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This review is from: IOGEAR GCS72U 2-Port USB Cable KVM Switch with Audio
Pros: I have 2 laptops and wanted to run on 1 keyboard, mouse, video (monitor), printer. So read an earlier review that someone used a HUB to connect 1 side of switch to computer this allowed for additional openings for added components. Well I purchased (Item#: N82E16817182174) and connected this switch to the HUB on one computer (only the USB's)(see below). Now I am running my KMV AND Printer AND camera (down load pictures for work) AND have an empty slot for a phone or whatever!!!! Both computers (DELL Laptop & ASUS Notebook) see ALL the components when I press the little button.
**NOTE** I do have my monitor connected SEPERATELY via HDMI from Notebook and VGI from Laptop as there are 4 inputs on monitor. This way I am running better picture quality instead of the SERIAL connections provided. IMO this is the way to go..use the switch for the USB features. I simply toggle my monitor back and forth after pressing the button.
Cons: Kind of bulky and the USB cords are NOT long enough if you need to split the USB connection on both sides of a laptop/notebook. I have my Laptop on a Dock and there is no issues. My Notebook is on a stand with fans/USB HUB next to fans (center of stand). If it wasnt for the hub in the stand, I would have had to gotten USB extensions.
If you are running 2 desktops and/or a Dock for laptop...you will have NO issues.
I have the rats nest of wires stuffed behind my desk (out of site..out of mind..lol).
For these 2 reasons, I deducted 1egg.
Other Thoughts: You hear multiple alarms (USB dings you hear upon connection) each time you press the switch button. Some people complain about this...I personally don't mind and have gotten use to it...plus the dings notify me that I did indeed press the switch button. I believe you can change your settings in your OS to silence the alarms if you need...so not really a con.
Overall this is a very good switch for my application and was able to make this KMV into a KMVP++ with a HUB!!!!!
This review is from: Rosewill RHB-320 - 7-Port USB 2.0 / 1.1 Hub with Power Adapter
Pros: Needed a new USB hub. I have 4 ports in use and so far works like a champ! I think it frees up power resources if you plug it in with Power Adapter...I have mine plugged into a batt back-up so no loss of periferals during power outages.
This works great if you need a HUB to run a KMVP on a switch!!!! In fact I have my KMV switch and I ran into this HUB and the HUB to one computer so I can run KMVP and 2 open ports for camera..phone..whatever and both computers recognize ALL components connected to this HUB!!!
Cons: None so far!!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I was in need for a back up laptop for my work and also for mobilty. I also was not ready to move to a Windows 8 yet. I wasn't happy with the reviews with the notebooks that have Windows 7 Home Premium (lots of bloatware)...and the reviews for W-7 Pro were pretty good (clean installs with very little bloatware). I also did not want to spend too much money at same time get best bang for buck. That led me to this Notebook by ASUS. I was on sale for 28% off list price!! I wanted to get to use the full 8GB of RAM that W-7 Pro would allow, but none came with it..only 4-6GB. So I ordered 8GB (Item #: N82E16820139482) to swap out with the stock 4GB of RAM....TOP NOTCH!! The price of the additional RAM was still way below competing Notebooks. I also got a Item#: N82E16834988080 for space conservation...and fans keep it very cool.
The Notebook booted up with no issues. I took a few hours to completed all the updates and restarts (multi tasking while working). No issues at all. Very fast. Programs load quickly and with the 8GB of RAM a reboot takes 1/3 the time compared to stock 4GB. I don't plan on using this for gaming..but I do dabble with PS CS5 and the video card works very nice for that too! The faster hard drive speed (7200rpm) also is very nice when moving large files and booting up programs.
It comes with several encryption programs (business use) which I have not used yet so I have no review on it...though it seems pretty good.
I will report back once I get to see what this things got and can play around with some of the sofware (when I can find a minute or 2 away from work).
Cons: The 4GB of RAM limits what this computer can do so I recommend bumping up to 8GB (max for this notebook)...especially since RAM is rediculously cheap now a days. Turn OFF the ASUS auto updates and change to NOTIFY you only....it was getting annoying having the computer auto reboot what seems like everyday. This way you can review the updates and if deemed applicable you can download when YOU are ready to...not in the middle of useage and the computer auto-reboots.
Other Thoughts: I have it set up plugged into a keyboard, mouse, and monitor so I have not messed with the pad nor connected to internet wirelessly. Will get back on that.
Over all it is a SOLID notebook and for this discounted price is a very good choice for those looking for a quality price point of 1K'ish for the price of 1/3 less...for this reason I go from a 4egg to 5egg!!