Tips for Laptops
Laptops are all the rage, which is no surprise. “I’d love a computer tied to my desktop,” said no one ever. We all want the fancy bells and whistles that seem to make our lives easier, more efficient and effective. And that’s what laptops do- we take ’em everywhere with us and work from anywhere. I mention all this to say that while we have left our PC’s in the past, we still need to remember the same ergonomic principles, or at the least tailor our habits to better ergonomic practices.
- Try an ergonomic keyboard. Usually, a laptop’s keyboard is quite small and to compensate for space, many keys are omitted or oddly placed. While you may get used to this new placement, hand cramping can be quite common. Plus, it’s pretty typical to have bad hand posture, as crazy as that sounds, which tenses up the hand as well as the wrist, leading to repetitive stress injuries.
- Raise your laptop to avoid eye strain. Since laptop screens are often smaller than desktop monitors, it’s important to at least elevate them so that you’re not squinting to see the screen. You can use a monitor lift to get your screen to eye level with a PC, but that’s not terribly practical for laptop use. An option here is to set the laptop on a raised surface and possibly incorporate the above mentioned ergo keyboard. Also, be sure to take breaks and to blink often to keep your eyes hydrated.
- Try an ergonomic mouse. The built-in touchpads can be great, but they often aren’t that easy or comfortable to use and can therefore cause hand cramps and pain too. Thus, an ergonomic mouse that better fits your hand for comfort and ease of use Scan relieve cramping hands.
It’s essential to take steps to avoid eye strain and repetitive stress injuries while computing from the comfort of your own lap.