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I support a trading floor and portfolio managers. Many are now using dual screens and some now have quad screen setups at their workstations, running off DELL optiplex desktops.  Being the world that we live in users now want to be mobile and 24x7.  So rather than going down the route of giving users a notebook + desktop, I've been researching the viability and more importantly the stability of a notebook to drive 4 external monitors (2 external monitors is straightforward).
Being a DELL shop, I've since narrowed it down to a "do-able" setup consisting of DELLs Latitude D630c or D830 notebook and the D/Dock Expansion Station (w/ PCIe Slot) .  2 monitors would hang off the docking stations DVI and VGA outputs.  A dual-head NVIDIA or Matrox card would be installed into the docking station's expansion slot thus theoretically allowing another 2 external monitors.
My question is, does or has anyone had success with DELL Latitudes (or any DELL notebook range) supporting 4 external monitors.
Any feedback would be great, before I present this as a possible solution and spend the dosh on a mock up.

thanks
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I tried to run it a while back when one of our managers wanted to be extra smart at one of those "Show each other the latest gadgets" manager meetings.

Unfortunately, while it did run 4 monitor's, the feedback was so slow, it was like dragging a mouse through molasses, video's would run choppingly and in general it was not a success.

That said it was done with a Dell D620 (we have since moved to Lenovo) so maybe the newer pc's can do it.

The problem seemed to be that while you could install the graphic card in the extension bay without many issues, the laptop could simply not power the individual movements so to speak.

Hope it helps
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thanks for your feedback, will certainly investigate the options
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