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Camille Knighton 3/2/2022 7 min read

Top 8 Multi-Monitor Setups for Your Trading Desk

While having multiple monitors can be a great asset for an effective trader workstation, they can also get in the way. Using a monitor stand or mount allows you to simplify your workspace. It also gives you the freedom to arrange your monitors in various configurations.

"But, what are my options?" This article is going to help answer that question. We will cover 8 different types of multiple monitor mounts and provide specific product examples.

Explore your options and begin your search to finding your perfect trading computer setup.

Multi-Monitor Mounts for Trading Desks

We will show examples for computer setups that have:

What to consider before choosing a trading computer setup

To help you better understand the types of monitor mounts available, here are some things you should know and keep in mind. 

1. Mounting Methods: Free Standing vs. Desk Mount


Monitor arms can be either free standing, just sitting on top of your worksurface, or they can be mounted directly to your desk.


To attach a single post mounting system directly to your desk, a clamp mount or grommet mount is used. A clamp attaches to the outside edge of your worksurface. A grommet mount attaches to the desk through a hole on your worksurface.

 

2. Monitor Size and Weight Requirements


Each monitor mount/stand has weight and size restrictions to prevent instability or damage to either the mounting system or the monitors. Before you buy, make sure your monitors fall within the mount’s size and weight requirements.

Note: Some manufacturers specify their monitor size requirements using the width measurement, instead of the diagonal measurement many of us are used to. So, a word to the wise, make sure to correctly measure your monitor (width or diagonal) based on the specific size requirements.

3. Is your monitor VESA compliant?


It’s important that you check if your computer monitor is VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) compliant.

VESA provides the guidelines for basic hole patterns that are used to make attaching a display to a mount much easier. These patterns are measures between the hole both vertically and horizontally. The most common VESA compliant hold dimensions are 75 x 75 mm and 100 x 100 mm (monitors weighing less than 30 lbs.).

To see if you’re monitor is VESA compatible, you can take a quick peek at the back of the monitor and look for the hole pattern. If it’s attached to an existing stand, you may need to remove the mount to reveal the hole pattern. Otherwise, an internet search of your monitor’s make and model should be able to help.



4. Monitor Configurations


You’ll notice that there are many different ways to arrange your monitors when using a desk mount or stand. This article will showcase the most popular configurations.

For those looking for a more unique monitor arrangement , you may need to look into finding a custom mounting system.


5. Adjustability Options and Features


There are various options and features when it comes to the adjustability of monitor arms and mounts. This can include things like: fixed or height adjustable, monitor swivel or tilt, and monitor arm extensions.

Begin to think about your space and your trading methods. Are there any particular features that may increase your productivity or improve your overall workstation? You'll find various adjustment options in the examples described below.

 

4 Monitor Setup

Are you looking for a way to set up 4 monitors on your trading desk? Here are a few of your mounting options.

Mounting Style Options: 

Monitor mounting systems can either have stand that sits on top of your worksurface, or they can be attached directly to your desk using a clamp mount, grommet mount, or rail system. 

Monitor Configuration Options:

The most popular configuration for 4 monitor mounts will be 2 x 2 (two monitors on the bottom row + two monitors on the top row). The two other configurations include 3 + 1 (three monitors on the bottom row + one monitor on the top), and 4 x 1 (all four monitors in one row).

See some examples below.

2 x 2 Static Monitor Stand

Example: Chief KONTOUR™ K3 Free Standing 2x2 Array

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*Information taken from legrandav.com/en/ on 12/9/19
QUICK FACTS: Chief KONTOUR™ K3 Free Standing 2x2 Array
Compatible Monitor Sizes Up to 27" diagonal (Up to 24" width)
Weight Capacity 15 lbs.
Tilt 12°
Monitor Orientation Landscape or portrait
Other Features "Array arms can be adjusted from flat up to a 15-degree angle toward the user"
VESA Hole Pattern 75 x 75 mm and 100 x 100 mm

4 x 1 Monitor Desk Mount (with monitor arm extensions)

Example: Innovative STX-22S – Staxx™ 2 Over 2 Monitor Mount – Standard

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*Information taken from innovativeworkspaces.com/ on 12/9/19
QUICK FACTS: Innovative Staxx™ 2 Over 2 Monitor Mount – Standard
Compatible Monitor Sizes Up to 24"
Weight Capacity (per monitor) 15 lbs. 
Extension Range 26" side-by-side
Monitor Orientation Landscape or portrait
Other Features - Each monitor is position independently
- Adjust height of monitors on pole in 1" increments
- Various arm configuration options
VESA Hole Pattern 75 x 75 mm and 100 x 100 mm

4 x 1 Monitor Desk Mount (electric height adjustable)

