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    Laptop keyboard ergonomic designs

    I've been told recently that companies don't get laptops for their employees because the keyboards are not ergonomically designed (among other reasons, such as price, of course), thus causing potential liability issues. This caused concern for me because I read some time back that to avoid doing serious damage to one's wrists, s/he should never rest the wrists on the laptop shelf, but rather, should keep them suspended in the air, with only one's finger tips touching the keyboard. Everytime I try doing that, it lasts about 5 minutes before I find my wrists back down on the laptop resting again while I type. I use my laptop A LOT. Am I in risk of serious injuries?

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    Re: Laptop keyboard ergonomic designs

    I haven't heard that reason. Do these companies buy ergonomic keyboards for their desktop computers?

    I think that people who type for extended periods are at more risk than those who work in short bursts and then allow their wrists to resume a more natural position. (Because I use a trackpad, my hands are seldom in the same position for long.)

    You can purchase wrist straps with firm plastic inserts to keep your wrists level if you like. They are unfashionable, and somewhat uncomfortable, but they do keep your wrists straight. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Laptop keyboard ergonomic designs

    > Do these companies buy ergonomic keyboards for their desktop computers?

    Actually, I don't think they do. So maybe then ergonomics isn't the factor after all.

    I also have a trackpad on my laptop, but I don't think it helps much since I spend 90% of my time on the computer typing and maybe 10% at most scrolling. Maybe I will look into those wrist straps. Can you suggest a manufacturer?

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    Re: Laptop keyboard ergonomic designs

    I got my wrist straps at a local computer store. They had gel pads on the bottom side so you could more easily rest your wrists. I do not remember the brand, sorry. Maybe a large online retailer like NewEgg or Amazon would show you a decent selection?

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