If you’re a remote worker, you rely on your laptop. They’re a great tool for on-the-go productivity, but we’ve yet to see one that’s designed with any ergonomic sensibilities. That means you could be risking discomfort or carpal tunnel if you’re not paying attention to laptop ergonomics.
Desktop computers allow you to independently position your keyboard and your monitor for optimal wrist and neck positioning. Laptops don’t allow for that flexibility, forcing users to compromise ergonomics for portability. That means you’ll need to be aware of your posture when using your laptop:
- Position your laptop on a surface that’s at or slightly below wrist level. Keep your elbows bent between 90 and 120 degrees when typing.
- Shoulders should be relaxed and in normal sitting posture, not hunched or shrugged.
- Relax your back, keeping your spine straight. If you’re working on your laptop for longer than an hour, find a place to sit that supports your back.
- Sit with your feet flat on the floor, not dangling from the edge of a chair or sofa.
Because of laptop design, it’s likely you’ll need to sacrifice posture in one area to preserve another. Always prioritize wrist position over neck and back posture: Your neck and back contains larger muscles that are less susceptible to strain.
Ideally, you’ll find portable hardware that makes using a laptop more ergonomically ideal, and allows your body to work at a more natural posture. While these accessories can be slightly unwieldy (watch for back strain when carrying heavy bags!), they’re very effective in reducing the physical strains of long-term laptop use.
- Laptop Stand: A laptop stand lifts your computer off your work surface, allowing you to elevate the screen to be viewed without dipping your chin or leaning forward.
- External keyboard: An add-on keyboard allows you to find optimal wrist and elbow position, and allows your arms and head to be positioned independently of one another.
Laptop ergonomics typically aren’t something you think about until aches and pains show up to tell you you’re not doing it correctly. With desk chair™ Workspace’s standard sit/stand desks and open work areas with sofas, comfy chairs and patio space, you’ll always be able to find a place to work that suits your needs.