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Category: Trading Environment

Mobile Trading Setup

Photo taken from my Instagram account when I was actually staying at an AirBNB

For mobile trading, I bring a laptop, 2 portable monitors, and an HDMI cable. By having these accessories, I can use 3 screens and if I am lucky a 4th screen connected to a TV.

As I was staying in AirBNBs for a several months, it allowed for a minimal trading setup. I could view charts on one screen, cTrader on another and more charts, news or browsing on the other screen. And if I had a TV, I could use that for additional charts. Obviously, its not optimal but it was enough to get by.

In terms of hardware, I use my trusted gaming laptop (Lenovo Legion 5 with Ryzen 7 4800H and GTX 1660ti), Asus portable monitor (AUS1641) and a G-Story portable monitor (Full HD, touchscreen). The screens are connected via USB C & USB A (My laptop is limited to a single Type-C port on my laptop). And just a note about that G-Story, it has many features such as touchscreen, multiple connection options at a very reasonable price, but I wish I would have paid a little more and got a 2nd Asus instead. The Asus looks clearer, brighter and can use displaylink which is a software based display driver that allows seamless connectivity by USB A.

My entire mobile setup is packed into my backpack with room to spare for weekend trips or even trips lasting for extended periods.

New Trading Setup

Thanks to COVID, I temporarily relocated to Japan where I was living in Airbnbs for a few months, until I decided to rent an apartment. Although I still don’t have any appliances here, I setup a proper workplace.

As my desktop is still in storage at HK, I bought a gaming laptop (Lenovo Legion 5 with Ryzen 7 4800H and GTX 1660ti) to replace it while I am here. I have it connected to 2 LG 4k monitors connected at 4k @60Hz and my portables connected at 1080p that I use for my mobile setup. One which acts as my primary charting screen and the other just displays currency strength and world clocks.

I even spent some money on lighting to reduce strain on my eyes working at night. I placed monitor lamps on the 2 LGs that produce enough light to work at night. Although I bought the backlights to reflect additional lighting, in the end they aren’t bright enough and don’t produce light colors and ultimately only used for aesthetics. They do look pretty damn cool though.

I also connected the laptop to Edifier R1700BTs that produce beautiful sound at a very reasonable cost. These are a must to keep me calm while trading and very useful for watching videos & movies while waiting for trade setups to develop.

All in all, I am satisfied with this setup. I have the monitor real estate needed to display all the charts I use with enough room for my trading apps.

As for upgrades, I will replace the mousepad with an XL one to cover the keyboard & mouse. I am also considering a RAM upgrade but it’s a pretty costly upgrade. I’ll try to hold off on this hoping I can get my desktop here in the coming months. My wife is currently in HK and hopefully, she can arrange the shipment.

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