Are you using a tablet regularly? If so, you have probably already noticed that while they make it easier to do your media snacking while leaning back in your armchair, on the couch, or out and about, they can also be uncomfortable to use for long periods.
Personally, I prefer the smaller 7-inch tablets over the larger ones, but both can be hard on your hands, neck, and eyes if you neglect to use a stand or case. Ergonomics is as important for tablet use as for working on a desktop PC.
I’ve tried a variety of stands and cases for my Kindle Fire (first generation 7-inch tablet). A Targus Lap Lounge stand seemed a good idea, but after I used it for about a month, it broke and no longer holds a raised position. Due to really poor design, it is impossible to fix. I still use it by placing a book under the raised stand, but it isn’t as useful as when it worked properly.
A little human engineering could improve many products, but why companies make screws inaccessible on devices, as on the Targus, baffles me. But then, years ago I wrote an article for OMNI magazine in which a human engineering specialist told me that most control rooms in nuclear power plants looked as if someone had taken a box of controls, dials, and switches, thrown them against the wall and placed them where they landed.
I also use one of the common leatherette cases that fold out to provide a stand, but because they only work horizontally, I don’t use that as much. Recently I bought a metal stand for about $5 at a Roses’ store that works fine on a desk or other surface.
Mostly, though, I still use the device by holding it in my hands or on my lap, and that just isn’t always good. I do use a stylus rather than my fingers most of the time, but even that causes some odd hand strain now and then.
Here’s an infographic on how to use your tablet without causing undue strain to your eyes, hands, and neck. - Allan Maurer
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