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WalkinTarget
30th Nov 2007, 09:47 PM
OK, I currently have an IO-Gear 2 port KVM, but it has become painfully clear that a 2 port no longer fills the need. I figured it would be an easy decision to upgrade to the 4 port IO_Gear model, but I have just a few minor issues with my 2 port, enough to make me at least look at the others in that range.

What I am looking for:
1) 4 port KVM with PS2 support
2) Audio support
3) Under $100
4) Easy to use

So far, these are the two that I am looking at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817107253

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817107419

Any KVM experts wish to chime in and offer up an alternative ? My main gripes with ALL KVMs are their lack of 2.1 audio support, and the IO-Gear also adds a slight audio 'hum' to the speakers. That isn't a deal breaker, but it is still what I find most annoying.

mapes
1st Dec 2007, 03:03 PM
Yeah I've used a bunch. the Belkins are ok ...sometimes they flip out but, they work. At the extreme top end I've used Avocent's...they are da bomb.

Another option if you have multiple montiors hooked up and right next to each other is synergy. Synergy shares a keyboard and mouse over a network connection.

WalkinTarget
1st Dec 2007, 03:41 PM
mapes, how are the Belkins with audio ?? Any hum ? The louder I turn up the speakers, the worse the throbbing from the speakers.
We have an older model Belkin at work, and its so damn big compared to the models I listed, that it just ends up eating too much bench space.

mapes
1st Dec 2007, 05:16 PM
Actually I havn't used any with audio switching capabilities So I don't know/