How much more could you achieve with several monitors? We’re not just talking about 2 or 3 but what about a 6 monitor setup? Aside from the increase in productivity, it’s also pretty awesome. Think of it like a huge desk where you can lay everything out exactly as you want it to be. Having multiple screens is essential for most traders, programmers, and gamers. However, everyone can benefit from multiple monitors.
Interestingly, multiple monitors doesn’t just boost your productivity but it’s also been shown to improve wellbeing. As you might be able to guess, people love being in control of their space and being able to arrange it as they wish. We are all different and depending on our height and eye sight, we’ll prefer our monitors in different orientations.
Virtually all professionals can benefit from multiple screens, including medical teams observing multiple patient charts, security staff observing various CCTVs and anyone reviewing and comparing documents. The obvious people to benefit from a 6 monitor setup are traders, engineering designers, programmers and gamers. However, everyone can find it useful to have such a large desk so as to be that much more organized and in control of workflow.
So where do you start with your insane setup? What does insane even mean for you? Do you want to go all out and invest in the best tech possible? Perhaps you simply want everything laid out perfectly without visible cables? In that case, have a think about your desk and space and if you need to drill any holes before you start. However, there are also many accessories out there to help make your cables neater. Regardless, the following list covers the main things you need to think about:
These days we can achieve so much with laptops as well as PCs. For instance, trading computers are often laptops that are specifically designed to be that much faster. They easily include everything a PC has so as to meet traders’ and gamers’ requirements. The brand that consistently stands out is Falcon and you’ll find that their F-30 laptop has all the power of a desktop.
In fact, the F-30 is very impressive with a 10th generation Intel multi-core processor and a solid state hard drive that is that much faster. Furthermore, it has all the options to enable you to connect to a 6 monitor setup. So if you’re starting with 3 screens then you know that you have the flexibility to add more at a later date.
This piece of hardware allows your computer to produce all your graphs and images. It’s particularly essential for traders to have a high capacity of at least 3GHz. This is because they need to be constantly updating data graphs in real-time for them to make quick decisions.
Most computers already have this inbuilt, such that its Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) works with RAM. All images and graphs are worked on by the GPU, therefore relieving the RAM for other tasks. All of this makes your 6 monitor setup that much more efficient.
The fun part is working out your screen setup. Are you aiming for 3 or 4 or even a 6 monitor setup? Either way, have a think about your layout and if you want a portrait or landscape orientation. You might also want to invest in a monitor rack with elbows to give you more flexibility on how to adjust your screens. As you work through, it’s worth remembering your cables and how you might want to tuck them away. Research different accessories to give you some ideas though.
Last but not least, you need to consider your display quality needs. There are 3 common types of LCDs out there that are listed below. Essentially, TN panels are cheaper but more than good enough for traders, however, most gamers opt for higher resolution IPS panels.
Most computers do the work for you and detect your monitors easily. It’s worth noting though that you need to go into settings or system preferences for your Mac and choose Display. You then have the option to select Scale and Layout for Windows or Arrangements on your Mac. For both, you’ll then get the option to Extend these Displays.
Creating your 6 monitor setup should be fun but of course, make sure you do your research because it’s also an investment. Depending on your budget, you might want to go for the top of the range, however, you can also find perfectly good equipment at the medium range. Simply make sure that you have the technical specs right for your needs, as described above. You can then have fun building your 6 monitor setup and enjoy your improved workflow.