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IOGEAR Switch Favors Laptop Control
The new KVM switch is the first to allow a notebook to lead the setup.
IOGEAR USB Laptop KVM Switch
IOGEAR’s USB Laptop KVM Switch is the first KVM switch that enables a laptop to replace the traditional keyboard, mouse and monitor on a second computer.
August 25, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

My laptop is needed about as much as my right hand. However, like my left, I still love that old desktop.

The right is good for throwing, signing checks, and is favored while driving. Like my laptop, it does all of the important things. I can’t just switch over without a few paper cuts or other mishaps. Fortunately, IOGEAR is making the computer switch slightly easier with its USB Laptop KVM Switch.

IOGEAR’s switch makes it easy to use your laptop’s keyboard, mouse and display for that second computer. That means you can have the power, files and applications from your desktop, without the clutter of extra peripherals. It’s an interesting twist, because as Engadget points out, most switches allow laptops to cut in on the action of a desktop.

The unit promises an easy setup via USB 2.0 ports on each end, with one in the middle for a printer or other add-on. There’s also a drag-and-drop utility which makes for easy file sharing.

IOGEAR USB Laptop KVM Switch is compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista. There’s no word on other versions, but Windows users can snag one today for $130.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
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