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The 5 Best Laptops for Stock Trading: Complete Buyers Guide

Nowadays, stock trading is slowly becoming more and more of an online/digital practice. And if you’re going to get a new computer for it, you may as well pick the best laptop for stock trading. 

That being said, finding the best choice can be quite a challenge as the perfect laptop doesn’t exist. Every option has pros and cons which is exactly why finding the best option that suits your needs is so hard. 

That is precisely why we created this list with some of the best options. Let’s check them out!

Before you Buy

Before you choose a laptop, there are some things to look out for. Pros and cons, specifications, things like that. We’re going to be mentioning a lot of details as quickly and simply as possible – so pay attention to these: 

  • OS: As far as stock trading is concerned, most professionals prefer Windows or Mac. If you belong to the minority that prefers Linux, chances are that you won’t have to worry about since most distros work with every modern laptop
  • CPU: Most software that’s related to stock trading isn’t exactly CPU-demanding. But if you’re interested in multitasking then we wouldn’t recommend anything less than a Core i5/Ryzen 5
  • GPU: Doesn’t really matter unless you’re interested in gaming. In which case, definitely get at least an Nvidia 10xx card or an AMD RX560x
  • RAM: 8GB is the sweet spot for most pros and consumers alike – 16GB is better if you can afford it just to be safe
  • Storage: Absolutely go with an SSD – choose the capacity depending on your needs
  • Display and portability: A bigger display makes almost any task easier but it also makes the laptop bigger and heavier. So, balance things out and choose whatever fits your personal preferences
  • Battery life: Very important for those who don’t have the luxury of always being plugged in and one of the biggest advantages that laptops offer

Our 5 Best Laptops for Stock Trading

So, we’ve taken a look at the main things to consider, it’s now time to take a closer look at what we’ve chosen as the best laptops for stock trading this 2020.

The following laptops have been chosen based on the above considerations, value for money, and overall performance.

1: MacBook Air 13

Best Overall Choice

The MacBook Air 13 is a great overall choice that brings a little bit of everything to the table. Great OS, decent battery life, decent portability, good display, a nice keyboard, etc. If you’ve got the funds, it’s hard to go wrong with it. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 9th gen 
  • GPU: Integrated graphics (UHD 617)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB SSD 
  • Display: 13.3 LCD IPS display at 2560×1600
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours of average usage
  • Weight: 2.75 pounds 

And you may feel like it’s a bit overpriced for the specs that it offers. But don’t forget that macOS is generally more optimized than Windows which can make a PC with the same or weaker specs feel much snappier/faster. 

Adding to the list of the pros is the fact that it’s very sleek and lightweight with very good battery life on top of that.

All things considered, it’s hard to go wrong with a MacBook – unless you’re a gamer. After all, this model doesn’t come with a dedicated graphics card. And even if it did, Macs aren’t exactly the best option for gaming since most developers generally focus on Windows. 

Pros: 

  1. One of the most reliable laptops on the market
  2. Great battery life and portability
  3. Lightweight
  4. Sleek design

Cons: 

  1. Relatively small display
  2. Specs are underwhelming for the price

2: Asus VivoBook 15

Great Budget Option

If you’re on a budget, the Asus VivoBook 15 is by far one of our best picks. And don’t let the small price fool you. This is one great computer for both professional and consumer use!

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5-3500U
  • GPU: Radeon Vega 8
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD 
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: About 2 to 3 hours of casual usage – maybe 4 with the optimal settings
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds 

It offers so much while asking so little. Laptops like this one really make you wonder why you’d ever want to spend more. But, truth be told, for better or worse, there are quite a few reasons to do so. 

For once, you get just the bare minimum RAM that is required for most tasks nowadays along with a battery that’s mediocre at best. And while the Vega 8 can handle a bit of entry-level gaming, most gamers will probably still want to spend a bit more and get a decent dedicated card. 

Other than that, it’s all-around a very decent laptop. Good display with thin bezels, lightweight, enough RAM and storage for most tasks, a decent CPU for the money – pretty good choice. 

Pros: 

  1. Very cheap
  2. Lightweight
  3. Thin bezels
  4. Beautiful design
  5. Decent specs for the money

Cons: 

  1. Battery life isn’t that good

3: Acer Aspire E15

Great Battery Life

If you need a great battery that can last for at least 4-6 hours with normal usage, there is no doubt that a MacBook Air will be one of your go-to choices. However, there are tons of people who don’t like macOS. If you find yourself in that category, check out the Acer Aspire E15 instead!

