Home Office for Laptop Users: 3 ERGONOMIC HACKS
So, you’re working from home, and all you have to get your work done is your laptop. That’s great, but you’ve been finding yourself pretty uncomfortable these past 2 weeks. Maybe it’s time to make a few adjustments. Here are a few of the best and simplest upgrades that you can make for your home office.
1. Buy a Detachable Keyboard
If you do a lot of typing, and don’t have a desktop, this is almost essential. You need to have the top of the monitor at eye level, 2-3 feet away from you, and the keyboard in a nice resting position (see our previous post on this!). A laptop alone can’t meet both of these criteria for 99% of us. Many can be bought with wireless connection for a very reasonable price.
2. Upgrade to a Larger Monitor
You may want to augment the changes from #1, especially if you need a bigger screen to see things. These separate, external monitors usually require a USB or HDMI cable, and attaching your laptop to a bigger screen. You can still type through the laptop if you don’t upgrade to the detachable keyboard . Of course now you need to figure where to position these things on your desk, but the difference could be huge and your neck and eyes will thank you!
3. Get a Wireless Mouse
Seeing a theme here? Same idea as above, and these are very common. It will enable your arm and wrist to be in a comfortable position and take the tension out of your spine and shoulders. This is big when your office setup is probably sub-optimal at home anyway.
For those on the phone, don’t forget the benefits of a wireless headset/bluetooth earpieces! No more holding the phone to your head and aggravating headaches and shoulder tension.
There are many brands out there, and we don’t have any specific recommendation as everyone is different. Please explore for yourself and let us know if you have questions!
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