TripleHead2Go Monitor Extender Lets Users See (Really) Clearly Now
Review: Once you use Matrox's monitor extender to view large images or as many as three applications at the same time, it will be hard to go back to one screen.The Matrox TripleHead2Go monitor extender is a great way to display large single images or as many as three separate applications using a simple and relatively inexpensive piece of hardware. During tests, I used the TripleHead2Go with three monitors to display a large area map from Google. Aside from the "ooh, ahh!" factor, it was very handy to be able to literally see the lay of the land around various locations. For example, the device made it possible to clearly see where our San Francisco lab (located at 101 Second Street) is in relation to beautiful Park Presidio and the Pacific Ocean. On a more practical bent, I was able to work very effectively with multiple monitors showing different apps. For example, I could see my page proofs (eWEEK pages that are given the once- and twice-over before they ship to the printer), e-mail and Web browser at the same time. And because I was testing the TripleHead2Go with a laptop, I was actually able to have four screens activeall with different applications open.
The TripleHead2Go, which became available in April, officially supports only a narrow range of graphics cards. The ATI Mobility Radeon card in my ThinkPad isnt supported, for example, but I was still able to use the card to get 3,072-by-768-pixel display mode. (The ATI card is supported with the two-monitor DualHead2Go.)