Matrox extends DualHead2Go line of external multi-display adapters
By Darren Quick
April 16, 2012
Matrox has updated its line of DualHead2Go external multi-display adapters with the simultaneous release of the DualHead2Go Digital SE and DualHead2Go Digital ME (Mac Edition). While both the SE and ME let users connect up to two monitors, the SE model features multi-GXM (Graphics eXpansion Module) support that allows two adapters to be connected to a single system to provide a total of up to four displays.
Both the ME and SE share the same palm-sized form-factor, albeit with a different finish – black for the SE and, you guessed it, brushed aluminum for the ME. While the SE connects to a system’s DisplayPort video output, the ME connects via a computer’s Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt port. But that - and the ability to connect two SE's together to provide four external displays - is pretty much where the differences end.
Both units feature a DisplayPort input and two DVI-D outputs, along with a powered USB port to supply power for the device – although Matrox also sells a power adapter kit if there’s no powered USB available on your system. Both models output a maximum resolution of 3840x1200 across two displays – that’s 1920x1200 for each.
While the DualHead2Go Digital ME is aimed at Mac users and the SE targets PC users, both units are compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Server 2003/08, Mac OS X 10.4 and above, and Linux. Both versions also come with Mac or PC compatible Matrox PowerDesk desktop management software for configuring multi-display setups.
They also share the same US$179 price tag and come with a USB cable and the required cable to connect the device to a system - DisplayPort to DisplayPort for the SE and Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort for the ME. However, you'll have to source your own cables to connect the device to the external monitors..