Quick notes on trading computers
- If your not running standalone trading software most computers will get the job done.
- No matter how good your computer is your internet speeds will still be capped by your provider and router.
- No, you do not need a specialty trading computer
- Its all about your individual needs. Everyone's situation is different.
- Its not about the monitor count but the pixel count. Bigger screens not more of them
- Having a high performance computer and large screens are nice and can increase performance.
A Quick Introduction Into my Thinking
Computers have come a long way from their beginnings, and are constantly changing.
The "best" computer for you will be very dependent on what you will be using it for and the amount of money you want to spend.
If you are a full-time day trader making a ton of money your needs and limitations will be different then someone just starting out with about 3000 dollars in an e-trade account. Its all about how much it will affect your trading and how much you have to spend on it.
I LOVE buying computers, monitors, and accessories and have a ton of opinions regarding them. Understand that my recommendations are affected by my situation and style. Overall I like computers that are simple, sleek, compact and overpowered like crazy =).
Computers are always changing (as I said above) Do not think that just because you saw some "expert" traders running huge arrays of 20-inch monitors that it is the only way. Personally, for me, I hate bezels (plastic edges of monitors) and would much rather run less large monitors then having a complex monitor array.
and to get the question "are macs good for stock trading" out of the way. In my opinion NO.
The Best Trading Computers
Buying a desktop computer is going to be your best bet, but there are many ways to go.
Your main choices for sourcing a high-quality computer that is made to fit your needs are, buying a custom built
Third Party Custom Built Desktops
This is the route you will want to take if
- You want a computer custom tailored to your needs
- long term high quality support is something you want
- you care a lot about the build quality, silence, and reliability (usually hand assembled)
Many companies will assemble, by hand, computers that have been specifically designed to fit your needs. Companies will usually have you talking with a representative about your needs and budget and finding the best options for you.
You can get a top of the line performance from a computer that was assembled by hand with the best parts available.
The drawbacks of this are that you pay for that extra support and engineering. If you have the money, it would be worth it in the long run. No worrying if your computer is adequate or compatible, you will have impressive guarantees and support.
this is truly just my recommendation, no paid sponsor here. Puget Systems is just awesome.
My favorite option is Puget Systems. They only use the best parts and put each computer though a multiple of QC checks and tests.
- builds are optimized for silence (I hate fan noise)
- They use very clean, sleek cases that don't look like techno light shows (unless you want them to)
- Extensive testing for reliability and stability. They ever use thermal imaging to test for excess heat.
They even have an option that is already set up for stock trading with the latest Xeon processor. That can handle up to 8 4k monitors if that's your thing.
Watch a funny nerd go through the ordering process with Puget Systems
Your other option is going to a local computer store and talking face to face with someone about your needs. Local businesses will usually be more expensive, but you get local support and help a local business. You can find these companies everywhere.
This is the route to take if
- You don't want to deal with the ordering process, just add to your cart and "buy"
- You are looking for workstation performance but want a lower price point
Going for a Dell workstation is probably going to be your best bet for this option. Look for a graphics card that can drive the monitor you want (4k I would say) and a workstation processor (a Xeon)
The build quality will be lower that a Puget custom built but it will get the job done.
Here is a recommendation to get you started. The Precision Tower 7000 series. It has a dual-core Xeon and a Nvidia Quadro graphics card.
Precision Tower 7810
With the huge amount of computers in the marketplace, it can be quite confusing, when choosing the right machine. With the wide range of hardware options, prices vary greatly from brand to brand, and model to model. The Precision Tower 7810 is a dual-socket, well-specified system, which delivers impressive performance. It is a powerful system, which can be used to accomplish a wide range of tasks, whether you are in energy exploration, biomedical research, or architecture. Here are some of its main features.
A solid Base
The precision tower features a solid metal base. Additionally, the machine is also very easy to service, thanks to the lift-off panel on the side, which provides easy access. It also comes with alloy handles, making it easy to lift the unit.
