Matrox Dualhead2Go Digital ME full review

The reason for saying that the Matrox DualHead2Go is curiously named, besides the car-crash of letters, is that it actually drives up to three monitors. Let me explain. The Dualhead2Go is a metal box that looks more like the product of an engineering student rather than something at home in the land of Apple. It measures 3.8”x2.5”x1.1”.

On the back are DisplayPort and USB inputs. The USB port connects to your Mac and delivers the power. The DisplayPort connects to a miniDisplayPort or Thunderbolt connection. You are supplied with a mini-DP to DP lead so if you want the other option you’ll need your own lead. On the front of the box are two DVI-D outputs. Here you can connect one monitor and thus have two displays and desktops running, or connect two monitors, which is where the fun begins.

Configure the various desktops to give yourself the space you need with the equivalent of one super-large monitor alongside the normal one

At this point you will need the Matrox PowerDesk software because the standard display properties of the Mac won’t work properly – the reason is that the Matrox software and hardware combine two the DVI monitor signals and tell the Mac that it’s one very large display. Windows people get the software on the CD, you get a webpage which has the download link for it. Once downloaded and installed PowerDesk is ready to define how the desktop is used.

As mentioned, one external monitor, fine. Add the second and those two external monitors become the very large, 3840x1200, desktop – split over the two monitors - alongside your native desktop. The desktops can be arranged left or right of each other, where the menu bar sits and what resolutions are used, if you don’t want the maximum possible. It’s also possible to clone the display so the content of the native display is mirrored onto both external displays at once. Hence there are three displays, rather than the two mentioned in the title.

While winning no awards in the looks category, the case is well ventilated and will stand up to any kind of physical handling

The PowerDesk software also allows for the display to be split up so that different items can be used in each area, though this seems like more trouble than it’s really worth. The giant display does look slightly strange because it stretches the background over two displays, so in this case it’s better to make it some kind of generic repeating pattern and simply use the extra space. 

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