Laptop Ergonomics

Written by Sierra Rein
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Because many people are choosing to take their office on the road, the science behind laptop ergonomics is now more important than ever. Although most ergonomic experts believe that a laptop should not be used as the primary office computer, the reality is that smaller and more portable computers are now becoming the norm. However, there are several dangers that come with improper and prolonged use of laptop computers.

Proper laptop ergonomics will help a user prevent common musculoskeletal problems in the neck, back, arms, wrists and shoulders. The screen should be kept between 18 and 30 inches from the body and the keyboard must be positioned so that the wrists lie straight with the forearm bones. Angle the screen so that the neck and head are at a neutral position.

Some people who follow strict laptop ergonomics purchase small accessories to add a few more adjustable features. An external mouse can be attached as an alternative to the built-in touch-pad or trackball. To angle the keyboard towards the typist, a laptop user can purchase an adjustable tray that will also help to cool the processor on hot days.

Applying Laptop Ergonomics During Transportation

Many people go through a lot of pain just to carry their laptop from one place to another, whether it is to and from the office or while traveling on a business trip. Use a padded bag designed to fit a laptop and make sure to shift the strap from one shoulder to the next while walking, or to use the handle every once in a while. If you can transfer unnecessary items from the laptop bag to other carry-on luggage, or use a rolling bag instead, needless weight will be removed from your shoulders.

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