Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Laptop ergonomics

Inherent ergonomic problems with laptops ...

"For years, using a laptop meant putting up with an undersized screen, a puny hard drive, and an anemic processor. Not anymore. Today’s PowerBooks and iBooks are powerful enough to be used as everyday computers. But they lag far behind desktop computers when it comes to ergonomics.

For example, you can’t position a laptop’s display and keyboard separately to reduce your risk of neck or wrist injury. Trackpads and other integrated pointing devices compound the problem by requiring that designers position the keyboard away from the laptop’s edge, making the keys hard to reach without using the laptop’s built-in wrist rest. And if you’re not careful, the sharp edge on the front of newer PowerBooks can put even more pressure on the nerves, blood vessels, and tendons in your wrists.

Beyond these fundamental design flaws, the simple fact that laptops are portable can exacerbate their ergonomic hazards. Thanks to improved batteries and ubiquitous Wi-Fi connectivity, road warriors often end up working in places that make the average cubicle seem like ergonomic heaven."   continued ...   (Via Macworld)

Laptop Ergonomics - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Laptop Ergonomics.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

For my Macbook pro, I got a Table-Mate II ($30), a McAlly keyboard ($30), and a Logitach trackball (also $30). I place the macbook on the tray so that, when I sit on my couch, the screen is at the proper ergonomic height. I put the keyboard on my lap with the trackball beside me so my hand rests comfortably on it.

My back and neck no longer hurt and my eyes are fine.

For less than $100, I like it!

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