Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition D2G-A2D-IF
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- Harness the full graphics rendering power of your existing notebook or desktop computer.
- This includes the full video and 3D capabilities of your embedded graphics solution.
- Compact device that may easily be taken on the road with you.
- Can be used with either analog1 or digital panels
- Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.
- Add two independent displays to your notebook or desktop system and create a fully symmetrical DualHead setup.
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Two small problems with it. The setup is not as intuitive as it should be, and requires serveral startup cycles to get the right resolution (and it is still a tricky issue). The second issue with it is that even though you get two screens, windows treats them as one big screen. This means that you can not split them. So you basically have only to config options:
a) Laptop - Screen - Screen
b) Screen - Screen - Laptop
For me the best option would be
c) Screen - Laptop - Screen
But this configuration is not possible unless you like to have it as one of the two supported configs (a or b) logically and physically as (c) But then you would get wierd warping of windows as you move from one screen to another. I do not know if this is a limitation because of windows, but if those two issues were resolve I would rate this product 5 stars.
On more thing, before you buy you need to go to the Matrox website to see if your Laptop's Display card is supported, and if it supports the correct resolution for the two monitors you are going to use. They have a wizard that helps you with this.
But it works great. installed like a dream. (but did have to go to preferences and manually tell the mac that I had a 2800 wide display). works fine, the screen is stretched across the two monitors.
Lesson #1. get monitors with the thinnest side frames possible, to reduce the "gap" in the middle of the display.
Lesson #2. Adjust your preferences so that windows open up in the left or right side of the display. otherwise, they will tend to open in the middle and be interrupted by the monitor edge gap. Especially annoying when you light up a Windows session over citrix, as things like powerpoint will insist on centering the display, so you end up dragging the window to the left or right a lot.
But overall, this is great. Move my Eyetv or audio editing on one monitor and do other work on the other. Most happy with this, and a whole lot cheaper than buying a 36" monitor.
As others have noted, this is a very specialized piece of equipment. As far as I can tell, it is only useful if you want to use your notebook as your desktop and you want two monitors. But this is what I wanted.
In terms of stability, etc., just fine. Give me two non-seamless screens on a mac and it would be 5 stars if you need this box - given its limited market, its price does not seem crazy.
It now works beautifully. My only complaint is that the software doesn't seem to react well when I hot undock, so I've gotten into the habit of shutting down the machine when I'm ready to undock and head home. A little inefficient (since Vista takes so long to shut down and reboot) but not a huge deal.
If you're thinking of buying this product make sure you carefully check the compatibility with your system. The Matrox web site has a downloadable utility that will do this for you. Do you homework so that you're not stuck with a product that won't work with your system!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Use these at work and home. They work flawlessly. Keep in mind that its displays multiple monitors as a single desktop.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Needs a proprietary USB cable for additional power that was not sold with the product; and not identified in the seller's advertisement.Published 12 months ago by aHoy!!
I am very happy, though used but the quality is still very goodPublished 17 months ago by Soegeng Hidayat
Failed to work with my office HP ZBook15 and two Dell 24-inch Monitors S2340M. Had an analog version working with an old PC that has worked flawlessly. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dino Papoutsis
works great can be used as a analog to digital converter if you only use a single output.Published 22 months ago by Robert