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New KVMs -- Back And Better Than Ever! (2 New Models - USBc and HDMI) | Level One Techs

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Links: Single Monitor, 4 input: https://store.level1techs.com/products/kvm-switch-single-monitor-model Dual Monitor, 4 input: https://store.level1techs.com/products/kvm-switch-dual-monitor-model Preorder USBc 1 monitor, 2 input: https://store.level1techs.com/products/kvm-switch-usbc-model Preorder HDMI 2.0 4k/60hz https://store.level1techs.com/products/kvm-switch-hdmi-model It was so much fun working on the software for these. :D Also, extremely terrible. But awesome! It's exciting to have good KVMs in the world!
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://level1techs.com/video/new-kvms-back-and-better-ever-2-new-models-usbc-and-hdmi
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Awesome to hear wendell!
How is chromebook support btw? (I have an Acer Chromebook Spin 13. (intel core i5 model)

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TL;DW: Old KVM back in stock, new KVM with USB-C, and USB-IF needs to get their shit together with allowed and certified naming on cables

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Competing KVMs only have USB 1.1

So, the fancy Corsair keyboards don’t work on USB 1.1? Why?

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#5

They are not hid devices. They have a “bios mode” that would probably work (hid emulation, which is not a 1.1 fallback) but are not otherwise hid compatible.

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#6

I know that from the video, but what does that have to do with USB 1.1?

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Usb1.1 doesn’t support much beyond hid devices. Usb2.0 can fall back to 1.1 in some scenarios but the corsiar keyboard might as well be a USB printer for all the USB controller knows?

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@wendell

Any insight as to how the USB-C KVM will work with an X399 Taichi board? Looking to start dividing work between my laptop and a workstation for better number crunching.

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You need dp+USBc so if you are using an rtx card it’s fine. Taichi doesn’t have a dp input

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Crap. Really wanted to stick with a Quadro but Falcon doesn’t offer anything above Pascal yet. I’ll see if I can talk to IT about that.

Thanks for the super fast reply!

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This slipped under my radar. That USB Type-C KVM is very interesting. I could see plenty of people wanting something like this to switch between dedicated computers and their laptop. (myself included, this is basically my exact setup)

@wendell I see no PD in this version, is this a permanent limitation or something that could be done in theory in a future version of the KVM?

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PD opens up a world of agony and pain. It would be more than 1.5 years if I ever do that. More likely possibly would be a PD injector cable.

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I’m completely unfamiliar with USB-PD or how complex it might be, I wondered considering how its in a number of smaller dongle/hubs if it might be possible via a dedicated PC1-PD port or something like that.

However, maybe in a year or two USB3 and Type-C will be more sane and it might be easier to implement.

Theses are two nice new additions though. Level1 Techs becoming a special full time hardware vendor in the future… maybe? :slight_smile:

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if we can fund awesome stuff even with a bake sale, I think we’d be down for it.

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A Level1 bake sale… Something like that i could see.

It might be nice to see some “wendell certified actually works” items on sale, or a list. Especially things like working/trusted cables (you have the cable kit, but maybe it would be good to see up there trusted Type-C cables for the KVMs and perhaps other types for other hardware USB-PD, 3.1 etc.)

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