The Best No-Pain Laptop Position

The Best No-Pain Laptop Position

Taryn Williford
Feb 19, 2010

With a late night project to finish and roommates taking up the whole couch (my usual "desk" space), I was lying on the floor to get my work done. It was all fine and dandy until this morning, when I woke up with sore shoulders. Under the jump, we'll see some common laptop positions that can cause strain like mine, as well as one that doesn't cause any strain at all. And we also want to know: What's your favorite position?

So laptop owner, you bought a sleek notebook computer so you could take it around the house and leave it anywhere without it looking like tech took over the room. But since you're living the desk-less life and don't want any bulky ergonomic accessories for your laptop, you're now stuck trying to find a comfortable position to actually use the thing.

Well it turns out that among a whole slew of uncomfortable, joint-stressing positions you and your computer could get into, there's one that won't have you sore the next morning. In a case study by Dave Malouf on Freescale Netbook Design, he discovered the most comfortable position that doesn't but any unnecessary stress on the joints is "lying down in bed with the device on the thigh when the knees are kept up."

So is that your favorite position? Or can you usually be found in one of the other, more uncomfortable positions? Or do you have another non-traditional position that keeps the pain away? Let us know in the comments!

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