I’m a huge KVM fan. I followed them all through high school and was really upset when the broke up. Not a lot of people could do proto-punk-reggae like those guys and even 311 don’t hold a candle to their work. That said, this is another kind of KVM. It’s essentially a USB cable that you connect to two computers. The host computer can then bring up the guest computer’s desktop and you can drag and drop files back and forth.
When would you use this thing? If you had a PC at home and wanted to connect a laptop, for example, or if you wanted to run multiple PCs at once. It is a true Keyboard-Video-Mouse switch simply because you use the host’s keyboard to control the guest.
The $129.95 device is available now and even has a midpoint USB slot for adding external storage or a printer.
IOGEAR Introduces Industry-First KVM Switch Enabling
Control of a Second Computer with a Laptop
Allows users to conveniently transfer files between machines
Irvine, CA – August 25, 2008 – Consumers can now easily access another computer
using their laptop with IOGEAR’s USB Laptop KVM Switch. The product is the first KVM
switch that enables a laptop to replace the traditional keyboard, mouse and monitor on
a second computer. The product is on display at RetailVision, August 25-28, 2008, at
For on-the-go users, the USB Laptop KVM Switch provides file transfers and convenient
switching between a desktop or a secondary laptop. The product simply connects two
computers via USB 2.0 ports and enables individuals to manage both computers with
the laptop. The product also comes with built-in file transfer utility software that lets
consumers drag and drop files or create backup copies between machines.
In addition, the USB Laptop KVM Switch contains an integrated USB 2.0 port to connect
devices, such as printers, scanners, external hard drives, digital cameras, speakers,
MP3 players and Webcams, which users can access directly from the laptop. Using a
laptop as the console eliminates energy- and space-consuming desktop keyboards,
monitors and mice. The USB Laptop KVM Switch also features desktop scaling that
modifies the desktop computer’s resolution to be compatible with a laptop screen.
“Our USB Laptop KVM Switch provides laptop users a simple space- and device-saving
solution compared with traditional KVM switches. It also makes file sharing easy,
sparing users from having to set up a network,” said Miranda Su, executive vice
president at IOGEAR. “We strive to develop innovative technologies that address
growing consumer needs. The laptop is the preferred device for mobile computing and
we make it easier for road warriors to bridge the gap between their on-the-go, home and
The USB Laptop KVM Switch is compatible with Windows® 2000, XP and Vista
operating systems. The product is available immediately for $129.95 MSRP from all
major catalog and online resellers, as well as select retail outlets.
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IOGEAR, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, CA, offers innovative technology solutions that are fun, stylish and
help people enjoy daily life. A consumer electronics leader, the company provides a range of KVM
(Keyboard, Video, Mouse) and KVMP (Peripheral), Connectivity, Networking, A/V Digital Home, Mobility
and Desktop solutions.
IOGEAR’s products decrease office clutter and energy consumption, reduce electronic waste, enable
computer sharing at home and in the office as well as enhance mobility and efficiency when on-the-go. As
one of the only true manufacturers in the industry, the company offers high-quality solutions backed by
the service and support that consumers demand. Additionally, IOGEAR’s Customer Advocacy Team is
available any time day or night at 1-866-946-4327, providing assistance and welcoming feedback
regardless of time and location.
IOGEAR is an environmentally-conscious organization that emphasizes conserving natural resources to
employees and customers through its GREEN initiative. The company has a dedicated timeline and list of
goals to achieve before the close of the decade to ensure its products are as eco-friendly as possible and
its packaging utilizes 100% recyclable and biodegradable materials.