10 Best Computer Switch Box – Tested By Expert

In the quest to tidy, computer switch box can make the difference between an organized home and one heaped with mismatched boxes in the closets and garage.

Consumers have been using storage boxes to organize nearly every part of their lives: In homes, on the farm, at warehouses, and even for travel. Over the years, many users have bought numerous brands and styles of storage containers for different applications. Some have served faithfully for decades in storage sheds, while some were only good for a year before cracking.

The best computer switch box can lead to smarter living in your home. With a functional aesthetic, storage bins can declutter and organize. To find the ideal computer switch box available, we conducted hours of research and evaluated product models on durability, size, type of plastic, closures, and price.

Top 10 Bestcomputer switch box : Editor’s Choice

 

List of 10 Best computer switch box: Selected and Tested by Experts

1. KVM Switch HDMI 2 Port Box,ABLEWE USB and HDMI Switch for 2 Computers Share Keyboard Mouse Printer and one HD Monitor,Support UHD [email protected],with 2 USB Cable and 2 HDMI Cable

Features :

  • 【USB KVM HDMI Switch】This HDMI KVM Switch allows you to control 2 computer with only one set of controls(Monitor,Mouse,Keyboard and Printer).You can easily switch between two displays.Makes your work and life much more simple and efficient.LED light color(Green or Blue) indicating the active computer.
  • 【Ultra HD [email protected] Visual Enjoyment】This HDMI USB KVM switch supporting resolution [email protected], make image display more exquisite and realistic,color is more bright and moving,really give a feast for your eyes. Of course, it also support [email protected],3D and 1080P or lower resolution,pls make sure that both your computers support HDMI 2.0! Your both computers must be set up to display same resolution,such as [email protected] or both at [email protected]
  • 【Support Multi Devices & Widely applied】ABLEWE KVM support many kinds of input devices or signal sources switch,such as PS4 ,PS4 Pro, PS3, Xbox One, TV Box, PC, Laptop, Nintendo Switch,most of the HDMI capable devices.It is widely applied for Enterprise, Office, Multimedia Teaching, Meeting Room Gaming Room, Home Theater, Research Test etc.
  • 【Great Compatibility & One Button Switch】This kvm switch works with great compatibility, driver-free for Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS, Linux, and Chrome OS, simply plug and play,No external power required. Easily switch between 2 displays by a single click on the button.
  • 【What you will Get】:ABLEWE provide lifetime technical support for this kvm switcher.Package include:1*kvm switcher,2*1M*USB 2.0 Cable.2*1M*HDMI cable,1*User Manual.Any problem,pls contact us to solve.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 1.181102361
Width 4.724409444
Length 7.87401574

2. NETGEAR 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS305) – Home Network Hub, Office Ethernet Splitter, Plug-and-Play, Silent Operation, Desktop or Wall Mount

Features :

  • Plug and play: Simple setup with no software to install or configuration needed
  • Versatile mounting options: Supports desktop or wall mount placement
  • Silent operation: The Fanless design means zero added noise wherever its located, making it ideal for noise sensitive environments
  • Peace of mind warranty – Covered by an industry leading 3 year limited hardware warranty
  • Energy efficient: Designed to optimize power usage, lowering its cost to operate; Most models are compliant with IEEE802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet mode
  • Built to last: Every Netgear Network switch is rigorously tested for reliability, quality, and performance

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Height 4
Width 1.1
Length 3.7
Weight 0.53
Release Date 2019-07-11T00:00:01Z

3. StarTech.com StarTech.com 4-Port Dual Monitor HDMI KVM Switch with Audio & USB 3.0 hub – 4K 30Hz – 4 PC Mac Computer KVM Switch Box for HDMI Display (SV431DHD4KU)

Features :

  • 4 PORT USB KVM SWITCH WITH AUDIO: This 4-port HDMI KVM switch lets you control four HDMI computers with a single mouse, keyboard and monitor up to 4K 30Hz. The KVM also features 3.5mm mini jack audio.
  • INTEGRATED USB 3.0 HUB: This 4-port KVM switch offers two USB 3.0 ports, as well as four HID keyboard and mouse ports, so you can easily share peripheral devices between each computer.
  • UHD CAPABILITY: With support for ultra-high-definition 4K 30Hz resolutions, this 4-port KVM switch can drive dual HDMI displays, making it ideal for graphical applications requiring UHD capability.
  • VERSATILE FUNCTIONALITY: Ideal for applications that require 2 displays at high resolutions across 4 computers. Great for those who need to share high-speed storage between up to 4 computers/desktops.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 2.5
Width 5.1
Length 8.7
Weight 2.73
Release Date 2020-03-04T00:00:01Z

