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StarTech USB to PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Adapter Cable

  • Can be switched on-the-fly between English and French keyboard languages
  • Emulates Mac volume control and CD eject keys through key combinations
  • Emulates Sun volume control and sleep keys through k
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This USB to PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Adapter Cable lets you connect a standard PS/2 keyboard and mouse to a single USB port on your Windows, Mac or Sun computer. The Adapter Cable has a keyboard emulation feature that lets you use key combinations on your PS/2 keyboard to mimic special Mac and Sun keyboard keys - such as volume control and CD eject - a truly convenient solution that eliminates the cost of having to upgrade a mouse/keyboard based on compatibility.


Learn more about the STARTECH USB2PS2

Model

Brand
StarTech
Model
USB2PS2

Spec

Type
USB to PS/2
Specifications
Connector Types: 1 - USB A Male
Connector Types: 2 - DIN 6 Female
LED Indicators: 1 - Keyboard Activity
LED Indicators: 1 - Mouse Activity

Features

Features
Can be switched on-the-fly between English and French keyboard languages
Emulates Mac volume control and CD eject keys through key combinations
Emulates Sun volume control and sleep keys through key combinations
No external power adapter required
No software drivers required
Works with Windows, Mac and Sun computers

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


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  • Daniel T.
  • 4/7/2011 9:09:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsWorks, but flaws.

Pros: After buying a USB-only PC, I was highly interested in keeping my ancient PS2-only Microsoft Natural Keyboard in service. Not the oddball Elite, or the multimedia key Pro, but the "original" gigantic model from 1994 that has served me as writer/programmer very well all these years.

After reading a lot of reviews listing various problems with these adapters, but very little on this model, I bought this one based on the fact that it was the most expensive, and seemed to have excellent compatibility with a wide range of systems.

On Windows 7 64-bit it installed fine.

Cons: At first everything seemed to work. But then I noticed some things.

* There seems to be a tiny amount of lag when quickly switching from holding one key to another, such as surfing through program code with the arrow keys. It felt like it went a line or two farther than I actually held the key for.

* The killer for me, it absolutely does not work in games. If I hold a key and then press and release any other key while still holding the first key, after a few seconds the first key stops being held. For example, in a game I might be walking forward by holding "W" or "Up Arrow". Then, while walking forward, I might want to straffe right by pressing "D" or "Right Arrow" for a second while walking forward. With this converter, 2-5 seconds after releasing "right", the "up" command would stop being sent even thought the key is still being held down. I would have to release and re-press the key to continue walking forward.

Other Thoughts: After this failure I dug out my backup Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000, but after a couple weeks of use I wasn't completely happy with the feel (after spending 11 or 12 years with the original), so I picked up a few other PS2 to USB converters to see if any worked better.

Another cheaper model from StarTech actually works perfectly: the USBPS2PC. No discernable lag, and no gaming issues.

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