Need Multiple Monitors, need a push in the right direction.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Aea, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. Aea macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    My work recently has been requiring that I spend time doing traditional development on a Mac, this really means lots of code, debug, etc windows open at once. I have a MacBook Pro (15") and a 1920x1200 Monitor, but I'm finding myself more and more constrained for space and know I could become much more productive by having more screens to work with. Now I know a Mac Pro would be the best for this, but I'm not particularly keen on getting on until a refresh and until Snow Leopard. I don't really need the power of one either, my laptop does everything I want it to do and more.

    The MBP only has one DVI output, I could get a Matrox TripleHead2Go and then connect another 1920x1200 monitor to my system, but that's quite pricy by itself.

    Matrox TripleHead2Go $300 @ NewEgg
    A Matching Monitor ("+Wide+1000:1+5MS+LCD-Monitors&dpno=7502310) for a $100 premium over what I paid for it a month ago.

    I've heard conflicting reports, but I think that it should work with displays this size. I don't want the DualHead2Go because that only has a VGA input.

    My other option would be building a, yes cringe, Hackintosh for temporary use. I don't doubt that it's possible to build a pretty high end system this way for a low price, but I'm a bit apprehensive. I'm worried that it won't work as well as I would expect. Once Snow Leopard hits it'll probably be relegated right to file server duties so it won't go to waste. But at least this way I could get more then two monitors in and won't be paying a $300 premium just to connect them (although as an option this is more expensive overall). Also makes me feel a bit guilty.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated :)
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    If you are planning on getting a Mac Pro then you could sell the TripleHead2Go and probably take at most a $150 loss. You're going to take a financial hit one way or another on this you just need to work out what makes the most sense for you from a time and money perspective.

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