4. CKL Triple Monitor HDMI KVM Switch 2 Port with Audio and USB 2.0 HUB, PC Monitor Keyboard Mouse Switcher Box Mirrored or Extended Display [email protected] for Computers and Laptops CKL-923HUA

Features :

  • 【2 in 3 out Triple Monitor KVM Switch HDMI】Control 2 computers or Laptops from one set of keyboard, mouse with 3 monitor outputs for extended or mirrored display; premium solution for consolidating 2 computers and get multiple tasks done easier; with separate speaker and microphone output;
  • 【Support Triple HDMI/ VGA/ DVI/ DisplayPort Computers & Laptops】 Perfect for computers with 3 HDMI graphic outputs. Also support HDMI/ VGA/ DVI/ DP video output mixture devices but need reliable adapters (not included), Please be aware of this before purchasing and reach out to CKL support for reference;
  • 【Cross support multiple platform and devices, Plug and play with no driver needed】 fully compatible with Windows 10/7/2000/XP/ and Mac; also support HDMI devices like webcam, hard disk player, game console, DVR, NVR etc; With an extra USB 2. 0 port for sharing USB printers, scanners and Jump drives; support most wireless keyboard and Mouse.
  • 【User-friendly switching modes】 1. Mouse click switch: 2. Hot key switching on keyboards that support all operation systems; 3. Button selection on front panel; 4; Auto scan switch with adjustable interval time between 8 to 999 seconds.5. Wired remote switch;
  • 【Enjoy high resolution with built-in EDID】 supports [email protected] (3840*[email protected]) and compatible downwards, also support [email protected] monitor but output [email protected] for with EDID to adapt proper resolutions;

Additional Info :

Color Triple HDMI KVM 2 Port 4K 30Hz
Item Dimensions
Height 2.5
Width 3
Length 5.1
Release Date 2019-05-01T00:00:01Z

5. TESmart HDMI KVM Switch 2 Port Dual Monitor Extended Display, UHD [email protected] RGB 4:4:4, USB Hub, Audio, Hotkey, Button Switching, PC Monitor Keyboard Mouse Switcher for 2 Computers 2 Monitors with Cables

Features :

  • 【Dual-Monitor-KVM-Switch-2 Port 】TESmart KVM switch, using only 1 set of keyboard, mouse and 2 monitors to control 2 computers, support display one computer’s main and extended desktop
  • 【Dual HDMI KVM Switch with USB2.0 Port】- Supports Connecting your USB 2.0 port device such as Scanner/USB driver/3D Printer/Monitor Camera
  • 【Support Many Ways to Control】Support keyboard hotkey, front panel buttons and IR signals to control this Dual Monitor KVM (AAA battery not included)
  • 【4K 60Hz Resolution & Smart EDID】The HDMI+HDMI KVM Switch supports max resolution up to 3840*[email protected],it comes with EDID emulators in each input port, keep PCs always having correct display information
  • 【★A Higher Level of Keyboard and Mouse Compatibility】 Support keyboard and mouse pass-through mode (Semi-DDM USB).You can use more keyboard and mouse functions that are not supported by ordinary KVM. Supports wired, wireless, mechanical, multimedia, and gaming K&M.No delay, zero latency keyboard and mouse switching.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 1.20078740035
Width 4.62598424725
Length 11.81102361

6. Rybozen KVM Switch HDMI 2 Port Box, 2 Computers Share Keyboard Mouse and HD Monitor,HUD 4K (3840×2160),Support Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Connections

Features :

