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Last Updated 5/13/2002 by


MiniView PC a.k.a. 'The Octopus' Having, at least temporarily, acquired yet another computer, I finally broke down and bought a KVM switch. I've been using software solutions like PCAnywhere and VNC for years, but always ended up needing at least two keyboards, mice and monitors on my desk.

Initially I tried an IOGear MiniView PC ($140 with tax from Fry's), but it was a little flaky and because of the octopus-like connections took up an incredible amount of space--I'm not sure what they're going for with this supposedly "compact" design--on my desk (and had to remain MiniView SE accessible because it was just flaky enough to sometimes require hitting the single manual switching button). I was pretty sure, from the beginning, that this was not a keeper.

Yesterday I received an IOGear Miniview SE from (free shipping, no tax, $113) and the difference is like night and day. The box is stable, has more and better indicators and controls, supports more key combinations, and has the more standard cables-out-the-back design that makes for stackability and both, to compare size generally more efficient use of space.

I've only tested with various flavors of Windows, but so far monitor and mouse support and emulation is working perfectly. So, if you happen to be in the market for a 4-port KVM switch, I highly recommend the SE.








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