There are some key differences to how we sit when working on a laptop as opposed to a PC computer. In fact, understanding these differences can make a huge difference as to how you use your computer and help you decide which is best for you. From an ergonomic standpoint, there are some issues with laptops of which many people are not aware.
Did you know that most laptop keyboards are usually more compact in size? The keys are often placed in unusual places and some keys are smaller than others. It’s not usual for people to develop hand cramps and wrist injuries when using a laptop frequently. Repetitive stress injuries are common as well on compact keyboards.
The smaller size of laptop screens can cause eye strain for some. Also, when using an ergonomic computer desk with a PC, one can arrange the monitor and keyboard in the most comfortable places. When using a laptop, however, the keyboard and monitor are fixed. This can cause the arms and hands to be held too high or the back to be bent down. Both of these issues can cause problems and pain.
Without a mouse, the laptop uses a touch pad or dot for pointing on the screen. These work for short periods of time, but they do become uncomfortable after a while. Repetitive stress injuries can be a problem as well.
Knowing that a laptop can cause health problems does not mean that one shouldn’t use a laptop. Instead, one can make their laptop setup similar to their PC setup. The wrists can be in a natural position. Also, less strain will be put on the neck by tucking the chin instead of rotating the head.
Even when working on a laptop, one should find a comfortable chair that gives support to the back. Many people sit on a cushioned chair or couch while on their laptops. This is a very bad Posture for their back. It’s important to sit up straight and adjust the screen so that your neck doesn’t bend down too much. The laptop should not be allowed to get too warm or cut off the blood flow in your legs.
The bottom line is that while you can make a laptop work, for ergonomic health, a PC is much better. One way that people make a laptop work is to use a laptop docking station. With a base station, one can plug your laptop in but have a separate monitor, keyboard and mouse. With this setup, you can move your keyboard and screen to the best positions for working.
There are other ways to make a laptop work. For example, you can just use a separate keyboard and mouse at your desktop. You can then place the monitor where you need it and then have your keyboard and mouse in a comfortable position.
However, you decide to work, don’t forget to keep basic ergonomic concepts in mind. It’s not worth using a laptop if you can’t give your body the support it needs. Also, even with a PC, it’s vital to provide your body with the ingredients to safe and comfortable working conditions.
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