Today, we’ll be taking a look at the TESmart 2 port HDMI+DP KVM siwtch.
So in my studio, I have several PC systems which I run, including my laptop, but only one monitor. And it’s a pain in the ass to switch between systems. I have to unplug the HDMI cable and USB devices and then connect them back to the other system.
Basically, it’s not a very efficient way of running my setup. Plus the fact I could damage the connectors and cables with repeated plugging and unplugging.
So what’s the solution? Well, get yourself of these KVM switches from TESmart!
Now this KVM switch from TESmart comes with both HDMI and Displayport connectors and supports USB devices. Most KVM switches I’ve seen offer only either HDMI or Displayport but never both. This one does … which means it’s extremely versatile and I can use this for all of my devices.
You can control the switching of the PCs using the buttons on teh switch or via an included remote control.
This 2×2 Dual Monitor KVM provides you with great flexibility in integrating cross-platform computer equipment easily. It can simultaneously output the HDMI and DP signal of 1 PC to 2 HDMI monitors, or you can optimise the HDMI signal of 2 PCs to output to 2 displays.You can control the Dual Monitor KVM with the front-panel button, IR remote control and keyboard hot keys. The 2×2 Dual Monitor KVM supports only a set of keyboard & mouse and 2 monitors to control 2 PCs. Supports hot keys to change active selected PC. Supports USB 2.0, you can even attach USB 2.0 hub , USB drive, printer, barcode scanner or other USB devices to the Dual Monitor KVM. And supports keyboard and mouse pass through mode to improve KM compatibility.
- Using only 1 set of keyboard, mouse and 2 monitors to control 2 computers.
- Support Unix /Windows /Debian /Ubuntu /Fedora /Mac OS X /Raspbian /Ubuntu for Raspberry Pi and other Linux based systems.
- Support hot plug, connect or disconnect devices to the KVM at any time without turning off devices.
- Support front panel button, IR signals, keyboard hot keys to control the KVM.
- Available to use keyboard and mouse without any delay after switching computer.
- Support resolution up to 3840*2160@60Hz.
- With extra standard USB 2.0 port, it is possible to connect barcode scanner, USB hard drive or other USB devices to the KVM.
- Support keyboard and mouse pass through mode to improve KM compatibility.
|Amount of Computers
|Amount of Monitors
|HDMI + HDMI
|✔ Yes – 1x USB 2.0
|Max Resolution (RGB 8bit or YUV444 8bit)
|Common Resolution(RGB 8bit or YUV444 8bit)
|(5120×1440)@N/A, (3840×1080)@120hz, (3440×1440)@100hz, (2560×1440)@144hz, (2560×1080)@165hz, (1920×1080)@240hz
|HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, HDR, Dolby Vision
|✔ Yes（Supported in display mode 1）
|Extended, Mirrored, Mixed
|# of Ways to Switch
|Keyboard Hotkey, Button, IR Remote
|Scroll Lock, Right-CTRL
|Wired, Wireless with 2.4G receiver
|✔ 1 year + additional 2 years registration extended warranty
For more information about this product, please visit TESmart’s website.
The package includes the TESmart KVM switch and comes with 2 x DisplayPort cables, 2 x HDMI+USB combo cables, IR remote control, 12V DC power adaper, and an user manual.
A Closer Look
The KVM switch fairly compact and light-weight, weighing in at only 599g and measuring just 30cm x 11cm x 3 cm. At the front of the unit, you’ll find the on/off witch, 4 LED indicators, and a yellow button which allows you to select PC1 or PC2.
At the rear of the unit, you’ll find an array of connectors. These include the 12V DC-in, 1 x 3.5mm jack for headphone/speaker, 2 x HDMI output (for monitors), and 3 x USB ports. For PC1 and PC2, you’ll find 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort and 1 x USB (B-Type) connector.
KVM Switch in Action
Setup was extremely very simple. Just plug in all the necessory cables accordingly, including the DC power adapter and that’s pretty much it. Notice towards the little of the KVM switch, I also installed the wireless USB dongles for the keyboard and mouse. This will allow me to control both PCs (or laptops) using one set of keyboard and mouse.
The main power on/off switch is located on the front of the KVM switch. There’s also a yellow button which allows you to select PC1 or PC2.
As you can see below, I used a wireless keyboard whch worked perfectly with the KVM switch. We also used a wireless mouse with no issues whatsoever. Both USB wireless dongles were plugged in to the KVM switch at the rear.
Using the included remote, we were able to switch between PC1 and PC2 at a push of a button. Excellent! You need 2 x AAA batteries for the remote control unit. which unfortunately is not included.
Verdict and Conclusion
After using the TESmart 2 Port Dual Monitor HDMI+DP KVM Switch for several weeks, I have to say it’s defintely a life-saver. I no longer have to unplug and re-plug all those annoying cables every time I switch between PC1 (laptop) and PC2 (desktop/test rig). All I have to do is either push the selector button or the toggle between the two using the included remote control. It definitely saves a lot of time and hassle, that’s for sure!
One thing I like about the TESmart KVM switch is the size. It’s slim, compact and doesn’t look like a brick on your desk.
The unit can supports HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, HDR, and Dolby Vision. It can also support resolutions up to 4K @60Hz and 1080p @ 240hz. Now how amazing is that!
If you have one monitor and two systems, and you frequently switch between the two, then you have to get yourself a KVM switch… and to be honest, there’s no better KVM switch than the TESmart 2 Port Dual Monitor HDMI+DP KVM Switch!
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