Sometimes you’re not the one breaking your computer, your computer is breaking you! Ergonomics are a very important part of spending long periods of time in front of a computer so we’ve put together this simple guide to avoid an aching neck, dry eyes, and headaches.
At Mobile Computer Services we know and believe in the importance of maintaining good computer habits, or else you might find yourself unable to sit at your screen without experiencing discomfort.
When setting up your workstation, it’s important to ensure you have an adjustable and comfortable chair. Your hips, knees, and elbows should always be at a 90 degree angle. The top of the monitor should be at eye level when you’re sitting in this position and your keyboard should be far away enough that your wrists are mostly straight while you’re typing.
Make sure you take regular breaks from your screen to avoid sore eyes and headaches. 5-10 minutes for every hour you spend on your computer should be sufficient.
There simply is no way to make a laptop ergonomic in the long term. They aren’t designed for extended periods of use as the keyboard and screen are just too close to each other. It’s impossible to place them both correctly at the same time.
However, if it’s simply impossible for you to avoid using a laptop for a long time, these are our recommendations. Find a platform, for example, a pile of books, to align the top of the screen to eye level. Then purchase a separate keyboard and mouse, which can be found for very low prices, and use these in the same position as you would at a computer to control your laptop.
If it’s your computer in need of repair rather than you, then contact us at Mobile Computer Services on 07779 610840 or visit our website for information on our fantastic services!