Best KVM Switches in 2020



Perixx PERIPRO-401 PS2 USB Cable Cord Adapter for Keyboard and Mouse with PS/2 Interface, Built-in USB Controller and Support PS2 Port of KVM Switch, Black Review:


I still need a PS2 mouse and keyboard because I have a KVM switch. A KVM switch allows you to use one keyboard, mouse and monitor for several computers. You can switch back and forth between the computers. My KVM switch uses the older PS2 connections for the keyboard and mouse. The new motherboards have only one PS2 slot on them. I purchased a splitter but it would only let one of them work at a time. It usually defaulted to the mouse.

After reading the reviews and people said it worked for their KVM switch I decided to give it a try and it worked. I only have my mouse plugged into this splitter and I have my keyboard plugged into the the PS2 on the computer. The build of the device is a lot better than most. It has that block in the middle of the cable. Most splitters don't have that.

Don't hesitate to buy this item. More than likely if will solve your problems.



USB 3.0 Switch Selector,ABLEWE KVM Switcher Adapter 4 Port USB Peripheral Switcher Box Hub for Mouse, Keyboard, Scanner, Printer, PCs with One-Button Switch and 2 Pack USB Cable Review:


 Was looking for a usb extender just got to much things connected to my computer. I was looking for one that was chep since I was on a budget and wala found this one just about right what I needed. Let me tell you this has worked flawless no problems at the time and if any do come up i'll make sure I update this review and share it with you guys. Now for the USB Switch it had a cool feature that you can plug in two computers into it and use the same usb systems that are connected to it. It's a 3.0 so its fast as lighting and easy to switch between with a button that lets you choose what computer to connect. Best part is that it comes with the two usb to usb adaptors to connect the two or one computer you want to use it on.



UGREEN USB KVM Switch Box 2 Port VGA Video Sharing Adapter 2 in 1 Out Manual Switcher with USB Cables for Computer, PC, Laptop, Desktop, Monitor, Printer, Keyboard, Mouse Control Review:


I received this only today, and already I love it! I already had VGA cables connected so it was easy to swap them into this KVM switch. Running a single USB cable (provided with this switch) to each computer was also painless, and I was happy to see both my computers working with only one monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

I did have one small problem that is worth noting so others do not repeat my error. I thought I unplugged the mouse from both computers and plugged in the USB cable from the KVM switch. One computer worked perfectly, but the mouse did not work on the other computer. I noticed that the original mouse that was connected to that computer still did work, so I quickly realized that the USB I unplugged from that computer was not the mouse I wanted to remove. I followed the cable from that mouse and then removed it. After that, the mouse and keyboard worked flawlessly with both computers. Five stars for sure!



UGREEN USB Switch Selector 2 Computers Sharing 4 USB Devices USB 2.0 Peripheral Switcher Box Hub for Mouse, Keyboard, Scanner, Printer, PCs with One-Button Swapping and 2 Pack USB A to A Cable Review:


I was looking for an alternative to swapping wireless keyboard dongles between my Windows Desktop and my Macbook Pro which is setup in a desktop configuration for the most part. The additional ports provide future expansion potential. The four port USB switch is well designed, well built. It has the same form factor as a normal USB hub and comes in an attractive gloss black finish. The included hub to host (male, male USB A) cables are high quality and plenty long (6') to easily run to both computers. What I like but others may not is that the Computer 1 and 2 position readout is just legible - the blue LEDs are run at low power - unlike the usual trend of products with obnoxiously bright LED indicators.

Support for the switch is seamless and driverless in both my MacOS X 10.11 and Windows 7 machines. There is a OS specific setup time of 5 - 20 seconds when switching host computers. The switch has the option to be powered through an optional 5V input via a micro USB input ( cable not included ). For my low power application, the 5V input was not needed.



JideTech 2-Port USB HDMI Cable KVM Switch Video, Cables & USB Peripheral Sharing Support 4k×2K@30hz Resolution Review:


Please note: Amazon mixes reviews of the 3 different JideTech switches in this category, which can confuse some readers. This review is for the HDMI KVM version which routes keyboard, mouse and audio signals from 2 devices to a single monitor or TV display via its HDMI connection.

I use a couple of VGA KVM switches regularly with various desktop systems, and have recently acquired a couple of used laptops that I'd occasionally like to connect to a larger display. The JideTech switch makes this easy to accomplish, and the result is very satisfactory!

I won't write a comprehensive review, as there are quite a few already that address the basics. I'll just leave some comments that may be helpful to others trying to get setup for the first time.

* I'm using the switch with two different older model Toshiba laptops that have been upgraded to Windows 10. There can be inconsistencies in enabling the HDMI outputs to send signals to the external HDMI port, and until you figure out what your computer requires, it may appear that your switch is not working. In some cases, you may have to go into the 'Display' settings in Windows to access HDMI properties, or Device Manager to see if there is an HDMI device that needs to be enabled. You may find that simply connecting the cables to the switch and the monitor BEFORE starting the computer will result in your system automatically turning on its HDMI output during startup. This is probably the best-case scenario, because you don't have to hunt around for obscure settings!

