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    Re: Laptop stand

    My docking station sits on top of an inverted plastic basket, the docking station holds it securely with about half the depth of the laptop sticking out above the keyboard on my desk.

    I would take a photo to show you, but I seem to have lost my camera <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

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    I found my daughter's camera, so you can see my laptop in all it's glory...
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    Thanks for going to so much trouble, Stuart. I can see I'm not the only one with exactly this problem. I must admit to also getting close to making up something myself. You'd think there was a niche market for a manufacturer here!

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    Laptop stand

    Can anyone suggest a laptop stand (preferably available in the UK) that will raise the screen of a Dell 15.4" M1530 laptop to a ergonomically acceptable height for prolonged work *and* allow me to slide the back of my keyboard (rather deep Logitech diNovo Edge) partially underneath the front of the stand so I can keep the high-resolution (1680 x 1050) laptop screen at an acceptable viewing distance (no more than arm length)? Seems to be quite a job finding one that fits the bill!

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    Re: Laptop stand

    Here is a design to think about. Though it is not UK source, the product may be available there.. http://www.meritline.com/xb-1001-00-xbrand...ptop-stand.html
    Is your desire for an external keyboard for its performance or simply because if you have your laptop display up off the desk then its keyboard is poorly accessible?

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    Re: Laptop stand

    Thanks very much for your reponse, Paul. I have looked at the particular design you suggest, and do think it is definitely one of the better ones, but I do want to use an external keyboard for ease of accessibility (and I want to stick with the fantastic quality Logitech I already have). The insurmountable problem is then that with most stands (including the X-Brand) you can't get this external keyboard close enough to the laptop screen (particularly in the case of high-resolution models) unless you slide it under the laptop (which is normally prevented by the base of the laptop stand).

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    Re: Laptop stand

    Paul,
    When you raise the laptop to put the screen at the correct height, the external keyboard is essential to enable you to type with your arms at the correct angle.

    Nick,
    My employers use a laptop stand that works by holding the laptop open flat, with the keyboard pointing down from the laptop screen. This does exactly what you have asked for - I'm not sure what make or model it is, but a quick google search turned up this one which uses the same idea.

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    Re: Laptop stand

    One approach I would recommend if you are concerned with ergonomics is to start from the floor on up. Comfortable sitting is most important and that requires an adjustable seat height to match your frame. Your feet want to be comfortably on the floor when you are sitting more or less erect. You do not want all of your weight on the base of your spine. Once comfortably seated your forearms want to be nearly horizontal to the floor to achieve the desired "neutral" position. For many people this height dictates that the keyboard be lower than standard desk heights so the solution is a sliding keyboard mounted under the desk. Now that you and your arms and your wrists are comfortable you have to determine what a comfortable screen height is. Some have a slouching posture others a Marine bearing so the height is what is comfortable for YOU. But, that height should place you normal viewing of the screen slightly downward from the horizon.

    So I suggest you get a good chair if you do not already have one, spend your money on an under mount slide to hold your keyboard and then support you display on anything that will get it high enough.

    Your comfort may vary. <img src=/S/doctor.gif border=0 alt=doctor width=25 height=33>

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    Re: Laptop stand

    Thanks once again, Stuart,. I'll check that one out. Only problem I forsee is that, ironically, the screen may end up too high in this case.

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    Thanks for your very cogent description, Paul. I am aware of the need for overall posture control you outline, and have achieved most aspects within reason. I hadn't considered your idea of using a sliding keyboard, only problem may be that when it is slid out for use I would probably be further away than ideal from the laptop screen. I agree the poor quality of most chairs is a sore point. There are customised ergonomic chairs available, but unfortunately beyond my means at about 800/$1500.

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    Re: Laptop stand

    What are you working on/at - a desk or table? Maybe you could find one of those articulated arms that clamp to the edge of the desk and you pull it to where you want. I've tried searching under 'Monitor arms' and there are a few things available, but it may depend on your budget.

    Have a look at Computing Plus and Mayfair Stationers for a few ideas. You may be able to adapt a standard flat-panel arm to take the laptop.

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    Thanks very much for your suggestions, Leif. I'm working at a desk. I particularly like the Computing Plus arms you came up with. I'll give them a ring is see if the bank balance will stretch that far.

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    Re: Laptop stand

    The main point about the chair is it's seat hight from the floor matching your body. So any chair, basic or elaborate, with the right seat height will get you much of what you need for long term comfort. Of course the easiest way to make that height determination is with an adjustable height chair. The seat height, in turn, determines the keyboard height and also the display height.

    The other option to consider if you are going to use your current chair, desk, keyboard and laptop is to purchase not some mechanical hardware, but a second monitor (with height, tilt,& swivel adjustments) to use as your primary display and move your laptop to one side as the secondary monitor. Most laptops support a second monitor option and you can position it for maximum long term comfort. I use a laptop (1400 x 1050 pixels) and second monitor (1280X1024 pixels) and it is the bet setup I've ever had.

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    Re: Laptop stand

    Thanks Paul. I do have the possibility of a normal (2nd) monitor in the back of my mind. Especially since it seems some of the most laptop raising solutions (arm systems) are almost as expensive. I also work with two texts all the time (translating from German to English), so a really large monitor (24") displaying them side by side would in fact be the ideal. The one thing (apart from cost) that makes me reluctant to go this way is that my existing 1680 x 1050 Dell laptop screen is a nice sharp display with good blacks for text.

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    Re: Laptop stand

    If you have the space and the appropriate video card you may want to investigate using two 19-20 inch monitors. The premium for a 24 inch monitor is very substantial right now. See Dell : Monitors & Accessories : Accessories : Home & Home Office or Dell Outlet Home & Home Office - Refurbished Monitors - Refurbished Monitor - Refurbished Flat Panel for a comparison. NOTE: I realize that this is USA Dell site and I'm just guessing that the same disparity exists in the UK.

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    You're right Joe. I can certainly get a new 19" monitor at around 100 - compared with about 380 for the latest Dell 24". Thanks, its worth considering.

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