Cooling is provided by a series of three fans, located behind the front panel. There are additional ones in the PSU, as well as an extra one between the heatsinks, directly above the processors. Most graphic cards will also have their own fans, which means that chances or overheating are next to zero. Despite the numerous numbers of fans and cooling units, the machine is remarkably quiet. It only produces a gentle hum, which is something you can expect from workstations.
Another feature is the ability to customize fully, the components that are inside the workstation. Therefore, you don’t have to stick with the standard specifications. Although it comes with preconfigured precisions, all the details can be tweaked, with many options to choose from, including xeon processors.
Ram and CPU
This is a very powerful machine, featuring 10-core Xeon E5-2650 v3 processors, rated at 2.6GHz or 3GHz, when operating in turbo mode. you can still upgrade the system to 14-core processors, if need arises. However, this will be quite expensive, since high-end chips don’t come cheap.
With that huge amount of processing power, the machine needs plenty of RAM. The minimum is 8GB power processor. The Precision Tower 7810 comes with 32GB RAM, which can be upgrade to 128GB, using the eight available slots. It also features DDR4 RDIMM technology, which is among the latest in the market, together with the Reliable Memory Technology from Dell, to correct any memory errors.
When it comes to this system, you have some options. Some are fitted with Quadro K5200, featuring more than 2,000 parallel processing cores. With such graphics, you can comfortably handle demanding 3D work, together with animation duties. If you find it sluggish, go for Quadro K6000 that has even better display and resolution. Additionally, you can include a second graphics card and attach up to 8 monitors.
Most systems are fitted with 256GB SSD, to be used as the boot disk. For data storage, the unit provides you with 1TB of space. This is a decent starting point, but somehow limited in capacity, especially if your work involves complex models and large video files. However, you can add two extra disks in the base tower, if you are looking for additional space. External disks are another option.
The Precision Tower 7810 is an all-round workstation that delivers quality performance. Although some people would argue that the machine is quite pricey, it offers more than the price tag itself. It is a professional power PC that can handle daily tasks without any issues.
Build It Yourself
Building a computer on your own can be a daunting task for the un-nerdy, but it is much easier than it looks.
If your planning on going this route here it the most helpful website out there is pcpartpicker
PcPartpicker lets you browse builds that people have made already, usually with exact reasoning and building procedures.
You can create a parts list that PcPartpicker automatically checks for incompatible components and power consumption. All in all a super helpful website for the DIY PC builder.
I will not go too far into building a PC yourself because there are tons of helpful resources on the internet that will be much more in depth than I can be. Just remember there is no "best" setup just the setup that fits your needs best.
This will be very brief overview of each part.
- Hard Drives
- Power Supply
- Network Interface
- Peripherals (keyboard, mouse, battery etc.
- Monitor (giant 4k beauty)
CPU - Central Processing Unit
Intel Xenon E3-1275 v5 - quad core workstation processor 80w LGA 1151 socket
The "brains" of the computer. Your best bet is a socket LGA1151 (each motherboard has a special socket) and a newer Xeon processor (workstation grade, usually no integrated graphics) or a Skylake processor ( check out and i5-6600k or an i7-6700k. They are one of the newest CPU's by Intel and are lower power/ higher performance.
AMD also makes CPU's and should be coming out with a new processor soon. If the "zen" processor isn't out yet, I will stick with Intel.
GPU - Graphics Processing Unit
PNY Quadro K1200 - can run four 4k monitors @60hz (uses mini-displayport)
The thing that runs your monitor. Your video card will depend greatly on how many (and the resolution of) screens you are trying to run. Your options are as follows.
- Firepro is the AMD "workstation" card.
- Radeon is your basic gaming grapics card.
- Quadro is their "workstation" card
- Geforce gtx is their basic gaming card
Determine how many monitors you want to run and the connection they will need. Simplicity is the reason I recommend staying with one higher quality display as its easier to support and less complicated to setup. Usually, DisplayPort is your better connection option, but the newer versions of HDMI can be just as good. Just make sure that you monitor is supported at both the resolution (#of pixels) and refresh rate (How many times per second your monitor updated, 60 is good).
