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Staples 2x1 USB Peripheral Switch

Staples 2x1 USB Peripheral Switch

Item: 837388    Model: 18799

Staples 2x1 USB Peripheral Switch
2.5stars
( 72 reviews)
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  • Two computers share one USB device
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Staples 2x1 USB Peripheral Switch
 
2.6

(based on 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (34)

42%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable construction (22)
  • Reliable (20)
  • Highly compatible (15)
  • Strong connection points (15)
  • Improves performance (10)

Cons

  • Unreliable (18)
  • Limited compatibility (11)
  • No performance gain (8)
  • Weak connection (4)

Best Uses

  • Computer equipment (20)
  • Networking (13)
  • High-end equipment (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (45), Budget shopper (11)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (31), Personal (30)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (35)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

It DOES work perfectly with windows 7

I tried two other brands that did not work with windows 7 64 bit OS. This productsaid it worked with windows 7 and it works fine. I could not be MORE pleased with this...Read complete review

I tried two other brands that did not work with windows 7 64 bit OS. This productsaid it worked with windows 7 and it works fine. I could not be MORE pleased with this item [...]

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Incompatible with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

Purchased this item last year to share office printer with a PC-user. I have a Mac & things were fine under the previous OS (Snow Leopard). I upgraded to Lion &...Read complete review

Purchased this item last year to share office printer with a PC-user. I have a Mac & things were fine under the previous OS (Snow Leopard). I upgraded to Lion & the app no longer works. The error message = We no longer support PowerPC programs. And that's true: Lion no longer has Rosetta, which interfaced with programs written for the Mac's old PowerPC chip.

But Macs have been using Intel CPUs exclusively for over five years now, plenty of time for Staples to modify their switching program for Macs for this product.

I talked to the tech support people at Staples and there is no solution available.

I removed the program and attempted to reinstall it with the CD, and the system won't allow the install to happen (since obviously the program won't run in the OS environment).

Right now I've got a useless piece of hardware from Staples.

If you buy a new Mac, be aware that THIS DEVICE WILL NOT WORK WITH YOUR COMPUTER, at least until Staples modifies their program (which, I'm guessing, is a VERY simple piece of logic: all it does is turn a switch on or off (very binary, no?).

Running Lion? Don't buy. Thinking of upgrading? Don't buy. Have a new Mac? Don't buy.

BTW: Although I was able to click through to this page to WRITE a review, the link to READ reviews for this product does not work on the product's home page.

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1.0

Connecting Products

By Be specific, what's 'Display Name'

from Beaufort, SC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Staples 2x1 USB Peripheral Switch:

Spent $75.00+ , the above product & 2 cables & could not get two computers to share one printer! The documentation was of poor quality.
When I get some time later in the summer I may try it again.

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1.0

Doesn't work for me!

By MickeyMike

from Harleysville, PA

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Staples 2x1 USB Peripheral Switch:

Saw this switch when I was shopping at Staples. Thought it was a great price, so I bought it. Doesn't switch between my Windows Professional and my Windows Home Premium computers. Then I realized that this Peripheral Switch was the same as the Belkin switch that I had bought and didn't work either.

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4.0

Works Well but Needs Driver update

By Sandra

from Indiana

Verified Buyer

Comments about Staples 2x1 USB Peripheral Switch:

This was difficult to set up because the drivers were out of date for the late model Apple computers.

Have to play with it and understand that you have to turn it on on your computer to get it to work on 2 computers but after figuring it out and using it, it works very well.

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1.0

If I could give fewer stars, I would

By Grumpy

from Alexandria, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Staples 2x1 USB Peripheral Switch:

This piece of junk failed to work the very first time I removed it from the package. Unfortunately, I had to cut through the shrink wrap and cardboard backing to get to the device, and that apparently voided the refund guarantee because the store wouldn't return my money. It's odd. I've had very good experiences with every Staples I've visited but one. The lone clunker in the bunch -- is located at 19th and L Streets in Washington, DC -- is just two blocks from my office and the most convenient.

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1.0

Doesn't Work with Windows XP & Windows 7

By Don't Panic - Go Organic

from Winnetka, CA

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Staples 2x1 USB Peripheral Switch:

Very disappointed. This device worked fine with Windows 7 and Vista machines, but when the Vista laptop was replaced with an XP desktop it stopped working.

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