Do you feel like you need a nap in the middle of your work day? You’re not alone. Some of the blame might be due to your computer equipment and set-up!
In The Advice Sisters’ last Microsoft feature, we reviewed two exceptional and innovative keyboards with wireless mice, from Microsoft, but how you set up your work-space also has a big effect on your computing comfort. If your computer setup leaves you feeling tired and irritable, this feature is a must-read!
In Part II of Microsoft has the KEY(Boards) for Computing Comfort – Create Computer Comfort, I am offering some easy and more comfortable ways to set up and work at your desk top. You can implement these tips, today.
Unlike beauty products that have a distinct and fleeting shelf-life,a keyboard and a mouse can last for quite some time. But they do get gummy, dirty and beaten up. So if you’re in the market for something new, check out the review of the two keyboards we reviewed in our previous article, and check out the other keyboards Microsoft offers which I’m including at the end of this article.
How To: Create Computer Comfort – When you consider the fact that the average user has their hands on a mouse or keyboard for more than six hours a day, properly designed products are really essential. Apart from Microsoft designs tools such as ergonomic mice and keyboards, here are some tips from Microsoft to help make your work at your computer, more comfortable. Adding some of these tips to your daily routine, is a great idea!
Setting Up Your Desktop: When working at your desk it is important to avoid awkward postures and to position your body correctly. This can improve your overall comfort and productivity.
Here are some other tips to remember:
Take frequent breaks – stretch, walk around, drink some water
Use software and hardware features like fast scrolling to work more efficiently
Avoid glare by placing your monitor away from light sources
Keep your wrists in line with your forearms
Do not use wrist rest areas while typing
Setting Up Your Laptop: 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 work-space while using a laptop.
Here are some other tips to remember:
Use a pillow, pad, or even folded towels to raise you chair high enough so that your elbows are level or a slightly higher than the keyboard
Bring a power cable so you can increase the brightness until it’s comfortable to reduce eye strain
and prevent the tendency to lean forward.
Microsoft has a wide variety of ergonomic keyboards that can help you work more comfortably and productively. You might not find all of them in your local electronics big box store, but you can check them out online, and see the advantages of all of the styles (even portable laptop kepyboards) at: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/keyboards . You can also connect with an “Like” Microsoft on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Microsoft
ExploreThe Microsoft Comfort products
Sculpt Ergonomic MousePart #: L6V-00001$59.95MSRP
Sculpt Comfort MousePart #: H3S-00003 $39.95MSRP
Sculpt Mobile MousePart #: 43U-00001 $29.95MSRP
Comfort Mouse 6000Part #: S7J-00010$29.95MSRP
Comfort Mouse 4500Part #: 4FD-00025$24.95MSRP
Sculpt Ergonomic DesktopPart #: L5V-00001$129.95MSRP
Sculpt Comfort DesktopPart #: L3V-00001$79.95MSRP
Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000Part #: CSD-00001$69.95MSRP
Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000Part #: 3TJ-00001$24.95MSRP