We’ve already looked at Matrox’s DualHead2Go, released last November. The TripleHead2Go essentially works in the same way and not surprisingly, enables you to run three monitors instead of two. The maximum supported resolution is 3,840 x 1,024, which corresponds very nicely to the exact resolution of three 17in or 19in TFT displays. This gives you the desktop real estate of nearly four million pixels, or 3,932,160 to be precise, which is nearly as much as you’ll get from a 30in display from the likes of Dell or Apple, which have a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600.
It’s also a cheaper option than buying a 30in display – we used three 19in Viewsonic VX24 monitors to test with, which Dabs were selling for £270 each, which even adding in the price of the TripleHead2Go, which will be priced at around £175 plus VAT, comes to around £1,000. This is a saving of around £400 on the price of a Dell FP3007WFP. Go for 17in screens, and it’ll be even cheaper. Another advantage for gamers is that it gives a field of view of 45 degrees, wider than even a 30in screen. The fact that the resolution isn’t quite as high is actually a bonus as it’s less demanding on the graphics setup.
The box itself is, not surprisingly, very similar to the Dual-Head version. It’s small and as such easily portable. Matrox supplies a DVI to VGA cable and a VGA to VGA cable depending on the connector on your source. The box sits between your PC or notebook and the three screens and what it does is to fool the machine you’re using that it’s connected to a single screen rather than three. However, often it makes more sense to treat each screen independently, so you can maximise an application on each. Matrox supplies its PowerDesk SE software so that you can divide up the screen how you wish. You can even divide up each screen into half or thirds, so when you maximise it, it only takes up that portion of each screen.
Software that’s been added to the TripleHead version is Matrox’s Surround Gaming Utility. This enables you to set up supported games to run at a widescreen resolution over three screens – you can choose, between 1,920 x 480, 2,400 x 600, 3,072 x 768 or 3,840 x 1,024. The latter matches the exact resolution of three 1,280 x 1,024 screen side by side, so that’s the one you’re going to want to choose.