Day 1 – Today I decided to really thoroughly test synergy, and the best way to find out if you really love or hate something is to use it on your personal PC every day, for better or worse I am going along for this ride.
My main PC has dual screens, and I would really like to maximize my desk space so I stole the â€œGuest PCâ€ from my other desk and set it up on my desk. With a 24 inch in the middle and a 19 inch on each side I feel like I am getting a tan when I turn on both PCâ€™s after squeezing all three monitors onto my desktop.
Day 3 â€“ I am lazy and havenâ€™t setup synergy yet, I am using both PCâ€™s using 2 sets of keyboards and mice. Itâ€™s really frustrating when I start typing on the wrong keyboard, or move the wrong mouse. I donâ€™t think I will ever get used to having two. I will most likely install tomorrow, but I felt adding todayâ€™s entry was important because I am experiencing all the frustrations Synergy is suppose to solve.
The only thing I do not like about this setup is I am used to having all my chat and messenger windows open to my right, and now my secondary screen is to the left. Itâ€™s weird to move the mouse left to a new screen for me, I will let you know how I adapt.
Day 4 â€“ The guest PC is fully patched and updated. Installing and configuring Synergy took all of 30 seconds after following my first write-up instructions. http://multimonitor.net/2007/06/throw-out-your-kvm%e2%80%99s-synergy-does-it-right-part-1/
Writing today’s entry is simple, it is natural for me to copy a URL from my main PC and paste it into this review. The clipboard copying is a sweet bonus.
And it works with images too! (Not files, copying screen shots or in paint.)
Adding automatic startup is as easy as clicking a single button and synergy will start on boot and the PCâ€™s will automatically connect.
Day 5 â€“ I realized today that when I type on a full screen E-Mail or Word document on a secondary monitor I tend to move the mouse pointer out of the way and onto the main screen. This causes a problem with synergy setups because your keystrokes go to the PC with the mouse. I catch myself typing a couple letters and nothing will show up on the slave PCâ€™s word processor until I figure out my mouse is on the master PC and I just accidentally searched Google, oops.
Day 9 â€“ When games or movies are running in full screen mode and the cursor leaves to the other PCâ€™s desktop weird things happen, like the start bar shows up over the full screen application, or in other cases the sound and/or video stops. No thing to be critical about, as soon as you move the cursor back to the main PC all is well.
Day 10 â€“ Having the â€œGuest PCâ€ to my right is driving me bonkers. Rather than training myself to stop pushing the mouse out of the way to type, I swapped the guest pc over to the left of my main monitor, and my secondary monitor on my gaming PC went to the right. Ahhh, this is much more fluid and natural. Everything behaves the way I like. Cursor out of the way, Chat to my right, and torrents to my left. Live is good, and very accessible.
Day 13 â€“ Not a single crash, or other issue. Synergy has been running for days and every time I boot, the PCâ€™s Sync like magic without any intervention. This is definitely a very stable product. One feature I wish I had was the ability to change an option on the Guest PCâ€™s synergy (Sync Screen Saver check box) without having to plug in a mouse and keyboard to the system and stop synergy. But there are so very few options that this miner issue is barely worth noting.
Day 14 â€“ I have been full screen gaming pretty regularly with Synergy and have not had one issue. I guess itâ€™s good to point out that whenever you are using an application that does have issues with the mouse leaving the screen such as a first person shooter with Mouse-look, you get used to pressing Scroll Lock button to disable synergy. Most games do not have the key mapped to anything and you can game on without an issue.
Day 15 â€“ I am writing this entry on my guest PC while waiting for the next round of Supreme Commander to begin. I feel I can use both PCâ€™s like a pro! I really enjoy the ease and benefits of Synergy and I am now wondering about what the limitations are.
Day 20 â€“ I set up a laptop with Synergy and configured it to be a 3rd PC, and my 4th monitor. Just as I suspected it works like a charm. A couple setting tweaks and I enabled screen wrapping so when the cursor rolls off the utmost right screen it appears to my left. Too easy! A couple tweaks more on the server settings and the laptop is now below the primary monitor in a â€œTâ€ formation. I imagine you could set up a 4 PC setup in a 2×2 formation if you wanted to control multiple PCâ€™s with little mouse movement but the configuration could get confusing and may need to be written down to get it just right. Here is where Synergy could really benifit from a GUI where you can drag monitor icons around.
Day 22 â€“ I have noticed that when you have the push to talk key set in Ventrillo and the cursor leaves this system while you are pushing the key, it stays pressed. This could lead to an embarrassing situation whenever some application leaves the microphone on. The same thing happens in WoW. When running using the â€œWâ€ key, I continue running if the mouse leaves the main PC. Bringing the mouse back into the host system resets the key. I would consider this a minor issue, because most games and professional applications are not affected by this.
Day 25 – With the addition of a second 8800GTS onto my Gaming PC the time to review Synergy is coming to an end. I need all 3 monitors to begin
breaking testing the next cool app’. All 3 monitors are hooked up my main PC, but the utmost right LCD’s VGA is hooked up to both PC’s. Now i can still access the Guest PC with synergy, I push the input button on the monitor to switch to the VGA source.