  • 【2 Ports USB HDMI KVM Switch Box】This HDMI KVM Switcher allows you to control 2 computer with only one set of controls and display screen (mouse and keyboard). KVM swtiches support host button switch and hot key switch.
  • 【Ultra HD 4K Resolution】This HDMI USB KVM switch support resolution up to 4Kx2K @ 30Hz,also support 3D and 1080P or lower resolution. KVM switch HDMI compatible with HDCP.Making display image more exquisite and realistic, really give a feast for your eyes.
  • 【 Hotkey switch & Button switch 】Rybozen KVM support Host button switch and hot key switch, quickly switch between 2 sources by keyboard (two hot key: “Ctrl + Ctrl + 1 / 2”, “Scroll Lock + Scroll Lock + 1 / 2”). USB and HDMI Switch support wireless keyboard and Mouse.
  • 【Great Compatibility, Driver-free】KVM support transmission technology, such as PC, Laptop, projectors, LCD monitors, Apple TV, PS3/PS4, Sony Bluray player, Nintendo Switch, projectors, audio/video receivers and most of the HDMI capable devices,no software required,simply plug and play.
  • 【Stable Performance】This kvm switch built-in two sets of high-performance chips, independent of each function to ensure stable operation of the device, high performance, low power consumption, powered by USB,ensuring the stability of the switch operation and good users Experience.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 2.5984251942
Width 0.7480314953
Length 4.0157480274

7. Rybozen USB 3.0 Switch Selector, 4 Port KVM Switches USB Hub Peripheral KVM Switcher Box, 4 Computers Sharing 4 USB Devices, for PC, Printer, Scanner, Mouse, Keyboard, Button Switch & Remote Control

Features :

  • 【4 Port USB 3.0 Switch selector】This 4 Port USB 3.0 Switches allow using button switch or remote control to toggle between 4 computers to share 4 USB 3.0 peripheral devices without constantly pulling cables or setting up complicated network sharing software.
  • 【Remote Control & One-Touch Switching】You can easily switch between 4 computers by pressing the button or pressing the remote control, the flashing LED indicating the active computer. Remote control is used for long-distance control USB switches, it can be disabled for use in RF-sensitive environments.
  • 【Multiple Device Sharing】The KVM USB switch allows you to share multiple devices such as printers, scanners, mouse, keyboard, card reader,u disk, and other USB devices between 4 computers, reducing cable and accessory clutter. Compatibility with Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS, Linux, and Chrome OS.
  • 【5Gbps speed, USB 3.0 Interface】The 4 port USB hub KVM switch supports USB 3.0 speeds of up to 5Gbps. The Keyboard mouse switch is backward compatible with USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 peripherals. USB C interface of the included USB C to USB-A cable supports USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 hosts.
  • 【More Stable Connection】KVM USB 3.0 switch with a separate micro USB female port for option power, driver-free, plug and play. Important Note: Please use Standard 5V Adapter (Not Included, sold separately) for powering. Any charger with higher voltage output is Not allowed and may affect the product performance.

Additional Info :

Color black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.59
Width 2.13
Length 4.29
Weight 0.15

8. TP-Link TL-SG108 | 8 Port Gigabit Unmanaged Ethernet Network Switch, Ethernet Splitter | Plug & Play | Fanless Metal Design | Shielded Ports | Traffic Optimization | Limited Lifetime Protection

Features :

  • One Switch Made to Expand Network 8× 10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 Ports supporting Auto Negotiation and Auto MDI/MDIX
  • Gigabit that Saves Energy Latest innovative energy-efficient technology greatly expands your network capacity with much less power consumption and helps save money
  • Reliable and Quiet IEEE 802.3X flow control provides reliable data transfer and Fanless design ensures quiet operation
  • Plug and Play Easy setup with no software installation or configuration needed
  • Advanced Software Features Prioritize your traffic and guarantee high quality of video or voice data transmission with Port-based 802.1p/DSCP QoS and IGMP Snooping
  • Study Metal Case Fanless Quiet Design, Desktop or Wall-mounting Design. Operating Temperature: 0 degree Celsius -40 degree Celsius (32 degree Fahrenheit -104 degree Fahrenheit)
  • Limited Lifetime Protection Industry leading limited lifetime protection and free 24/7 technical support

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.9842519675
Width 3.93700787
Length 6.2204724346
Weight 0.86
Release Date 2019-06-21T00:00:01Z

9. HDMI KVM Switch 2 Port Dual Monitor Extended Display 4K @30Hz, DEPZOL Dual View PC Monitor Keyboard Mouse Selector Box with Audio Microphone Output and USB 2.0 Hub for Computers and Laptop

Features :

