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  Product:     StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch  
  Price:     $60 (CAN) / $48 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     ADPmods
  Author:     Shatterstar
  Date:     December 16th, 2003
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Anand from ADPmods for sending the StartTech PC Switcher KVM Switch for review.

Introduction:

For many computer enthusiasts having two computers also means having two monitors, keyboards and mice. This leads to more and more desk office space being taken up by multiple peripherals. To resolve this problem, a few manufacturers have started manufacturing KVM switch type products for the consumer market. A KVM or Keyboard Video Mouse switch, allows a user to share one Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse between multiple computers. Most KVM switches come with multiple ports, cables and packaged application software. To simplify adding the convenience of a KVM switch, StarTech has developed a simple and easy to use switch that effectively takes up next to no desk space. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the StarTech 2-port PC Switcher KVM Switch.

Specifications:

The StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch is designed to be the smallest 2-port KVM Switch on the market. The switch comes with everything needed to install, configure and is ready to use right out of the box. Here are some features and specifications taken directly from the StarTech website:

StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch - Key Features:
StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch: Manufactured by StarTech
Unique Built-on Cable KVM technology makes it the smallest 2 port KVM switch in the world
Its ultra compact design and light weight makes it very portable
Compatible with all operating systems and Supports MS Intellimouse (Pro Version), Explorer and Optical Mouse
Automatically switch between 2 computer using the hot key commands
Plug n Play support allows users to change computers without any interruptions
Requires no software to be installed

StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch - Key Specifications:
Dimensions: 2.45" (L) x 2.0" (W) x 0.82" (H)
Weight (includes cables): 1.00 lbs
LED Indicators: 2 Indicators (CPU A & CPU B)
Cables: 1 x 2ft and 1 x 6ft ultra thin coaxial cables
Compatible with all operating systems
Enclosure: Plastic

StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch
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StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch
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The StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch arrived in a form-fitting package displaying the switch component in the centre of the package. At the top of the packaging and on the sides you will find a summarized list of the features. On the back of the packaging, there is an illustrated panel showing how to install and connect the switch between two computer systems.

StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch
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StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch
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Inside the package we find the switch itself with the built-in cables, an instruction booklet and a reference sticker. The 11-page instruction guide contains; installation instructions, hot-key commands, in-depth troubleshooting and other useful information. After seeing the instruction guide, as well as the quick reference sticker, I feel that StarTech has succeeded in providing not only a KVM switch but also a complete package.

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