Here’s why you need a laptop stand

When they first came out, the simplicity of the laptops was one of their best features. As the name suggests, all you needed to work was your lap and your device. But while laptops offer the flexibility of the workplace, a laptop’s design doesn’t make it an ergonomic choice for long work hours.

The laptop’s compact design with attached screen and keyboard forces the user to bend over just so they can see what’s happening on the screen. Spending long hours bent over a screen leads to numerous health problems. Luckily there is a convenient and affordable solution; a laptop stand. Below are reasons why you should get one.

The number one reason for owning a laptop stand is to improve the ergonomics of your workspace, which in turn contributes to a good sitting posture. If you work on your laptop for a long period of time, you most likely put strain on your neck and back.

An ergonomic laptop stand elevates your screen to eye level as desired, preventing neck and back strain caused by hours of staring down.

Ergonomics is a science dedicated to the study of human posture and the ways we sit and move that are healthiest for our bodies. Poor posture can contribute to the development of long-term health problems, including poor circulation, digestive problems, headaches, reduced lung function, and fatigue.

If you’re using a laptop without a laptop stand, you’re likely to tire a lot faster, making you less productive. This is the result of eyestrain from viewing the screen and poor posture, leading to shoulder, neck, and back pain.

A laptop stand along with an external keyboard allows you to sit more comfortably and get more work done throughout the day. Your laptop should be at eye level, with your back straight and your elbows bent at a comfortable 90 degree angle. Most laptop stands are portable and small enough to put in your bag.

Prevention of eyestrain

The whole point of a functional laptop stand is to be able to adjust the angles, heights and distance of your device from your body. Many adults today suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome, or eye strain from digital screens. By adjusting the angle of your computer, you can reduce screen glare and protect your eye health.

Have you had incidents where your laptop suddenly heats up and then freezes? Heat often builds up when you use a laptop on a flat surface. This can affect the performance of your laptop and lead to a below-average lifespan.

By increasing the height of your laptop, you increase airflow underneath, which helps keep the device cool, avoiding the risk of damage and ensuring its longevity. Some laptop stands have fans attached at the bottom for better functionality.

The human body is designed to stand up and move and sit down when resting. But today, people sit at a desk while they work, commute to work, watch television, eat meals, and engage in other physically inactive pursuits.

This can lead to health complications associated with physical inactivity, such as back pain, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and more. One of the ways to be more active while working is to do interval standing, which is possible with a laptop stand.

Where to buy a laptop stand?

Kampala Road is your one stop shopping hub for laptops, computers and accessories. Regular stands cost between 60,000 and 100,000 ShsS. Models with a fan cost between Shs 150,000 and 200,000.

These stands are adjustable, can be raised and tilted to your desired height and angle. When purchasing, confirm that your stand can be raised to the desired height, as the common ones on the market only rise slightly from the desk, which may not be worth it if you want one that raises the laptop to eye level.

You can also find laptop stands at Kross Tech at Lugogo Mall, Tech Hut at Oasis Mall, and Kings Gadgets and Karibu Digital in Garden City. Prices in tech stores range from Shs 150,000 to Shs 280,000 depending on the brand and manufacturer. You can also check online stores.

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