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It works, it's reliable, but you do need to read the instructions
on November 7, 2007
I've been using the CS-1762 for several weeks now. It's been working flawlessly, and I switch between computers a lot. I've used KVMs for years, but this is the first DVI KVM for me.
First impressions: The unit is well built. It is solid, the buttons work, and this is the first time I've ever had all the cabling come with the unit.
Read the manual: If you just try to plug it in, and start pressing buttons, you are likely to get confused. The unit can send the keyboard to one computer while keeping the display on another computer. I'm not sure why that might be useful. I'm easily confused, so I don't do that. The bottom buttons work just like the good old-fashioned kvm switches. There is also a keyboard shortcut to switch between machines (ScrLk, ScrLk, Enter). That is what I use almost all the time.
A quick read through the user manual will tell you this and everything else you need to know to use the box.
To use this box, the keyboard and mouse must both be connected through USB. It comes with a ps-2 to USB adaptor, so you don't even have to get a new keyboard or mouse. It will also switch other USB items, but I have found that I want USB items to stay with their own computers.
What is completely different between this KVM and every other KVM I have ever used is that the sceen is big and sharp. I run my monitor at 1600x1200 DVI, and (obviously, since it is digital) there is no blurring or ghosting. That is a new experience for me.
I've also found that when booting up a machine, you need to switch the KVM to that machine so that it correctly recognizes the monitor resolution. If you forget, then you have to readjust the resolution after boot-up is complete.
I can't say much about reliability at this point. I've owned the unit for a month, and it has always worked flawlessly.