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A lot of people ask me, Eddie, can I use a laptop for trading? It is a really good question. The single biggest problem for traders is that 99% of the laptops that are out there are optimized for miniaturization and portability. They’re not optimized for power and speed and certainly not the power that traders need to be successful.
Insufficient Laptop Power
If you’ve watched any of my videos, you already know that the computer’s processor, which is the engine of the computer, needs to have a benchmark score of at least 25,000 to avoid slippage. 99% of the laptops that are out there simply do not meet this requirement.
Also, most laptops tend to have lower levels of RAM and extremely slow old-school spinning hard drives. You may have heard about the newest versions of laptops called the Ultrabook or the Microsoft Surface Pro. Believe it or not, these new models do not have the required processor speed to put in a laptop for trading.
These ultra-thin machines were designed specifically for your average computer user and students. They are both users who don’t need a ton of processing power. They just need to be able to browse the web, write documents, send emails, and fool around with Facebook.
Another big problem with laptops is that you have to navigate on a touchpad. I don’t know about you, but I can navigate 10 times faster with a mouse.
The good news when it comes to using a laptop for trading, the latest high-end mobile processors from Intel and AMD are finally fast enough to trade with. I’m talking about the really high-end stuff.
When you combine these high-end mobile processors with a solid state hard drive and then max out the RAM, you actually have a super duper laptop for trading.
A great place to test your laptop to see if it’s fast enough or trading is to go to eztradingcomputers.net/cpu and follow along with the video. If your laptop is not equipped for trading, it might be time to check out the latest laptop packages that we have available for traders on the go, like you!
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There are more trading computer tips like this in our buyer’s guide. Check out our “How To Buy a Trading Computer” e-book.
Remember, we are here to help with all your technology-related questions. If you think of additional questions about computer hardware or other questions, give me a call. My team and I are here to help. We’re happy to answer any of your questions about trading computers via phone: 800-387-5250.