ASUS P10S-M LGA 1151 Intel C236 - Micro-ATX sized motherboard
Make sure that the motherboard you get has the right "socket" lga1151 is what the above CPU's use, and has the space for your graphics card (lookup PCI-E 16x).
sizes are from biggest to smallest. There are other sizes but these are the most popular.
- E-ATX large server sized motherboards
- ATX this is the generic size and unless you are going for a compact PC i would stick with this one its your first build.
- Mini-ATX smaller
- Mini-ITX even smaller. Usually at max one pci expansion slot and two ram slots.
Ram - Random Access Memory
32GB (2x16GB) Crucial DDR4-2133 ECC - Fast error correcting memory
Short term storage for your system. 8-16 Gigabytes is good enough for most people. The type will depend on your CPU and motherboard. DDR3 for older motherboard and setups, If you get one of the newer CPU's from above then you want DDR4. Faster speeds have diminishing returns for the average person. Go as fast as your budget allows.
500gb Samsung 850 EVO - Good balance of speed, price and size for an SSD
Hard drives are all about speed and size. To maximize your systems performance, it's usually best to go with a smaller (but faster) drive for your primary operating system and a larger (but slower) drive for your larger file storage. Drive types are as follows. GB is gigabyte while mbs is megabytes per second.
- Mechanical Drives are slower but cheaper per/gb. read and write speeds avg 130/mbs
- SSD's are solid state drives are faster but more expensive per/gb. read and write speeds average 450/mbs (can be faster slower its an average.)
- M.2 SSD's specialty solid state drives much faster and smaller even more expensive per/gb. read and writes vary with price but can avg 1500/mbs
- PCIE based SSD wildly expensive and scary fast. These are larger ssd drives that require a pcie slot on your motherboard. read and write speeds can go over 2000/mbs
Silverstone SG10B - Compact micro-atx sized case
The house for your computer. Pick this based off how you want it to look and your motherboard size. A case that can fit an ATX can usually fit smaller boards as well, but a mini-itx can not fit larger sizes. I like simple, sleek designs.
My favorite case manufacturer is Fractal Design.
Seasonic 650w 80 plus gold - Seasonic power supplies are great. Comes with cool velvet bags as well.
Converts your AC power from the wall into the DC power your computer needs. Think of this like your laptop chargers "power brick" it's just inside the case. Usually, ranges from 450 to 1200 Watts.
Your power supply is not a component you want to skimp on because a faulty power supply can destroy all of your other components.
I would go with a 80+ bronze (efficiency rating) and stay away from generic pre-installed power supplies.
Check out modular power supplies (has detachable cables) these help keep your computers interior very organized and tidy.
Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I - AC dual band 2.4/5.8ghz PCIe card
Usually integrated into your motherboard.A NIC allows your computer to talk to your router and through it the internet. Go for gigabit connectivity if a cable will connect your computer to the router, or get an AC capable wireless card.
Keyboard mouse etc. most of this stuff I am going to assume you are familiar
UPS or an uninterruptible power supply. Just a battery backup for your computer to protect against power outages. You don't need a big one just one that will let you shut down your computer correctly during long power outages. Helps with brownouts too.
Other things to consider is your desk. I use a standing desk which is pretty grand if you plan on trading full time. Get a powered one so you can sit down when you want.
My favorite (the one I have) is from standdesk.co, got mine with an awesome bamboo top.
A good chair can help prevent back pain. My favorites are from steelcase buy used for sure.
Want Budget Build Ideas?
I would check prices at Amazon as well. Its good to shop around for the best price.
- Intel i5 6500 a modest skylake cpu
- Gigabyte GA-H110M-A basic mATX 1151 motherboard
- 8GB DDR4 2400 (1 stick)
- Corsair Force 240gb SSD
- RX480 Sapphire Radeon 4gb Good enough for one monitor 4k (also play some games too.) RX480's are cheap for what they give you.
