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Belkin Omniview E Series 4 Port KVM Switch
This is a useful gadget that allows you to use the same computer monitor screen, keyboard and mous with upto 4 different PC towers. It doesn't need a power cable.
This is a small box. I'd say about 15cm x 10cm x 4cm. On the front of it there are two ports that you use to plug in the keyboard and mouse you want to use. On the back is where you plug in the monitor you want to use and also where all the other cables go.
I use this with my main PC and a second smaller media PC. I am only using two PC's with this so I only have the cables for those plugged into this. For each PC tower you want to control, you get 3 cables:
- one for the keyboard that goes from the PC tower's PS2 port to the back of this box
- A cable for plugging into the PS2 mouse port on the PC
- And a VGA monitor cable that you plug into your PC where you would normally plug your monitor. It goes to the back of this box.
There's 4 small LED lights on top of the unit labelled 1 to 4, so you can see what number PC you have control over now. There is a select button underneath these that you press to change between the connected PC's. It makes a beep sound as you press the button.
I like it as it means I don't have multiple keyboards / mice and monitors getting in the way and it doesn't take up any space on my desk.
However, it has PS2 connectors for the keyboard and mouse which means though that it probably won't be suitable for everyone as USB connectors are now used on most new keyboards and mice. In fact, my main PC doesn't have a PS2 socket for the mouse, so I am using a USB mouse with that. I am fine with using the keyboard only with the media PC so it is no problem for me.
I am not sure if this is to do with the Belkin KVM switch or something else but the keys on my keyboard sometimes seem to get stuck. Windows will think the Control key is pressed for example when it is not.
* Price *
You should be able to pick this up for less than £15 on Ebay.
* Summary *
I have given this 2 stars because a lot of newer PC's support mainly USB keyboards and mice. Also, it doesn't remember the last PC I was using when I turn it off and back on again.
I can only recommend this for people who have more than 1 PC tower that has the older type PS/2 connectors for the mouse and keyboard, and want to be able to use them without having to have multiple keyboards / mice and monitors.