Last month Belkin unveiled a new member of its Flip product family of button-activated KVM switches that allows sharing a single monitor between two computers such as a laptop and a desktop. This new member, the Flip DVI-D, is priced at $150 and should be available in February 2007.
The DVI-D, as the name implies, is for sharing a DVI monitor between two computers. This compact KVM switch lets one specifically share a USB-based Mac or PC keyboard (with support for all special function keys), a mouse, speakers and a single (1920 x 1200) or dual link (2560 x 1600) DVI monitor. This device has been designed to work with an Apple Cinema Display but could also be used with another DVI monitor.
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The core control of the Flip DVI-D is a simple white button with colored trim which connects with a cord to the central KVM hub. This button, like other Flip configurations, sports a two-color LED which indicates which computer the Flip is accessing. The KVM hub itself has a number of input jacks for its supported peripherals.
The Flip, which offers support for both Mac and Windows desktop and notebook computers, lets its owner listen to music files on one computer while working on another. The cables for the speakers, like the cables from the Flip, mice and keyboards are all attached in such a way that they can all remain hidden behind a desk, with only the cable attached to the Flip’s button peeking out from its placed location so one can switch between computers as necessary.
Other standard Flip configurations available for sale from Belkin include PS/2, PS/2 with audio, USB with audio and wireless. These Flips range in price from $50 to $80.
More information on the Belkin Flip DVI-D (F1DG102D) as well as the Flip product line in general can be found at the Belkin Flip Web site.