So you just got your brand new laptop in the mail. What an exciting moment! You grab a pen knife, cut into the box and…oh no, it’s an un-ergonomic laptop! It’s got all the RAM and storage you could ever want, but where are the features you need to maintain good health while you work? While we look for the receipt, let’s check out some of the most prominent features of the un-ergonomic laptop.
Feature #1 – No anti-glare protection on the screen
We hope you aren’t planning on using your laptop anywhere outside…or near a window or lamp. That’s because the un-ergonomic laptop does not feature the anti-glare protection that helps reduce eye strain and allows you to use your computer almost anywhere. Luckily, most laptops now come equipped with this helpful, headache-reducing feature.
Feature #2 – No wrist rests anywhere to be seen
Wouldn’t you know it, the un-ergonomic laptop has the keyboard right at the edge of the laptop. So you can look forward to some serious wrist soreness, and even a potential carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis down the road. You should have kept you eye open for one of the thousands of ergonomic laptops that feature an ample wrist rest area that provides an extra layer of protection for your hard-working digits.
Feature #3 - No ergonomic keyboard included
When it comes to the keyboard, the modern laptop is not all that ergonomic to begin with. And the fact that this un-ergonomic keyboard features a flat, standard QWERTY design doesn’t help matters one bit. Many laptop users simply forgo their laptop’s installed keyboard and instead plug in a USB controlled model that features solid ergonomic design.
Things we can do to make our un-ergonomic keyboard more ergonomic
So we’re stuck with our un-ergonomic keyboard. Instead of getting upset and falling victim to any number of work-related health problems, there are some proactive measures we can take to get the best out of the device.
Make your workstation more ergonomically correct
Use adjustable chairs with proper backrests and armrests to help reduce the chance of getting aches, pains or repetitive stress disorders. Make sure that the laptop is placed at a level just below the seated area, so that your wrists rest comfortably on the keyboard when typing.
Always place the laptop straight ahead of you. Do not position the computer so that you have to twist or turn in any way to properly view the screen. This can add up to huge neck and back issues over time.
Keep proper lighting in mind when you position your laptop. Even if you purchase an anti-glare add-on for your un-ergonomic laptop, you should still not position that computer in the path of direct sunlight or overhead lighting. Take a desk lamp and place it behind the laptop to achieve a better lighting concept for your workspace.
Engage in good workplace health
Another way to offset the potentially negative impact of our un-ergonomic laptop is to get up and move around! Over the course of an 8-hour work day, every one should take several short breaks throughout the day to get up and stretch, or if time permits, take a short walk around the block. The fresh air and natural light is good for the spirit, and the activity helps keep you heart healthy, your back loose and your weight down.