Several months ago, I found myself in a somewhat interesting predicament. I upgraded from a desktop that I had been using for quite some time, to one of those a supped up laptop that I could take when I travel. The reason why I chose to do this was because I got tired of having both a cheap laptop and a desktop and having to split files among the two whenever I travelled. The easiest solution was to buy a better laptop to use for my main computer.
However, it wasn’t long after I setup my laptop that I realized how much I missed having three monitors. Sure, you can setup an extra monitor with your laptop, but when you are use to having three monitors, two just won’t cut it. Now I have to say, because of my job in the financial industry I happen to know quite a few people with similar setups to mine and one of those friends suggested that I try the Matrox Dualhead2Go. This is an adapter that allows you to hook up an additional 2 monitors to your laptop. As it turns out this was precisely the solution I was looking for when I started searching for a solution.
So how did I set it up? I’m going to go through the details and hopefully save you some trouble shooting steps. Currently I’m using a Sony Vaio with a 17 inch screen. I have two Acer monitors which have a screen resolution of 1440×900. The VGA out on my Sony Vaio connects to the Matrox Dual Head2Go, and then I connect each of the monitors to the DualHead2Go. The next step is fairly common sense. You must go into your windows display settings and identify your additional monitors. You can also arrange them in the display settings box, so that they appear in the same arrangement that they do in real life. This makes passing the mouse back and forth between you multiple monitors much easier.
Matrox Powerdesk SE is a program that comes with your DualHead2Go adapter that helps determine the resolution of your monitors. Because I was using all the same types of monitors this was not necessary for me. But not everyone uses the same type of monitors, so it might be necessary for you. For example, if you used one monitor that was 1440×900 and one that was 2800×900, you want to make sure you have you settings optimized so that that resolution is the highest quality on both of the monitors which you have chosen to use.
A lot of people are concerned about a lag in performance, but I have to tell you, it simply works great for me. I’ve had no major issues thus far and I don’t foresee any in the near future either. Sometimes it works so well that I don’t even remember it is there. And I have to say, my VAIO’s GeForce 8400M GS graphics card seems to be holding up pretty damn well. I haven’t noticed any lagging at all. This is great, because I would hate to have to spend more money on this system than I have to. The only problem I have had at all is if I disconnect my laptop to go into another room and then try to reconnect. Not always, but sometimes this results in having to re-hook up the cables to the Matrox DualHead2Go a few times before both monitors finally wake up. I consider this a rather small price to pay for all the convenience of having three monitors.
If you can afford to do so, I highly recommend picking one of these bad boys up, as I’m quite certain that you will not be disappointed at all. It has been a true blessing for me and I’m honestly not really sure how I would actually get along without it. It saved the day when I thought that I was going to have to suffer without an extra monitor, which I have become extremely accustomed to having.
I hope this review has been helpful and you can now make an informed intelligent decision about your purchase.