Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition - D2G-A2D-IF

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I had been using a device from Tritton called a SEE2 USB to VGA adaptor it worked fine until I upgraded to a newer laptop running Vista 64-Bit. Even though the drivers said 64-Bit Vista, they would crash the machine after 15 minutes. So I turned to this solution. The utility from Matrox said it would not support my laptop, but I took a chance and ordered it anyway. I'm glad I did. It took some tweaking, but it now works fine. I'm running two 1680x1050 20" displays, in addition to the 1920x1200 laptop screen, and they look pretty good. It drives them @ 60Hz and the monitors look good. They seem a bit less than crisp compared to when they are being driven directly by the laptops VGA adaptor, but very usable. The speed of the screen updates is as fast as a normal display. The Tritton USB adaptor was way slower due to the bandwidth limitation of USB 2.0. Overall, I'm very happy with this solution. It is about 2.5X the cost of the Tritton, but it works and when you use your laptop 10-14 hours a day, it will pay for itself in increased productivity in a few days.

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I have been wanting a DualHead2Go for about a year, but I always got cheap when it came time to purchase. I'm certainly glad I followed through this time! The DualHead2Go works exactly as advertised on the Matrox site. I'm running 2 different setups with my laptop -- (2) HP LP2065s at 1600x1200 each --- AND --- (2) Dell S2309Ws at 1920x1200 each. Both work flawlessly. I purchased the first setup for work, loved it, so I decided to purchase the same for home since I telecommute quite frequently. Some cautions I would give: 1. Primarily -- MAKE SURE you verify your resolutions are supported via the info on the Matrox site. My laptop and monitors were supported, but the version of my graphics driver did not allow the full resolution (as I later discovered was already documented in the footnote on the Matrox site.) Pay attention to the details, and you'll have no problems. I upgraded the graphics driver as well as the Matrox manager software, and all problems were solved. 2. Secondly -- Make sure to purchase quality monitors. My 2 HPs above work flawlessly with the blacks absolutely black and no remnants. These are higher-quality monitors in the HP lineup. My two Dell monitors are not quite as solid on the blacks. Since everything else (laptop, DualHead2Go, graphics driver, etc.) is the same, I can only chalk this up to the entry-level nature of the monitors, but for home, I was not willing to shell out more money. However, in spite of the slight issues with the blacks at home, the overall picture quality is *great* so I am still more than pleased with the overall display.

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Nice solution for 3 monitor setup for laptop

by jim@fouchsoftware.com on 9/1/2008

I had been using a device from Tritton called a SEE2 USB to VGA adaptor it worked fine until I upgraded to a newer laptop running Vista 64-Bit. Even though the drivers said 64-Bit Vista, they would crash the machine after 15 minutes. So I turned to this solution. The utility from Matrox said it would not support my laptop, but I took a chance and ordered it anyway. I'm glad I did. It took some tweaking, but it now works fine. I'm running two 1680x1050 20" displays, in addition to the 1920x1200 laptop screen, and they look pretty good. It drives them @ 60Hz and the monitors look good. They seem a bit less than crisp compared to when they are being driven directly by the laptops VGA adaptor, but very usable. The speed of the screen updates is as fast as a normal display. The Tritton USB adaptor was way slower due to the bandwidth limitation of USB 2.0. Overall, I'm very happy with this solution. It is about 2.5X the cost of the Tritton, but it works and when you use your laptop 10-14 hours a day, it will pay for itself in increased productivity in a few days.

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Works exactly as advertised!! (Novel concept!) :