  • 【2 PORT KVM SWITCH HDMI DUAL MONITOR】: Consoles control up to 2 computers or HDMI devices with 1 independent set of USB keyboard, mouse and 2 monitors extended/duplicated display with dual head input. The best KVM Switch to make your work space tidy and efficient. Please be aware of the adapters you may need for your set-up.
  • 【USB HDMI KVM WITH WIDE COMPATIBILITY】: Cross Support Multiple Operation Systems & Devices: Fully compatible with Windows 10/7/2000/XP/ and Mac; also support HDMI devices like webcam, hard disk player, game console, DVR, NVR etc.
  • 【HDMI SWITCH BOX WITH COMVENIENT SWITCH MODES】: 1. Hot key switching on keyboards that support all operation system; 2. Switch via Mouse Click (Industry Leading Technology); 3. Toggle selection on front panel; 4. Auto scan switch with adjustable interval (8-999 second). 5. Wired remote switch
  • 【DRIVER FREE KVM HDMI SWITCH WITH USB 2.0 HUB】:Plug and play with no driver needed: include all cables and DC 5V power adapter, with extra USB 2.0 port for sharing USB printers, scanners and jump drives, wireless and gaming keyboard mouse.
  • 【4K HDMI KVM SUPPORT AUDIO MIC. AND AUTO EDID】Enjoy high resolution with auto EDID and Audio Support: supports [email protected] high quality pictures, with separate audio and microphone output

Additional Info :

Color 2 Port KVM Switch Dual Monitor 4K 30Hz
Item Dimensions
Height 9.448818888
Width 3.93700787
Length 5.118110231

10. CKL 2×2 Matrix HDMI KVM Switch Dual Monitor USB 3.0 4K 60Hz, PC Monitor Keyboard Mouse Peripherals Sharing Box with Cables for 2 Computers or Laptops

Features :

  • 2 PORT KVM SWITCH DUAL MONITOR: Hook up 2 computers or laptops to share one independent set of keyboard, mouse, dual monitors and more USB 3.0 peripherals, a premium choice for reducing equipment and work safe from home efficiently;
  • KVM SWITCH FOR 2 MONITORS AND 2 COMPUTERS: Support both dual extended or mirrored displays on 1 selected computer or 2 matrix display on 2 different computers (1 monitor on 1 computer and swap them easily;
  • HDMI KVM SWITCH 4K 60HZ: Conforms to HDMI 2.0 protocol for maximum resolution of [email protected], 4096×[email protected] (4::3 monitor) or 3840×[email protected] (16:9 monitor) and compatible downwards, with EDID emulation under dual monitor mode (not in matrix mode);
  • HIGH SPEED USB 3.0 KVM SWITCH: The integrated 2 USB 3.0 HUB ports allows you to share 2 more USB peripherals like printer, scanner, webcam and hard disk between 2 computers with data transfer rate up to 5Gbp/s (10 times faster than USB 2.0), also draws extra power from USB 3.0 connection on each computer;
  • SUPPORT MULTIPLE PLATFORMS: Cross support multiple OS including Windows, Linux, Mac and more; Plug and Play without any driver needed.
  • MULTIPLE SWITCHING MODES: Support 5 switching modes for various needs including keyboard hotkey, mouse clicks, push button, wired remote and IR remote (button cell CR2025 3V not included), also support auto scan switch with adjustable interval between 8-999 seconds for monitoring and testing purposes;
  • ADAPTERS MAY BE NEEDED: Please be aware that this dual monitor kvm requires 2 HDMI connections for each computer or laptop, and 2 HDMI outputs for monitors, reliable adapters or docking stations will be needed for computers especially laptops which do not have dual HDMI outputs, please be aware of this before order.

Additional Info :

How to choose the best computer switch box: Important features to consider

Materials: Polyethylene vs. polypropylene – Low-density polyethylene (stamped on the bottom as LDPE, recycling group number four) is more flexible than stiff, cheap polypropylene (recycling group five), so it won’t crack as easily if you drop a loaded bin on the garage floor. It also won’t become brittle at freezing temperatures the way polypropylene does.

Each material has some advantages. Polypropylene can be made see-through, and it’s much more heat resistant — all the way up to boiling temperatures. LDPE is always tougher, but it gets very soft at temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit and melts in boiling water. Our testers have seen far more polypropylene bins fail in long-term storage, especially in cold climates, but in a baking-hot attic, you’d want to be very careful about how much weight is stacked on an LDPE bin.

Latching lids – A flip-up latch will hold your bin closed even if you over-stuff it, which is handy for things like bulky sweaters and puffy blankets. If you put too much strain on latches, though, they’re prone to pop out of the mounting holes. Those holes also mean an entry point for moisture and insects.

