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James W.

James W.

Joined on 07/24/04

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Most Favorable Review

Stupid expensive, but works well

StarTech.com NOTECONS01 KVM Console to USB 2.0 Portable Laptop Crash Cart Adapter - Laptop KVM Server Console Adapter
StarTech.com NOTECONS01 KVM Console to USB 2.0 Portable Laptop Crash Cart Adapter - Laptop KVM Server Console Adapter

Pros: Product works as advertised. Install a small app on your laptop, plug the NOTECONS01 into the laptop’s USB port. Plug the other end into the server’s VGA and USB ports. Bam - Instant KVM! The server’s monitor output appears in a window on the laptop’s screen. You can then access the BIOS and do anything else you would do with an actual keyboard, monitor and mouse plugged into the server. Have a crash cart (or two) in your server room? Throw those things away and get a couple of these.

Cons: Yes, StarTech is charging an outrageous price for this product. For the same money you could get a very nice 24” monitor. However, if space or portability is most important, this is the perfect solution.

Overall Review: I've owned one of these since 2009 and it still works like new.

Most Critical Review

Inaccurate product page. Doesn't support 4K resolution on the HDMI port

DIAMOND Radeon HD 5450 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Video Card 5450PE31G
DIAMOND Radeon HD 5450 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Video Card 5450PE31G

Pros: Inexpensive, small form factor

Cons: Doesn't support 4K resolution as claimed on the product page, which was a specific requirement for me.

Overall Review: Don't buy it if you need 4K resolution.

Not compatible with all mice

Synvisus HDMI KVM Switch 2 Port 4Kx2K@60Hz 4:4:4 HDR Ultra HD, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, 18Gbps | KVM Switcher 2 in 1 Out Supports Hotkey Switch, Auto Scan Emulation with USB Hub&2 KVM Cables 1.5m(5ft)
Synvisus HDMI KVM Switch 2 Port 4Kx2K@60Hz 4:4:4 HDR Ultra HD, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, 18Gbps | KVM Switcher 2 in 1 Out Supports Hotkey Switch, Auto Scan Emulation with USB Hub&2 KVM Cables 1.5m(5ft)

Pros: Inexpensive Includes cables

Cons: Isn't compatible with the Roccat Nyth mouse

Overall Review: I regret this purchase. Works with some mice, but not all. I should have spent a bit more for a product with better compatibility!