Example: RightAngle Hover E Electric Monitor Arm

RightAngle Hover E Electric Monitor Arm

*Information taken from raproducts.com on 12/4/19
QUICK FACTS: RightAngle Hover E Electric Monitor Arm
Compatible Monitor Sizes Up to 24"
Weight Capacity Total: 140 lbs.
Height Adjustment  Electric (push button), 15" of travel, all monitors move in unison 
Tilt 105°
Monitor Orientation Landscape or portrait
Adjustment Features - Various arm extension options
- Various rail widths available
- 2 button switch or upgrade to programmable switch
VESA Hole Pattern 75 x 75 mm and 100 x 100 mm

6 Monitor Setup

Are you trying to mount six monitors for your trading desk? Here are your options.

Mounting Style Options: 

Monitor mounting systems can either have stand that sits on top of your worksurface, or they can be attached directly to your desk using a clamp mount or grommet mount. 

Monitor Configuration Options:

Two popular monitor configuration for a six monitor mount are 3 x 2 (three monitors on both the top and bottom row) and 6 x 1 (one row of six monitors).

Below, you’ll see examples showing each of the mounting and monitor configuration options.

3 x 2 Monitor Stand

Example: Ergotech 3 Over 3 Desk Stand

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*Information taken from ergotechgroup.com on 12/4/19
QUICK FACTS: Ergotech 3 Over 3 Desk Stand
Compatible Monitor Sizes Up to 24"
Weight Capacity (per monitor) Up to 25 lbs.
Tilt +20°/-10°
Rotation 180°
VESA Hole Pattern 75 x 75 mm and 100 x 100 mm

3 x 2 Monitor Desk Mount

Example: Innovative Bild® 3 Over 3 Monitor Mount

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*Information taken from innovativeworkspaces.com/ on 12/9/19
QUICK FACTS: Innovative Bild® 3 Over 3 Monitor Mount
Compatible Monitor Sizes Up to 24"
Weight Capacity (per monitor) 30 lbs.
Tilt Varying up to 200°
Monitor Orientation Landscape or portrait
Other Features - Adjustable pivot points
- Position monitor flat or in an arch
VESA Hole Pattern 75 x 75 mm and 100 x 100 mm

6 x 1 Monitor Desk Mount (focal depth adjustable)

Example: Chief KONTOUR™ K4 6x1 Grommet Mounted Array

KONTOUR™-K4-6x1-Grommet-Mounted-Array

*Information taken from legrandav.com/en/ on 12/9/19
QUICK FACTS: Chief KONTOUR™ K4 6x1 Grommet Mounted Array
Compatible Monitor Sizes Up to 27" diagonal (Up to 24" width)
Weight Capacity 15 lbs.
Tilt +12°/-12°
Monitor Orientation Landscape or portrait
Other Features - Adjust focal depth for preferred viewing distance
- Swivel and pan adjustment capability
VESA Hole Pattern 75 x 75 mm and 100 x 100 mm

8 Monitor Setup

For traders wanting an eight monitor setup, there are a few options available.

Mounting Style Options: 

Monitor mounting systems can either have stand that sits on top of your worksurface, or they can be attached directly to your desk using a clamp mount or grommet mount.

It is more common to see mounts of this size being attached directly to the desk, rather than a stand. 

Monitor Configuration Options:

The most common configuration for an eight monitor mount is 4 x 2 (two rows, each with 4 monitors). 

Find two examples of 8 monitor mounts below.

4 x 2 Desk Mount

Example: Innovative Bild® 4 Over 4 Monitor Mount

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*Information taken from innovative.com on 12/4/19
QUICK FACTS: Innovative Bild® 4 Over 4 Monitor Mount
Compatible Monitor Sizes Up to 24"
Weight Capacity (per monitor) Up to 30 lbs.
Tilt Up to 200°
Monitor Orientation Landscape or portrait
Adjustment Features - Monitors can be position flat or in an arch

*Electric height adjustment no longer available
VESA Hole Pattern 75 x 75 mm and 100 x 100 mm

4 x 2 Monitor Desk Mount (electric height adjustable)

Example: RightAngle Hover E Electric Monitor Arm

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*Information taken from raproducts.com on 12/4/19
QUICK FACTS: RightAngle Hover E Electric Monitor Arm
Compatible Monitor Sizes Up to 24"
Weight Capacity Total: 140 lbs.
Height Adjustment  Electric (push button), 15" of travel, all monitors move in unison 
Tilt 105°
Monitor Orientation Landscape or portrait
Adjustment Features - Various arm extension options
- Various rail widths available
- 2 button switch or upgrade to programmable switch
VESA Hole Pattern 75 x 75 mm and 100 x 100 mm

 

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