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Need your advice: Home office monitors & keyboard setup

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Need your advice: Home office monitors & keyboard setup

hello RFD

I need your advise on how i need to setup my monitors and the peripherals ..

I have 3 external monitors and I have 3 laptops that i need to use at the same time..i have to keep any eye on 3 different mailboxes at the same time..

I would like each laptop to have its own display on the respective monitor, however i want to use the same keyboard & mouse for all 3 of the laptop toggling between the 3 of them when required..

point to note..2 laptops have HDMI output, however the 3rd one only has a VGA out..

What should be my shopping list and how should i connect them?

thank you so much guys
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There are software that let you share the keyboard/mouse over multiple devices:
https://www.raymond.cc/blog/how-to-share-keyboard-and-mouse-on-multiple-computers/
You just set the software up on each computer and then move the mouse to the edge to switch computers.

Have you considered putting all 3 emails on one computer?

If you prefer a keyboard/mouse with that feature, the Logitech MK850 can connect 3 devices:
logitech.com/en-ca/products/combos/mk850-wireless-keyboard-mouse.920-008219.html?crid=1759
I've seen this combo sometimes selling at Costco, but I think it comes and goes so you'll have to check the Costco sales threads or in-store, otherwise it seems to be $99 at Best Buy, London Drugs and Staples.
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KVM IMO is the best solution since it's a hardware thing. The 2 HDMI and 1 VGA might throw you a little curveball but can be fixed in various ways.

There is a software solution like https://symless.com/synergy but I've never tested it.
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zerod wrote: There are software that let you share the keyboard/mouse over multiple devices:
https://www.raymond.cc/blog/how-to-share-keyboard-and-mouse-on-multiple-computers/
You just set the software up on each computer and then move the mouse to the edge to switch computers.

Have you considered putting all 3 emails on one computer?

If you prefer a keyboard/mouse with that feature, the Logitech MK850 can connect 3 devices:
logitech.com/en-ca/products/combos/mk850-wireless-keyboard-mouse.920-008219.html?crid=1759
I've seen this combo sometimes selling at Costco, but I think it comes and goes so you'll have to check the Costco sales threads or in-store, otherwise it seems to be $99 at Best Buy, London Drugs and Staples.
I think this is the simplest solution...

then the monitor issue: https://www.amazon.ca/StarTech-DVI-Cabl ... B000067SOH
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Thank you for all your suggestions
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DogeMusk wrote: then the monitor issue: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B000067SOH
These adapters are for a DVI output to VGA input.

Easiest/cheapest thing to do is to visit a thrift store to pick up an old monitor. I'm assuming that the notebooks are being provided to you from separate businesses.

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