November 30, 2006 The amount of screen real estate on your computer has a direct relationship to your productivity, which is fabulous if you have a computer capable of driving multiple screens. Increase devices will provide never before seen multi-monitor configurations for the Mac platform. If you have one of the latest Macs, you may be able to drive one of the company’s 30 inch monitors, and possibly two, but before today, two was the maximum number of screens you could drive with a Mac. Now Matrox has upgraded its DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go systems so they are compatible with select Apple Macintosh systems. Both DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are palm-sized boxes that connect externally to a notebook or desktop computer and uniquely allow users to attach two or three monitors respectively for an incredible multi-monitor configuration.
DualHead2Go enables a fully symmetric dual-monitor setup for Mac notebooks or desktops, creating the ideal workspace for managing multiple projects or office applications simultaneously. If a larger desktop space is required, the TripleHead2Go can be used to work with a triple-monitor setup. The extended desktop space across multiple monitors is the optimum backdrop for professionals working with digital content creation applications: they will have ample room to place all their menus, toolbars, editing timelines, and project windows across multiple monitors and experience first hand the productivity benefits of multi-monitor computing.
Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) are external devices that are simple to setup-there is no need to open up the computer to insert parts or to replace any hardware or software. The operating system detects the DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go like an ultra-widescreen monitor that supports resolutions of up to 2560x1024 and 3840x1024 respectively. The GXM technology then splits this ultra-wide resolution into two or three standard resolutions and sends the information to the attached monitors. The GXM maximizes the capabilities of the Mac by using its existing graphics hardware and software for all 2D, 3D, and video acceleration.
A complete list of compatible systems is posted on the Matrox website and maximum resolutions supported may vary depending on the system model or GPU.
Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are now shipping at list prices of US$169 and US$299 respectively. These products can be purchased directly from Matrox or from authorized Matrox resellers worldwide.