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Old Feb 11, 2015, 10:17pm   #9
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I treated myself to the same...I have several computers but wanted one that would mostly used for trading. I decided to get a gaming laptop...figured that would handle all of the graphics needs I might have for a few years. And ye I will run an extra monitor at my usual station. Kinda nice to be able to spread stuff around.
I chose an AlienWare 17" And I have been very pleased with it.
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Old May 26, 2015, 1:29pm   #10
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I've always traded on a laptop. You don't need multiple monitors to be a good trader. That's like saying you need a F350 to a tow a boat.
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Old May 26, 2015, 2:46pm   #11
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You don't need multiple monitors to be a good trader. That's like saying you need a F350 to a tow a boat.
I don't actually know what an "F350" is, but I agree completely with this perspective. I've never had or wanted more than one screen, and can look at only one at a time, myself. I'd rather click on a new window and make it the active one than look to one side or the other.
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Old May 26, 2015, 2:58pm   #12
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I don't actually know what an "F350" is, but I agree completely with this perspective. I've never had or wanted more than one screen, and can look at only one at a time, myself. I'd rather click on a new window and make it the active one than look to one side or the other.
You need exercises to increase your peripheral vision

I would agree a bank of say 8 or 10 + screens can confuse and lose meaning until you have spent months living with them - but no two ways about it 2 or 3 or 4 large screens all within say a 3 -5 ft area are far easier to look at then one screen of say 17 -20 inches on a Laptop.

It then depends on whether you multi Intraday trade or just medium / long term and so then you might only take a trade every few days and so multi screens not so valuable.

Horses for courses and what suits you best I suppose

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Old Feb 16, 2016, 5:45pm   #13
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How about a powerful laptop / tablet hybrid? Several manufacturers have introduced laptops with detachable keyboards! It will prove to be helpful if you have to travel a lot.
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Old Feb 17, 2016, 7:42pm   #14
 
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I want to switch to a modern laptop too, been contemplating it for a while -- but I kind of still very much like my Windows 7 desktop PC.
I recently downgraded from W10 to W7...I just love the look and feel of W7. I like the side gadgets too. and i kind of play older PC games that don't run on 10.
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Old Feb 22, 2016, 12:09pm   #15
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Whatever you get, try to make sure that you have it set up with a seperate "trader only profile". In days of old I used to have 2 or 3 laptops but now just 1 does the job. When you are trading then that is all that your focus needs to be. If you want to facebook at the same time then get a tablet or whatever, just don't let it interfere with your trading platform.
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Whatever you get, try to make sure that you have it set up with a seperate "trader only profile". In days of old I used to have 2 or 3 laptops but now just 1 does the job. When you are trading then that is all that your focus needs to be. If you want to facebook at the same time then get a tablet or whatever, just don't let it interfere with your trading platform.
Why is that? In my opinion, any distractions are tolerable for as long as you are able to get a glance on charts once in a while. It surely depends on the stock you are trading, that's for sure, but for most parts this will be enough.
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