Cisco TripleHead2Go Digital Edition

Functions: MultiView - MPN: T2GD3DIF
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Description
TripleHead2Go Digital Edition delivers the ultimate surround graphics experience for professionals and gaming enthusiasts alike. This versatile new product enables users looking to add three digital monitors to their workstation, desktop computer or notebook with a maximum resolution of up to 3840x10241 (triple 1280x1024).The latest in Matrox's series of Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM), TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is an external multi-display upgrade device that connects via the dual-link DVI or analog output of your system and can support both analog and digital monitors. Dramatically increasing Office Productivity for business professionals, providing an incredible Surround Design environment to high-end workstation users and delivering the most immersive Surround Gaming experience to gamers, the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is the ideal solution for individuals looking for a truly digital-to-digital experience.
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Product Type Multiview Device
Expert Reviews
Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 3, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 15 expert reviews for Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition and the average expert rating is 76 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Matrox Triple Head 2 Go is great! I plan to get another one soon!
5 Star Review   By member TallguyLA - Jul 22, 2008   

Strengths: Increases desktop work space. Easy to install with my old destop PC.

Weakness: I can only get 16 bit color resolution instead of 32 bit. Also was not easy to set up with my laptop, a P-4 3.06 ghz Toshiba. I think if I really wanted to get it to work, I could.

My PC is ancient, circa 1999: It's P-3 550 mhz, and I was using two video cards, each with its own monitor, for a total of 2 monitors. Adding the Matrox unit to one video card allows me to use 3 monitors with one card and a fourth monitor with the second video card. So I went from 2 to 4 monitors, and had no trouble getting the Matrox unit to work. I've had it about 2 months and it's a terrific unit. Sometimes there are problems which need to be tweaked, (some software does weird things to resize the desktop, but that's usually easily enough fixed). I think this is a great product and will probably get another one so I can use 6 monitors altogether. My goal is to have 9 screens eventually like I saw on display at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. I love being able to work on a Word document on one screen and have 3 other Explorer windows open for research and surfing, and to be able to watch all four screens at once. My old P-3 550 mhz processor actually manages to do all the processing needed to display everything without overtaxing the system too much. I realize that this is also dependent upon the quality of the video cards being used, but overall, I'm very pleased. This is the only product in its class that I could find that is reasonably priced for what it does. I love it! I think the fact that it's external to the PC may also cut down on internal heat, which I like to keep away from the processor as much as possible. Yes, it would be nice to have it inside the box, but it's hidden nicely.

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Ok, but ...
2 Star Review     

Strengths: 3x1280x1024 does work if installed properly.

Weakness: Installation headaches. USB port on Dell docking station cannot be used. High resolution works only with the analog interface on my laptop.

I had difficulty getting the TripleHead2Go Digital installed to support 3x1280x1024 resolution properly. The TripleHead2Go USB cable must be connected directly to my Dell laptop (Latitude D630, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 135M). None of the USB ports on my Dell laptop docking station work with this device. Also, it appears that my Dell laptop does not support dual-link DVI. Therefore, to get 3x1280x1024 resolution, I had to use the analog interface to the TripleHead2Go device.

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Great Product, Once You Get it Configured
4 Star Review   By member dddavids - Feb 26, 2008   

Strengths: Seamless performance Nifty bezel management software

Weakness: Poor set-up documentation Shipped without an essential firmware update, which you have to call Matrox to get

I did all the right stuff (powerful graphics card, fast processor, three new identical monitors, etc.), but it still took a call to Matrox to get things working. The documentation that ships with the device is essentially useless. For instance, it doesn't make it clear when, exactly, they want you to install their software. Given that it's a USB device, and Windows' propensity to get picky about this, you feel like you're on your own and hoping for the best. Turns out that wasn't as important as finding out about a firmware upgrade that I found to be essential on my brand new Core2Duo machine. Apparently, the TripleHead2Go as it was shipped to me, didn't have this upgrade. Without it, one, and sometimes two, of my monitors would not get a signal passed through the box. Something to do with the power-on USB sequencing. Once I got the update over email from Matrox, it's been working fine. Chalk it up to early-adopter syndrome. Matrox product support did seem to care, and it wasn't too difficult to get an actual person on the phone. I think it's a great product with a lot of market potential. All Matrox has to do is improve their installation manual and it would be perfect.

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Add More Real Estate to Your Computer Desktop!
5 Star Review   By member mykolamac - Jan 11, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use, software is simple to configure, and well worth the price.

Weakness: Price is still a little high but not unreasonable for what you get.

This is a great product. I used to use the Analog edition and just recently upgraded to this digital edition. Since I'm a little bit of a multi-tasker, I enjoy working on several things at once but I am also a pilot who uses three screens to simulate a plane setting. That's the primary reason I purchased this item and combined with three monitors I have the ultimate desktop. So if you're looking to multi-task, you need one of things and if you're a pilot then you definitely need one of these things for training!

