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Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition

Posted Oct 30, 2007 by Jon Wood

Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition

Back in February, Carolyn Koh brought us a review of the Matrox TripleHead2Go, a device that allowed users to use three monitors as one, elongated display. Today, Carolyn reviews the new kid on the block for Matrox: the Digital Edition of the TripleHead2Go.

I had reviewed the analog edition of the Matrox TripleHead2Go in February of this year and when asked to review the digital edition, my first thought was, "No problem!" However, it became more involved than I had originally guessed. The TripleHead2Go was, in my opinion, a fantastic eye-candy upgrade for any gamer. I enjoyed immensely having the "peripheral vision" that was missing before and it took me back into playing MMORPGs in first person view, improving the immersive aspect of a good role-playing game. How does one then review a new and improved version of the concept? What aspects of this eye-candy goodness could be improved? Would the speed difference from the analog to digital version even be noticeable visually? As it turns out, the improvements are to be found in more than one aspect of the package.

Testing Methodology

I started out being determined to review the digital edition in comparison with the analog. Did I have the wherewithal to do an A-B comparison - that is, compare the two of them together? Remember that we're not a hardware review place with an office that has a bunch of hardware laying around. We do this for the love of the work. I didn't know what I was letting myself in for when I agreed to review this device!

I determined after the first weekend that it would be easier to cart the computer to the office than to cart all the monitors I needed back to my house. After several weekends over the month of September and into October where I played with different monitors and analog/digital connectors to see if I could see any real discernable differences. I realized that to be able to do a proper A-B comparison, I would require two identical equipment configurations with the Matrox unit and drivers being the only difference, and perhaps one comparison using DX10 on the computer with the digital edition and DX9 on the computer with the analog edition. Something that would be possible for a hardware review site - not for us at (apart from MMORPGs not supporting DX10 yet).

Read it all here.