Working in comfort – Using a notebook computer

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Using a notebook computer

On the road
In a hotel room, use a blanket for padding your chair and a rolled towel as an inventive way to support your lower back area.

Using a notebook computer
Maintaining a high level of comfort when using a notebook computer may be more challenging than when using a desktop computer. Therefore, you should be especially alert to your body's signals, such as any feeling of discomfort. Also, be sure to adhere to the key principles presented earlier in this Guide.

The following strategies are intended to help you maintain comfort when using a notebook computer.

Seeking comfort
When working with a notebook computer, keep your shoulders and neck relaxed and your head balanced over your shoulders. If you must work with your notebook computer on your lap, place a support surface (your briefcase, a bed table, or a large book) under the computer. This will also raise the computer and may improve comfort.

WARNING: To reduce the possibility of heat-related injuries or of overheating the computer, do not place the computer directly on your lap or obstruct the computer air vents. Use the computer only on a hard, flat surface. Do not allow another hard surface, such as an adjoining optional printer, or a soft surface, such as pillows or rugs or clothing, to block airflow. Also, do not allow the AC adapter to contact the skin or a soft surface, such as pillows or rugs or clothing, during operation. The computer and the AC adapter comply with the user-accessible surface temperature limits defined by the International Standard for Safety of Information Technology Equipment (IEC 60950).

Being inventive
Use pillows, blankets, towels, books, and blocks to:

  • Raise the height of your seat.
  • Create a footrest, if needed.
  • Support your back.
  • Raise your computer to elevate the display (while using a separate keyboard and pointing device).
  • Provide arm supports, if you are working on a couch or bed.
  • Provide padding wherever needed.

Transporting the computer
If you load up your carrying case with accessories and papers, avoid shoulder strain by using a cart or a carrying case with built-in wheels.


Notebook comfort
When you must work where proper seating or support may not be available, such as on airplanes or in wilderness areas, change your position often while working and take brief breaks more frequently.

Long periods of time
You may find it more comfortable to use a separate monitor, or to lift your notebook computer with a book or block while using an external keyboard and pointing device. These options give you a wider range of viewing distance and height options, which is especially important when working on your notebook computer for long periods of time.