Best Trading Computer Monitors and Backup Systems

What’s up, everybody? It’s Eddie Z here from EZ Trading Computers, and you’re watching Trading Computer Secrets.

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There’s no reason you couldn’t have a gorgeous 4-, 6-, 8-, or even 12-monitor display where you can trade the markets, browse the internet, watch online news and movies, and even open email, all with just one keyboard and mouse.

When it comes to monitors these days, the latest and greatest is something called IPS LED backlit technology. The use of LED backlighting is a dramatic improvement over the previous generations of LCD flat panels.

Some of these improvements include a much brighter display that is easier on the eyes, an incredible gain in contrast and color range, 20 to 30% lower power consumption, and super narrow frames. The panel itself is much thinner making it much easier to mount, and with many models, the thickness of the monitor is no more than half an inch.

A question I get asked often is how many monitors do I need? And really, this is not an easy question because it really comes down to preference. For entry level and intermediate level traders, four or six monitors is usually enough and provides a virtual wall of information.

More advanced traders, or screen-space junkies like me, can use 8-, 12-, and we’ve even built 16-monitor setups.

Another question I get asked a lot is what size is best for four or six monitors? I personally prefer no less than a 24-inch monitor. And as I’ve gotten older, I really prefer the 27-inch monitors because everything just appears bigger.

If you want to get bigger monitors, and more monitors, expect to have at least a seven or eight-foot desk, and a chair that’s on wheels and swivels.

The best brands for the money in IPS led backlit monitors are Acer and ASUS, and ASUS is definitely the best of the breed.

Okay, Let’s move on to backup systems for traders.

The first area I’d like to discuss is surge protectors. Now, it might sound silly. We all use surge protectors on our TVs and our computers and so forth, but there’s another area you really need to think about. I happen to live in an area that’s prone to lightning strikes here in South Florida, and I’ve personally lost modems and routers to lightning strikes. Why? Because I didn’t have everything covered by a surge protector. And that means any wire that’s coming out of the wall needs to go into a surge protector before it connects to any piece of equipment.

With lightning strikes come power outages, and you really need to have a battery backup, especially if you’re trading. If you’ve ever been trading and had several positions in the market and had the power go out and you had no idea what was going on, you know exactly I’m talking about.

When you think about your battery backup, you need to have that backup not only on your computer and at least one monitor, but preferably on two monitors or more. You also need to have it on all of your modems, and all of your routers.

Now when the power goes out, I have enough juice to run roughly for 10 to 15 minutes. To do this, I recommend you get several battery backups. Put your computer on one backup, your monitors on another backup, and have your modems and routers on a third battery backup.

Along the same lines, something to think about is having backup or redundant internet connections. I use both fiber internet from AT&T and cable internet from Xfinity in my area. The fiber from AT&T runs at a full gigabit, so I use the Xfinity as a backup. And let me tell you: if you’ve ever lost internet access and not been able to see what’s going on in the markets with your positions, you know how incredibly frustrating that can be.

And finally, when all else fails, it makes sense for that just in case situation to have a backup computer. It can either be a laptop or even a little bit older desktop that you’ve outgrown. Just make sure it has all your software and all your updates ready to go at any time.

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My name’s Eddie Z. and I’ll see you in the very next video.