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    Question anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    saw some on scan, but they seem to start over 100 quid - ouch

    want the DVI to future proof it, rather than standard VGA. Currently use a pair of 22" CRTs, but want to change sometime soonish

    any ideas?

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    Re: anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    There's a DVI version of the Belkin Switch2 series. E.g.
    http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop...ProductID=4636
    (Maybe it's cheaper elsewhere, I'm just posting the first hit from Google.)

    I bought a KVM recently and ended up with the VGA version of the Belkin Switch2. I would have preferred a DVI KVM but the cost of all the ones I could find was way too high. The DVI version of the Switch2 was only listed on eBuyer at around £60 but out of stock (can't find it there any more) and wasn't on sale anywhere else I could find when I was looking.
    I considered waiting and getting it instead but given it was going to cost at least twice as much and the one review I found of it said it gave shockingly bad video quality, I just went with the VGA version and don't use it for video. My monitor has both VGA and DVI input so I have my main machine on the DVI and the one I don't use much on the VGA. The KVM just switches the mouse and keyboard.

    I'm a bit confused by your mention of two CRT monitors. Isn't the point of a KVm switch that you have just one monitor but more than one machine?

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    Re: anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    yep, i have 2 x 22" but want to reduce to one

    down the line i want to buy a good 22"+ LCD to replace both

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    Re: anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    2 Port KVM Switch with DVI

    It's ugly but it's sub £40. Add in cables of your choice ~£10 and use Google Checkout to save a few quid.
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    Re: anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    Quote Originally Posted by mycarsavw View Post
    2 Port KVM Switch with DVI

    It's ugly but it's sub £40. Add in cables of your choice ~£10 and use Google Checkout to save a few quid.
    That's one ugly box.
    Also, PS/2 not USB (matters to me) and it doesn't say anything about supported resolutions. I have a widescreen display that runs at 1680x1050 and some KVMs I looked had listed specs which indicated they didn't support that high a resolution.

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    Re: anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpr..._id=AVONA04H1M ? Too much? Avocent are good kit.

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    Re: anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    Quote Originally Posted by nichomach View Post
    Good kit or not, for the £120 that costs you could buy second monitor, keyboard and mouse and still have cash left over.

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    Re: anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    A second tiny monitor and budget keyboard and mouse, perhaps (not to mention the desk space that gets eaten up).
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    Re: anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    Quote Originally Posted by arizonagroove View Post
    Good kit or not, for the £120 that costs you could buy second monitor, keyboard and mouse and still have cash left over.
    Probably, and if the OP had ASKED for a cheap as chips monitor with a flimsy keyboard and wonky unbranded mouse, I'd have posted links to those instead of a DVI KVM with USB that supports high resolutions which I THINK is what he asked for. Be that as it may, http://www.probsolvexpress.com/produ...o=SV231UADVIGB - StarTech equivalent. Not much cheaper. Actually, for a USB/DVI 2-port KVM, you'll be lucky to get change out of a hundred squid. Of course, if you've happened across a much cheaper bargain, then please do tell.

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    Re: anyone recommend DVI KVM switch that ain't uber $$$?

    Quote Originally Posted by nichomach View Post
    Probably, and if the OP had ASKED for a cheap as chips monitor with a flimsy keyboard and wonky unbranded mouse, I'd have posted links to those instead of a DVI KVM with USB that supports high resolutions which I THINK is what he asked for. Be that as it may,
    They did not ask for a cheap as chips monitor with a flimsy keyboard and wonky unbranded mouse, this is very true. I was making an off the cuff comparison of the cost of purchasing something to replace a second keyboard monitor and mouse and buying a second keyboard monitor and mouse. Arguably it wasn't a great comparison but whatever.

    The original poster did however say, "start over £100 - ouch", thus implying they thought that rather a lot to pay. The first product you linked to cost £120.


    Quote Originally Posted by nichomach View Post
    http://www.probsolvexpress.com/produ...o=SV231UADVIGB - StarTech equivalent. Not much cheaper. Actually, for a USB/DVI 2-port KVM, you'll be lucky to get change out of a hundred squid. Of course, if you've happened across a much cheaper bargain, then please do tell.
    Well, with the original posters comments about the plus £100 price tag in mind, I did already link to a USB/DVI 2-port KVM which costs £65 and supports 2048x1536. OK, so I also said I only found one review which slammed it but it does cost well under £100 and you can't judge a product on one review. It's worth looking see if now it's been on sale longer there are more reviews out there for it.

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