Laptops and tablets have been a boon to both workplace productivity and efficiency. They afford employees greater work flexibility for use in office meetings or project teams, in offsite settings such as meetings with customers and clients, and when working from home. In addition, with the rise of flexible work hours and more options for remote location work, daily use of a laptop or tablet is essential for many employees.
Working from a laptop or tablet is not without its difficulties. From a design perspective, they present challenges in terms of both ergonomics and usability. Most of these problems arise from the simple fact that the screen and keyboard elements are anchored to one another. As a result, extended time working from a laptop leaves most people with neck and back pain, eyestrain, and headaches. These issues arise because the laptop (and tablet) design prevents users from getting their body in an ideal working position. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines for desktop computer use call for a working position that keeps the head upright and straight ahead, the trunk of the body perpendicular to the floor, and the shoulders and upper arms aligned with the torso. This body-to-computer alignment reduces poor posture, alleviates tension on the neck and back, and ensures good screen placement to ease eyestrain. Yet, it is very difficult to realize this ideal positioning when working with a laptop or tablet. The simplest way to overcome these ergonomic shortcomings is the use of a laptop/tablet stand.
Laptop/tablet stands, like those produced by Goldtouch, help relieve the physical discomfort common to working with a portable computer. Goldtouch’s laptop/tablet stands are made from lightweight aluminum or composite resin, and are sturdy enough to accommodate even larger laptop computers. In addition, stands allow users to elevate and adjust the screen position of their laptop or tablet – essential to reducing neck/back discomfort and to easing the eyestrain that often causes headaches. Elevating the laptop/tablet with a stand also makes it easy to connect a wireless keyboard. This further improves head and body position, both of which are vital to maintaining a comfortable working environment while using either a laptop or a tablet.