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Редакция THG,  17 октября 2001
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CS-USB21H - KVM 2 Port Switch - Jargy, Continued

The rear of the CS-USB21H KVM is rather plain. There are console inputs for the VGA, PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, and USB. The CS-USB21H has input connectors for VGA, PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, and USB for each of the systems. As you can see by looking at the back of this unit, Jargy has left plenty of room to allow it to manufacture additional units that will handle more systems, something that Jargy currently does. One thing that I did find strange was that Jargy chose not to include two USB ports on the console inputs for both a USB keyboard and USB Mouse.

Back View CS-USB21H

Also, on the upper left rear of the CS-USB21H is a slider switch which allows the user to disable the LED indicator on the front of the unit so that it will not light up. As you can also see from the rear of the CS-USB21H, this unit is a keyboard, or USB powered unit, and does not have an input to accept power.

The CS-USB21H KVM did not include any user's manual with the unit and this is partly due to the fact that Jargy is an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) operating only in the Asian market. Jargy does not sell this unit directly to the public, but contracts with other companies to market this unit under each company's own label. Jargy is working on additional distribution agreements to make the CS-USB21H available in other countries, but right now it is difficult to get it anywhere outside Taiwan or Japan, and the existing documentation is not available in English. It is expected that we will see the CS-USB21H in other countries soon.

Jargy includes two complete sets of four-foot cables with the CS-USB21H, but I would not consider the quality of these cables to be top shelf. The cables are standard, but use a lessor guage of wire than most of the others in our review. This might cause some problems at higher resolutions, but we didn't encounter any problems in our resolution tests. The PS/2 keyboard and mouse cables use a molded deisgn which helps keep the cables together. The USB A-A cable and the VGA cable are molded together as well.

The CS-USB21H unit itself performed very well. It was easy to use and produced a good picture. Based on the information Jargy provided us about this unit, it should be priced in about the same range as the Linksys KVM100SK and Iogear GCS102U, which is reasonable for the features that are included. I found the unit to be quite good and a welcomed addition to the KVM products available, but until we see the finished product with a manual in English and other widely used languages, and distribution is worldwide, I don't know that it will become very popular. I hope that Jargy is able to get this unit into full international distribution, as it does have potential for many users. For the price, it is a good product.
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