Registered: Jul 2012
08-08-12 04:35 PM
Regardless how many external monitors you intend to drive, if possible get a higher resolution Screen, i.e. 1920 x1080
Last Laptop I obtained was a Lenovo ideapad U460 with the Nvidia 305M graphics card to drive external monitor... great laptop very happy with it, other than the fact for trading I don't use it as often as I had initially intended.
At the time I didn't think the resolution mattered as it was capable of driving a 30" 2560 x 1600 monitor. But the 1366 x 768 on it's own really restricts the amount of data you can get on charts.
I often use multi-chart workspaces as I like to monitor multiple instruments at once, and/or keep multi-timeframe perspective on one screen... which isn't efficient with the 1366 x 768.
When traveling it isn't always convenient to drag along an additional monitor, and you will be happy you have the additional pixels available on your laptops screen.
Cross reference to give an idea of typical resolution / screen size
Other than that, any i5/i7 with 8gb ram from a reliable manufacture and 120gb+ SSD should be more than sufficient.
[aside from the performance increase from SSD's, there is one less spinning disk to concern yourself with when the laptop is accidentally dropped or jarred]
Caution regarding external USB monitors: I have purchased USB external monitors in the past, and tossed them all due to "DRIVER CONFLICTS"