I'm having trouble finding a solution for setting up a switch for three laptops to two monitors. I'd need a KVM that matches the following criteria:
- 3 inputs for the laptops
- 2 outputs to two monitors supporting extended monitor or multiple display (not mirrored), or some splitting solution
- Doesn't break the bank
3 laptops will be used as sources, 2 laptops have both VGA and HDMI out, 1 laptop only has HDMI out, and all laptops have several USB slots.
I have looked into an HDMI-to-VGA adapter (or even HDMI-to-DVI in case I want to convert all three to DVI). This seems like a good solution for getting my sources into a 4-port KVM.
The real problem I'm running into is the output. I have a requirement to output the source onto two monitors for an extended monitor (so long as it isn't mirrored display which would be useless to my client). I haven't seen a KVM that has dual output from the console but only 1 input from each computer. I considered a DVI or VGA Y-splitter and read reviews that this only allows for mirrored displays. Any ideas? And if someone could confirm the behavior of Y-splitters, that could solve my problem easily.
Honestly, a KVM would be great, but thinking outside of the box would be fine. I have considered RDC as a possible solution to this, but I don't believe my client is technical enough to buy into it.