Laptop Ergonomics and Get Rid of the Heat
How to make it easier and more comfortable to work on your laptop.
Is Your Laptop Hurting Your Health?
By Pauliina Roe,
Laptop computers are a bad design, ergonomically. When
you work with a laptop on your lap, the laptop forces you
to bend your neck downward to see the screen, and your
keyboard isn't in a good position for your wrist. All these
positions can cause problems.
When you look down at the screen, you put strain on
both your neck and your back. Ask someone with a bad
back - it can be painful. The wrist isn't in a good position
to type - and can promote or aggravate the symptoms of
carpal tunnel syndrome.
There is also the problem of heat - the laptop, whether
plugged in or running on a battery - can build up heat that
makes the laptop very hot on your lap. Dust build-up
inside the laptop can aggravate the amount of heat. You
should regularly blow compressed air through the vent holes
on the laptop. Heat can cause not only scalding on the lap,
and discomfort, but also can cause fertility problems in men.
There are ways to help with the laptop usage, to make it more
comfortable and healthy. You might be able to find some sort
of heat sink to distribute the heat away from the laptop. You
can find a laptop desk to position your laptop better - get the
heat off of you while lifting the keyboard to a good position,
and lifting the screen to a higher position so you don't have
to look down at it. Sometimes your desk at home can place the
laptop in a better position, but optimally you should have the
keyboard lower than the screen, with the screen at eye level.
Most laptops cannot be positioned in an optimal way to be
ergonomically correct, but you can make some effort to get
it in a better position to keep more comfortable. Just try to
raise the screen toward eye level, and keep the keyboard lower
so your wrist can be parallel to your elbow as much as possible.
If you feel symptoms of pain or stress when using a laptop,
give it a break and use a regular computer for awhile, until
your symptoms subside.
Pauliina Roe is LapGenie representative - LapGenie is an
ingenious laptop desk that can position your laptop to as close
to ergonomically correct as possible, plus take care of the
laptop heat problem. Pauliina was involved in the early patent
stage of the project. Find out more about the LapGenie at