Huntsville, Ala.-based Avocent Corp. on Tuesday introduced its new
line of Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) Switches. The switches are Mac and PC-compatible, and let you share peripherals like keyboards, mice, monitors, scanners, speakers and other devices between multiple machines. Prices range from US$145 to $350 depending on capabilities.
The SwitchView line incorporate built-in USB hubs, which let users switch KVM audio and USB hubs independently or jointly.
The SwitchView line includes two- and four-port MM1 and MM2 switches and 2- and 4-port DVI switches. The MM1 switches support USB 1.1 and PS/2-equipped systems and VGA (15-pin d-sub) analog displays. The MM2 switches feature USB 2.0 hubs instead. The SwitchView DVI series eschew PS/2 ports all together, but instead feature Digital Visual Interface (DVI) video ports and USB 2.0 interfaces.