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Matrox Graphics eXpansion Module DualHead2Go Analog video converter D2G-A2D-IF

  • Includes Matrox PowerDesk software
  • Enables a Dual monitor set up
  • Max. Resolution 3840x1200 DVI
  • Max. Resolution 3360x1050 VGA
  • PC & MAC compatible
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From one of the premiere names in professional video comes the DualHead2Go Digital Edition. Matrox has designed this adapter to easily split your display across three monitors, even if your computer only has one output. Just connect your computer into the D-Sub port and monitors to the DVI ports and get a new definition of "widescreen".

You can have one application open on each monitor, or you can stretch an application across all three. This lets you have all of a graphics programs tools on one screen and the uncluttered image on the other. Gamers get an expanded field of view to give them a great advantage since they can better see who is sneaking up on them.

  • newegg Exceptional Multi-display Solution With the Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition Graphic eXpansion Module, add up to two monitors to your system previously limited to a single monitor for maximum onscreen real estate.
  • newegg Easy to Install The Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition Graphic eXpansion Module connects externally to your system - there is no need to open the computer case to insert parts or to replace any hardware or software.
  • newegg VGA Input for Analog With a D-Sub connector, the matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition (D2G-A2D-IF) supports analog VGA input for great compatibility with computers and other video source devices.


Learn more about the matrox D2G-A2D-IF

Model

Brand
matrox
Model
D2G-A2D-IF

General

Type
Graphics eXpansion Modules
TV Standards
No
FM Tuner
No
Remote Control
No
Interface
VGA
Mac Compatible
Yes

Features

Features
Add two independent displays to your notebook or desktop system and create a fully symmetrical DualHead setup.
Run your desktop at up to 3840 x 1200 resolution stretched across two displays (1920x1200 per display)1.
Harness the full graphics rendering power of your existing notebook or desktop computer. This includes the full video and 3D capabilities of your embedded graphics solution.
Upgrade Intel integrated graphics on a desktop to DualHead without opening the chassis of the computer.
Matrox PowerDesk SE software (for Windows only) seamlessly manages window positioning and message pop-ups and offers the flexibility to select a wider range of resolutions, including support for widescreen and standard aspect ratios.
Compact device that may easily be taken on the road with you.
Can be used with either analog1 or digital panels.
Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Specifications

Ports In
HD-15 (analog) x 1
Ports Out
DVI-I (digital) x 2 (outputs), USB
Specifications
Resolution & Refresh Rates:
1600 x 480 (2x 800 x 480) @ 60Hz
1600 x 600 (2x 800 x 600) @ 60, 75, 85Hz
2048 x 768 (2x 1024 x 768) @ 60, 75, 85Hz
2560 x 720 (2x 1280 x 720) @ 60Hz
2560 x 768 (2x 1280 x 768) @ 60Hz
2560 x 800 (2x 1280 x 800) @ 60Hz
2560 x 960 (2x 1280 x 960) @ 60Hz
2560 x 1024 (2x 1280 x 1024) @ 60, 75Hz
2720 x 768 (2x 1360 x 768) @ 60Hz
2880 x 900 (2x 1440 x 900) @ 60Hz
3200 x 1200 (2x 1600 x 1200)* @ 60Hz
3360 x 1050 (2x 1680 x 1050) @ 60Hz
3840 x 1080 (2x 1920 x 1080) @ 60Hz
3840 x 1200 (2x 1920 x 1200)* @ 58Hz
*Resolution available only with compatible digital panels.

Dimensions: 3.9" x 5.5" x 1.3"
Weight: 0.52 lbz

System Requirements

Available Slot
Powered USB connector
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows XP x64bit, Windows Vista, Windows Vista 64-bit, Mac OS X v10.4 and Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard.
Others
Single VGA output connector, on a compatible system
Display driver supporting 2048 x 768 or 2560 x 1024 resolution

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Brian H.
  • 4/5/2013 11:02:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic!

Pros: Combines (2) 1080p monitors into a single,virtual 3840x1080 monitor

Lets laptop utilize (3) monitors with a single VGA output (laptop screen + 2 externals)

Functionally, it's perfect. I have it strapped to my dual-monitor stand, with the cables all neatly wrapped. Used the HD15 VGA cable that came with the monitor to bring the cable to the laptop. USB is connected to a hub, so the ONLY reason to connect USB to the laptop is to take advantage of features in Matrox Powerdesk (maximize to the monitor where the application resides, etc.) Alternately, you could power this off of a spare USB wall-wart, assuming that you didn't want the Powerdesk functionality.

Cons: Setup can be tricky ... the new GUI for Matrox Powerdesk is inferior to the old version that I had for a TripleHead2Go digital. It's prettier and has a few more options, but it seems to be more difficult to use.

If the VGA cable is disconnected without power cycling the laptop, when it is reconnected, the Matrox unit connects to the monitors with an unsupported timing/resolution scheme. Words of advice - save your favorite configuration to a keyboard acclerator (mine is CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+0). Makes recovering from the above situation easy as pie.