on 4/15/2009

I have been wanting a DualHead2Go for about a year, but I always got cheap when it came time to purchase. I'm certainly glad I followed through this time! The DualHead2Go works exactly as advertised on the Matrox site. I'm running 2 different setups with my laptop -- (2) HP LP2065s at 1600x1200 each --- AND --- (2) Dell S2309Ws at 1920x1200 each. Both work flawlessly. I purchased the first setup for work, loved it, so I decided to purchase the same for home since I telecommute quite frequently. Some cautions I would give: 1. Primarily -- MAKE SURE you verify your resolutions are supported via the info on the Matrox site. My laptop and monitors were supported, but the version of my graphics driver did not allow the full resolution (as I later discovered was already documented in the footnote on the Matrox site.) Pay attention to the details, and you'll have no problems. I upgraded the graphics driver as well as the Matrox manager software, and all problems were solved. 2. Secondly -- Make sure to purchase quality monitors. My 2 HPs above work flawlessly with the blacks absolutely black and no remnants. These are higher-quality monitors in the HP lineup. My two Dell monitors are not quite as solid on the blacks. Since everything else (laptop, DualHead2Go, graphics driver, etc.) is the same, I can only chalk this up to the entry-level nature of the monitors, but for home, I was not willing to shell out more money. However, in spite of the slight issues with the blacks at home, the overall picture quality is *great* so I am still more than pleased with the overall display.

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Product Overview

This external multi-display upgrade is a compact box which sits outside your system and connects to the VGA output of compatible notebook or desktop computers. The multi-display configuration delivered by DualHead2Go Digital Edition permits working with multiple full-screen documents or applications simultaneously eliminating the need to constantly open, close or minimize applications. It is the ideal solution for professional and business users looking for a simple and cost-effective solution to quickly increase their productivity. Through patent-pending technology, the operating system detects the DualHead2Go Digital Edition as an ultra-widescreen monitor which is then split into two or more standard resolutions compatible with the attached displays. DualHead2Go Digital Edition also enables support for high resolution panels, offering a stretched desktop of up to 3840x1200 (or dual 1920x1200) across two displays.

Specifications

Manufacturer Matrox Graphics
Mfg Part# D2G-A2D-IF
SKU 204652982
UPC 790750215525
UPC 14 00790750215525
Features
Host Interface VGA
Product Type Multiview Device
Manufacturer Part Number D2G-A2D-IF
Manufacturer Matrox
Product Model DualHead2Go
Product Name DualHead2Go Digital Edition
Brand Name Matrox
Weight (Approximate) 8.29 oz
Platform Supported PC / Mac
Form Factor External
Functions MultiView
Maximum Resolution 3840 x 1200
Tech Specs
Product Type Multiview Device
Manufacturer Part Number D2G-A2D-IF
Manufacturer Website Address www.matrox.com
Manufacturer Matrox
Product Model DualHead2Go
Product Name DualHead2Go Digital Edition
Brand Name Matrox
Additional Information Compact device that may easily be taken on the road with you Can be used with either analog or digital panels Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems
System Requirements Single VGA output connector, on a compatible system Display driver supporting 2048 x 768 or 2560 x 1024 resolution Operating System Supported: Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Microsoft Windows Vista Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit Mac OS X v10.4 Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
Dimensions 3.94" x 5.51" x 1.26"
Weight (Approximate) 8.29 oz
Form Factor External
Software Included PowerDesk SE
Host Interface VGA
Graphics Resolution 1920 x 1200 / 1600 x 480 @ 60 Hz / 1600 x 600 @ 60 Hz / 1600 x 600 @ 75 Hz / 1600 x 600 @ 85 Hz / 3360 x 1050 @ 60 Hz / 3840 x 1080 @ 60 Hz / 3840 x 1200 @ 58 Hz / 2560 x 960 @ 60 Hz / 2560 x 1024 @ 60 Hz / 2560 x 1024 @ 75 Hz / 2720 x 768 @ 60 Hz / 2880 x 900 @ 60 Hz / 3200 x 1200 @ 60 Hz / 2048 x 768 @ 60 Hz / 2048 x 768 @ 75 Hz / 2048 x 768 @ 85 Hz / 2560 x 720 @ 60 Hz / 2560 x 768 @ 60 Hz / 2560 x 800 @ 60 Hz
Platform Support PC / Mac
Functions MultiView
Video Features Add two independent displays to your notebook or desktop system and create a fully symmetrical DualHead setup Run your desktop at up to 3840 x 1200 resolution stretched across two displays (1920x1200 per display) 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 Upgrade Intel integrated graphics on a desktop to DualHead without opening the chassis of the computer
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Works exactly as advertised!! (Novel concept!) : on Apr 15, 2009


Nice solution for 3 monitor setup for laptop by jim@fouchsoftware.com on Sep 01, 2008

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