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one on more
4 Star Review   By member npasic - Nov 9, 2007   

Strengths: up to 3 monitors

Weakness: separate piece of hardware

if you are looking to connect up to 3 monitors and have picture cross over to all free this is the product to use. it offers both, analog and digital in port but only digital out port you can also use new laptops with HDMI port and HDMI to DVI converters to connect to it

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TripleHead2Go Digital Edition delivers the ultimate surround graphics experience for professionals and gaming enthusiasts alike. This versatile new product enables users looking to add three digital monitors to their workstation, desktop computer or notebook with a maximum resolution of up to 3840x10241 (triple 1280x1024).The latest in Matrox's series of Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM), TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is an external multi-display upgrade device that connects via the dual-link DVI or analog output of your system and can support both analog and digital monitors. Dramatically increasing Office Productivity for business professionals, providing an incredible Surround Design environment to high-end workstation users and delivering the most immersive Surround Gaming experience to gamers, the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is the ideal solution for individuals looking for a truly digital-to-digital experience.
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Product Type Multiview Device
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Product Title Cisco TripleHead2Go Digital Edition
Manufacturer Cisco
Lowest Price $299.99 from B&H Photo-Video
Power Score 4.0 | 6 Reviews
General
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Dimensions: 3.94" x 5.51" x 1.26"
Additional Specifications
Video Features: Harness your existing graphics hardware's full capabilities for 2D, 3D and video Experience Surround Graphics and execute your workload faster by expanding your desktop across three displays Experience Surround Gaming by expanding supported 3D games across three displays; achieve a much wider in-game field of view Flexible device supports both dual-monitor configurations at a maximum resolution of up to 3840 x 1200 (2x 1920x1200) and triple-monitor configurations with a maximum resolution of up to 3840 x 1024 (3x 1280x1024) with digital or analog monitors
Product Model: TripleHead2Go
Software Included: CD which includes the following software: Install PackageElectronic Product ManualPowerDesk SE (includes Image quality adjustment, center popup, window management, Matrox Monitor Bezel Management feature, etc)
Weight: 9.88 oz
Brand Name: Matrox
Functions: MultiView
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Expert Reviews
Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 3, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 15 expert reviews for Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition and the average expert rating is 76 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Matrox Triple Head 2 Go is great! I plan to get another one soon!
5 Star Review   By member TallguyLA - Jul 22, 2008   

Strengths: Increases desktop work space. Easy to install with my old destop PC.

Weakness: I can only get 16 bit color resolution instead of 32 bit. Also was not easy to set up with my laptop, a P-4 3.06 ghz Toshiba. I think if I really wanted to get it to work, I could.

My PC is ancient, circa 1999: It's P-3 550 mhz, and I was using two video cards, each with its own monitor, for a total of 2 monitors. Adding the Matrox unit to one video card allows me to use 3 monitors with one card and a fourth monitor with the second video card. So I went from 2 to 4 monitors, and had no trouble getting the Matrox unit to work. I've had it about 2 months and it's a terrific unit. Sometimes there are problems which need to be tweaked, (some software does weird things to resize the desktop, but that's usually easily enough fixed). I think this is a great product and will probably get another one so I can use 6 monitors altogether. My goal is to have 9 screens eventually like I saw on display at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. I love being able to work on a Word document on one screen and have 3 other Explorer windows open for research and surfing, and to be able to watch all four screens at once. My old P-3 550 mhz processor actually manages to do all the processing needed to display everything without overtaxing the system too much. I realize that this is also dependent upon the quality of the video cards being used, but overall, I'm very pleased. This is the only product in its class that I could find that is reasonably priced for what it does. I love it! I think the fact that it's external to the PC may also cut down on internal heat, which I like to keep away from the processor as much as possible. Yes, it would be nice to have it inside the box, but it's hidden nicely.

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Ok, but ...
2 Star Review     

Strengths: 3x1280x1024 does work if installed properly.

Weakness: Installation headaches. USB port on Dell docking station cannot be used. High resolution works only with the analog interface on my laptop.

I had difficulty getting the TripleHead2Go Digital installed to support 3x1280x1024 resolution properly. The TripleHead2Go USB cable must be connected directly to my Dell laptop (Latitude D630, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 135M). None of the USB ports on my Dell laptop docking station work with this device. Also, it appears that my Dell laptop does not support dual-link DVI. Therefore, to get 3x1280x1024 resolution, I had to use the analog interface to the TripleHead2Go device.

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Great Product, Once You Get it Configured
4 Star Review   By member dddavids - Feb 26, 2008   

Strengths: Seamless performance Nifty bezel management software

Weakness: Poor set-up documentation Shipped without an essential firmware update, which you have to call Matrox to get

I did all the right stuff (powerful graphics card, fast processor, three new identical monitors, etc.), but it still took a call to Matrox to get things working. The documentation that ships with the device is essentially useless. For instance, it doesn't make it clear when, exactly, they want you to install their software. Given that it's a USB device, and Windows' propensity to get picky about this, you feel like you're on your own and hoping for the best. Turns out that wasn't as important as finding out about a firmware upgrade that I found to be essential on my brand new Core2Duo machine. Apparently, the TripleHead2Go as it was shipped to me, didn't have this upgrade. Without it, one, and sometimes two, of my monitors would not get a signal passed through the box. Something to do with the power-on USB sequencing. Once I got the update over email from Matrox, it's been working fine. Chalk it up to early-adopter syndrome. Matrox product support did seem to care, and it wasn't too difficult to get an actual person on the phone. I think it's a great product with a lot of market potential. All Matrox has to do is improve their installation manual and it would be perfect.

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Add More Real Estate to Your Computer Desktop!
5 Star Review   By member mykolamac - Jan 11, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use, software is simple to configure, and well worth the price.

Weakness: Price is still a little high but not unreasonable for what you get.

This is a great product. I used to use the Analog edition and just recently upgraded to this digital edition. Since I'm a little bit of a multi-tasker, I enjoy working on several things at once but I am also a pilot who uses three screens to simulate a plane setting. That's the primary reason I purchased this item and combined with three monitors I have the ultimate desktop. So if you're looking to multi-task, you need one of things and if you're a pilot then you definitely need one of these things for training!

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one on more
4 Star Review   By member npasic - Nov 9, 2007   

Strengths: up to 3 monitors

Weakness: separate piece of hardware

if you are looking to connect up to 3 monitors and have picture cross over to all free this is the product to use. it offers both, analog and digital in port but only digital out port you can also use new laptops with HDMI port and HDMI to DVI converters to connect to it

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