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  • James D.
  • 5/31/2012 4:50:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Extensive set of software parameters to tune resolution and layout of displays
Good automatic recognition of external monitor capabilities
Matrox website offers simple download/program to verify compatibility of the specific model of this product series with your specific graphics chipset

Cons: Quick Setup program did very poor job arranging my displays in sensible manner (it duplicated builtin display onto 1 of the 2 external monitors while leaving other external monitor blank)
Help guide gave basic troubleshooting ideas, but not very thorough

Other Thoughts: This required 20-30 minutes of experimentation and tweaking on 3 different screens of settings to configure my DualHead2Go as intended.
However, once configured, I've been very happy with how it maintains the settings and works exactly as I hoped.

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  • Leonard C.
  • 2/17/2012 4:59:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsworks w/Linux or Macbook Air just fine

Pros: Does what it claims; used w/older video cards on Linux
and 2010-11 era Macbook Air w/the VGA adapter
It succeeds in fooling the computer into thinking I have 1 large monitor w/no problems
Sure beats messing with multiple video cards

Cons: none really
DVI input might be nice but adapters work
could be higher resolution (1920x1440 is what my 4 year old 24")
monitors can do; this only goes 1920x1200 and less off a Macbook Air
which I dont use very much anyway

Other Thoughts: Plan to use with a 6 year old ATI Radeon dual headed video card
and 3 24" Samsung monitors to get 2 x 1920x1200 (via DVItoVGA adapter then into DualHead2Go into
the older Samsungs) and 1 x 1920 x 1080 (out the 2nd Radeon DVI port into a brand new 24" Samsung)
It took Linux (PCLOS) KDE System Hardware Settings to get all this setup and working together (no hand edits to xorg.conf for once)

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  • Douglas S.
  • 9/3/2011 8:29:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat product - if you need it

Pros: Does what it says it does

Cons: Complicated, error prone setup

Other Thoughts: I am a consultant and most of my clients insist that I use their equipment for security reasons. I am most often given a junky Windows xp laptop with a mediocre video card. This majorly impacts my productivity. As a Data Architect, I am most productive when I can have numerous windows open fullscreen, side by side on my two 24" screens.
I will echo what others have said about the clumsy, confusing, and error-prone setup. First of all, throw away the CD that comes with the product and just go get the latest drivers from the Matrox website. The ones that came on my disc just didn't work at all. First you need to install the drivers, then set the screen resolution using the normal windows desktop setup. Only after these two steps can you set up the Matrox display software to your liking. The Matrox setup utilities provide all sorts of controls, allowing you to set where windows open.
Highly recommended, although only 4 stars due to the cumbersome setup.

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  • Jon M.
  • 6/24/2011 8:36:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPleased so far.....

Pros: It does what is intended - I can indeed use both 24" monitors off of 1 VGA output from my laptop.

Based on my research nothing else on the market is offered so that is a plus for Matrox.

Cons: So far I can't seem to get the taskbar on a single screen. As the internal graphics card is disabled when in use, the input shows as one screen in the display settings.

Other Thoughts: I was very leery to purchase this product based on the many bad reviews I have seen online. I am glad I gave it a shot though as I can now view my desktop on two large screens and at 3480 x1080 which I will never use. Looks fantastic now that I am not viewing a maxed out laptop screen on a single 24" monitor.

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  • Ralph C.
  • 6/10/2011 1:29:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsBuying my second one

Pros: Been running my first one 2x1920x1200 for well over a year.
Going to put a second one in my office 2x1920x1080

Cons: A couple resets were required but nothing major.
Seems to be sensitive to the cabling.

Other Thoughts: A good product. Wish the MacBook Pro video could push 3x1920x1080 then I'd upgrade to the triple.

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  • bart h.
  • 1/27/2011 8:17:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat product

Pros: Easy to setup and small hardware box profile.

Cons: I had to bypass my docking station and run VGA cable directly from the laptop to the dualhead2go box. My wife uses it with her docking station just fine, so I think it is a case by case with each docking station and lap. Small issue compared to the huge benefits of having two screens!

Other Thoughts: The software provided gives you a lot of flexibility on how applications behave on the two monitors including controlling popup windows such as save confirmation windows, etc.

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  • JW S.
  • 12/17/2010 3:13:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful

Pros: Great way to run 2 extra screens on my laptop. Plug it in and go....I love it.

Cons: Nome

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  • Mitchell J.
  • 9/15/2010 1:57:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsBe sure your resolution is supported!

Pros: I like this product, like matrox, and like the concept.

Cons: I got the digital edition (max res 3840x1200) to run two 1280x1024 monitors (2560x1024) with my Macbook Air (max res 2560x1600). The required resolution is under the max of both, so I thought it would work, but it does not due to a bizarre feature of the VGA output on the Macbook Air, so I have to return this and get the DisplayPort version.

Other Thoughts: Check to see whether your desired resolution will be supported before you buy! Matrox provides a "GXM Compatibility List" page that lists the resolutions that would be available to most graphics cards.

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  • Joshua N.
  • 2/18/2010 2:20:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWhen it works its awesome, but no tech support

Pros: This product does good when it works, it does take some playing with to get your screen sharp.

Cons: The Tech support is worthless. I have had a unit not working now for a month, you can email and leave a voicemail daily and still have yet to hear back from them. I had a triplehead2go digi and ended up throwing it away becuase I couldn't get any support. I bought both at the same time, if I would of got one at a time I woundn't of bought a second one.

Other Thoughts: The new three screeen video cards are coming out. To bad this is my work laptop.

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