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Nashville, Tennessee
 
Experience: Intermediate
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I have always traded on a lap top.

When I started out, I was trading when I could, in between recording sessions at the studio and
at the house during down time. A lap top was the only feasible way. It was easy enough to haul a 17"
svga and another usb powered monitor back and forth along with the laptop . No problem.

I have stuck with the rig, because it simply works. I have an i5 processor and just trading the NQ as
I do, It is more than enough horse power to run all my charts, Gomi MP and a couple of DOM's. The average
cpu draw is about 10%. So, needless to say, I hardly need a water cooled, fuel injected bone crusher to
do my work.

I actually like the idea of being able to tear down and be out the door in 15 minutes.
If I wanted or needed to trade at a different location, I'm out.

So it looks like I will be a lap topper for a while .

So here are the questions .

1. How many lap toppers are out there?

2. What brand / model to you use?

3. What is your dream machine?

I just want to log up some data so I can get the perfect machine the next time around , although my HP
works like a dream compared to the Mac book / Bootcamp set up I started on. Now the Mac would
break a sweat during high volume !! .. given, it is a lesser machine processor wise. That Macbook still
runs like a champ. (the old black or white models)

So, I have an HP EliteBook 8460p
i5
8 gig RAM
500 g HD
vga out for an older monitor
usb out's for the others.

I researched this machine well and it was the best bang for the buck at the time..

Feed me your knowledge, fellow traders


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New Orleans, La (Mardi Gras City)
 
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Trading: ES / 6E / 6B / CL
 
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I've used a laptop for trading for many years.

I used to use 3 or 4 monitors with charts, news, browsers etc.
I found it was just noise.

Now I use NT with one laptop screen.
My main chart covers 60% of the screen with smaller charts to the left.

I currently use a Sony Vaio I7 CPU with 8 GB ram.
Windows 7 64 bit.
I have a 500 gb Solid State main drive and 500 gb sata drive.

It is very good for trading.

I am going to get the new Lenovo Thinkpad 8 when it come out later this month.
I think it will be a great backup device for trading.
ThinkPad 8 Dockable Windows 8 Business Tablet | Lenovo (US)

My Sony is very portable and does well away from the office.
The Lenovo will be a 'coffee shop' trading device.
(it has 4G I don't trade over public wifi)

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I've used a laptop for trading for many years.

I used to use 3 or 4 monitors with charts, news, browsers etc.
I found it was just noise.

Now I use NT with one laptop screen.
My main chart covers 60% of the screen with smaller charts to the left.

I currently use a Sony Vaio I7 CPU with 8 GB ram.
Windows 7 64 bit.
I have a 500 gb Solid State main drive and 500 gb sata drive.

It is very good for trading.

I am going to get the new Lenovo Thinkpad 8 when it come out later this month.
I think it will be a great backup device for trading.
ThinkPad 8 Dockable Windows 8 Business Tablet | Lenovo (US)

My Sony is very portable and does well away from the office.
The Lenovo will be a 'coffee shop' trading device.
(it has 4G I don't trade over public wifi)


Perfect info!! ... exactly what I was looking for


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I trade via a Macbook Air, connecting to a VPS in Chicago. For my trading, 1 Xeon core and 4 GB of RAM is more than adequate to trade through Ninjatrader. I can trade from anywhere or when I'm at my desk, my laptop is connected to a 27 in Dell monitor.

For me, this eliminated the need to worry about having the greatest internet connection and backup power. I also don't need to upgrade my hardware as often. I've never had a connection problem with the VPS, but I know that is a (small) risk.

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My dream laptop is the Lenovo W540 connected to a few of their new 21:9 displays.

I'm pretty focused on automated trading but I'm still interested in multi-display laptops. I created this thread in an effort to try to list any laptops that are capable of 4-7 high-resolution displays:

4-7 High-Resolution Displays Capable Laptops

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I just purchased an Asus Zenbook UX301 DH71T:

Amazon.com: ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-DH71T 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook (Blue): Computers & Accessories

Intel Core i7-4558U processor (2.8GHz - 3.2GHz turbo)
8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM
256GB SSD (2x128GB RAID 0)
2560 x 1440 (WQHD) Touchscreen, Sharp IGZO
2 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x mini DisplayPort

This will be my main workstation for the next five months, since all of my bigger servers can't ship on the container until after my visa is approved (90 days) and then takes another 6-8 weeks to receive.

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I am trading off an Asus i5 with 14" screen. Waiting for my "extra screen" to arrive in a day or 2. Had a difficult time getting a lenovo lt1421, so went with Gechic 1302 instead. Then I can have my longer time frame chart on the extra screen instead of clicking to and fro from the main screen.

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I've used a laptop for trading for many years.
...
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My Sony is very portable and does well away from the office.
The Lenovo will be a 'coffee shop' trading device.
(it has 4G I don't trade over public wifi)

I'll be very interested to see how fast NT runs on that Laptop with Win 8 ...

