Field Notes

Four software-based keyboard/mouse switchers

By Tracey Capen

If you're a power PC user with multiple systems on and below your desk, a software-based keyboard/mouse-switching app can save desk space and let you flip from one system to another in a flash.

These simple utilities differ from the classic keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) boxes in one important way: They don't let you switch video from separate systems on a single monitor. Keyboard/mouse (K/M) switching apps assume you have a display for each PC.

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