Types of Rackmount Keyboards

A rackmount keyboard drawer is a single unit housing a keyboard and a touchpad or trackball mouse in one self-contained unit. These rack mount keyboards usually come standard as part of a KVM unit, and are used because they lower the space requirement to get one of these systems set up. Some rack keyboards come with integrated KVM switches allowing them to interface with a wide number of different interfaces without having to depend on an external KVM switch.

Rackmount keyboard units provide a new realm of mobility and portability in computers and this has led to an overall change in the paradigm of how people consider mobile computing. There are multiple types of rackmount keyboards available, depending on your needs.

Connections
KVMSwicthTech’s rackmount keyboard usually comes with a combo USB and PS2 connector for ease of interface with other peripherals. This dual connectivity method makes it easy to disconnect and reconnect the rack mount keyboard to another peripheral. The USB plug-and-play compatibility can even allow for hot swapping the connection without having to restart the machine for detection.

In addition to this, there are a wide number of switches that may be used in conjunction with the 1U rackmount keyboard tray. There are drawers that come with integrated PS2 KVM connectivity, USB connectivity, IP and Cat5 KVM switches, and switches that connect to multiple combinations of these connections. The possibilities for connection are endless.

Design
Rackmount keyboards are usually designed in two basic layouts. A clam-shell design is where the display has a hinge at the rear, allowing it to fold over the keyboard for protection and storage. The shorter installed depth is definitely a plus. The lay-flat design adds hinges to the front edge along the display allowing it to fold back. The deep installation allows for the entire 1U to be used for trackball and keyboard depth. Both of these designs add to the low profile layout associated with machines of this type. Manufacturers use both types of designs in their configurations.

Rackmount keyboards allow for a great level of mobility from your computer. With a rackmount keyboard system that is 1U high, you can easily see why many low-profile vendors are opting for using the layouts we have available over others. In order to find the rack mount keyboard that works best for you, you should check us out as soon as possible. You will be impressed with our wide array of 1U keyboard drawers and their connectivity options.

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