It’s well documented that sitting too long in front of a PC can be hazardous to your health.
Fortunately, new products can help relieve wrist and back pain; plus, three books that can help Windows 8 users get the most out of their OS.
Ever wonder why you’re sore and tired — both physically and mentally — after a day of laboring at your PC? The typical workstation configuration might account for much of your stress. Keyboards can lead to debilitating pain in hands and arms; slumping in your chair for hours can easily lead to back and shoulder pain. Add the frustrations of adapting to Windows 8.1, and it’s a wonder we make it through the day.
Good work habits such as standing up every 30 minutes is so can help make our work less taxing. But using the right equipment can also improve our daily grind. To overcome these mind and body issues, here are some useful products that increased my productivity. They might help boost yours, too.
Programmable, mechanical keyboards really click
Whether you type on a laptop or a desktop keyboard, it’s almost assured you’re pounding away on a membrane keyboard — so called because it uses a uniform, flexible, plastic or rubber membrane under the keys.
Membrane keyboards are incredibly inexpensive, but they often have poor tactile feedback. The sad fact is that most of us have grown used to the mushy feel of membrane keyboards. Why is that a problem, you ask? Without good tactile feedback, we tend to completely depress every keystroke, which, over hours of typing, leads to finger and hand fatigue — and potentially debilitating carpal-tunnel syndrome (more info).
It’s unlikely you can find a classic IBM Selectric keyboard to fit your PC, but various companies are making Selectric-like alternatives. Func’s new KB-460 (more info), for example, is a mechanical keyboard that I found surprisingly comfortable. Designed as a programmable keyboard for computer gamers who need fast reaction time and durability, the KB-460 works well for business applications, too.