KVM Console to USB 2.0 Portable Laptop Crash Cart Adapter

Turn any laptop into a console for headless servers, PCs, ATMs, kiosks and more

Product ID: NOTECONS01

  • Very small footprint with integrated KVM cables
  • Self-powered – draws its power from the server USB connections
  • Multi-platform support USB and PS/2 to the server or KVM (PS/2 for Keyboard Only)
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  • LED indicators for USB link, Host Video link, and Host Keyboard/Mouse Link
  • Manual video adjustments to control the picture position, sharpness and image noise for optimal performance settings
  • Snapshot feature allows you to capture screen shots of your server, error messages, and activity
  • Pre-loaded special key commands
  • Keyboard emulation support for USB, PS/2 and SUN systems
  • Auto image centering adjustment for 4x3 images on a wide screen display
  • Automatic video scaling when resizing the viewing pane from the console PC (laptop) for immediate, automatic compatibility
  • Manual video override adjustments allows it to work with legacy and industrial devices where other portable consoles do not
  • True USB mouse synchronization ensures accurate navigation of the connected server
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£584.39 GBP inc VAT
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Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Audio No
Cables Included Yes
Daisy-Chain No
KVM Ports 1
Number of Monitors Supported 1
PC Interface USB and PS/2
PC Video Type VGA
Rack-Mountable No
Hot-Key Selection No
IP Control No
Maximum Analog Resolutions 1920x1200 @ 60Hz
Maximum Number of Users 1
MTBF 284000 Hrs
On-Screen Display No
Console Interface(s) 1 - USB Mini-B (5 pin) Female Input
Host Connectors 1 - PS/2 (6 pin, Mini-DIN) Male
1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Male
1 - VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub) Male
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.14
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x (LTS Versions Only)
Special Notes / Requirements
Note If you're interfacing with a Linux device, this adapter is only compatible with standard QWERTY keyboards in U.S English configuration
LED Indicators 1 - Host/Server Keyboard/Mouse (USB,PS/2) Link
1 - Host/Server Video (VGA) Link
1 - User Console/USB Link
Power Source USB-Powered
Humidity 80% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 1 x 15in (385mm) USB host cable, 1 x 3in (76mm) VGA host cable, 1 x 6ft (1.8m) USB Console cable
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Depth 115 mm [4.5 in]
Product Height 1.5 cm [0.6 in]
Product Width 74 mm [2.9 in]
Weight of Product 170 g [6 oz]
Packaging Information
Package Height 16 cm [6.3 in]
Package Length 45 mm [1.8 in]
Package Width 30 cm [11.8 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.4 kg [0.9 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB PS/2 KVM Console Adapter
1 - USB Cable
1 - USB to PS/2 Adapter
1 - USB Software Key


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Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.14
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x (LTS Versions Only)


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KVM Console to USB 2.0 Portable Laptop Crash Cart Adapter

Customer Reviews

3.5 (13 reviews)
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(5 stars) Works great, be sure you get the right drivers

By: Oesten
This is a great tool. You do want to be sure to get the correct drivers; notecons01 and notecons02 are different. Also, a note to Startech: it's hard to find this in the list of KVM switches. This really could use its own category.
Comment Helpful? Yes - 2 No - 0 Report

(3 stars) Red color missing on screen

By: rkhands
I have had this for several years, recently the video output is missing the color red. The VGA connector looks fine, no missing or pushed down pins.
Comment Helpful? Yes - 0 No - 0 Report
Response from
Stefan, Customer Support
We are sorry to hear the NOTECONS01 is displaying color issues. If you are seeing this on more than one VGA Server we would first suggest a complete uninstall and reinstall of the software. This will cause the software to attempt to reapply the firmware when used again which may help this issue. If you continue to see issues, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1 800 265 1844 or available 24 hours a day 5 days a week.

(2 stars) Old tech

By: kristen
I bough half a dozen, and I'm a bit disappointed. Only vga support, no proper linux/esx, and last no virtual media support. On the upside its a small device.
Comment Helpful? Yes - 0 No - 0 Report
Response from
Sam, Customer Support
Thank you for your feedback on NOTECONS01. You're correct that it is meant to be used with a server with VGA, but with the proper video adapter, it can work with HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, etc. Currently it can't be used with an ESXi host to connect to a server, however it is compatible with Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.14, and LTS versions of Linux kernels 2.6.x to 4.11.x. If your application requires virtual media support, we encourage you to consider our NOTECONS02. It is a similar product with some extra features such as file transfer and video capture.

(2 stars) No longer works with OS X 10.13 and above

By: grumpquat
This expensive product used to work great with OS X and now it requires multiple restarts of the application with every session. It's barely functional now.
Comment Helpful? Yes - 0 No - 2 Report
Response from
Stefan , Customer Support
Thank you for reviewing the NOTEONS01. We apologize for any trouble this caused you. The NOTECONS01 is fully supported on MacOS 10.6 up to the latest 10.14, so this is not normal behavior. We recommend uninstalling the software currently on your Mac, and reinstalling using the latest drivers found here: If you encounter any difficulties or have any additional questions, please contact our Technical Advisors at +1 (800) 265-1844 or We are available 24 hours a day 5 days a week to offer support.

