Triple head, linux compatible notebook

Greeting,

I'm trying to find a laptop which supports two additional external monitors.
So 3 in total, 2 external and the screen of the laptop itself. I can't find this information anywhere ..

Why don't they have "Supported screens X amount" in technical details.

I've looked at HP 4540s, it has i5 3rd gen and that's HD 4000 Integrated graphics which technically support up to 3 monitors, but there is not a single hint in the technical details that the output is not cloned or anything and that it does in fact, support the 3 monitors.
I've sent the mail to HP, waiting for the answer.

So, basically I'm looking an i5/i7 3rd gen, laptop with support of 3 monitors (in total). The discrete graphics or integrated, both is ok.

And to make things a bit harder, I'm using linux, Debian / Ubuntu distro, so if anyone else about compatibility would be awesome.

A recap :
Budget : Around 1000$
Screen : 15.6" Screen
CPU : i5/i7 3rd gen
GPU : Integrated or discrete graphics that support 3 monitors (no clones, extended)
BRAND : all except ASUS
Compatibility : Linux - Debian / Ubuntu
All other stuff doesn't matter, I'll upgrade if low, etc..

I have one shot at this, If I pick a wrong one, my work will suffer. And that is why I need some community assistance.

Thank you again.

P.S. Is there something that I don't know of where to look for 'Yes this model supports 3 monitors feature', as in, I know some models do have (lets say) VGA and HDMI, but the output is cloned, so even if there are 2 ports, it can support only 2 monitors.
14 answers Last reply
More about triple head linux compatible notebook
  1. This topic has been moved from the section Laptops & Notebooks to section Linux/Free BSD by Brett928S2
  2. Why not contact HP and ask them?
  3. I found this. https://www.system76.com/laptops/model/gazp8
    I would still contact them because some laptops disable the onboard monitor when two externals are attatched
  4. Ijack said:
    Why not contact HP and ask them?


    I did, however no reply yet.

    Anonymous said:
    I found this. https://www.system76.com/laptops/model/gazp8
    I would still contact them because some laptops disable the onboard monitor when two externals are attatched


    I haven't heard of system76 brand, looks promising so thank you for the suggestion, I'm gonna dig for some info.

    I'll post the final results if I get the replies from HP and sys76.
  5. Perhaps an external solution is the answer http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/th2go/digital/

    Works with Linux.
  6. stillblue said:


    I may be wrong, but according to what I read that only clones one output to several more. Same picture on all screens from that one output.


    Ijack said:
    Perhaps an external solution is the answer http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/th2go/digital/

    Works with Linux.


    Yeah, matrox is nice, but price not so much :D

    I'm still waiting for the replies from the emails I sent, but it seems I'll have to risk it :\
  7. Three monitors three separate outputs? And it has to be portable? Boy, I thought the screen preview in Libre Office Presentation was special.

    Only thing I can think of is to remote control two thin clients off of your computer through a switch.
  8. stillblue said:
    Three monitors three separate outputs? And it has to be portable? Boy, I thought the screen preview in Libre Office Presentation was special.

    Only thing I can think of is to remote control two thin clients off of your computer through a switch.


    Three including the lcd of the laptop. So just 2 more on top of the existing, not asking too much ... I think :)
  9. Just out of curiosity, hardware aside, what would you like to output onto them?
  10. stillblue said:
    Just out of curiosity, hardware aside, what would you like to output onto them?


    Windows, lots of windows. I'm a programmer, so displaying more code, terminals and documents is a big help.
    And I must say, I can't even think of working without Workspaces.

    So far, the best suggestion I got was the Lenovo T530, but retailer in my country is like 2x expensive than prices in the US.
  11. afaik laptop video cards don't support this directly, you will likely need an adapter like this:
    http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/digital_se/
  12. Uhh, that's what I was afraid of :(

    And to confirm all that I got the reply from HP, 4540s doesn't support 2 additional extended monitors.

    Thank you for your replies, they helped.
Ask a new question

Read More

Monitors