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This one worked alright for 3 years. Not perfectly, but acceptable. Sometimes there would be long lags when I toggled back and forth OR I would have to do it a couple times to get it to read right. But it was generally acceptable.... Unfortunately, after 3 years, when I unplugged one of the cables, the plastic housing that holds the switches connectors in place snapped off inside of the cable. There would be no way to reconnect it, so I am forced to replace the product or get something else. I needed to take a small screw driver and dig into the cable end to remove the plastic to salvage the cable. So does it work - yes. Is it well built and durable - no.
I had hoped to use this switch to share a port replicator between a mac and a windows machine. Unfortunately it didn't reliable work on the mac side, or at least the mac failed to detect the new input when switched to, and it'd stay in sleep mode.
This works just fine as described, however be aware of the design. If you want this on your desk to switch USB peripherals between two computers, the fact that the cables come out of both ends of the device is obnoxious. It would be much better if all ports were on the back of the device and the cables just hung out the back off your desk. Instead, you have one looping around in front and it it's anything but tidy. I've also tried mounting it with velcro to keep it in place sideways (as it's lightweight) but that doesn't work very well either with the cable arrangement. I found myself on Amazon looking for a replacement and saw this again so figured I should leave a review on it.
The USB switcher is extremely useful. One issue is that often times I will swap to my secondary device and my attached peripherals will go off and not come back on requiring me to unplug the cable and plug it back in. Other than that my only gripe is the brightness of the lights. I can see the blue LED shining in my window from down the street at night....
Update: After one year the device no longer works. It flashes continuously and causes all attached devices to disconnect and reconnect.
It works but I don't like the fact that the 2 input cables on one side and one output cable on the other side. It is not easy to organize on the desk. The two blue light indicators under the switch are so bright. I have to cover it with a paper tape. The lights don't have to be that bright. It is ok for now because I don't find any usb 3.0 switch that has a design the way I want. I want 2-input and 1-output on the same side but could not find it. I will find a way to open it and cut off the light indicators.
Using as a KVM between two laptop port replicators and a USB hub, and it works as expected. Would prefer the connections to be on only one end so I could have easy access to the buttons without a cable sticking out towards me. Other design improvements I suggest are dimmer button lights (currently bright blue), persistent button selection when power is removed (reverts to left button), and hot key switching (currently needs no drivers).
It's fine. But what is inexplicable to me is the fact that the ports are on opposite sides. Think about how you might place this on a desk and connect the single input to a hub. The cable has to loop back and it just looks ugly and tries to rotate on the desk. Bad design.
The problem I have may not be with the sharing switch. All I know is I used to be able to switch between my Mac and Windows PC but after a month the keyboard and mouse won't wake up from sleeping anymore after switching. Other than this problem, I would really like the product if it worked correctly.