What is the best KVM Switch?

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. There are three main types of KVM switches: the external hardware hub, the Philips integrated KVM switch, and the new Philips Smart KVM. In this article, we will introduce you to the new Smart KVM switch feature and how it can benefit your workflow to be the best KVM switch you have ever bought.

What is the Best KVM Switch?
The best KVM switch for professional use is the Smark KVM switch. Not only is it integrated like the latest built-in KVM switches for Philips monitors, but it also has some great, new upgraded features which we will discuss in the next section.

However, one monitor that provides a great example of a Smart KVM switch in action is the Philips 49B2U6900CH. Apart from its many other professionally oriented features, like a 5MP webcam and SuperWide screen, this monitor’s smart KVM switch is the icing on the cake. Not only can users collaborate remotely with ease, but they can also smoothly switch between sources with only a click of a button.

What is Smart KVM?
The Philips Smart KVM switch is a generational step up from the original integrated KVM Switch.

By simply pressing the “Ctrl” key three times when all devices are connected, the Smart KVM switch will automatically move between sources with ease. This, in contrast to its predecessor, avoids having to manually change between sources on the monitor’s On Screen Display (OSD) menu.

Not to mention, there is also a hotkey located on the Philips 49B2U6900CH’s monitor bezel that provides another accessible option to switch between sources conveniently and with minimal effort.

If you would like to know more information about the Philips 49B2U6900CH and its product specs, please visit the dedicated product page here.

Are Smart KVM Switches Worth It?
All in all, Smart KVM switches are the ideal option for switching between sources with ease and increasing productivity. So, yes, they are definitely worth it.

As the second generation of Philips professional monitors (B1U vs B2U), the B2U line definitely shines with many features, but one spec that makes it stand out is the Smart KVM switch. Dare we to say the best KVM switch?  Well, when looking at the Philips 49B2U6900CH, the business line’s first generation of this style of monitor, it’s already a clear improvement as users can now switch between sources with barely lifting a finger.

For additional reading material, we have a dedicated article on if integrated KVM switches are worth it. Feel free to check it out here: Are KVM switches worth it?

What is Smart KVM Good For?
Smart KVM can change the way business professionals work with complex workflows. Those who are working or moving between multiple sources (such as PCs and laptops) would benefit from buying a monitor with an innovative feature like Smart KVM: At the end of the day, it provides better efficiency and convenience. So, it is good for many things, but the best thing it is for is making your workday easier.