* If anyone is wondering if this switch passes audio, because there are no audio cables, the answer is 'Yes'. The HDMI connectors carry both video and audio signals.

* There are two USB ports on the switch -- one for connecting a keyboard, and one for a mouse, for users who have separate wired devices. I use a Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse combination with a USB receiver, and find that both function correctly with the receiver plugged into either the keyboard or mouse USB connector on the switch. No worries!

* I would agree with a previous reviewer who stated that the included documentation could be improved. It appears to be an English translation from Chinese, and there is some awkward phraseology. When dealing with technical language that may be unfamiliar to someone attempting to integrate this into his or her system, it's doubly challenging when the technical terms are explained in somewhat jumbled fashion. I think the vendor would do well to ask someone for whom English is their primary language to sit down with the instruction sheet and a switch and follow the directions to make the hook-up, as proof of clear, concise and correct documentation.

In summary, I'm very pleased with the ease-of-use, the switching time and the audio/video performance of this switch. Hopefully, it will also be durable. If necessary, I'll amend my review in the event of any changes or premature failure.

So far, so good! It's a keeper.



UGREEN USB 3.0 Sharing Switch Selector 4 Port 2 Computers Peripheral Switcher Adapter Hub for PC, Printer, Scanner, Mouse, Keyboard with One Button Swapping and 2 Pack USB Male Cable Review:


I set up a docking station for my work laptop at my home office desk where I also use my personal computer. I quickly realized that swapping USB adapters for mouse and keyboard every time I wanted to switch between work and personal computers was a hassle and unnecessary wear and tear on the ports. Once I also realized that the built-in DAC in my work laptop was garbage when I was trying to listen to some music on Pandora while I worked, I decided to look for a USB switch and came across this one.

I am happy to report that the UGREEN USB 3.0 switch works almost perfectly with my setup. I have it connected to my personal computer and my laptop dock. Plugged into the front, I have my mouse adapter, wired keyboard, and a standalone DAC. I even used the 4th USB port for another keyboard adapter so that I can use my wireless keyboard from my couch when I want to switch the computer display over to my TV, and this works great as well.

Pressing the button on top of the UGREEN unit quickly switches control from one computer to another with no delay. A small, non-intrusive blue LED indicates which computer is active. Mouse, keyboard, and the audio DAC all immediately work correctly on the selected computer. The only thing that I sometimes have issues with is if the computer I am switching to is asleep. In that case, moving the mouse or pushing a key on the keyboard does not wake up the computer like it normally would, and I have to press the power button on the computer to wake it up. I'm not sure why this happens but it seems like if the USB connection was not active when the computer was put to sleep, it does not make the connection until it is manually woken up. I have checked in my power settings to make sure that USB ports are not turned off when the computer is asleep, as this would be an obvious cause for the issue, but that is not the case. This is a minor inconvenience since my personal computer and dock power buttons are both easily accessible, but would be nice if it worked.

The UGREEN unit is quite small and sits inconspicuously on my desk on top of my audio mixer. To keep the cables managed cleanly I do have to make a 180 degree bend with my two wired connections (keyboard and DAC) to route the cables back behind the switch. If I just had 4 USB adapters plugged in, that wouldn't be an issue. The only way to fix this would be to have all the ports on the back, and then the unit would have to be larger in size to accommodate 6 ports on one side instead of 4.

The switch is very lightweight (which means stiff cords sometimes lift it so it doesn't sit flat) and has a cheap feeling plastic housing with no mounting provision if you wanted to attach it to something, but these are minor complaints as it works well enough.

It appears you can power the switch with micro USB if your devices require a lot of power (if you were wanting to charge something via USB for example), but even with the backlit keyboard I am using, I do not have this switch connected to power, and it and my devices work just fine.

Overall I am happy with the UGREEN USB 3.0 switch. If it were able to always make a connection with a computer that is asleep when switched to, I would be even happier, but that may not even be the fault of the switch. I definitely recommend this if you are looking to share inputs between two computers without having to plug and unplug cords, dongles and adapters.



4 Port VGA KVM Switch with USB Hub Support Wireless Keyboard Mouse Connection and Push Button Switching Function Review:


Please note: Amazon mixes reviews of the 3 different JideTech switches in this category, which can confuse some readers. This review is for the HDMI KVM version which routes keyboard, mouse and audio signals from 2 devices to a single monitor or TV display via its HDMI connection.

I use a couple of VGA KVM switches regularly with various desktop systems, and have recently acquired a couple of used laptops that I'd occasionally like to connect to a larger display. The JideTech switch makes this easy to accomplish, and the result is very satisfactory!

I won't write a comprehensive review, as there are quite a few already that address the basics. I'll just leave some comments that may be helpful to others trying to get setup for the first time.

