StarTech.com (http://www.startech.com), a manufacturer of
connectivity and technology parts, has released the USB 2.0 Console
Adapter for Laptops, which essentially turns a laptop computer into a
portable KVM console.
The adapter provides users with portable KVM control of a machine
with no keyboard, mouse or monitor attached (also referred to as a
“headless” server/computer), from the laptop over a standard USB 2.0
connection. The adapter features a pocket-sized design that can be
packed into a notebook bag and includes built-on KVM and USB cables
that eliminate the hassle and space requirements of separate cables,
says Jon Arnett, senior product marketing manager for StarTech.com.
The NOTECONS01 USB 2.0 Laptop KVM Adapter offers immediate BIOS-level
access to the connected computer from the laptop control point, as
well as the ability to handle full configuration of the attached
computer, server, or other “headless” machines such as ATMs, kiosks
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the Portable Laptop KVM
USB 2.0 Adapter is US$469.99, but resellers will typically sell for
less. The NOTECONS01 Adapter is available for purchase through
technology resellers including CDW, PC Connection and Insight and
Amazon.com and will also be distributed by Ingram Micro, Tech Data,
D&H and SYNNEX, as well as directly from StarTech.com.