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Maxtrox TripleHead2Go, Digital Edition: The Right Tool for the Job?

3 Monitors in 1280 x 1024 mode

When ALT-TAB no longer cuts it for navigating the half dozen or more application windows you have in use at any given time, you typically solve the problem by switching over to a multi-monitor setup. It's usually a trivial matter to slot in additional video cards for a desktop. But what if you're dealing with a small form-factor PC that doesn't have the slot for more video cards, or a laptop to which you need to add two or more external monitors? That's where the Matrox TripleHead2Go enters the picture.

View this gallery for a look at TripleHead2Go in action.

Read a concise summary of the Matrox TripleHead2Go's strengths and weaknesses in this blog post.

3 Monitors connected to the Matrox TripleHead2Go in action. Laptop used is Sony SZ-series, with lid closed.

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3 comments
John_Doe69
John_Doe69

How does this thing do for gaming? My pc can already do two screens, I don't need a third, except for gaming.

golncor
golncor

I have the analog version of this and it works great. The Matrox website has alot of information and presentation material for the dual and triple head versions. The purpose of the units are to allow systems that are unable to have more than one video card or port to display on more than one screen. If you have a desktop that can currently support two monitors and want to add a third without adding a video card, this is what you would want. It uses a single video port as input and each monitor connects to the very small splitter unit. After loading the PowerDesk SE software, your system sees the unit as one very widescreen monitor. I currently have two 22" and one 19" LCDs connected to mine. The only downfall I have is that it is not able do different resolution handling for different sized monitors. ie.. the 22's native is 1680x1050 and the 19's native is 1280x1024, and it would be nice if I could get, 1680+1280+1680(4640) x 1024. All the monitors are set to the same resolution (1280x1024 in my case), which causes the 22's to stretch everything due to the 4:3 resolution instead of 16:9. I am able to deal with it as most of what is displayed on the 22's is text based. Any picture or graphics editting is done in the 19" monitor area. I have a four port KVM between three computers and it has no problem with the use of the TH2G unit. There is additional software on their website which will allow you to utilize only two monitors with the triple head unit. I do find on rare occasion when cold booting that the resolution has been reset to a single monitor but it is easily fixed by changing the display properties back to the very widescreen setting. No reloading of software is needed.

russellmcox
russellmcox

About the only 2 games* I would be interested in is Flight Simulator and Air Traffic Control Simulator. Does anyone have any experience running these on a multi-monitor setup? * I use the word game, but these programs have professional application. RM Cox