Day trading is a fast-paced trading style that requires lightning-fast reflexes and nerves of steel. Day traders need to be disciplined in following their trading strategy and jump into a trade as soon as an opportunity arises.
However, it’s not only the trader who has to be up to the task when day trading. Your computer needs to be as powerful, robust and fast as your trading decisions. Here’s our list of the best laptops for day trading in 2019.
#1 Apple MacBook Pro 2019
Whether used for video processing or trading, Apple’s flagship laptop still remains one of the best machines on the market. With a stunning build quality, ultra-fast processing power and a crystal clear Retina display, the new 2019 Apple MacBook Pro finds its place on the wish list of almost any day trader.
Day traders often trade on the go, which makes having a robust laptop a must. As usual with Apple products, the new MacBook Pro has a superior build quality and comes wrapped in an extremely strong aluminum case.
Unlike most keyboards that are built with a traditional scissor mechanism, the MacBook Pro’s keyboard comes with a butterfly mechanism that provides four times more key stability and greater comfort. Typing is quieter, too.
In addition, the newly introduced Touch Bar replaces the traditional function keys on the top of your keyboard with something much more powerful. It allows you to change volume and brightness, browse through content and changes automatically based on what you’re currently doing.
The 2019 MacBook Pro is equipped with the latest generation of Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5.0 GHz. The larger 15-inch model (there’s also a 13-inch MacBook Pro) comes with a ninth-generation 8-core Intel Core i9 processor that makes it ready to take on even the toughest tasks. Your trading platform will run super-smooth with the 2019 Apple flagship model.
The MacBook Pro comes with a Retina display that’s one of the best we’ve ever seen. The screen has LED backlighting with a high contrast ratio, allowing you to see your bullish and bearish candlesticks with ease. Every MacBook Pro also comes with the True Tone technology that automatically adjusts the whites on your screen to match the colour temperature of the light around you. This is a welcoming feature for day traders who may spend hours in front of their screen.
Thanks to their powerful batteries, both the 13-inch and the 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops have an expected battery life of up to 10 hours of continuous work. The smaller laptop comes with an integrated 58 watt-hour lithium-polymer battery, while its big brother has an amazing 83.6 watt-hour of power juice.
- Retina display, LED backlight with a high contrast ratio
- 9th generation Intel Core i9 processor (up to 5.0 GHz Turbo Boost)
- Ultra-fast SSD drive with up to 4TB of storage
- Long battery life
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#2 Samsung Galaxy Book S
The new Samsung Galaxy Book S combines the best of smartphones and PCs into a new device that’s extremely light, fast, and provides almost three full working days (literally) of battery life on a single charge.
Everything about the Galaxy Book S is designed with mobility on the mind. The notebook is built with lightweight and durable materials, with the full package weighing under 1kg and measuring just 11.8mm of thickness. The device is also equipped with a solid clamshell form that provides stability when typing or reading through the latest financial news.
Combined with the amazing battery life, traders who are often on the road will love the new Galaxy Book S.
The Galaxy Book S comes equipped with an ultra-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx platform that delivers extreme performance and powerful productivity. The processor is built on a 7nm 64-bit Octa-core technology with a clock rate of up to 4.64 GHz.
The platform also features an amazing Always On feature that makes your notebook ready to use the moment you touch the power button, fingerprint sensor, keyboard or mousepad – just like your smartphone.
The device is equipped with a 13.3 inch Full HD display with a 16:9 ratio. While the Retina display of the MacBook Pro has a better reproduction quality, analysing charts on the Galaxy Book S is a smooth experience too. Plus, the display features a 10-point multi-touch screen.
Samsung claims that the Galaxy Book S 42 watt-hour battery is able of up to 23 hours of video playback, under default settings and adjustments to audio volume and display brightness. That’s almost three full working days! Combined with the lightweight body of the device (under 1kg), the Galaxy Book S writes a new chapter in mobility.
- Lightweight and mobile design (under 1kg and 11.8mm of thickness)
- Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Always On feature
- Connects easily with your smartphone
- Amazing battery life of up to 23 hours
#3 Asus VivoBook F510
The cheapest laptop among our best laptops for day trading comes with a 15.6-inch display that does a decent job for the price. With a price tag of slightly above $500, this laptop is a great entry-level model for beginner traders who are still learning how to trade the market.
Weighing just under 1.7kg, the ASUS VivoBook F510 is one of the cheapest lightweight laptops you can get on the market right now. While the Galaxy Book S is considerably lighter, the VivoBook can still be a good companion for shorter road trips. As usual with ASUS, the build quality of the device is relatively high despite its price.
The ASUS VivoBook F510 is equipped with an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor that provides enough power for daily trading jobs such as browsing, market analysis, and charting. The VivoBook comes pre-installed with 8 GB of RAM memory.
The 15.6-inch display is connected with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 card that handles regular charting software with ease. Although the display quality can’t compete in the same league as that of the MacBook Pro or Galaxy Book S, VivoBook’s display offers bright colours and a decent amount of space for most technical analysis tools.
The battery life of the VivoBook F510 reflects the point that this device is an entry-level model for traders. You can expect up to 6 hours of light work on this laptop, or up to 4 hours when executing demanding tasks.
- Wide 15.6-inch screen
- Cheaper than competitors
- 8th Generation Intel Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM
While quite expensive, the 2019 Apple MacBook Pro is the ultimate winner in our comparison. The 15-inch Retina display provides crisp images and bright colours and the 9th generation Intel Core i9 handles even complicated tasks effortlessly.
The laptop is powered by a large 83.6 watt-hour battery that provides 10 hours of autonomy, which is more than enough even for heavy day traders.