ATEN CS1782 2-port DVI KVMP Switch Review


KVM with 7.1 audio?

Many PC enthusiasts play video games and do regular computing on the same machine, and we all know that the more software you add, the more cluttered and unstable your computer becomes. Imagine batching up a bunch of videos for compression, and then getting online for some fragging without any slowdown or distractions.

This dream can become a reality with a good KVM (Keyboard, Video, and Mouse) switcher, which allows you to have two or more computers connected to only one keyboard, mouse, and monitor.  Until very recently, KVM switches were so expensive that only IT professionals and companies with big budgets could afford (or need) one.  Prices have come down considerably, and new features are being added to entice the average comptuer user.

Historically, KVM switches have been relatively light on features, but now they come with DVI video, USB 2.0, and even audio switching support.  ATEN introduces their CS1782 dual-DVI USB 2.0 KVMP switch, which should entice PC gamers and media enthusiasts with its Dual-link DVI support and 7.1 audio switching capabilities.  Now PC enthusiasts can instantly switch between a seperate gaming or media computer with very little hassle.

ATEN’s CS1782 Dual Link DVI KVMP switch sets a new standard in KVMP functionality by adding three major innovations.

Display technology reads and remembers your monitor’s optimal display settings (E-DDC), thereby eliminating display problems when simultaneously booting  or switching between computers.  With support for resolutions up to 3840 x 2400 you can enjoy the full capabilities of your wide screen monitor.

7.1 sound support provides a fully immersed audio experience for listening pleasure, gaming, or audio editing.

In keeping with the proliferation of high speed devices, the CS1782 provides two USB 2.0 peripheral ports for sharing USB devices between your computers. A powered USB hub may be attached for added expansion.

Switching computers is merely a matter of pressing a manual button, or by a few Hotkey strokes entered directly from the keyboard.  The hotkeys allow for independently switching audio, KVM focus, and peripherals (start a big print job or back up on one computer, play a game on the other while waiting for it to finish).

Setup is as easy as disconnecting your existing cables and connecting the CS1782. There is no software to install, and it is compatible with virtually all USB compliant operating systems.

Save money time and space, share one monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker system, and set of peripherals between two computers.  No more using the “wrong” keyboard or mouse, no more moving cables between computers, not to mention the number of speakers involved.

The CS1782 comes complete with all cables including 7.1 audio, it supports Apple 20″, 23″ and 30″ Cinema Displays, Apple special function keys, and has an unprecedented 7 year limited warranty.


  • Superior video quality:
  • Built-in High-Speed 2-port USB 2.0 Hub
  • Independent (Asynchronous) switching of KVM and peripheral USB/Audio ports
  • Surround Audio enabled
  • Support widescreen resolutions
  • Sources selection via front panel pushbuttons or hotkeys
  • Multiplatform support: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Linux, MAc, and Sun
  • Display Emulation Technology – the KVM switch reads and remember the monitor’s information for error-free booting
  • Sun/Mackeyboard support and emulation
  • Auto Scan Mode for monitoring all computers
  • Firmware upgradeable