A waterproof seal – If you just need a bin to shed rain, almost any will do: with one exception, the lids we tested to cover the edge of the bin, which means water will roll off without getting inside. A totally sealed lid (like our top pick) will also keep out humidity, though damp items can mildew quickly if you’re not careful about what you put in the bin.

Stackable designs – Nearly any bin can stand on top of another, but some designs are able to neatly mix and match small and large bins while creating a topple-resistant tower.

Single-size lids – If you’re building a collection of storage containers to fully organize your life, it can be handy to have bins with same-size openings. This usually means you can stack and nest different sizes as well as share lids between them. Usually, there will be at least two sizes in a series of containers with a common lid and footprint size, with the difference in volume made up by height.

What to Look for in a Plastic Storage Bin

Capacity

“Pre-sort items you want to organize into categories for containment,” says Marci McAvoy, professional organizer and founder of Marci McAvoy Home Organization. After pre-sorting, consider the storage bin’s capacity. Measure what you need to store and the space where it will live.

“There’s nothing worse than buying a bunch of bins and getting home and realizing that your space is too narrow for the bin you chose, or maybe you didn’t realize that your shelves couldn’t be adjusted for height,” says McAvoy.

Plastic storage tubs list the capacity in quarts or gallons, and some may also include the weight limit. If you’re shopping online, you can get a sense of what a bin can hold by looking at both product photos and images posted by shoppers, which are often the most helpful.

Material and Design

Rigid plastic materials are less likely to buckle when filled with extremely heavy items. These are sometimes labeled as high-density bins. “A bin like this tends to be more expensive because it is really durable, keeps dust and critters out, and is airtight,” says McAvoy.

If you’re storing bins vertically, look for a stackable style (these usually have recessed lids), since this will help the bins stay stable and maximize your storage space from top to bottom. Note that some storage bins are narrower at the bottom and wider on top, so they can nest when they’re empty. This is a helpful feature, but if you are lining these up on shelves horizontally, you may have wasted space between them.

Lid Closure Type

Storage bin lids can be attached or removable. The attached lids might be on a single set of hinges, or they may split down the middle and interlock. When the lid is integrated into the design, you’re less likely to lose track of it, but McAvoy warns that sometimes these can break, rendering the entire bin unusable.

McAvoy prefers removable lids with side snaps and latches. If you live with small children, you might need to opt for more secure closures. If you love color-coding, consider lids that come in different colors. Others might opt for clear lids so they can easily see the contents.

 

FAQ
  • When is the best time to buy plastic storage bins?

    Plastic bins often go on sale in January or February, when retailers try to capitalize on customers’ resolutions to get organized. Containers in colors like red and green maybe even more deeply discounted at this time.

  • How should you label plastic storage bins?

    There are almost as many labeling options as there are plastic containers. If you want flexibility, stick to erasable options such as removable chalkboard or whiteboard labels, and use either chalk paint or dry-erase markers. Label bin clips work well on the handles of open bins, and can also be used with dry-erase markers or Sharpies. Some people opt to simply write directly on clear bins, or buy pre-printed stickers. If you want your label to be permanent, use a marker like a Sharpie or an acrylic paint pen.

  • How can you hide plastic storage bins in your home?

    If you’re looking to hide storage bins in your home, one option is to buy larger, more attractive containers made from materials like wood or rattan, and fit the plastic boxes inside. This works best for items you don’t need frequently. You could also use fabric, washi tape, drawer liner paper, spray paint, and stencils to decorate the exterior of plastic storage bins. If you really don’t want to see them, opt for under-bed storage containers.

  • Can you recycle plastic storage bins?

    Check the number on the container as well as your area’s recycling rules. Many storage containers are made of polypropylene (labeled 5 or PP), and although this can be recycled, not all localities currently do this curbside, but some may accept them at transfer stations. You may be able to recycle polypropylene storage bins through a recycling company like TerraCycle. Try searching “specialty recycling company” and then the name of your town and state. Acrylic can be difficult to recycle, but some specialized facilities may accept it1. Products containing BPA cannot be recycled.2

    If you can’t easily recycle your old bins, try posting them on a local swap group such as Buy Nothing or Freecycle, or using them for other home projects, such as building a terrarium or mini greenhouse. If they’re clean and in good condition, you can also donate them.

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