each time you plug a known device into a different USB port, Windows installs the driver again, which takes time.
Overall, a highly recommended device