New StarTech KVM switch has native DisplayPort

With many newer monitors and graphics cards flaunting DisplayPort connections, it’s about time keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switches got in line, too. StarTech now claims to be the "first to market" with a DisplayPort-capable KVM switch, which it sells for $219.99 from its online store.

The "2 Port Professional USB DisplayPort KVM Switch with Hotkey Control," or SV231DPU for short, will let you hook up two DisplayPort-capable computers to a single DisplayPort monitor. StarTech has included three USB ports for a mouse, keyboard, and hub, and it lets users switch systems using either hotkeys or buttons on the device itself.

DisplayPort connectivity allows the KVM switch to support a resolution of up to 2560×1600 at 60Hz, but that’s not all. The standard supports both audio and video, and true to form, this KVM switch supports 7.1-channel high-definition digital audio via DisplayPort. Good thing, too, because you won’t find any 1/8" audio ports on the device.

The SV231DPU should also work happily with both Mac OS and Windows, and StarTech covers it with a three-year warranty—not that you’d expect any less considering the price tag.

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 10 years ago

    Eww. Startech. I’ll pass.

    • Traz
    • 10 years ago

    did anyone else read the headline as “New StarTrek KVM..” and then become sadly disappointed when they read the article?

      • Kulith
      • 10 years ago

      I thought it said something about Killswitch – the band.

      I was also dissapointed

      • YellaChicken
      • 10 years ago

      Lol, yes I did. It’s too early 🙁

      • Tamale
      • 10 years ago

      yup. lol

    • bdwilcox
    • 10 years ago

    DisplayPort: slowest…rollout…ever….

      • Kurotetsu
      • 10 years ago

      Obviously. Its going to take time to convince people to release their death grip on DVI/HDMI. Fortunately, things like Eyefinity, the Radeon 5800-series including DisplayPort output on all models, and more monitor makers including DisplayPort inputs on new models is helping things along.

        • TO11MTM
        • 10 years ago

        Quite frankly we are still switching from VGA to DVI/HDMI in some markets which I feel is a big part of the problem.

          • UberGerbil
          • 10 years ago

          Well, ideally you’d skip over DVI/HDMI and go straight from VGA to DP.

      • StashTheVampede
      • 10 years ago

      I’m a LOOONG way from buying another GPU and monitor. When it finally happens, DisplayPort will be it!

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 years ago

      Yeah, it’s unfortunate. I was hoping Apple would push things along, and that DisplayPort would quickly become ubiquitous on PC laptops (because it’s cheaper/better to use DP internally to talk to the screen) but obviously they still need to support DVI-out so they’re still paying SI its royalty one way or another. But DP should be nearly universal on the Arrandale/Clarkdale generation at least, since DP support is in the chipset. And hopefully the next-gen Atom platform (“Lincroft”) will eschew DVI/HDMI-out altogether and go DP-only (and possibly VGA) to keep costs down.

        • bdwilcox
        • 10 years ago

        One of the biggest DisplayPort bonuses is its immense compatibility portfolio, so the ideal way to “force” its adoption without ticking off all the consumers is to only provide a DisplayPort connector on a device but always provide adapters for DVI, HDMI and VGA in the package, at least for the near future. It’s a short-term expense that would expedite its adoption and ease the transition without infuriating the public when they find out their cables “don’t fit” and their devices “aren’t compatible”. They did this for years with monitors that always came with a VGA to Mac adapter and most people never had a problem with it.

      • indeego
      • 10 years ago

      HP pretty much went from DVI to Displayport overnight on its product line. Perhaps a bit too fast, as some of their own products have issues with compatibility with regards to displayportg{<.<}g

    • FuturePastNow
    • 10 years ago

    That’s a hefty price that should come way down over the next couple of years as more displayport devices become mainstream.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 years ago

      DVI KVMs are also hiddeously expensive for some unkown reason, so I’m not sure.

      I get around it by using an HDMI switch attached to my DVI monitor via HDMI->DVI converter, and connect the devices to the HDMI switch via DVI -> HDMI cables. Then I have a USB/VGA/audio KVM that I use for everythign else. I have to hit two buttons to do it, but the combined $70 is still cheaper than paying for a GOOD DVI-native switch.

        • Trymor
        • 10 years ago

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