Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE External Multi-Display Adapter ReviewWesstron - January 27, 2013
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Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE External Multi-Display Adapter Closer Look:
The software bundled with the Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE is the Matrox PowerDesk. It’s designed to ensure optimum results while using the unit and provides some very unique settings that give the user full control over the display output on the three monitors that can be attached.
Following the installation guidelines from Matrox, the process of setting up the Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE is fairly straightforward. The main system needs to be turned off, and then the USB cable for the power is plugged into the unit. After that it’s just a matter of attaching the input cable (in this review, I used the Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable). Then the three monitors are connected to the corresponding DVI connectors that are numbered to make this task easier and further changes to the setup a breeze! Now it’s only a matter of firing up the laptop or desktop and proceeding with the software installation. The provided CD automatically forwarded me to the step-by-step download section in the Matrox website where the proper product version and OS need to be selected in order to obtain the appropriate software version. Unfortunately this step is mandatory, and if an internet connection is not available the software cannot be installed from the CD.
Next a prompt to connect the USB cable is displayed. If the installation steps were followed properly, only the OK button needs to be pressed. At this point, the Matrox PowerDesk just needs to be started through the desktop shortcut and is all yours to explore and fine-tune the settings. It should be noted that the Matrox quick setup utility did not auto-start for me during the installation process; however, it started working a couple weeks after the fact. No updates were applied to the software in the meanwhile.
The first option available is the Multi-Display Setup. In this panel, you can set up the Main display and various output settings for each display including rotation, resolution, color palette, and refresh rate. In this screen you can also swap the positions of the active monitors to fit your setup and multitasking needs. By clicking on the diagram on the left side of the panel, the corresponding monitor will be selected and the settings displayed on the right panel. Thus, users should make sure that the right monitor is selected before applying any changes. Next is the Desktop Management screen. A set of options is available here so you can fine-tune the behavior of the open windows of your programs: spanning control, dialog and message boxes positioning control, open program windows preferences, and window maximization control. The third available option is the Keyboard Shortcuts screen, where you can set two keyboard shortcuts: one to locate the mouse pointer and the second to move the active window to the next cell. The About section provides relevant information about the system the Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE is connected to, the Matrox PowerDesk software version, and the graphics hardware used.
Finally you can see a wide screenshot showing the monitor identification feature. The standalone display is the big 2 to the left, and the Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE output is split into 3 cells marked as 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3.