TL;DR how should I best hook up one laptop, one desktop, two monitors, and one mouse?
My office is going to be reopening in the nearish future. We’re going to schlep all the stuff we’ve been using at home back to the office. But we’re also moving to a hybrid style, which means I’ll still be working from home two or three days a week.
I don’t want to haul much more than the laptop and maybe the mouse up to four times a week.
Therefore, I’m thinking about reorganizing my janky ad-hoc setup. I’d like to move my workspace away from the dining room table and back to the room where my desktop lives. I had been using the laptop screen plus one monitor snagged from work, which was plugged into a Dell docking station. That dock plugged into an outlet, and then I plugged the monitor into the dock via a DisplayPort and the laptop into it via USB-C for power and video.
My company is allowing a modest reimbursement stipend to get more Home Office Stuff. I would think I would need a new dock or at least some kind of USB-C to 2 HDMI/DP splitter/adapter. Buuuut I also would like to take advantage of two monitors on my desk for both work and pleasure. I started by searching for threads here on Keyboard Video Mouse (KVM) switches. There are a ton of KVM QT3 threads that were created between 2007 and 2009. Many of the KVM switches on NewEgg and Amazon, etc. appear to be from around that period, too. Maybe they have USB 3.0 but not USB-C. Or HDMI instead of DisplayPort. Anyway, there appears to be devices that are good at displaying two monitors, and devices that switch between which PC has access to a monitor, but not devices that do both. Or maybe there are but I’m not seeing them.
So here’s what I’d like to work with:
- One desk
- Two desktops (one soon to be sent out to pasture), one of which has a VR set up and I would like to let run like a stallion.
- One laptop, could be charged by charger or USB-C. Oh, and I can’t load third-party programs onto that laptop unless they come from my company’s intranet catalog.
- One mouse. Well, there could be more mice, with USB plugs or Bluetooth dongles or PS/2 connectors, but one mouse would be nice.
- Two monitors that are Good Enough, one with DisplayPort one with HDMI (with some degradable flexibility)
- wifi, not wired connection
Any advice you learnéd computer maniacs can advise? Go with a dock, or a splitter and laptop charger and keep 'em separated, or a KVM, or a KVM hybrid, or something else?