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- Thursday, February 15th, 2001 Like Share






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Jensen Feb 15, 01
Looks like a really nifty KVM switch. Is it a standard to take a hot-key type approach to the switch or is this a proprietary/unique feature that IOGEAR specializes in?

Also, any idea on whether or not the switches with more ports come with all the cables? If you got a 10 port version would it come with cables for 10 computers, and would those cables be LONGER?

Thanks for a great review.
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dgrant Feb 15, 01
Hey Jensen, I'm glad you liked the review. The MiniView PC _is_ a cool device :]

I don't know of any other KVM switches that offer hot-keys -- in fact, I don't even know of that many KVM switches! I don't recall reading about this feature being proprietary -- I'll keep my eye out for other KVM switches to see if any others have the hot keys.

The manual states:

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Although it's possible to use standard extender cables to connect the PCs to the MiniView, for optimum signal integrity ... we strongly recommend that you use the high quality custom cables that are provided as part of the package.
I assume that the same caveat applies to their other switches as well, in which case they would definitely come with the proper amount of cables. Chances are, since they would prefer you to use their cables, they'd make them long enough too.

This brings up a point that I neglected to mention in the review: Cable Length! The included cables are 45" (3'9") or 1.17m in length from end to end. With these, the two systems could be about 6 feet or just over 2m apart.


I also noticed a very small problem with the unit, just today actually. There is a slight delay on the shift and ctrl keys -- I assume because of the hot keys (shift and ctrl are used as the hot key "activators"). This delay is only noticable if you are used to using those keys in a rapid manner. In other words, under normal use the delay is non-existant.

This message was edited by dgrant on Feb 15 2001.
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teng029 Feb 15, 01
This is a very useful product, I've been looking for a decent KVM for the longest time and this is as simple and convenient as it gets.

As for the suggested price though, I bought mine for 69.99 and I've seen a Linksys version of this product (exact same thing) for about 55.00 at buy.com or egghead. com
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brett Feb 21, 01
$$ ?? you mention that the price was the one drawback, so Are we supposed to guess what it costs.. maybe we were supposed to do the math???? try hitting the facts
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dgrant Feb 21, 01
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The price of the IOGear MiniView PC is $125.00 (USD). You can find the price in the upper left hand corner of the page (within the review), under "Quick Facts".
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BlackRazor Feb 21, 01
I think linksys makes one cheaper.
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Curt Parker Feb 21, 01
Looks like a pretty cool thing. The issue on price is kinda off putting. Here at work I have been using a Belkin 4-port OmniCube. It is made of metal and requires an external power supply, but you can't beat the image quality and hotkey support. For the same price as this the OmniCube supports twice the machines and a sturdier construction. Doesn't look as cool, but after using these hotkeys I never look at it anyway.
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Leroy Tennison Feb 27, 01
I've been doing research on KVMs and will reply to various posts. As far as brands go, check out the eBay auctions by searching for KVM. The brands you will see there are: Belkin, Cybex, Blackbox, Apex (they apparently bought Cybex from the appearance of their web site), Aten, IOGear, ConnectPro, StarMaster and then there are the "no name" listings. Belkin, Blackbox and Cybex are well known and bring high prices. For the others it just depends.

Someone asked about cables, it is rare for cables to come packaged with the switch. This is particularly true of the KVMs with more than 4 ports. Some vendors use standard extension cables (and advertize the fact). Some use less common cables (4-port Cybex uses Male/Male PS/2 connectors). Others (larger Cybex units, maybe others) use totally proprietary cables. Cables can be bought in varying lengths, 6' and 10' are common but at least Cybex has lnoger ones.

Now for a question, does anyone have any experience with the Aten brand KVM?
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Redemption Feb 28, 01
Aten is the parent company of IOGEAR and make all of IOGEAR's stuff.

When I spoke to Aten/IOGEAR this is what I understand the situation is: IOGEAR is more of the consumer division of Aten's technology. I guess that makes Aten more of either the mass units corporate market or something else. I am being told that although the two companies offer separate product lines, anything that they share in common is of similar quality.
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slimshady Nov 29, 01

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brett >

The price of the IOGear MiniView PC is $125.00 (USD). You can find the price in the upper left hand corner of the page (within the review), under "Quick Facts".
Wow, you should try www.comcatusa.com next time. I got mine for only $79.00 with free shipping!
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dgrant Nov 29, 01
Dropping prices over time is one of the boons of the computer hardware industry (unless you're on the opposite side of things and you pay a lot of money for something right before the price is reduced ).
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Poindextrous Jul 26, 02
Buyer Beware ! After hooking up my Mac and a PC , I found that my 5 button USB Intellimouse Explorer by Microsoft would not work properly on my PC with Windows XP Pro. (I never got around to testing it on the Mac). Tech Support at IoGear suggested I just use a two button mouse since "their technology is not quite there yet." Apparently they ARE aware of this problem thought they fail to mention it anywhere on their webpage describing the item. I am trying to get the company I bought it from (for $91) to credit me their 20% restock fee because of this (I consider) glaring omission[/b][b]
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bigwill Aug 30, 02
Some KVMs state "USB" in their ads. Does this mean you only have to connect one usb cable from the switch to each computer (and only the one specialized cable from each K, V and M). If so, isn't this less expensive - even if the switch costs a bit more - and less clutter? Anyone know if this setup works just as well?
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