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U
  • GPU: Nvidia MX 150
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD 
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: Anywhere from 4 up to 12 or even 15 (According to Acer) hours depending on the kind of usage
  • Weight: 5.27 pounds

First things first, don’t let the dedicated GPU mislead you. The MX 150 isn’t a good option for gaming. And while it can run most modern titles at 720 or 1080P at low settings with at least 30FPS, well, let’s just say that there are better options out there. 

If there’s one more downside that we personally consider a disadvantage are the thick bezels of the display. 

Other than that, the Aspire E15 is a decent option. It offers a beautiful, business-like design, a very good keyboard, a powerful processor, along with the basic RAM and storage requirements for every consumer and professional. 

Pros: 

  1. Powerful processor
  2. Great battery life
  3. Design that’s suitable for professionals
  4. Decent keyboard

Cons: 

  1. The dedicated GPU is almost as bad as an iGPU
  2. Thick bezels
  3. Maybe a bit expensive for what it offers

4: Dell XPS 15 7590

Powerful Hardware With a Touch Screen Display

The XPS 15 comes with powerful hardware and a sleek design with a touch-screen display. It’s one of the most premium options in this list – but it comes with a premium-tag as well. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7590
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSD 
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 4K
  • Battery: Anywhere from 2 up to 8 hours depending on the usage (You can expect an average of about 4)
  • Weight: 4 pounds

It ticks all the right boxes that make for a great laptop. If you make an exception for the price, this is close as you can get to perfection. 

We’re talking about gaming, work, storage, speed, display, battery, portability, multitasking, it’s great in almost every single category. 

Granted, there are lots of laptops that offer better battery life. But, do they also give you a 4K touch display with 1TB of SSD storage, a sleek design, and a GPU that can handle most modern games? It’s a tough combination to beat. 

Pros: 

  1. 4K touch display
  2. Powerful processor
  3. GPU can handle most modern titles at 1080P 60FPS (Even if some require you to turn down the settings)
  4. Offers a little bit of everything which is rare
  5. 16 gigs of RAM and a terabyte of SSD storage out of the box

Cons: 

  1. Most expensive laptop in this list

5: Lenovo Legion Y7000

Great for Gaming

If you’re a gamer who needs to run everything in 1080P 60FPS with at least the medium graphical settings, then this is the only viable choice for you in this list. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD 
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: Anywhere from 2 to 6 hours of use depending on your tasks
  • Weight: 5.2 pounds

Don’t let the now outdated GTX 1060 fool you. It’s still a very reliable card that can run almost every title at 60FPS with medium settings. Some minor exceptions include only the heaviest of games – like Control.

Since it’s a gaming machine, it goes without saying that it brings more than enough power to handle everything you throw at it – professional-related or not. And there’s also a ton of storage along with RAM memory. So, overall, hard to go wrong with it. 

As far as downsides are concerned, we’d say that its gaming aesthetics are a bit too much for some people and the battery life could be better as well. 

Pros: 

  1. All-around a very powerful laptop
  2. Plenty of storage and RAM
  3. Not too heavy for the hardware that it brings to the table
  4. Aggressive design (Can easily turn into a con for some people)
  5. Great for gaming
  6. Decent value

Cons: 

  1. Battery life could be better – but that’s to be expected with gaming laptops

Wrapping Up

Those were some of our best picks. If that’s too much information to take in at once, here is everything that we mentioned for each article as fast as possible: 

  1. MacBook Air 13: All around a great choice – but the macOS and the 8GB of RAM along with the bad value can end up being deal-breakers for some and it’s definitely not suitable for gaming
  2. Asus VivoBook 15: A very good budget option – but the battery life is bad and there is no dedicated GPU
  3. Acer Aspire E15: Superb battery life and all-around a decent choice – but it’s a bad choice for gamers
  4. Dell XPS 15 7590: All around a very powerful laptop with a 4K touch display that can even handle a bit of entry/budget-level gaming – but it’s also very expensive
  5. Lenovo Legion Y7000: Best option for gamers while also offering great value – but the battery life is horrible

That’s all for now. We hope that this article helped you out in deciding what to buy. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to let us know about them in the comments section down below. Till next time!

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