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Matrox DualHead2Go

Despite the list being very limiting, I am guessing that it will expand dramatically as Matrox finds the time to test more hardware. I say this because I tested the DualHead2Go on half a dozen notebooks that weren’t on the list and it worked flawlessly. I even tried it on an Apple PowerBook without any problems. In fact setting up the DualHead2Go on the PoweBook was even more simple than setting it up on a Windows based notebook!

But despite my success with the DualHead2Go working on pretty much every notebook I threw at it, you have to remember that Matrox ONLY guarantees that the device will work with notebooks on the compatibility list. If you choose to take a chance and the DualHead2Go doesn’t work with your unlisted notebook, don’t expect a refund from Matrox.

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While we’re on the subject of money, the DualHead2Go will set you back £117.32 including VAT. That’s a pretty reasonable price point, especially considering what the DualHead2Go enables you to do, but it would have been good if Matrox could have stayed below that magic £100 threshold.

Interestingly, Wil over on our sister publication Bit-Tech does use a notebook as his main computer and was drooling over the DualHead2Go while I was testing it. So Matrox is definitely appealing to the target market.

Verdict

As I said at the beginning of this review, the DualHead2Go is a simple idea, but that doesn’t make it any less brilliant. If you work on a notebook and want the most desktop real estate possible when you’re at your desk, without paying for a massive high-resolution screen, the DualHead2Go will suit you perfectly.

If the DualHead2Go had cost just a little bit less, it would probably have walked away with an Editor’s Choice award. Perhaps if the retail price had been £99 including VAT rather than excluding VAT it might have made all the difference. But even so, this is a great product that’s worthy of recommendation.

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