Hey there tech users, welcome back the Computer Fixer’s Blog. Multi-Screen systems are often a staple of desktops, they allow for more surfaces to work on, and you can work more efficiently. But what about a multi-computer setup? Stay with me here, guys. If you have a laptop that you use on the road and a desktop you use at home, then you can combine them into one big powerhouse home office rig, with a nifty piece of software. Let’s have a look at your options to share your mouse and keyboard on this week’s Modern Nerd.
Laptop Mice and Keyboards
Your laptop is great on the road, right? But at home? Not so much. The keyboard is smaller, the touchpad is a pain, and sitting at a desk typing on a tiny screen can affect your posture the wrong way. Your desktop has the opposite problems. It’s set up just the way you like, but does it have all of the files and programs from your laptop? Sure cloud computing helps, but what if you only needed one keyboard and mouse to operate both systems?
With the ShareMouse software, all you need to do is move your mouse from one screen to the next to share it seamlessly. You can drag and drop files, share the copy-and-paste clipboard, on up to 26 computers. All you have to do is download the client to every machine in y our setup, and the wizard will set everything up for you. Unlike other programs, the setup is all handed automatically, the only requirement being all computers are on the same network.
Try it for Free
Their site has all of the information that you need. The program also allows Macs to work together with PC’s, encrypts connections, and has been reviewed very highly by MacWorld and others. If you end up deciding to buy it, your license will never expire. Check out all of the features and FAQ’s on their site.
The Modern Nerd’s Review
After testing out this program for myself, I am rather pleased with it. The setup is very easy, and the program starts itself up when you start the computer up. The drag and drop feature is useful, but I find that I use the clipboard feature the most to share web links and work on documents between the two screens. The only other feature that I wish I had was the ability to pause it, because snapping windows to either side of the screen in Windows 7 and 8 is a feature that I use all of the time as well. When your mouse jumps to the other computer then there is a mental disconnect, as it is a feature that has been integrated into my muscle memory. All in all, I would definitely recommend this if you want to place your laptop on your desk and use them both with one keyboard and mouse. Try it for free and if you like it, then you can buy it. Thanks for reading, everyone. I’ll see you back here next week with the Modern Nerd’s content, updated every week at the Computer Fixer.