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Trading Laptops (Business expense)

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Trading Laptops (Business expense)

For anyone unfamiliar with tech specs on laptops, I found some great sources below. If you read through the specifications of the different models, you can discover what will work best for your needs (budget, ram, hard drive/sata drive, graphics chip, processor). What I discovered is that, as traders, were really looking for a moderate, entry-level, gaming-type of laptop - to be able to handle live data feeds effectively.


2)     ( - detailed look at specs)


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4)    (My actual choice, works great so far, even before I've installed the upgraded Sata drive)   

(Youtube video suggests optional SSD upgrade)

(Amazon - Premier Pro SP310 SATA 6Gb/s mSATA Solid State)

(Amazon - RION TECH 500 pcs Laptop Notebook Computer Screw Kit Set)

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:44am

cant speak for USA but in uk laptops can be offset against profits before tax and written off as a capiral allowance over 3 years . the requirement is that is wholly and sole used for business purposes . other wise you may be able to allocate a percentage ask your accountant.


Like you, I was looking for a new laptop specifically for trading and originally I also thought a gaming laptop was the way to go.

But, after talking with someone who knows much more about computers than I do, and describing what I was looking for (speed, at least 16 gigs of ram, having as much time available as possible when only using the battery, etc.), a business laptop was recommended. One with a solid state drive (ssd), which is much faster than a hard disk drive (hdd)..

I was also told that a gaming computer has a lot in it that's geared towards gaming but is not needed for trading. So, if I bought one, I'd be paying for a lot of stuff I don't need.

Although I spent more than what I wanted to I ended up buying a Lenovo x1 carbon and couldn't be more pleased with my decision.


I also bought over-kill. But, I'm into it now so have to live with it.