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    Several of my colleagues, including myself, look at the keyboard when typing instead of at the monitor. The issue is that when establishing traditional proper positioning at a workstation, it increase neck flexion for those who need to look at the keyboard. For this reason I personally prefer to use a laptop. Is anyone aware of studies or recommendations that take this into consideration (other than learning to type, of course!)



    We had this situation for one of our workers. Using a laptop didn’t work because it put the screen too close. We used an angled writing platform on the desktop so the keyboard was at a positive angle and higher to be more in his line of sight. He was able to have the monitor in the correct position and a neutral wrist posture albeit with a more flexed elbow position. This seemed to reduce the amount of neck flexion required to see the keys. I think some of the laptop stands, or heavy duty in-line document holders might provide enough stability and the right position for the keyboard. Good luck.

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