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so i want to have 2 computers sitting on my desk, and ideally, i'd like to have 1 set of peripherals shared between them. one of the computers will be running a program 24/7 and doing its own thing. the other computer would be for regular use. the peripherals i want to be able to switch are a usb keyboard, a usb mouse, and monitor - but my monitor has multiple inputs so i don't necessarily need to worry about that

*may or may not be relevant, but the computer running 24/7 eats through resources. even typing is laggy on that thing

should i get a kvm switch, or are there other solutions out there that may work for me? it seems like a lot of kvm switches have a ridiculous price, or are sold by companies with poor quality control. i'd much rather buy a compact wireless keyboard+trackpad that i could tuck away, as long as it came at a cheaper price and was significantly more reliable
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Personally, I've had good luck with Iogear KVM switches...

If you don't need DVI video, you can get a cheap KVM switch with 2 ports like this one on Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-Cable-Switch-Audio-GCS72U/dp/B002K0TU2C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1375372907&sr=8-3&keywords=iogear+2+port+dvi+kvm

However, if you need DVI video, that's where it gets a bit pricey... but honestly, it's worth it to save desk space and not have multiple monitors. You can give this one a try:
http://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-2-Port-DVI-D-Cable-GCS932UB/dp/B002TQYSN8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375373047&sr=8-1&keywords=iogear+2+port+dvi+kvm


Personally, since I also wanted to share my full surround sound setup, I went to the next level of switches and bought this one... and it works great!
http://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-2-Port-Dual-Link-Audio-GCS1782G/dp/B004YCUDLQ/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1375373165&sr=8-21&keywords=iogear+2+port+dvi+kvm


For what you are trying to do, KVM still sounds to be the best solution.
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wow...for that price i'd definitely prefer to use a km switch and manually change my monitor's input
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Well for the monitor, you can just connect each computer to a different switch and use the input selector on the monitor.

As far as peripherals go, have you considered using a virtual KVM? Those are programs you can use to share a host computer's peripherals between computers over the network, the most common method of switching generally being to drag the mouse off the edge of the screen at which point your stuff is now controlling another machine over the LAN.

I use Synergy to let me use my full size mouse and keyboard of my desktop to control my laptop when I am at home, and it works pretty well, though I admit without the keyboard and touchpad of the laptop, set-up or troubleshooting could be a pain in the ass with you having to manually move the plugs over.
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i actually ended up getting this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817403047&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo the day i posted this thread, it went on shellshocker for $10 with free shipping. had an hdmi cable laying around so i'm just gonna hook up both computers to the monitor directly
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If you had planned to have a monitor for each,

I would have used Microsoft's 'Mouse without borders".
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