Common Laptop/Netbook Positions to Avoid – Laptops – Lifehacker


The great thing about laptops and netbooks: You can use them anywhere. The downside: If you spend a lot of time in the wrong position, you’re in for a world of RSI pain.

The illustration above—from weblog Core77’s netbook case study—highlights ten common usage positions and the pain points you’re asking for down the road with each. (No one wants glowing red joints!) Interestingly, the most comfortable position, according to the study, is position #2 above: lying down with the device slightly elevated on the user’s thigh with bent knees.

Gizmodo’s Brian Lam attests to the comfort of the lay-down position, having been bed-ridden for months after a motorcycle accident several years back. Now if only you could convince your boss that working from bed is a good idea.

Got a non-traditional computing position that does the trick for you when you’re away from the desk? Let’s hear it in the comments.

Send an email to Adam Pash, the author of this post, at gvcf+nqnz@yvsrunpxre.pbztips+adam@lifehacker.com.

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