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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Video Switcher To Consolidate Keyboards And Mice From Two Different Computers

It's the ultimate first world problem: you have multiple computers and only so much desk space to go around. There are plenty of reasons why a person would have more than one computer: maybe it's for work, or maybe you have a second PC for gaming. The reasons are many, but there's one problem: what do you do about the multiple keyboards and mice? How many mouse pads do you really have room for? Is there a better way? Thankfully, the answer is yes.

There's a device called a KVM switch, or just "video switcher" for short, that can go a long way toward solving the headaches that multiple computers present. KVM stands for "keyboard, video, and mouse" and it's a technology that does pretty much exactly what it sounds like: it lets you share a single keyboard, a single mouse, and a single monitor across multiple computers. It's an elegant solution to a common problem. Even better: it's an inexpensive one.

Depending on your needs, you can pay as little as fifteen bucks for a decent KVM switch, though advanced features and connectivity will run a little higher (sometimes much higher). Most of them, though, are exceptionally affordable and offer all of the usual connection options including VGA, HDMI, and DVI for video and high speed USB connectivity for your mouse and keyboard. Best of all, wireless peripherals work just as well as wired ones do: just plug the wireless receiver into the video switcher instead of a cable, and you're done.

So why should you invest in a KVM switch? Here are some parting thoughts for you. To begin with, imagine reclaiming all that desk space. When you get right down to it, a desk isn't a shelf: the majority of it is supposed to be free and open so you have space to do... well, just about anything you need to do. Write a letter, pay your bills, do some origami, whatever. With just one mouse and keyboard in play, you'll rediscover the simple delight of simply having space. That in itself should provide all the motivation you need.

There's also price to consider. Most KVM switches are cheaper than buying a second mouse and keyboard, which means this whole setup will be cost effective. If you favor wireless peripherals, the savings will be even more attractive; buy just one well-appointed mouse and keyboard, and use them for everything. Simple.

In the end, KVM switches are definitely worth a look if you have more than one computer hooked up in your home or office.  If not you are in for a big headache dealing with cords and wires tangled up everywhere.  Video switchers help to solve this issue and if you need any assistance with the set up or installation there are numerous tutorls and guides that go in deoth about how to set up and properly use a vido switcher for your coputer / laptop.  This will save space and help your office and or home look clean.
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Michael Alvarez has been working in the electronics and technology field for over 20 years.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise of video switcher with others; while continuing to grow his knowledge.

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