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So, I'd like to be able to use a single keyboard and mouse to control my 2 PCs. I've already used Synergy, and simply don't like it (I'd rather use a dedicated hardware controller).

I came across "KVM switches" on Newegg, but I definitely don't need the video portion. I also don't want some big/ugly/bulky box sitting on my desk. Don't they make something small? It just needs to switch the USB stuff from one computer to the other. I also don't leave both computers on all the time, so if the one's off that's acting as the Synergy server, then I won't be able to use it. I would switch my USB received thing, but I don't want to have to do that.

I've done some searching, but can't seem to find anything related to what I want.
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post #2 of 5
They only make them in KVM style.

Just get this guy and either bundle up the video cables or dock them off.

It comes with a small little remote to leave on your desk instead of a block.
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post #3 of 5
Yep, I have a little Aten KVM that I'm just using the KM on. Be sure your mouse will work, my Kone that stores profiles doesn't like switches.
Edited by Darren9 - 8/9/11 at 6:53pm
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post #4 of 5
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Thanks guys. I completely forgot about the option to NOT use the video portion.

I went ahead and purchased this one by Rosewill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182093

It supports audio (forgot to mention that I wanted to share my speakers, too). Really a pain switching the audio cables back and forth, so this will be nice.
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post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by besweeet View Post
Thanks guys. I completely forgot about the option to NOT use the video portion.

I went ahead and purchased this one by Rosewill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182093

It supports audio (forgot to mention that I wanted to share my speakers, too). Really a pain switching the audio cables back and forth, so this will be nice.
Well the rosewill will have to sit on your desk.

But as long as you're good with that, it should serve you well.
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Core i5 3570K  Biostar TZ774XE Power Color AX5770 1GB 4x4GB 1866Mhz 9-10-9-27-2T 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Western Digital Green 2TB Samsung Spinpoint M4 500GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel X-25M G2 80GB Lite-On BluRay Drive Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2212HM Deck Legend Frost Tactile Silverstone Strider Plus 750w Custom Acrylic Test Bed 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G500 Cooler Master Storm Tactics FPS Beyer Dynamics DT-990 600ohm Samson MediaOne 3A 
AudioAudioOtherOther
FiiO E09k QOGIR FiiO E17 ALPEN Microsoft Lifecam Studio Blue Yeti Pro Microphone 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A10-A5800K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX Radeon HD7770 1GB 2x8GB 1866mhz C9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
SanDisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2TB 5400 RPM  24x DVD Drive Noctua L9A 
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