I get to personally experience the ergonomic benefits of working at Human Solution every day, since all the life-saving products we sell came standard with my job here. When I would go home, however, my ergonomic levels used to take a nose dive. The reason for this being that I only own a laptop, and like many other professionals and students, I have no reason to get a desktop. So, how do we get the maximum ergonomic benefits from using them?
What I did to correct this was try to translate the ergonomic accessories used to improve my desktop at work, to my laptop at home. Lets start with the monitor. A traditional monitor arm attaches to the back of the monitor to allow for eye level adjustments. The most recommended position is for the top of your monitor screen to be at eye level. A portable laptop stand will help to correctly position your laptop screen. This is going to prevent strain from looking down at your screen, and you can get it for about 1/4 the cost of a monitor arm. If you want the full adjustability that a monitor arm offers, you could also get a laptop arm that can be secured to your desk.
Since we have the monitor at eye level, we won't be able to use the built in keyboard or mouse. Adding external ones will be very easy, and you can prevent shoulder, arm, wrist and back strain by using ergonomic and portable devices like the Goldtouch Go!2 Mobile Keyboard and the Evoluent Vertical Mouse. They are available wireless as well, so you don't have to worry about cords cluttering up small spaces like on planes or in coffee shops. If you are using your laptop in a home office, a keyboard tray will put the keyboard and mouse in the best position, so you won't have to reach forward when using them.
Using a laptop does not mean you have to sacrifice the benefits of using ergonomic accessories. Most of them are so compact and portable you can bring them anywhere. If you have any questions about how to best use these items, give us a call at 1-800-531-3746 or chat online with us and one of our ergonomics experts will be happy to help you.
Learn more about laptop ergonomics at TheHumanSolution.com.