Are KVM monitors worth it?

A KVM switch, short for Keyboard, Video, and Mouse switch, is traditionally a hardware device that allows users to control multiple computers using a single set of peripherals. This can help productivity while reducing clutter, and avoiding the need for two distinct and different setups. There are two main options to be aware of when it comes to KVM switches: one is an external device, the other is a built-in solution that reduces bulk and clutter even more.

Each switch supports a different number of sources, so that’s another thing to check. Then, it gets slightly more complicated: KVM switches support a variety of connector types, from HDMI to USB-C, so it’s better to always check the required connectivity options. There’s nothing to be afraid of though. We’re going to answer the question of whether KVM monitors are worth it or not, following our dedicated guide here to unveil all the secrets of a KVM switch.

1. Are KVM monitors worth it?

Monitors with an integrated KVM switch are an easy, cost-effective solution for switching between computer systems while using only one monitor, keyboard, and mouse. In plain English, this solution avoids plugging and unplugging your peripherals each time you need to switch from, for example, your working laptop and your gaming PCs. It also means that there’s no need to create two completely separated and expensive set-ups in search for a comfortable experience – you can switch the source just by clicking a button. This means that those working or moving between multiple sources (such as PCs and laptops) would definitely benefit from buying a monitor with a built-in KVM switch, making it a worthy purchase.

2. What are the benefits of KVM monitor?

The main benefit of employing a KVM switch is having easy control of two (or, based on the specific switch, more) PCs or servers from their monitor, keyboard, and mouse setup. This consequently means cutting down the number or peripherals needed in these complex set-ups, reducing clutter, and saving money. You can even use a KMV switch for dual monitor setups (to learn how, read here), although it depends on the specific model of the switch and the type of monitor you are using. Business and professionals might particularly benefit from this feature, since it boosts productivity and facilitates the most complex multitasking, however they are not the only ones that can make the most of it.

2.1 Is KVM good for gaming?

Yes, KVM is extremely useful for gamers who have a gaming PC and a laptop, streamers with two PCs, content creators, game developers or even when prepping devices for a LAN event. It allows you to maximize the setup by expanding your access to multiple devices, increasing your efficiency (and without the hassle of constantly swapping cables). All these, and more, are the reason why Philips Evnia 42M2N8900 does feature a MultiClient KVM with MultiView. This monitor is the perfect balance between a stunning gaming monitor and a great tool for productivity, unleashing new potentials. This powerhouse features True 10-bit display for smoother color gradients, OLED display for stark contrast, 138hz refresh rate for fast page refreshing, 0.1ms GTG for quick responsiveness, DTS for enhanced sound, and UltraClear 4K UHD (3840×2160) resolution for precise imaging. Please check out the product page here.

3. How do I use KVM on my monitor?

Using a KVM switch is very easy. You just need to plug all your systems, LAN cable and peripherals directly into the monitor and keep them connected at all times. Then you can easily choose the primary source from the KVM menu. This configuration simplifies cable management, reduces cable clutter and, ultimately, saves users from the hassle of having to continuously change their set-up. You can now switch from your work laptop to your gaming PC, between the two or more operating systemsyou need to use at work, all through a switch.

3.1 Do I need a dock or KVM?

KVM and docks are made for different purposes. Docks increase the number of ports available to access to multiple external devices, and are more powerful than hubs specifically because of the large number of ports they feature. On the other hand, a KVM switch allows to connect many systems (laptops, PCs) to one set of peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse). More information about docks: click here.

4. Monitors with KVM through USB-C

Monitors that offer built-in KVM switch and USB-C are the most convenient and future-proof solution for professionals and those working full remote. The Philips 45B1U6900CH is equipped with a large, curved, 44.5-inch (113 cm. diagonal) VA display with 5120 x 1440 resolution and several other features that are designed to aid professionals’ multitasking, such as: a 5MP webcam, USB-C docking with RJ45 and MultiClient Integrated KVM switch. With this docking system, professionals are able to connect to the network with RJ45, set up power delivery to their connected device, experience high-resolution video output, and connect an external device for high-speed data transfer… and use one monitor-keyboard-mouse setup for multiple computer systems. Please check out the product page here.