Originally designed for business people on themove, over recent years laptops have becomeincreasingly popular. They are now considered to bethe most dominant form of computer.In 2005 they outsold desktops for the first time andtoday they are ten times more commonly used thandesktop computers.The rise of laptop use...
Sit up straight!With the rise of laptop use we have also seen a rise inback, neck and shoulder problems.These injuries are believed to be associated with laptopsas they lack the reasonable ergonomic set up of adesktop.
Unlike desktops, Laptops are compact.The keyboard and mouse cannot be separated from thescreen without purchasing suitableadd-ons.This set up encourages the user to slouch forward to seethe screen, putting strain on the users neck and back.The users arms will often adopt a misaligned positionputting strain on the wrist and shoulders. Working inthese positions can lead to repetitive strain injuries.Why?
It is important to raise your screen to eye level by purchasing alaptop stand.This will stop you slouching down or straining your neck andeyes to see the screen. It will also prevent your spine fromcurving.
Once you have done this you will no longer be able to use theattached keyboard or mouse.These will need to be purchasedseparately.By using a separate keyboard and mouse you will be able toplace them in a position that will reduce strain on the wristand shoulder.Doing this can reduce the risk of Repetitive Strain Injuriessuch as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Is your screen at eye level and an arms length away?You will need a laptop stand for this.Are your arms parallel to the desk when using yourseparate keyboard and mouse?Setting up: What toconsider?
• Does the angle of the screen adjust enough for it to beplaced at the right height on a laptop stand?• How heavy is it to carry around?• Do you need a laptop bag?The best ones are designed to beworn as a rucksack!• Do you need a lightweight stand for when you’re movingaround? Or a heavy duty one to be sturdy at your desk?Buying a Laptop? Think...
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