Intro

The name, Matrox, conjures up some memories of older times in computer graphics, and we haven't heard from them in quite a long time. Matrox was a pioneer of PC gaming technology and they were known for the quality of their parts. One of the things that they were first to achieve in PC gaming was support for multiple monitors. They developed dual and triple head support on their graphics parts, and due to its success, other companies at the time also incorporated multi-head support on their hardware as well, making it a standard.

Recently though, Matrox has released a piece of equipment that is made only for running multiple displays as a stand-alone peripheral. While Matrox seems confident that there is a place on the market for a device like this, we have to wonder who might truly benefit from this. Dual monitor support is essentially a standard feature on any desktop graphics card at present, but admittedly, it is lacking for laptops and some older desktop hardware. Matrox's answer to this dilemma is the DualHead2Go, an "External Multi-Display Upgrade for Laptop and PC".

The DualHead2Go is targeted at laptops and older desktop systems that only have a single analog video output. Because most desktop graphics parts newer than a few years ago already have dual monitor support, it seems that those who stand to benefit most from this device are laptop users. This is especially true for business people who do a lot of presentations or work with many windows open at once and need extra desktop space.

We will look more closely at the DualHead2Go in the next section, and we'll talk a bit more about the hardware and software of this peripheral as well. The suggested retail price of the DualHead2Go is listed at $169, and that seems a little high to us, but before we pass judgment, let’s see what it can actually do.

The DualHead2Go
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  • ViperV990 - Friday, November 25, 2005 - link

    I'd definitely love to see a 1-to-3 solution for some slick triple-head gaming. Reply
  • Donegrim - Friday, November 25, 2005 - link

    Or connect one to monitor out 1, and 1 more to monitor out 2...and have 4 monitors...mmmm...salivating. Although I suppose triple head would be better for getting round the image split down the middle thing.
    Or 4 projectors
    4 dual link DVI projectors
    mmmmmmmm...mortgage required....
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  • Calin - Friday, November 25, 2005 - link

    And some of them don't have two "good" video outputs - and in some cases upgrading the video card is the more expensive solution. This would be well for engineering workstations or similar machines that have single outputs and video cards costing hunderds of dollars.
    Matrox is used to have limited success (unfortunately), so I hope they will win with this.
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