Get a Leg Up on Your Notebook

Here at Laptopical we have always been concerned about our readers’ ergonomics, that is, exactly how well their notebooks are designed not only to look good, work well, but also to be used by a human being. When a laptop’s ergonomics are bad, for example, you can suffer backaches, neck pains, and other health boo boos. The problem is-most laptops have bad ergonomics.

To use one on a flat table, for example, you have to move your elbows away from your body to get a better angle with your typing fingers. You may not know you are doing this until it’s too late-until your back and shoulder muscles start to get tired.

“Well, I’ll use my laptop on my lap then,” you say? In that case, you may take some stress off your elbows, but you’ll feel the heat on your lap. Not only that, blocking airflow along the bottom of your laptop can even cause your computer to run slower and burn out faster.

Of course, we’re not suggesting that you give up on mobile computing and lock yourself at your desk. No, simply try Laptop Legs, or Mac Feet, from Lapworks, the folks who brought us the laptop desk. This simple but ingenious invention allows you to elevate your laptop at a comfortable angle, making for less aches and strains to your upper body, and protecting your computer, and your lap, from overheating.

Simply attach the legs to the bottom of your notebook with their peel n’ stick adhesive. Each side has two fold-down feet-1 inch high and 1 3/8 inch high, for the most comfortable angle to your keyboard. The lower feet also have rubber grip, so no worries about the laptop slipping off a desk surface.

The difference between Laptop Legs and Mac Feet is simply the color. Mac Feet are white to match most Apple laptops. Otherwise, both can handle up to 15 pounds of constant pressure, and they’ve been tested to fail at more than 40 pounds. Meanwhile, they both only add one-quarter ounce of weight to a laptop. Both come with a one-year warranty against defects in materials and construction.

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By Matthew Brodsky – Laptopical

Wednesday, February 01, 2006