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I have tried a few other USB Switches and none of them would connect to my 2 monitors (that are HDMI and hooked up through a Pluggable powered dock). I figured this one being made by the same company would be way better. The switch is just ok. It took me about 30 minutes to get it working. I had to connect the Dock Directly to the first company and wait for the monitors to detect (this hasn't ever been an issue) , then plug it back into the switch. I repeated this with the second computer and now everything works for both as long as I don't switch back and forth too fast or unplug anything. I would recommend running your cables first instead of just connect to see if it works. Mine worked just fine while testing but once I unplugged to run the cables it stopped working and I had to do the troubleshooting mentioned above. Overall it's a good switch because it does actually work. It feels like they should probably make a software driven button that's compatible with their hubs to get rid of this issue.
First of all, I'm using this switch with the pluggable docking station 3. Pluggable didn't say that it can't be use, but they did mention use this switch with a docking station.
Plus: 1. the switch worked like it supposed if you're using low res.
cons: 1. The first one didn't work, I returned it. The second one work. 2. if you are using the pluggable dock with 2 monitors @ 1920 x 1080. Beware, it will blink the monitors when you are using the switch when there are lots of graphic going on, like a game or a movie at full screen.
So ... I keep the game or graphic to low res...no problem.
Its great for the price, but over time there will be some continual issues with it. Like one reviewer said, every now and then it will lock up and I will have to toggle it. But the more irritating of the issues is how it defaults to the first channel when clearly it is being powered (and consequently lit up) by the second channel. I swap between desktop and laptop and I use the laptop more often (saves electricity) so I put it on channel 1, but when I start up my desktop I have to remember to press the 2nd channel button. This can get annoying when getting into the BIOS because I can't select a channel when there is no power to the switch, but as soon as my desktop starts up and I need to press the BIOS keys I have to make sure to select the second channel first. needless to say it really gets annoying for my application. Why they didn't consider where power is coming from to first choose which channel shows a sort of technical laziness on the developer's part.
I normally don't write reviews even when the experience is positive because there's a high chance the product is highly rated. But for technical aspects that may have not been mentioned or identified, i will write a review. This product works as expected, no power supply which is great. Buttons have tactile feedback and lights up for the one selected, great as well. I paid the premium because I wanted usb 3.0 speed for my two display monitors/ethernet and peripheral devices. It failed on fluidity. I used it in conjunction with the plugable docking station. I needed the ability to use my desktop setup (2 monitors/keyboard/mouse) with my desktop and switch with a work laptop when needed/working from home. There is a slight delay upon start up but i could live with it. The display fluidity, including mouse control, is seen when minimizing and maximizing windows or going from full screen to windowed view. the mouse was a bit laggy as well and it probably would have annoyed me over time. Again, I run an overclocked rig and expect peak performance, or at least no decrease from what I am used to. Also, if the driver wasn't installed first prior to connection, it screwed up the monitors from displaying anything. I switched to an extension USB 3.0 from amazon basics, works and all is fine in the world. I'll choose to switch between the two machines manually, until i find a switch that works better.
Just needed to connect a wireless mouse/keyboard combo with a single USB dongle. Connectivity is so intermittent that mouse and keyboard won’t work continuously. Impossible to play games or even touch type. Went back to two (2) USB extension cables (one for each computer). One would think a switch would be a simple design. I guess not. I am using it to connect my webcam between the two computers. We’ll see if that works better.
Got these to be able to switch between Macbook Pro and Windows laptop. Most of the time I have to manually turn the monitors off/on for the switch to happen as the button on this device makes the screens go black and then timeout. It's still easier than having to physically switch cables, but it does not work as advertised.
I bought this to switch my docking station (monitors, keyboard, mouse, headset) between my work laptop and PC easily and keep the same setup. The switch wouldn't transfer when I clicked the button and would only register if I unplugged the USB and plugged it back in. Gave it a shot for a few days with that issue and then returned it.