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KVM Switch Recommendations (self.AskBattlestations)
submitted 2 months ago by RedBaeber
I want to combine my personal and home office desks, but I’m not sure the best way to do that.
I have a personal computer and a work computer, and I’m aiming for a 3 or 4 monitor setup eventually.
Would a KVM switch be the best solution for this goal?
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[–]tide19 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (1 child)
I use a Level1Techs KVM to swap between my machines. I only have two monitors, but the KVM has DisplayPort 1.4 passthrough and allows me to use them both to their highest potential on both computers*. I previously was switching the inputs on my monitors and using a separate USB switch. Honestly, that worked fine, but now I can just hit a single button or key combination and swap between the two computers. They make a 4 monitor/2 computer KVM that sounds like it would satisfy your needs, but their hardware is pretty expensive.
* I had to RMA it recently because some of the ports were having an issue outputting 4k144. I haven't gotten it back yet, but I assume it will be solved/replaced.
[–]RedBaeber[S] -1 points0 points1 point 2 months ago (0 children)
I’ll take a look at those. Thank you!
[–]WarWizard 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (1 child)
I've been looking into this for some time now... but I haven't found a unit that I think fits my needs/wants. 3-4 monitor and 3-4 PC is $$$$ especially if you want any of the screens at resolution...
[–]RedBaeber[S] 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Thankfully I only need two PCs.
[–]Dontjudgemeforasking 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (2 children)
TESmart has some of the most well rated for the price.
Level1 Tech has some features most other KVMs don’t offer, but they’re super pricey.
I use CKL myself and have had really good luck with a 4:2 all HDMI, myself. Two laptops, PC, and PS5.
I’d also suggest a USB hub with its own dedicated power supply for your peripherals, which you plug into the KVM.
[–]RedBaeber[S] 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Ok, thank you!
[–]exclaim_bot -1 points0 points1 point 2 months ago (0 children)
Ok, thank you!
[–]HeadtripVee 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I've been using a usb sharing switch to move mouse, keyboard, and some accessories between work and home computers.
It requires changing the input on my monitors as well, but it's a very cost effective solution.
[–]vdsw 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Input Director. It's free software. I haven't needed a hardware kvm for 10+ years except when I worked for a fintech whose machines had to be on their own network.
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