Matrox DualHead2Go – Disappointment


If you’re a power computer user or hardcore gamer, you’ve probably looked at or considered adding multiple monitor displays for more productivity or a wider angle of view for your favorite pc game.

I came across the DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go from Matrox. These devices allow  you to add multiple monitors to your pc or laptop. After spending much time reading forums, the Matrox site and anything else I could read I decided to spring for a DualHead2Go digital edition. I was confident it would allow me to add two more external monitors to my MacBook Pro. After all, most or many of the advertisement photos where that of a MacBook Pro.

There are two possible configurations as Matrox advertises. One configuration allows you to extend your desktop by turning multiple monitors into one large shared screen. The other configuration allows for multiple independent displays for opening and working in different applications.

The latter is what I was hoping for. I had my monitors ready to go, plugged everything in and only one monitor worked. I called Matrox support and was dealt the final blow of disappointment. I was told that the only way the DualHead2Go would support two independent displays is if I had a 2nd video card in my MacBook Pro.

Here’s what Matrox has on their website:

  • Run two independent monitors from your notebook or desktop computer even if that system only supports a single monitor output
  • A dual monitor setup lets you organize your workspace more efficiently, multi-task more comfortably and make fewer errors
  • Open a different application on each monitor or stretch one application across two monitors

What is misleading is that Mac users won’t find very good information anywhere regarding this fact.

What did I do to solve my need for more workspace? Bought a 22″ widescreen flat panel. The MacBook Pro supports a 2nd external display and the 22″ display gives me some adequate workspace until I can configure and order a Mac Pro with four monitor display 🙂

Bottom Line: If you’re a MacBook user and you want to create a single enlarged display with multiple monitors the Dual or TripleHead2Go might be for you. But if you want multiple independent displays save your money for a Mac Pro.

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January 9, 2009 |
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