I suspect it might be slow .. mine is (Samsung S9)

As most new laptops these days come with 8 it is a tough choice.

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I trade via a Macbook Air, connecting to a VPS in Chicago. For my trading, 1 Xeon core and 4 GB of RAM is more than adequate to trade through Ninjatrader. I can trade from anywhere or when I'm at my desk, my laptop is connected to a 27 in Dell monitor.

For me, this eliminated the need to worry about having the greatest internet connection and backup power. I also don't need to upgrade my hardware as often. I've never had a connection problem with the VPS, but I know that is a (small) risk.


Would you mind sharing your VPS details? I am curious as I am looking to move away from my PC back to my Mac and have not found a good solution that I like for this yet....

Thanks

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I just purchased an Asus Zenbook UX301 DH71T:

Amazon.com: ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-DH71T 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook (Blue): Computers & Accessories

Intel Core i7-4558U processor (2.8GHz - 3.2GHz turbo)
8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM
256GB SSD (2x128GB RAID 0)
2560 x 1440 (WQHD) Touchscreen, Sharp IGZO
2 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x mini DisplayPort

This will be my main workstation for the next five months, since all of my bigger servers can't ship on the container until after my visa is approved (90 days) and then takes another 6-8 weeks to receive.

Mike

2560 x 1440 on a 13.3-Inch, that's extreme, IMHO.
I've got a 13.3" and a 1920x1080, and it's a bit too much for my old eyes.

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2560 x 1440 on a 13.3-Inch, that's extreme, IMHO.
I've got a 13.3" and a 1920x1080, and it's a bit too much for my old eyes.

Here ya go Sam !


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I tried this a couple of years ago.....



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I tried this a couple of years ago.....




Nice I may have to put my AT on a full wall. For no other reason than it's cool.

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Would you mind sharing your VPS details? I am curious as I am looking to move away from my PC back to my Mac and have not found a good solution that I like for this yet....

Thanks

I have two VPS that I can run. One at speedytradingservers.com which has been great. That one has 2 Xeon cores and 1.5GB RAM. I'm testing the other with my broker. I connect via the remote desktop connection from Microsoft for Mac.

I trade the ES, and have 4 tick and volume charts running some automation (but most of my trading is manual). I haven't seen my CPU usage greater than 11%, and the memory usage is fairly constant around 1.1GB. I don't use this for back testing or optimization, only trading. The nice thing about a VPS is you can scale it up or down depending on one's needs.

If you're considering using a VPS, I'd suggest trying speedytradingservers. It's very easy to setup and inexpensive to experiment with.

EDIT: I should note too, that I like using the Mac laptops because they have mini-display ports, which are necessary to run higher resolution monitors like the 2560 x 1440 (27 in) or 2560 x 1600 (30 in). Asus ROG laptops have display ports, but among other things, I like the battery life of the Macbook Airs.

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I have a Dell M-4700

It is built like a tank, runs cool, very happy with it.

I upgraded when ordering it...

Intel i7-3740 Processor (2.7GHz, 6M cache)
16.0GB, DDR3-1600MHz SDRAM
NVIDIA® K2000M with 2GB GDDR3
512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
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2560 x 1440 on a 13.3-Inch, that's extreme, IMHO.
I've got a 13.3" and a 1920x1080, and it's a bit too much for my old eyes.

All the manufacturers are doing that these days. I will be using Windows 8.1 scaling obviously for the text and icons.

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I just purchased an Asus Zenbook UX301 DH71T:

Mike


Man, I want one of those just for the name !!! I am definitely a ZenBook type of cat !!


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I'll be very interested to see how fast NT runs on that Laptop with Win 8 ...

I suspect it might be slow .. mine is (Samsung S9)

As most new laptops these days come with 8 it is a tough choice.

p


Can't you by a new machine with 8 and just plow it with your Win 7 pro disc? It will be harder and
harder to find cool machines with 7 on them in the near future, I would think.

I don't want to on 8 for a while ... a long while


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You can rewrite a machine default from Win8 to Win7. Most laptops still come w/ Win7 discs as standard.

I have an HP Folio 9470M w/ a 500GB HDD and 128GB MSATA SSD, 8GB RAM, i7-3667U running Windows 8 Pro 64bit. I also have a custom (read: homemade) desktop with a 256GB Intel SSD running two i7 quad cores with 16GB of RAM and an additional 1TB storage disk with an additional GEforce Nvidia card.

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Macbook Pro w/ Retina user here also using a Windows 8.1 VM.

Intel i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Nvidia dedicated graphics.

im looking at purchasing 2 additional monitors to connect to my machine so i don't have to switch windows while trading. saves time and confusion.

dream machines are Lenovo W540, Dell Precision M-3800 and of course the Apple Macbook Pro.

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Anyone has used Lenovo Thinkpad e540 series for trading purpose? I am keen to know how are the heating issues compared to the prior version like e431 & e530. I have been using e431, excellent machine except for the overheating problems which causes me to worry.

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