- Silverstone PS07B
- Rosewill 550W 80 plus gold power supply
The Best Monitor Arrays
I am going to go against the grain here and recommend that you only buy one monitor. Yes, your read that right, one.
Quick (but important) Note
I am not saying that you should buy a "4k tv".
I am advocating for buying a large 4k computer monitor. You might think there is no difference but please there is a huge difference between the panels and controllers in a TV vs. a computer monitor. Consider yourself warned.
Monitors today have increased in resolution, size and quality exponentially, and at the same time they are getting thinner and lighter.
Here is a graphical representation of monitor (or TV) resolutions. Most normal computer screens out there are going to be in the 1920x1080 range. As an example all gaming consoles output in a 1080p format.
Up close picture of monitor pixels.
Large 4k Is The Way
What I am suggesting is purchasing a large 4k monitor (that's a resolution of 3840 pixels wide and 2160 pixels tall or 3840x2160). A 4k monitor has the same amount of pixels that four standard (1920x1080) monitors have, without any borders or bezels in-between.
Having a large 4k (like 40 inches) Monitor gives you the same screen real-estate as four 1080p monitors without any sacrifice in picture quality.
Having only one monitor cuts down on sophisticated monitor arrays. It is also easier to find a computer that can run one 4k monitor than it is to find one (or engineer a solution) that can run 4 to 8 monitors at once.
Now, this example from the verge is a 43-inch Dell 4k monitor. Now this is an impressive monitor that probably won't be necessary for most traders. This monitor can connect four different inputs and display them at once. Essentially you could use this to replace four smaller monitors. Check out "multi-client" screens if you use feeds from multiple computers at once.
If you're like most traders then using an ordinary monitor with one input only is going to be a better (and cheaper) idea for you.
A 40-inch screen will allow you to use the Windows operating system without any scaling needed. As the guys over at PC Gamer state. pcgamer.com/the-secret-problem-with-4k-display-scaling
Keeping your desktop at a straight 1:1 ratio leaves everything from text to icons far too small to be in any way usable on anything that isn't a massive 40-inch display. On the 24, 28 and 30-inch panels I've been testing, they're awkwardly minuscule.
Two monitors that I recommend if your looking to replace a large monitor array with a big beautiful screen.
Philips bdm4350uc Review
An ideal 4K monitor comes with features, overall simplicity, and specifications which do not come with similar sized 4K television sets. With the Philips 4065UC, you will get a broad range of key color and connectivity ports, viewing angles, brightness and physical specifications. Despite having a few shortcomings, namely price, the Philips 4065UC is still one of those 4K monitors that will have something solid to offer its users.
Build and Design
Philip’s design follows that of many modern TV sets. It has a small bezel surrounding the panel, and it is 12 mm thick on all of its edges. The Small bezel means that the image on the screen will dominate instead of any added styling. When the screen is on, a tiny LED light glows and will flash when the monitor is in standby mode. Additionally, there is a short metal stand which raises this monitor 77 mm from the base.
The monitor’s formal brightness has been rated by Philips at 300 cd/m2 while the contrast ratio is rated at 5000:1. The excellent contrast ratio puts the Philips 4065UC monitor beyond other 4K monitors when it comes to the overall contrast. The 4065UC monitor has been engineered with an IPS panel, VA technology and WLED’s, all of which are responsible for the deeper and richer color tones.
Despite the fact that the Philips 4065UC is a TN screen, the monitor’s display offers the users a remarkably extensive series of viewing angles which sit at 176 degrees horizontally and vertically. These viewing angles are indeed very impressive for the TN technology. When it comes to the display uniformity, the 4065UC actual brightness and color gamma are quite exceptional.
The 4065UC comes with 2 HDMI ports for connecting external media devices or other monitors. These two HDMI ports allow the user to connect media devices or screens at 30 Hz in 4K resolution. This display also has two display ports (DisplayPort can easily do 60hz 4k). The 4065UC has VGA and MHL ports. Additionally, there are also 4 USB ports with one of them supporting faster charging.
