Aten CS1782 DVI KVMP Switch Review- July 2, 2008
Price: MSRP $279.99
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One of the biggest challenges in having multiple computers, is space. This is especially true when you also have computers coming in that need some form of repair. Most of us aren’t rich enough, nor have need for a lab or other large room, but yet we want (or need in the case of techs like myself) to be able to have multiple computers going. Personally, I have a minimum of four that are running, and as many as eight depending on if friends are over and we are having a mini-LAN. However, our computer room doesn’t have room for a desk for each computer.
Then there is desk space. I have a lot of CRT monitors, and they tend to take up an extraordinary amount of real-estate on a desk. Even flat-panel LCDs still take up horizontal space, and then you get into floor or desk space to put the towers. Keyboards and mice are also something there is never enough room for. Plus all the cables for everything…a snaky, ugly, tangled mess.
This is where such a thing called a “KVM switch” comes in. What exactly is a KVM switch? The KVM stands for Keyboard/Video/Mouse, and as you can probably guess, the switch part means it can switch between these devices. So how does it all work? It’s very simple really, and during this review, those of you that aren’t familiar with KVM’s will have a clear understanding of what they are and what they do, while those of us that know what they are, will understand that this Aten CS1782 is unlike any KVM switch we’ve seen before!
“The Aten CS1782 USB 2.0 DVI KVMP Switch charts a revolutionary new direction in KVM switch functionality by combining a 2-port KVM switch with a 2-port USB 2.0 hub at the same time as providing an interface for a DVI monitor. The CS1782 also supports state-of-the-art 7.1 channel surround sound to give a theater digital audio experience that enlivens video playback.”
Taken directly from the owner’s manual, it promises quite a bit. Most of us have never seen a KVM that can do audio switching, which is interesting enough. Combined with a USB hub and a DVI (LCD/flat panel digital) monitor, you can sense this is definitely not for a boring “server room” in an enterprise/corporate environment. Aten has made a KVM for the modern age, and made it for you and me, the guys who have multiple computers that have all the latest goodies.
Let’s take a look at the box this puppy comes in!
Now let’s take a quick look at the peripherals that are included with the CS1782.
- 1 x CS1782
- 2 x KVM Cable
- 2 x Audio Cable
- 1 x USB-to-PS2 Converter
- 1 x Firmware Upgrade Cable
- 1 x Power Adapter
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Quick Start Guide