Multiple-screen trading computers: 2-screen setup

Trading is like gaming. Traders are like gamers. Gamers set up multiple screens to display different information, wider screen view, multi-tasking etc. As for traders, they need real-time information, different time frames on different screens, screens showing different trading instruments etc. Gamers live in virtual world while traders play the game of money but there is plenty of similarity. I used to be a gamer who asked for performance in my gaming experience so I had a few screens set up before and I was ready to do more. After dropping virtual world gaming for for real life money gaming, these screens are now covered with charts.

In this post, I will share with readers a simple way to put up a 2-screen setup.


Trading computers with more screens = more visual ‘real estate’

Have you ever come across with traders who have multiple screens on their workstations? Why would they need so many? How did they get them set up from just one laptop or desktop? Please let me share some common and simple ways to set up multiple screens. I will break it into parts on different kinds of setups and price involved.

3-trading screen setup I have at home

This is a 3-screen setup I have at home

This picture shows the kind of setup I have at home. The big monitor is a smart TV directly mounted on the wall (requires drilling). 2 monitors (top and back) are connected to one desktop (far right). The laptop in front is a standalone. This is one simple way to have 3 screens.


Cost effective method for 2-screen setup

I will start off with a cost effect and relatively unsophisticated 2-screen setup by connecting two monitors to one machine. Most machines will have a single port which depending on the kind of machine, are likely to be VGA, DVI and HDMI. One monitor can be connected to one port only. Therefore to get a second port for a second monitor, all it needs are splitter cables. Below is an example of three different port of splitter cables.

Cost: $10-$30

Source: Electronic hardware and accessories stores

Different Types of External Port Splitters

Different types of external port splitters


Using a splitter in your multiple screen setup would look like this.

Connecting Multiple Screens to a Laptop using Splitters

Connecting multiple screens to a laptop using splitters

Once you have your 2 screens set up physically, you still have the option to control the type of behaviours or configurations it has, either as a mirrored display or an extended display.


Mirrored display mode

This configuration will mirror or clone the same information on all your screens.

This might be useful if you have the need to be facing away from your laptop but still need to glance at the information on your external screen every now and then or even or for presentations.

2 monitors in mirrored display more

Example of 2 monitors in mirrored display mode


Extended display mode

This is the more common use of multiple screen which allows you to extend your workspace to the external monitors
and screens, effectively doubling or tripling the amount of screen “estate” you can use.

2-monitors in extended display more

2 monitors set up in extended display mode

What I covered above is an example two monitors side by side connecting to one machine. Now you have a bigger view and more space in your monitor for multi tasking. I hope this helps you with a 2-screen setup.

Please take some time to look at my post on a 3-screen setup.

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