StarTech.com’s Portable USB 2.0 Laptop KVM Adapter Now Available

New Laptop KVM Adapter turns a notebook computer into a portable KVM/Server console, offering control of “headless” devices such as servers, PCs, ATMs, Kiosks and more

Groveport, OH - June 11, 2009 - StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity and technology parts, has announced the availability of their USB 2.0 Console Adapter for Laptops (NOTECONS01), 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 easily be packed into a notebook bag and includes built-on KVM and USB cables that eliminate the hassle and space requirements of separate cables.

“The Laptop KVM Adapter is ideal for any on-site service technician to simplify and speed up routine maintenance or repairs in the field” said Jon Arnett, Senior Product Marketing Manager for StarTech.com. “Embedded system and server management applications will benefit greatly from this product, especially in locations where dedicated rack mounted LCD Consoles don’t make sense or pose a security risk”.

“Aside from a rackmount LCD console, which can be expensive, server administrators and technicians would typically have to use a server room ‘crash cart’, which is a cart comprised of a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Although a typical ‘crash cart’ is somewhat mobile, it lacks the portability of our Laptop KVM Adapter, which provides identical but more convenient control”.

The Laptop KVM Adapter is also a cost-effective solution, says Arnett. “Unlike a conventional server crash cart which requires a dedicated mouse, keyboard and monitor, our Laptop KVM Adapter only requires a laptop computer for control of connected devices/servers. Since most IT personnel have a laptop at their disposal anyway, our adapter offers an inexpensive way to get the most value out of existing technology without having to dedicate separate resources for server or device maintenance and repairs.  Operating with the laptop also eliminates the need to hunt around for often unavailable 110V  power outlets in the field or server room.”

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 PC, server, or other “headless” machines such as ATMs, kiosks and VLTs.

Other features of StarTech.com’s NOTECONS01 include:

  • Server-side power draw - saves laptop battery power, with no need for an available power outlet/receptacle
  • Ultra high resolution support up to 1920 x 1600 @ 60Hz
  • Instant-on technology ensures the user sees the entire startup process, ensuring critical screens are not missed (eg. BIOS posts, System ID information)
  • Works with any VGA computer, server, or other machine; No server side software required

The MSRP of StarTech.com’s NOTECONS01 Portable Laptop KVM USB 2.0 Adapter is $469.99 (USD), but resellers will typically sell for less.

The NOTECONS01 Adapter is available for purchase through leading technology resellers including CDW, PC Connection and Insight and will also be distributed by Ingram Micro, Tech Data, D&H and SYNNEX, as well as directly from StarTech.com.

For more information about this announcement, please contact Andrew Stephen at 1-800-265-1844 ext. 1248 or astephen@startech.com.

About StarTech.com

StarTech.com is an ISO 9001:2000 Registered manufacturer of hard-to find connectivity and technology parts including A/V products, computer parts, cables and server management solutions. Founded in 1985, StarTech.com has locations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Taiwan, servicing a worldwide market.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Andrew Stephen, StarTech.com
1-800-265-1844 ext. 1248, astephen@startech.com

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