How Many Monitors Does Your Trading Computer Need?

What is the best monitor configuration when it comes to your trading computer? A simple answer might be that it’s personal preference.

You might be surprised to learn there’s more to it. Would you believe there is actually a science behind using multiple monitors?

The Science of Multi Monitors

The Office21 research project concluded that adding more monitors to your system is the best way to improve trading efficiency. Even adding a larger screen – such as upgrading from 19-inch to 24-inch displays – was shown to significantly increase speed and productivity.

They were able to prove that a user on a 19-inch display had a much harder time replicating the work accomplished by those using a 22-inch display, showing that monitor size does make a difference.

Their study went on to report that upgrading to just three screens improved upon those numbers by another 35%. That’s an over-11% gain in efficiency per additional monitor.

Their findings prove what we already knew – active traders should be using a multi-monitor set up. This allows you to absorb and process all of that digital information faster.

How Many Monitors Are Right For Your Trading Computer?

Your trading computer should be functioning with multiple monitors. The question remains as to how many monitors are right for you.

Your trading computer monitor set-up is no exception to the rule “too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” Taken to the extreme too many screens can be as bad as too few.

The best way to evaluate how many monitors are going to produce that increase in productivity for you is to consider how many application windows are essential to your day. If you find yourself following less than 4 positions at any given time, a four-monitor system may be easier to use than a system with eight screens.

You can also accomplish the same increase in viewing space with larger screens. For example, after evaluating how many windows you consistently keep open during your trading day, you discover that you need space to view 2 application windows and 4 charts. You might choose to install three 24-inch monitors. The larger screen size allows you to have two windows open side-by-side on each monitor.

Your productivity is the key to your daily success. A single-monitor set-up won’t allow you to function at your highest levels of productivity. You’ll be wasting time all day long as you flip from chart to chart and toggle through open applications.

Tips for Becoming a Multi-Monitor User

1. Evaluate how many screens you need to be more efficient.

The best way to gain an increase in productivity is to use only what you need. Three screens are better than one, but having eight when you only need four is as bad as only using one monitor.

2. Take your multi-screen mentality on the road.

Don’t let being out of the office decrease your levels of productivity. Your trading laptop can accommodate USB-powered portable monitors. Most laptops can run as many as 6 additional screens.

3. Use a monitor stand.

You don’t have to sacrifice desktop real estate or office space for your new multi-monitor set-up. A monitor stand will allow you to build up, instead of placing each screen on your desktop.

4. Set all of your displays to the same resolution.

This is especially important for laptop users, but it affects desktop users as well. Your applications will open to accommodate the current resolution setting. Make sure all screens are set the same to maintain consistency in your viewing sizes.

Whether you are an active day trader, or just prefer to casually swing trade, a multi-monitor trading computer will improve your work habits. With the ability to move icons, shortcuts, and entire application windows around multiple screens, just being able to pick and choose where to display your data on your trading computer monitors will be a huge boost to your daily productivity outcome.

There are more trading computer tips like this in our buyers guide. Check out our “How To Buy a Trading Computer” e-book.

We hope today’s Quick Tip helped you. If you found this helpful, you’ll want to check out the other computer How-To’s I’ve created on this page. You can always call us if you have questions: 800-387-5250