KVM switch between mac and PC

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    do you guys know of any good KVM switches that will handle both.. I am assuming this means it is has usb instead of PS/2

    i am getting a powerbook soon and when i am at home i want a way to easily use my mouse and monitor from my PC for it.

    any suggestions?


    this is of course until i can get my 23" alu display
     
  2. macrumors regular

    mslifkin

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    Hi,

    I've got the Dr. Bott MoniSwitch Pro 8 USB, and it works very well. I'm running it with 2 Powermacs and 4 PCs. I tried it with a HP 23" Flat Panel running 1920 x 1200 and it looked great; no ghosting at all. I'm using a Mac keyboard, and the PCs work with mouse and keyboard coming in via USB. They make a 2USB and a 4USB also. Hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Marc

     
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    Westside guy

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    The USB KVM switches are the best choice - but you can also buy adapter cables (PS2 keyboard+mouse to USB) that work. I have an older KVM that only has PS2 input, so I use one of those to hook my Powerbook up.
     
  4. Moderator emeritus

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    We have a 4-way Dr. Bott USB moniswitch at work.

    It's OK 95% of the time but occasionally doesn't quite connect properly so the rotary switch then needs a bit of switching back & forth.

    Wasn't entirely impressed with the build quality (particularly the USB ports at the back).

    Still, I have no experience of any others so I'd give it a qualified 'satisfactory'...
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    A couple of months ago I was using one of those inexpensive IOGear KVM switches from Best Buy. It worked fantastic and I was very impressed that it held up under high resolutions with no ghosting. I'd recommend it.
     

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