The 4065UC monitor is currently going for 1100 dollars on Amazon.
The Philips 4065UC is an outstanding 4K screen that has lots of great design and visual specifications, especially for the type of users who frequently require plenty of display space. Despite the few shortcomings, the 4065UC monitor is still an excellent screen for a different type of users and also goes for a very reasonable price.
Cheaper option (the one I would buy) Wasabi Mango UHD400 (nerdy forum post with pictures and actual use.)
Wasabi Mango UHD400 Review
Wasabi Mango UHD400 is a high- performance, high-quality 4k monitor from Korea, that Incorporates a full Ultra High Definition( UHD), to render a quick response and flicker-less display.
The display is a 40-inch, 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, 16:9 Wide Ultra High Definition (UHD 4K) PVA Panell which has a clarity of up to 4 times the full HD display, and can be viewed at an ultra wide angles of 178 degrees in the vertical and horizontal directions. The monitor has a high contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1 and incorporates a total of 1 billion and 7 thousand colors set at a brightness of 350cd/m2, the Chroma subsampling is 4:4:4, while there is support for a high degree of meaning and color accuracy in the YcbCr444.
The display also enhances the viewer’s comfort through the use of a low blue light and flicker free monitor with the gray to gray(GTG) reaction rate of 5ms, while the refresh rate stands at 60 Hz. Freesync is included in the firmware, and it is available as a menu option, PbP(Picture By Picture) and PiP(Picture in Picture) which are more of a TV feature are also included and are selectable on the menu.
The Wasabi Mango UHD 3840x monitor supports up to 6 clients including 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, 2 HDMI 2.0 (4K Compatible - for video game consoles and newer graphics card)ports, and 1 Display Port 1.2 (4K res) and 1 Analogue D-Sub. Care must be taken when utilizing non-standard cables or gender cables as the screen might not output the images typically.
For the Audio, the speakers are set up, and they forecast 10W X 10W sound, though the audio is not set up for amplification thereby producing a soft volume. (normal desktop computer speakers would be better)
With the backing of HDCP 2.2 the monitor will work with any PC, XBOX360, Set-top boxes, Laptop computers,ps4, DVD and all other gaming consoles available.
The default language for the monitor is Korean, and the documentation, menu, and remote inscription are all in the language, though you can change the menu to English there is nothing much you can do about the remote control.
· Brand Name WASABI MANGO UHD400
· Resolution 3840×2160 (UHD 4K)
· Monitor’s Screen Size 40 “16:9 Wide, PVA Panel
· Shipping Weight 29.8 pounds
· Product Dimensions 39.2’’ (W) × 24.5’’ (H)× 6.5’’ (D)
· Response Time 5ms
· Viewing Angle 178(V), 178(H)
· Refresh Rate 60Hz
· Brightness 350cd/m2
· Color bit 107B Dithered 10bit
· Dynamic Contrast Ratio 5,000,000:1
· free sync Available in the firmware(menu)
· Panel Type SAMSUNG PVA
· Consumption voltage Sleep mode 0.5W / normal operation: 60W
· Input voltage AC 110V~240V /50~60Hz
(FDMI) wall insert holes size(200 X 200)mm
For Pixel related warranty policy, there is an allowance of up to 5 defective pixels for the product to be declared as defective, among the pixel related defects include (Sub-Pixel/Dead/Stuck). All of the monitors I have ordered have been high quality with very few defective pixels.
If you end up going with a multiple monitor setup, I would check out the monitor arms by ergomart.com. Make sure that your monitor has the correct mount on the back (look up VESA mounts) and you will be all set.
If you're looking low cost, you can find a ton of older mounts on eBay. Check out Humanscale computer arms very high-quality mount that you would not want to pay full price. I found one for super cheap on eBay when I got mine.
check your arms weight tolerance's if you get a big monitor.
