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Laptop users, get on your feet!

Introducing: The WorkFit-P, Sit-Stand Workstation

WorkFit-P, Sit-Stand WorkstationLaptops. As a partner in computing, their portability is a priority when the yen to connect occurs. Frequently, that yen occurs near a comfy couch or an uncomfy coffee corner, right? Or on the bed, or floor, an airport seat…you get the idea.

In all actuality, getting laptop users on their feet may be a feat unto itself.

Ergotron’s WorkFit-P is designed with our laptop friends in mind. While they can still find a comfy corner around the house or office when they want to sit, the WorkFit will be the ideal alternative when they want to stand.

The WorkFit-P provides a stable, adjustable solution for raising a laptop 20″ inches in the air above just about any worksurface. It attaches to the back or side of existing desks (or even a counter top), and can easily be moved out of the way for seated computing. Or detached and moved to another room if using at home.

And for the desktop users out there? The WorkFit-P gives us some additional worksurface at a standing level. No more bending to write on the desk surface. The WorkFit-P surface rises to elbow height (for a broad range of users) for applications like drawing with a pen and tablet, or as additional raised worksurface in conjunction with another standing desk option.

Is it ergonomic friendly?

ErgotronWorkFitP_SitStandPlatformEven with the large screen laptops, there are always some issues with viewing angles and in a seated or standing position. Still, there are some ways to get comfy quick:

Even by following some of these ergonomic considerations, you will go a long way towards a more comfortable experience. And for those who just can’t give up the couch or floor, here are some ergo tips for the portable laptop user.

Features you’ll appreciate:

  • Spacious worksurface approximately 26″ x 18″ (66 cm x 45.7 cm)
  • Mount via desk clamp or included grommet mount
  • Cable management clips on the underside of the mount arm routes and hides wires
  • Polished aluminum and black finish
  • Standing more burns more calories! Fact. Sitting on the couch does not. Just saying…

The important thing to remember with any laptop computing experience: Keep it comfy but keep it safe. Here’s one solution that helps laptop users do both.

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The 411 on laptop ergonomics

Carrie Schmitz, Office Ergonomics Consultant & Engineering Publications Manager @ Ergotron

After years of escalating sales, the popularity of portable computers (laptops, notebooks and tablet PCs) has reached an all-time high. And while desktops will always have a place in the computer market, it’s clear that with people increasingly on-the-go, computer use has expanded well beyond the brick and mortar walls of the traditional office. 

Minute for minute, I know I spend more time with my laptop than I do with any member of my family. I worry more about my laptop’s operating condition than I do about my own health. 

And what does my laptop do for me? 

At best, it allows me to get my work done and “earn my daily bread.” At worst, it is a source of frustration, fatigue and even pain. Clearly, this is a love/hate relationship. 
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The secret life of work from home ergonomics

“Darn it, Carrie, you know better!”

That’s what ran through my mind the other day when I woke up with a very sore, stiff neck. As an office ergonomic consultant, I knew exactly why I had the problem, but I have to admit that when I was doing the thing that caused it, I was not thinking at all. I was just doing.

And here’s the reason why: it was because I was working from home.

For some reason, those sound ergonomic rules that we follow in the office can easily be ignored when we work from home, almost as if working at home isn’t really working.

And while I have everything I need to make an ergonomic workstation in my living room (a cozy spot near the fireplace and in front of the television), I didn’t use it to full advantage because I was only planning to work for a couple hours that evening. If I ever needed proof that just two hours in the wrong posture can result in days of pain and reduced movement, this experience did it.

What went wrong?

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