* I'm using the switch with two different older model Toshiba laptops that have been upgraded to Windows 10. There can be inconsistencies in enabling the HDMI outputs to send signals to the external HDMI port, and until you figure out what your computer requires, it may appear that your switch is not working. In some cases, you may have to go into the 'Display' settings in Windows to access HDMI properties, or Device Manager to see if there is an HDMI device that needs to be enabled. You may find that simply connecting the cables to the switch and the monitor BEFORE starting the computer will result in your system automatically turning on its HDMI output during startup. This is probably the best-case scenario, because you don't have to hunt around for obscure settings!

* If anyone is wondering if this switch passes audio, because there are no audio cables, the answer is 'Yes'. The HDMI connectors carry both video and audio signals.

* There are two USB ports on the switch -- one for connecting a keyboard, and one for a mouse, for users who have separate wired devices. I use a Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse combination with a USB receiver, and find that both function correctly with the receiver plugged into either the keyboard or mouse USB connector on the switch. No worries!

* I would agree with a previous reviewer who stated that the included documentation could be improved. It appears to be an English translation from Chinese, and there is some awkward phraseology. When dealing with technical language that may be unfamiliar to someone attempting to integrate this into his or her system, it's doubly challenging when the technical terms are explained in somewhat jumbled fashion. I think the vendor would do well to ask someone for whom English is their primary language to sit down with the instruction sheet and a switch and follow the directions to make the hook-up, as proof of clear, concise and correct documentation.

In summary, I'm very pleased with the ease-of-use, the switching time and the audio/video performance of this switch. Hopefully, it will also be durable. If necessary, I'll amend my review in the event of any changes or premature failure.

So far, so good! It's a keeper.



Sabrent USB 2.0 Sharing Switch for Multiple Computers and Peripherals LED Device Indicators (USB-SW20) Review:


This is the neatest gadget for people who have more than one computer or laptop and only 1 printer if they aren't WiFi compatible.
My printer is older than my desktop or my laptop, and is not WiFi compatible. but hook this device up to the USB ports for each, and with the simple click of the switch, you can have both hooked up with one cable going to the printer from the device.
Think 2 inputs, 1 output. USB 2.0, and Windows PC, or MAC OS X, or LINUX.
Think about hooking your MAC and your Windows product up to the same printer at the same time. Or hooking both up to a scanner, camera, or external storage device at the same time.
It even comes with 2 printer cables along with the device for very little $$$.
I recommend this unit to anyone forced to share a non-WiFi printer, no matter how far your offices are apart in the same building.
[You can get 100' USB cables on Amazon]. I have a 50' cable.



USB Switch Selector, KVM Switcher for 2 PC Sharing 4 USB Devices, One-Button Swapping for Keyboard, Mouse, Scanner, Printer, Computer Review:


First of all, a disclaimer: this really isn't a "KVM Switcher" as anybody reading the details can tell - it's a KM switch, because there's no video involved. I've known about KVMs for a long time, and used them a lot at work and at home in the days back when all monitors were D-sub and keyboards and mice all used PS/2 ports. It just took getting frustrated one too many times before I went looking for a modern USB KM switch.

For the non-pro: this device is like a 4-port USB hub with two USB outputs instead of one. Plug your keyboard, mouse, and up to two additional devices into the ports, attach the two supplied cables from the switch into a free USB port on two different computers, and you can easily use one set of devices with either computer.

In my case, I started to work from home for FMLA. I had a hub on my home computer, with keyboard and mouse attached, but when I'd sit at my desk for work I'd have to unplug it from the home computer and plug it into my work notebook. Problem was, if I wanted to do something on my home computer at the same time (stream music, for example), I'd have to move that output from one computer to the other and back again any time I needed to do anything (like skip a track). With this switch, my keyboard and mouse are already connected to both computers. I just press the button to switch from one to the other, and I can multitask all day.

This is as fool-proof a technology as you can get nowadays. The only complaint I might have is the two supplied cables could have been a little longer. Otherwise, it works great.



IOGEAR 2-Port USB VGA Cable KVM Switch with Cables and Remote, GCS22U Review:


In general this KVM switch seems alright. It works with my logitech M570 that is wireless with the unifying receiver, and it works with my keyboard and all of its media keys. Switching between appears to be fairly quick and the mouse seems to work right away. Not all users will have this experience though, as different devices and machines may take more or less time to reinitialize the devices.
On the video front however, I'm disappointed. The whole screen is slightly blurry when compared to having the VGA cable go straight from my computer to my monitor. Not enough that it's unusable at all, but it is certainly noticeable when looking at text. My screen is 1920x1080, but it looks like it's 1600x900 scaled up or something. I'm going to try a shorter VGA cable, but I'm not sure that will solve this issue. I put a photo showing up close what it text looks like through the KVM compared to without it.
---EDIT---
I was flipping through my monitor settings, and one of them under focus was called "Phase." Adjusted this made the image crisp, however it seems there is a slightly different phase shift on from each computer, so I've found some middle ground where both look crisp enough.