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Matrox Triplehead2Go: More Screen Real Estate For Your Notebook

Holiday Buyer's Guide 2007 Part 4

By Sina Mohammadi

Do you find yourself constantly running out of space on your desktop and wishing you had more available on-screen real estate? Until recently, the only solution was to buy a bigger, higher resolution display, along with a graphics card that could support its maximum potential. Unfortunately such monitors tend to be expensive, and it turns out that buying multiple, smaller size monitors with an overall larger display area, costs less. Matrox, a leader in multi-display graphics solutions, has come up with an interesting solution to this perennial problem.

The TripleHead2Go is their latest offering in a series of Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) that enables users to connect the output of a desktop or laptop PC to two or three monitors. An ultra-wide combined resolution of up to 3840x1024 across three monitors offers a Surround Design experience for workstation environments, increased productivity for office users, and a widescreen, surround gaming experience for enthusiasts. This portable, palm-sized device measures in at just 3.6" x 4.2" x 1" (9.2 cm x 10.7 cm x 2.5 cm) and draws juice from an external power supply. Setup is simple and straightforward and all the necessary cables and software are included.

A careful look at the box shows one video input below, and three on top for the multiplier in this product's name.

Depending what kind of input/output connectivity that you choose, the Triplehead2Go comes in two models: A slightly cheaper ($279) analog model, and a digital model that runs around $300. If you have an extra monitor or two lying around and suffer from lack of desktop space, or just want to have an ultra-widescreen experience the TripleHead2Go makes an excellent choice. But before you purchase a TripleHead2Go for yourself or a loved one, please check the Matrox website to make sure it works with the target graphics card.

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