The Benefits of Display Modes in KVM Switches for Multitasking

The Benefits of Display Modes in KVM Switches for Multitasking

TESmart's KVM switch products not only allow switching between multiple computers, but also have unique display modes. In TESmart's product manufacturing principles, the display modes for KVM switches that support multi-screen switching are divided into three types: Display Mode 1, Display Mode 2, and Display Mode 3. Each of these modes offers different functionalities for managing multiple monitors connected to the KVM switch. In this blog post, we will introduce the three display modes of TESmart's KVM switch products and explain their applications in different scenarios.


The Dual Monitor Mode (Display Mode 1)

1. Mirror/Duplicate Mode

Mirror mode, also called duplicate mode, is a unique display mode that duplicates the display output across multiple monitors connected to it. In this mode, the KVM switch can simultaneously send the signal of the same computer to two displays. This mode is commonly used in scenarios such as presentations, training, and conference rooms where multiple people need to watch the same content simultaneously. 



1.1 Mirror/Duplicate Mode of KVM Switches in Workspace

For example, in a training session in a company, it is necessary to introduce new products, services, or strategies to multiple employees at the same time. If a single display is used, only a few people can directly see the presentation screen, while others need to compete for visibility or watch from a side screen. This approach is inconvenient and easily distracts attention. However, by using a KVM switch product in mirror mode, the same presentation screen can be mirrored to multiple displays, allowing all employees to clearly see the presentation content, improving work efficiency, and reducing errors and misunderstandings.


2. Extended Mode 

Extended mode is another unique display mode that extends the desktop across multiple monitors, effectively creating a larger workspace. The KVM switch can connect the same computer to multiple displays, expanding the screen space. Each monitor displays a portion of the desktop, allowing you to multitask more efficiently by spreading out applications and windows across the screens. This mode is usually used in scenarios such as multimedia editing, software development, and other scenarios where multiple screens need to be used simultaneously.


2.2 Extended Mode of KVM Switches in Production

For example, in a multimedia editing scenario, editors usually need to simultaneously view video editing, audio editing, image editing, and other content. If there is only one display, they need to switch between different task windows frequently, reducing work efficiency. However, by using a  KVM switch product in extended mode, multiple computers can be connected to the same display, expanding the screen space to multiple screens, allowing editors to view multiple task windows simultaneously and improving work efficiency.


The Matrix Mode (Display Mode 2)

1. Split/Mixed Screen Mode (Matching Mode)

Split mode, also called mixed screen mode, is a display mode that displays multiple input sources on multiple monitors separately at the same time. You can match any display and any input port at will at this mode. Split/mixed screen mode is usually used in scenarios where multiple input sources need to be viewed simultaneously, such as broadcasting, live streaming, and multiplayer games.



1.1 Split/Mixed Screen of KVM Switches in Game Streaming

For example, in game streaming, gamers and content creators may use split/mixed screen mode to monitor their gameplay, chat windows, streaming software, and other applications simultaneously across multiple monitors. This setup enhances their gaming or streaming experience by providing more screen real estate for multitasking. It's a valuable tool for optimizing productivity and enhancing the quality of gaming and streaming content.


2. Crisscross Mode

Crisscross mode is a display mode that has a display configuration where the input sources and the corresponding displays are intersecting or "crisscrossing." In this mode, each input source is connected to a specific monitor, but the correspondence between the input and display is not one-to-one. Instead, each input source is displayed on a different monitor than its corresponding physical position might suggest. The video output from computer A might appear on monitor B, and vice versa. Crisscross mode for a KVM switch can be beneficial in various scenarios where you need to manage multiple systems with limited display resources.



2.2 Crisscross Mode of KVM Switches in Broadcasting

For example, in broadcasting studios and media production facilities, crisscross mode for KVM switches helps manage and switch between different video sources, graphics generators, and playback devices without needing a separate monitor for each source. This setup streamlines workflow, saves space, and allows operators to select and control sources in real-time during broadcasts and live events. It also reduces costs by eliminating the need for multiple monitors per source, making it ideal for smaller studios or facilities with budget limitations.


The Thumbnails Mode (Display Mode 3)

Thumbnails mode is a unique display mode that TESmart KVM switches have. Our one 2x2 HDMI Dual Monitor KVM Matrix Switch supports 4 Thumbnails display modes. The display configurations are as follows:

  • Display Setup

PC1 and PC2 inputs are divided into two sections each: Input A and Input B. This division matches the layout of the KVM switch ports.

  • Mode Cycling

Display B remains fixed, displaying the two sections (the upper section displays two equal parts of the output from PC1, while the lower section displays two equal parts of the output from PC2.).

Display A cycles through PC1 and PC2 inputs in a loop (sequence reversible using hot-key combination):

  1. Starts with PC1-InputA.
  2. Then switch to PC1-InputB.
  3. Proceed to PC2-InputA.
  4. Finally, display PC2-InputB.

So, essentially, on display A, users see the complete output from PC1, while on display B, users can view both PC1 and PC2 inputs sequentially. This configuration allows users to simultaneously view the full display from PC1 and split-screen displays from both PC1 and PC2 throughout the cycling process.



Thumbnails Mode of KVM Switches in Multi-System Monitoring

For example, the thumbnails mode of a KVM switch is invaluable in environments like server rooms or control centers, where the monitoring of multiple systems is crucial. By consolidating the display output from numerous computers onto a single monitor or across multiple monitors, this mode offers real-time visualization of each system's status and activity through miniature thumbnails or preview windows. Its customizable layout options enable operators to arrange and resize displays according to their needs, facilitating quick access and control. This streamlined approach enhances productivity and efficiency by providing operators with a comprehensive overview of system performance in a compact format, while also optimizing space and resource utilization in crowded environments.

However, not all KVM switches support dual monitor, matrix, and thumbnails mode out of the box. You’d typically need a KVM switch that explicitly mentions support for these setups in its specifications. Fortunately, at TESmart, with the support of these technologies for dual monitors, you can easily utilize these functions using one KVM switch product across multiple screens, making it ideal for various applications.


TESmart KVM Switch Recommendation

TESmart 2-Port Dual Monitor KVM Switch - HKS202-P23 - 4K60Hz with USB 3.0 Docking Station

This product supports dual monitor, matrix and thumbnails mode, suitable for scenarios that require multiple computers to display content simultaneously, such as education use, control rooms, and industrial automation. It also supports high-definition 4K60Hz, 3440x1440@100Hz, 2560x1440@144Hz signal transmission, as well as keyboard and mouse pass-through for for wide keyboard compatibility, making it easy for users to switch between different computers and control them. Additionally, it has 2 USB 3.0 ports with one offering charging capabilities, suitable for scenarios that require large data transfer and file sharing.

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