Matrox DualHead2Go Digital SE External Multi-Display Adaptor Reviewajmatson - October 23, 2012
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Configuring the settings for the Matrox DualHead2Go requires the Matrox PowerDesk for PC software. This software is designed to give you the best setup experience for your displays and presentations to ensure rich content viewing. To verify you are running the latest versions of the drivers and software package, the installer actually takes you directly to the Matrox Website. While this method takes a bit longer to obtain the required components it ensures you are up to date and eliminates any compatibility issues. Once the program is downloaded and installed, the Quick Setup begins automatically to get you up and running in as little time as possible. To complete the initial install, you will be prompted to plug in the unit's USB port that provides power to the Matrox DualHead2Go adaptor.
Once the USB cable is plugged in and the initial drivers are installed to the host machine you are presented with the final part of the Quick Setup. From the two screen shots below you can see that the Matrox DualHead2Go detected the two DVI monitors I used for testing. Even though they were different resolutions the unit correctly identified each make and model along with the supported maximum resolution. No manual configuration was required; it was an easy plug and play setup that allowed me to start using the product just minutes after opening the box. By default the software was set up in a span configuration that extended the desktop across the two monitors, which allowed me to increase my viewing real estate with no effort whatsoever.
There are several adjustable settings for those like me who want more control and customization options. First is the Multi-Display Setup, which is where you configure your active displays on the system. If the adaptor is connected to a laptop, this setting includes the built-in monitor as well. The second screen shot below shows the default settings; monitor one in the diagram is my laptop's built-in display and number two is the span of the two external DVI monitors hooked up to the DualHead2Go unit. In this section you can swap the order of the displays, change the resolution and screen orientation, and identify them for an easier setup. The next section, shown in the third screen shot below, is the Desktop Management section. Desktop Management allows you to configure the behavior of the screens such as snapping windows and where to minimize open windows. You can also set up how you want the screen to behave by either spanning across multiple monitors or using each as an individual monitor. In this example I had them spanned so that you can still see number one is my laptop display and number two is now broken into 2.1 and 2.2. These numbers represent the second set of displays with the screen spanned across them acting as one large display.
Next we have the Keyboard Shortcuts menu, which includes a few options to help you configure your setup with the Matrox DualHead2Go adaptor on the fly. You can swap the displays in real time and locate the mouse pointer with a few customizable key combinations. Lastly the System Information menu displays basic information about the machine to which the DualHead2Go is connected as well as the adaptor's technical information and current firmware.
Now that we have seen the supporting software for the DualHead2Go we can move on to testing the unit.