Here's my scenario:

I have a home gaming PC connected to two 27" monitors. It also has a Razer Widowmaker keyboard and a Razer mouse.

I also have a work laptop. This laptop has one HDMI input and one USB-C/Thunderbolt input.

I'm looking to find a dock or KVM switch type device that will allow me to switch the dual monitors and peripherals between both devices. So I'd like to be able to have my home PC and my work laptop both hooked up to this, and I can then switch between which computer the devices and dual monitors are using for a seamless transition to working on my home PC to working on my work laptop.

I considered just buying a regular dock, but I get a new work laptop every few years (no gaurantee of the model I'd get) and I know universal docks are generally sucky, so I don't want to drop all that money on investing in a specific dock if it might not work for me in a few years.

I also found some KVM switching devices on Amazon such as this (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083J4NMZM/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza), for which of course I'd have to buy an HDMI to USB-C adapter, but some of the verbiage makes me concerned that it wouldn't support a more advanced keyboard like mine (especially since it has a dual-USB plug).

My ultimate fallback plan was just to have a separate HDMI switch and USB switch to use, but I'd be nice if I'd be able to have an all-in-one device like the KVM switch.

Does anyone know of any products like this that exist? Or in reading the description about the KVM switch, would that work for my purposes?

  • Some monitors include a KVM feature: You plug keyboard and mouse into the monitor's built-in USB hub which can be connected to a desktop PC using a USB-A to USB-B cable (along with DisplayPort or HDMI) and to a laptop using USB-C/Thunderbolt. You can configure which USB upstream port goes together with which video input. Check your monitor's manual - maybe it supports something like this? – Martin Konrad Jul 27 at 3:21
  • I have the same exact situation, currently I'm using a work-provided Lenovo USB-C Gen 2 dock and got a USB-A-to-C for my desktop - I manually unplug my laptop and plug my desktop when I want to switch, and use the displayport inputs on my monitors from the dock and the HDMI inputs for my PC. It's an < 1 min. swap between the two but it'd be nice to hide my dock and press a single button instead. Closest product I found was this, but it's a only single display: sabrent.com/product/USB-KCPD/… – someone1 Sep 8 at 16:54

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