(3 stars) Problems with Windows 10

By: gmolitor
Hello, the adapter worked very well whilst Windows 7 was installed on my Notebook. But since I've been migrated to Windows 10 the NoteCons01 Adapter isn't working properly anymore even I am using the latest driver software for this kind of the Adapter. So as soon as a Output Screen coming from the connected Device is changing, the Adapter Software needs to be restarted to get awareness of this change. Otherwise the output of the Card Adapter is frozen and not synced with the Device Output.
Comment Helpful? Yes - 2 No - 0 Report
Response from
Sam, Customer Support
Thank you for your feedback on NOTECONS01. We apologize for the problems you've had since migrating to Windows 10. It's possible that some of the files or dependencies for NOTECONS01's software were modified during the migration to Windows 10. We recommend uninstalling the currently installed software and reinstalling the latest version of the software available on NOTECONS01's product page. If you find you're still having any issues or if you need any assistance with reinstalling the software, please reach out to our Technical Advisors at 1-800-265-1844 or We're available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, to provide support.

(3 stars) No longer works with my iOS devices

By: SecEng1
Somewhere along the way this is no longer consistently working for my iOS devices. I am not sure if its the iOS upgrades or the unit is failing but finding help is not a trivial task. When I originally got this years ago it was pretty solid but no longer the case.
Comment Helpful? Yes - 1 No - 0 Report
Response from
Nick, Customer Support
Thank you for your review, we're sorry to hear that our product isn't working as consistently as it used to for you. This performance is not expected, and we recommend contacting us directly so that one of our Technical Advisors can look into this and get you back up and running as quickly as possible.

(2 stars) Works in Windows but not on High Sierra 10.13.6

By: rokendo
The KVM adapter works well when it works, however, had to get my employer to provide me with a Windows laptop since the adapter stopped working when they upgraded our Macbooks to High Sierra 10.13.3. The drivers state they support 10.13 but they do not work. My employer will not provide me with a new adapter (supposedly NOTESCON2 supposedly works with High Sierra) so I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.
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(5 stars) Fantastic tool

By: Computerboyrick
I repair servers and in data centers and many client site this tool has saved me many hours of waiting. It was always important to watch the the server complete it post on power on. It is certainly worth it.
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(4 stars) Excellent Crash Cart But...

By: ITman
I love this adapter, but would like to see better copy and paste options.
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(2 stars) App does not seem to want to

By: EdBartra
Overpriced, but handy if you don't have access to physical console crash carts and travel. Invest in cheap kvm cables to protect pins on this device as they will eventually get damaged from constant plugging and unplugging. App does not seem to support Mac OS High Sierra, but work in Sierra.
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Response from
Malcolm, Customer Support
--- Update: June 6, 2018 --- New drivers for the NOTECONS01 have been posted to our Support page, currently adding support up to macOS 10.13 (High Sierra). For the latest OS Compatibility information, please refer to the Technical Specifications tab on our product page.
Response from
Malcolm, Customer Support
Thank you for taking time to review our NOTECONS01. Unfortunately, we only officially support Mac OS 10.6 to 10.9 with that model of unit. We do have a newer version, the NOTECONS02, that has been tested up to macOS High Sierra (10.13) using the latest drivers/software on our website.

(5 stars) Best gadget for IT field technician

By: gregw
This device is one of the best gadgets I've ever bought. I used to connect to servers using standard monitor, mouse and keyboard. No more messing with vga/power cables to get monitor working. This device saved me already lots of time that I would otherwise waste on finding, connecting and moving monitor.
Quality of Product (5/5)
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(5 stars) Does exactly what it says

By: kurbycar32
I bought this a few months ago to help with repairing offline servers. Now I don't have to worry about the KVM, keyboard, monitor or mouse work (or are missing) at the remote site. This also works with Windows 10
Quality of Product (5/5)
Comment Helpful? Yes - 3 No - 0 Report

(5 stars) Gets the job done, and well.

By: QsterX
I have been planning on buying this since it was announced and only recently got to it. I have worked in the field for 15 years and consider this (conceptually) to be pretty much the most useful thing in a toolkit after a Phillips screwdriver. The device works really well, I have used it both under Mac OSX 10.9 and Windows 7 at this time, it assists me both in the server room, and at my desk. No longer do I require a dedicated spare Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor at my desk, nor do I need to worry about connecting to our servers that do not have KVM functionality. I have run into a single issue with the device which I suspect is a limitation of Apple hardware, I was unable to activate the boot menu on a Mac Mini using the host, I ended up plugging a keyboard in to trigger the event, still using the NOTECONS01 for Monitor access. For me this was not a deal breaker at all (I did try several things and settings adjustments without success). If you are a technician that plans on using this in the field extensively I would recommend packing a DVI to VGA, as well as a MiniDP to VGA (active) and MiniDP to DP adapter. This will ensure you can connect the device to any display output you are likely to encounter in the field. If you are thinking this will be an invaluable tool for working in the field/datacenter, you will be happy with this products performance.
Quality of Product (5/5)
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