Other budget 4k monitor that I have bought before (from Korea) Crossover 324k a 32 inch 4k monitor
also available from ebay
Great Trading Laptops
I am going to go into recommendations for a "trading laptop" with the thought that portability is a key feature for you (you do want to buy a laptop)
This will be short and sweet. A battle between battery life and performance is what all laptops face.
Lucky for you the newest hardware (Skylake CPU's) are high performance and low power.
These CPU's also have pretty good built in graphics letting you run larger displays while you are not traveling.
I use a laptop for all of my daily computing. When I am traveling or out of the office its light and portable and when I am sitting in my home office I plug it into my docking station and use a standalone mouse, keyboard and monitor to interact with it.
Best Trading Laptop
So my current top recommendation is the Dell XPS 15 (2016 edition) it has enough power for running most programs on the road, and it fits a large screen into a smaller laptop due to its tiny bezels (remember that I hate bezels?). I got the 1920x1080 version without touch to make the battery last longer. Also, who wants fingerprints all over their screen?
- I use a skin from dbrand.com to make my XPS unique. Purely Ascetics though.
XPS 13 (9350) 2016 version
The 2016 version is equipped with a longer battery life, a brighter screen, and the high-performance 6th generation Intel CPUs. (Skylake)
Dell has also maintained the previous features most users enjoyed at the XPS13 released in 2015, namely the beautiful carbon-fiber body, comfortable backlit keyboard and quad-HD infinity display. Even though it comes with a few drawbacks, the new Dell XPS13 9350 released in 2016 reigns supreme in its niche.
I just got the 1920x1080 (matte, non-glossy) version to save on battery. It still looks pretty good in 13 inches
The XPS line has what Dell calls the "infinity display". This marketing jargon is just talking about the laptops small bezels. The 13-inch quad-HD screen has an impressive resolution of 3200 x 1800. The wide viewing angles combined with the vast color range and improved brightness offer good contrast and perfect image clarity.
The XPS13 comes with a choice of two displays: FHD and QHD+. The second adds the touchscreen functionality at an extra cost of about $400. Both versions offer good contrast and wide viewing angles.
The display covers around 88% of the standard sRGB color spectrum, but only 65% of the Adobe RGB. As a result, designers, photographers, and photo editors should probably look for something else, as they want a high-quality display that covers more than 90% of the Adobe RGB range.
Even though from a distance the XPS-13 9350 looks quite similar to its predecessor, the model 9343, once you get closer you notice the smooth surface, bottom mounted aluminum flap and the improved Infinity display. However, this laptop comes with only two USB 3.0 ports, which is probably not enough for most users. To make up for the loss, Dell has included a Thunderbolt 3 connector which will come in handy shortly.
The awkwardly placed webcam located just beneath the display and the fairly large trackpad are another two weak points in the design of this laptop. Nevertheless, the keyboard is perfectly positioned and the keys have a great tactile feel that help you write faster and better. This is a very useful feature for writers and editors.
Typically, the Dell XPS13 9350 starts at $799 with a basic configuration that includes an Intel Core i3-6100U processor, 128 GB SSD and 4 GB of RAM.
At $999, you get 8 GB of RAM and a faster and more reliable Core i5-6200U CPU.
Stepping up at $1,399 you get the touch screen version with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, an Intel Core i7-6500U processor and a flawless QHD+ (3200 x 1800) display.
This ultrabook offers just enough performance for most users. Most apps open instantly and the memory usage is great. Good for traders but not for gamers.
According to the manufacturer, you can get up to 18 hours of usage on battery. That is huge when compared to other similar laptops in the same price range. The XPS13 can easily get you through a full day of work.
I would say (and have gotten) at least 10 hours of battery life consistently. Battery life will obviously depend on what your workload looks like, but it's still pretty good.
With several improvements over the previous model, great reviews, and a huge battery life, Dell XPS 13 stands head and shoulders over its competition. Despite its drawbacks, this is a top-notch laptop that will continue to dominate the market for the years to come.
