Here's my trading desk. 24" monitor, 22" monitor and laptop. It's enough for my needs at the moment, but soon I want to get another 24". Ill then either use the two 24" monitors on the desktop and use the 22" as a 2nd monitor on the laptop. Or ill use all 3 monitors on the desktop. Not sure yet.
The laptop I use for browsing, news, forums etc. I also use it as a backup for trading in case there's any power cuts or problems with the desktop.
The desk is my favorite part (my wife got it for me ). It's big enough for plenty of growth in terms of monitors.
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I am currently adding hardware to the set up and like everything else I am trying to figure "prefect". Much of what Fat Tails says about distance and angle is the generally accepted approach of companies that want to configure professional desks. The client firms though are less concerned with trader ergonomics than cramming the most into the available space.
I've both camped my ass in a herman miller and stood, finding distinct advantages to both. I think I will have a dual set up allowing each approach to have a fair chance. Over the last twenty years or so I have employed ten screen set ups as well as single 12 inch hand held monitors. I found that more information was usually a distraction but how would you know unless you filtered down from or up to something. I generally trade one product but keep an eye on risk on/off. I will use the added space for the risk trade and market internals as it has been suggested to me that my lack of that info might be hurting my timing.
Question for the 4+ monitor guys: Do you have a hierarchical view of the info coming in? How do you "progress" or do you "progress" from one monitor to the next (like a filter)? How many products do you trade?
Thanks for all the input. DB
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Yeah, I think it's all about your style of trading. I actually have 3 other monitors in addition to my laptop, so I actually have 4 monitors, but I generally only use 3. I only need one screen to trade since my trading style only requires one chart. I often trade 2 different markets by putting up 2 charts on one screen. The other 2 or 3 screens, I generally have web browser on, and NT code editors to tinker with code when the market is slow.
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