Looking for a laptop with triple screen output

Posted on 2006-04-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I am looking for a laptop that can support an extended desktop using (1) the screen on the laptop itself (2) an external wide screen, and (3) another external widescreen LCD. I would prefer Dell, IBM, or Toshiba. Most laptops allow you to attach one screen or two screens using a docking station however unfortunately when you toggle the two screens, the screen on the laptop itself goes black and is unusable. I would like to use all three as an extended desktop.

Question by:FASTECHS
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    You can use any laptop that supports two simultaneous displays (the internal plus an external); and use this to connect two monitors to the external display:
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    ... or if you decide to really go all-out you could have FOUR displays with this:
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    You can buy the Dual Head to Go here:

    The Triple Head to Go will be available in a few weeks :-)


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    Thanks for the quick response, unfortunately this product does not support widescreens. I wish it did!
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    Well, the doublesight is also a 4x3 solution, and the xview's are expensive custom devices; so ... a bit of out-of-the-box thinking here:

    (1)  Build or buy a small PC  (I've built these for a few folks, and they're great little boxes: for a few hundred dollars;  or, better yet, just dig out an old unused PC to dedicate to this.

    (2)  Attach a pair of widescreen monitors to the PC.  (obviously you'll need a dual-monitor capable video card on the PC)

    (3)  Buy MaxVista Pro and use it in desktop extension mode:

    In desktop extension mode it works just like the monitors were attached to the local PC.   You'll simply install the MaxVista drivers on the laptop, and it will "think" it has two additional widescreen monitors.   The monitors will actually be on the small PC -- but it works just as if they were local.   The connection can even be wireless !!

    Note:   You can also use this in Remote Control mode -- then when you move the mouse to one of the other monitors you're automatically controlling the OTHER computer :-)
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    Gary's advice is very good, I have used with my laptop and my desktop.
    (My desktop screen is a 21" wide monitor)

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