I have the smaller version (xps13-9350) but would recommend the 15 if trading full time is your thing. To combat the smaller size of a laptop screen, I pair it with a portable display. The Asus USB-c monitor (MB169C+) connects to the USB-c port on the laptop simultaneously providing power and video doubling your screen real estate. It's a great addition for the traveling trader.
The two top features about this laptop are 1. its excellent screen and two it has a power charging USB-c port that is thunderbolt-3 capable.
Why is a USB-c port so cool you ask? This one port allows me to plug into my dock while I am sitting at my desk with one small cable that will simultaneously charge the laptop, give me three extra usb ports, display connections, and use an Ethernet cable if I need it.
This means I can dock the laptop using only that one small cable and suddenly I have a full desktop computer.
So the dock that makes this possible is the kensington 4600 make sure to look for the "with power" so it can charge the laptop. I then plug my dock into my monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers and I am all set. Yes, this dock can run a 4k display @60hz, but if you plug in two, they will each run at 30hz. I wouldn't suggest this setup for multiple monitors things will just get wonky.
Kensington SD4600P Review
Super intense video. It does do a good job of explaining the use. It even has the XPS 13 at the end of it.
According to desktop and mobile device accessories manufacturer Kensington, the Kensington SD4600P is a universal docking station that makes you transition to USB-C connectivity quickly and performs many other functions. The dock is compatible with Windows, Mac OS as well as Chrome OS devices. The dock allows you to plug a cable that delivers 4K video, offers high-speed data transfer and charges your laptop. The dock also provides instant access to a user’s peripheral desktop accessories.
· Compatibility: The Kensington SD4600P is compatible with all computers with a qualified USB-C port. Compatible with Windows, Mac OS as well as Chrome OS devices. The dock is Thunderbolt 3 compatible. Supports single display for compatible Mac and Chrome OS devices.
· USB-C connectivity features: Comes with a USB-C cable which provides up to 60 watts of power, enough to charge a laptop. 4K Video & data transfer.
· Port/jack/slot features: Has 3-USB 3.1 generation 1 ports, 1-USB-C port, a gigabit Ethernet port, 3.5 mm headphone & microphone jacks and a Kensington security slot.
· Display/resolution features: The Kensington SD4600P has a 4k Ultra High Definition resolution (4096 x 2160) to push a single monitor @ 60 HZ via Display port, HDMI or dual monitors @ 30 Hz
The Kensington SD4600P comes with a single cable that allows users to plug into their Windows, Mac OS as well as Chrome OS devices and access their entire desktop setup including 4K video and perform USB 3.0 high-speed data transfers. The dock utilises the latest USB standards according to Kensington.
Plug & play installation
To use the docking station, users just need to plug it in. The dock runs automatically without the need to install any drivers or download anything. There is, however, an exception to this with Mac OS devices which require a one-time Ethernet driver download.
Plug and play even works on some Linux distros but I found that you need to be running the latest kernel (4.8 at the time of writing this) to get it to push 4k@60hz
Zero footprint mounting
The Kensington SD4600P is ideal for desktops which have limited space or are too cluttered. The dock can be mounted easily on the back of a 75 mm or 100 mm compatible monitor.
The Kensington SD4600P has a gigabit Ethernet port that provides the most reliable wired connection to the internet or a network. The dock is also Thunderbolt 3 compatible i.e. is capable of connecting to tablets and laptops which feature Thunderbolt 3 ports.
USB accessory expansion
The dock also has three regular USB ports and 1 USB-C port which allow users to connect to many peripherals like a keyboard, mouse or flash drive. The USB 3.0 port located on the front of the dock is a fast-charging port for Smartphones and tablets.
High end computers are great and can increase your trading and performance dramatically.
You do not need a "specialty trading computer" and usually high-end components are just nice to have not need to own.
Find out how much screen space you think you need, and plan your computer build or buy based off that.