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Enclosure Type: desktop
Ports: 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Reduce operating costs by sharing peripheral devices
Save time with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 data transfer rates
Push-button operation for simple switching
USB 3.0 data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps
Connect a USB hub to share additional peripherals
Push-button controls for switching between computers
USB-Powered, no additional power adapter or wall outlet required
Includes 2 USB A-B cables for PC to switch connection
Share a single USB 3.0 device between two different computers - The USB221SS 2-to-1 USB 3.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch lets you share a single USB 3.0 peripheral with 2 different computer systems, avoiding the cost of purchasing duplicate peripherals or the hassle of swapping cables from one system to another. The USB sharing switch delivers speed and flexibility, with simple push-button controls for switching between computers, and support for SuperSpeed USB bandwidth (up to 5 Gbps) ensuring fast data transfers to/from your shared peripheral device. The switch is also backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 (480Mbps, 12Mbps respectively), so you don't have to worry about your computer or older peripherals not performing. The 2-port USB switch can also be connected to a USB hub, to expand the number of devices you can share between the two connected systems, or to a USB drive enclosure or docking station, for a shared external storage solution. The switch features a compact design that takes up minimal desk space and is USB-powered, so it doesn't require an AC wall outlet. Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.
2 Port (Type B)
2 year warranty
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of the buttons stopped working after a month or two of use -- the light, and functionality, unless you jiggle the cables around just right. Switching from one channel to another takes a good 4-7 seconds, which is somewhat annoying if you switch back and forth a lot (like I do), and are usually trying to hurry with everything (like I am). It also allows only for one USB input (i.e. either keyboard or mouse, not both), so to get around that you have to plug in a separate USB hub; then you can connect a keyboard, mouse, printer, etc. That takes up a bit more room, and is an additional item to purchase. It also doesn't have a slot for monitors (HDMI / Display, etc), but I knew that when purchasing git. I purchased a separate device for that (which, itself, doesn't have connections for USB keyboards / mice.)
Other than those annoyances, or the broken button, it works well and is more convenient that having multiple keyboards / mice on your desk.
Slight delay when switching from one pc to another so I knocked it one star, but that may be an operating system issue and if so, give it 5 stars. The led lights are extremely bright...land an airplane...maybe. I would never knock it a star because all you need to do is use a hole punch on a piece of electrical tape stick the punched hole piece on the button and you get a perfect edge lighting to see just enough day or night! The two cables are a little stiff for wiring but that is because they are very well built heavy duty USB 3.0 cables! Don't hesitate to buy because even with the slight delay (3-5 seconds) it's well worth the money.
The buttons have a really obnoxiously bright LED backlight that lights up my whole office at night. If you're looking to get a tan while sitting next to your USB switch, it's pretty awesome. Aside from that, it gets the job done. Occasionally one machine or the other will stop seeing my keyboard and mouse, but it's hard to tell if it's this component, the USB hub, the mouse/keyboard or the computer. It usually takes disconnecting and reconnecting everything to make it work. It's a great substitute for my KVM switch, now that there's no decent switching solution for modern displays, and you can't beat it for the price.
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