2-Port KVM Switch with Audio Support and Built-in
Cabling, USB (Part #F1DL102U)
KVM (Keyboard Video and Mouse) are nifty
little devices that let computer users switch between computers without
the need for additional items such as keyboards, mice and monitors. The
Belkin 2-Port KVM Switch with Audio Support and Built-In Cabling (now
known as KVM for this review) allows people to use two computers with
only one keyboard, mouse, monitor and a set of speakers.
Offers a complete
compact solution with audio support and built-in cables
software (for Windows® OS only)
Features a manual
resolutions up to 2048x1536
Requires no power
This device came at a
great time when impulsegamer recently received a copy of Windows Vista
and rather than fiddling with two sets of monitors, keyboards and
speakers, the Belkin KVM flawlessly allowed us to use two computers
without the need for unplugging devices or obtaining extra peripherals.
The installation of the Belkin KVM was a breeze and to make things even
more productive, the device comes with a 8-foot long cable that allows
you to not only save money with cabling but also desktop space.
In order to install the device, all you need to do is plug in your
monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers into the KVM and then plug the
remaining cables from the unit into your computers. That was it! There
were no need for tricky drivers or fiddling with cabling, the Belkin KVM
To switch between computers, the user just needs to press the large
button on the KVM and it flawlessly changes the screen to the next
computer. By installing the software that comes with the unit, this can
also be achieved through the software but this is not compulsory.
If one computer is turned off, the device will automatically detect the
signal, so both computers need not be turned on. However, in order to
use the device, both ends must be plugged into the USB ports on both
computers in order to power the unit. This way, if one computer is
turned off, the unit can still obtain power from the other USB port.
The quality of the KVM is perfect and it even supports video resolutions
of up to 2048x1536 through its high quality Belkin coaxial VGA cabling.
Unfortunately there was a software issue on one our XP machines that
kept flicking between computers. We had to uninstall the software to fix
this issue, however this issue was not repeated on the other Vista or XP
In conclusion, the 2-Port KVM Switch with Audio Support and Built-In
Cabling, USB by Belkin is a recommend computer peripheral for those that
wish to use two computers with only one set of input (keyboard, mouse,
microphone) and output devices (speakers). Great stuff!