|Cybex SwitchView Price:
$179 (w/2 cable sets)
Ease of Use:
Pros: Neat and tidy desk
Cons: Why did they have to pick the CTRL key?
Another Keyboard/Video/Mouse switchbox. It's not a security
device nor a network device, but it makes life more convenient
for those of us who have to work with several computers at the
This box is
slightly taller than the Belkin OmniCube, probably about the
size of 3 VHS tapes, and perhaps a little wider (sorry, my
Cybex box is at work...) Still, it's small enough to tuck
behind something or other on your desk, or put something on
top of it...
version supports up to 4 computers. As far as I know, this
unit can not be cascaded, you have to buy a more expensive
model for that. This model has 5 sets of PS/2 and VGA ports in
the back, one of which is for your keyboard, monitor and
mouse. For the other 4, you need a cable set. One the front,
there's two LED for each port; one yellow indicates whether or
not the computer on that port is powered up, and one green
which indicates which port is selected.
Video quality is good, I haven't really noticed any blurring
or other issues that can be attributed to the switchbox. These
devices do have a resolution/frequency limitation just like a
monitor would. Please check to see if it supports your desired
is a button on the front of the box to change from computer to
computer, the fastest and more convenient way is to use the
keyboard. Like the Belkin (and also Linksys KVM), it uses a
double-tap to activate, and an additional key to select the
computer. Unfortunately, this device uses the CTRL key. This
makes it a hassle if you are a gamer, as many games uses the
CTRL key as the primary or secondary fire key ... If you don't
play any games, it doesn't matter. Switching between computers
is only a matter of hitting CTRL twice (the num lock, caps
lock and scroll lock lights will flash to indicate a valid
double-tap), followed by "A" for computer 1,
"B" for computer 2 and you get the point... It will
not let you select a port that has no computer attached to it.
I don't know why they did that, as it is an effective way of
shutting off the monitor.
The KVM switch also has a number of other features, such as
resets for lost mouse synch, Scan Go (automatically switch
between all ports after a set delay), and even reprogram the
command mode activation keys (default = CTRL)
Logitech Mice are allegedly supported; I don't have a Logitech
mouse at work, so I haven't had a chance to test this. It
works like a charm with my Microsoft Intellimouse (w/wheel).
Unlike the Belkin box, this one does not come with a power
supply. It will draw power through the keyboard connection.
However, it does have a connection on the back so you can
power it externally. I don't know the when or why that would
be necessary ...
is a very good box. A little more expensive than the Belkin or
Linksys solution, and the cables are rather expensive as well.
Now actually comes with 2 sets of cables (color coded, no