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Laptop technology was not designed to replace the existing PC workstation, but today many computer users use laptops as an alternative to a desktop computer. When used daily in place of a desktop, laptops can increase your risk of developing repetitive strain injuries or can make existing symptoms worse. One key reason is that because the keyboard is attached to the screen it’s not positioned at eye level. As a result, you have to either place the screen too close to your eyes or stretch your arms to reach the keyboard. The use of a separate keyboard and mouse can be the key to improving the comfort of your workspace while using a laptop. Even while traveling, it’s a good idea to use an ergonomically designed travel keyboard to promote a more natural body posture. Here are some other solutions to minimize the risks associated with laptop usage:

What is healthy computing?

"Healthy computing" addresses the idea that products should be designed to fit the posture of the human body, using ergonomic principles to create products that are naturally comfortable by design.

Business professionals use their PCs more than ever before. In fact, the average user spends more than 6 hours a day on a computer. How they sit, type, swipe, point, and click — and the products they use to do these things — can affect productivity, comfort, and more importantly, a person’s overall health. Ergonomically designed keyboards and mice in particular can help improve comfort while working on a PC. While users may experience comfort the moment they start using an ergonomic mouse or keyboard, the long-term benefits of ergonomic hardware may only become fully apparent after they are used for an extended period of time.

Here are some other tips to remember:

  1. Take frequent breaks. Stand up and stretch, walk around, or at least change the type of task you are working on, say from typing to reading.
  2. Use software and hardware features like fast scrolling and keyboard shortcuts to work more efficiently.
  3. Avoid glare by placing your monitor away from light sources that produce glare, or window blinds to control light levels. Ideally the monitor should be 90° from the light source, such as a window.
  4. Keep your wrists in line with your forearms and not bent upwards, downwards or to one side or the other.
  5. Do not use wrist rest areas while typing. These are for resting on when you are not typing.

Why go ergonomic?

Effective

Using the right equipment is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent repetitive strain injuries.

Approved

Microsoft keyboards and mice are ergonomically designed and approved to help prevent fatigue and reduce injury.

Innovative

Microsoft is the leader in mainstream ergonomic keyboard and mouse design.

Recommended

The American Journal of Industrial Medicine found that the Microsoft Natural Keyboard design provides the greatest benefits in terms of reducing pain.

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