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Product overview

• Operate two Macs or PCs via one keyboard, mouse and monitor
• Compatible with USB and PS2 keyboards and mice
• Two front USB ports to share USB peripherals
• Add a USB hub to share more peripherals
• Ultimate in KVM convenience
• Switch PCs with a hotkey function
• Desktop range - 2 KVM cables supplied
• Easy installation: no software required

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought one of these from Maplin about 18 months ago and it has worked perfectly despite being in use for many hours every day with frequent switching between the two computers. No problems, no hassle, no issues over screen resolution. Still going strong. Would recommend to anyone. Just wish there was a 4 port version at a corresponding price.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent little switch, worked first time without any configuration. Would recommend.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It Works Purchased this to replace an old Belkin KVM which worked in a very temperamental fashion when connected to a Win7 32-Bit Laptop and 64-Bit Desktop. No problems with the Aten - I can swap between the two machines without difficulty. Pros - It does its job without fuss. Transfer time between machines is very quick but not instantaneous. Cons - All the connexions run into the back of the unit, so you have to allow space for the plugs and cables when siting the unit.
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, well designed product Bought this a few weeks ago as a method of switching between desktop and laptop without changing screen, keyboard or mouse. It is very well thought out and designed. Easy to set up and very small, it will fit on the base of most monitor stands. I particularly like the fact that it has dedicated keyboard and mouse USB slots at the front of the box and comes with KVM cables i.e., VGA and USB combined, supplied. There are spare USB slots at the back as well if you want to run additional equipment such as a mobile, tablet, speakers, fan etc., and of course you can plug in the keyboard and mouse here if you prefer. I would recommend though if you are going to run lots of equipment from the box, you buy yourself a 5 volt power supply just to help the Switch Box along and prevent reduction in speed when switching between devices. Overall, a great, neat package which represents excellent value for money.
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Weather station spares I bought a spare weather station transmitter. When it arrived I realised that I had ordered the wrong model. There was absolutely no problem, I returned it to my local store and a refund was made without any difficulty. I find Maplin an excellent company to deal with. I wish them continued success.
Date published: 2016-08-21
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Will this unit work ok with windows10

Asked by: Bouncer
Yes, I am pleased to advise this will work fine on Windows 10
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2017-08-28

I have just done a new build and my old KVM switch causes a lot of screen shimmer poss. due to technology moving on will this cause the same problem both machines run windows 7 Pro 64Bit

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, I am pleased to advise the item will support this use.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-08-03

I have two PC's, both run Windows. One has windows XP, the other has Windows 10. I mainly want to use my print/scanner on both machines. Will the 2 port USB KVM handle this?

Asked by: Baxtonmoor
The KVM switch would allow you to connect and run two computers from one set of peripherals so would work with a printer as well, but is more designed for use with input controls such as keyboard and mouse as well as VGA monitor connection. If your printer is close enough to a router for this to be an option, a single unit print server maybe better, allowing simultaneous access to any device connected to the network without the need to physically switch the input device like you would with the KVM.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-01-22

I have a wireless USB keyboard/mouse combo (Microsoft unit) - can this KVM handle this or does it need separate (wired) USB keyboard and mouse?

Asked by: richard
Well, I can answer it myself (having purchased the item in the meantime). Yes, it works quite happily with the receiver plugged into the USB keyboard socket.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2015-09-13

Will this switch still work if one of the PCs goes into Sleep mode? So when I switch over to the sleeping PC will it pick up mouse movements or keyboard presses to wake the PC up? Similarly can I add a second PC 'on the fly' if I am just using one?

Asked by: BlackPhi
Yes this item should work fine with a PC in sleep mode.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2015-09-02

I wish to connect my laptop (HDMI only) and my computer (VGA only) via this hub, is this possible?

Asked by: VeltaK
It's not I'm afraid , it has no HDMI connection , we don't do one that can suport VGA and HDMI, it's one or the other :
Answered by: Neil G
Date published: 2015-07-17

Providing I purchase the necessary cables, can I connect it up using only the VGA [ports?
Asked by: John Beveridge
I am pleased to advise the product you mentioned will do exactly what you require.~DH
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17

Does this KVM support audio as well as keyboard/video/mouse?
Asked by: Simon Stacey
Unfortunately not
Answered by: DM
Date published: 2015-07-17
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