Matrox introduces digital DualHead2Go

Although its graphics card business has largely been eclipsed by ATI and Nvidia, Matrox is still lurking in the shadows, launching new and even interesting products every once in a while. This time, Matrox has released a digital version of its DualHead2Go "Graphics eXpansion Module" dubbed the DualHead2Go Digital Edition.

Just like the original DualHead2Go, the new product is designed to allow systems with graphics adapters that only support one monitor (like some notebooks) to drive two monitors. Both DualHead2Go models work by appearing to the host machine as a single monitor with a resolution twice as wide as normal, which the DualHead2Go then splits up across two separate displays. Where the original DualHead2Go could only drive two VGA monitors at resolutions of 1280x1024, the new DualHead2Go Digital Edition supports two DVI monitors running at up to 1920x1200 each. Strangely, though, it has only a VGA input, just like the older DualHead2Go. VGA should enable better compatibility with notebooks and older graphics cards that have no dual-head support, but perhaps at the expense of quality. Nevertheless, the DualHead2Go Digital Edition is scheduled to hit stores later this quarter at a price of $229—a good $60-100 higher than the analog model.

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