The Importance of Workstation and Monitor Arm Minimum Weight Requirements

The Importance of Workstation and Monitor Arm Minimum Weight Requirements

When purchasing a monitor arm, there’s a wide variety of components to think about: number of monitors, mounting options,  adjustments, budget, weight requirements, etc. Most of the time, maximum weight requirements have more influence over a purchasing decision because you want to ensure that your monitor will be supported. But in fact, minimum weight requirements are just as important. The average weight of modern computer monitors is less than 10 lbs, and most are about 5 lbs. (Unless of course…

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What is an Ergonomic Mouse For?

What is an Ergonomic Mouse For?

Mouse use can lead to a variety of pains and strains in the wrist and hands, usually referred to as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs include repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), tingling or numb fingers, tennis elbow, carpel tunnel syndrome, and hand pain. Ergonomic mice are designed to keep your hand in a neutral resting posture in order to lessen the strains placed on the body. This posture refers to the position of muscle joints in the forearm, wrist, and fingers. Like…

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How to Install a Keyboard Tray Track on a Crossbar Desk

How to Install a Keyboard Tray Track on a Crossbar Desk

If you type for several hours a day you could be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive-stress injury (RSI), or other ergonomic strains (forearm aches, numb or tingling fingers, and finger pain). Investing in a keyboard tray can help keep your forearms, wrists, hands, and fingers in a more ergonomic position to prevent injuries. Larger keyboard trays may even have enough room to accommodate 1-2 mice. As we mentioned in our gaming posture blog, your elbows should rest…

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Is the New Japanese Gaming Chair Really Ergonomic?

Is the New Japanese Gaming Chair Really Ergonomic?

There’s a new gaming chair on the market in Japan, claiming to be ergonomic and posture correcting. But is it true? Limited news released so far says the Buddy chair “helps you maintain good posture” and encourages gamers “to sit near the screen“. However, I have yet to read exactly how this chair helps with posture, or how sitting closer to a screen is more ergonomic. The chair rests on the floor, without a stand or wheels, and can be…

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7 Ways Posture Can Help You Game Longer

7 Ways Posture Can Help You Game Longer

Source Neutral, relaxed positions put less strain on the body, reducing the likelihood of problems like sore wrists, neck ache, and back ache. Follow our guidelines below to adjust your PC gaming setup for better posture. Find seat height – The distance from the floor to just below your kneecap is your ideal seat height.  Feet flat on the floor – While sitting, your feet should rest flat on the floor, knees bent at a 90 degree angle, hips above…

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7 Steps to Laptop More Ergonomically

7 Steps to Laptop More Ergonomically

Laptops for work and personal use are becoming the norm. However, laptop use causes hunched backs, necks that stick out, and pain in the shoulders and arms. Try these steps to make your laptop use more ergonomic, safe, and healthy. Take frequent breaks from using your laptop. Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time, especially at odd angles, can be unhealthy. Try to take at least one break an hour. Adjust your laptop screen angle…

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2 New Upgrades for Your Gaming Chair

2 New Upgrades for Your Gaming Chair

As we mentioned last year, Linus Sebastian, the face of LinusTechTips on Youtube, recently reviewed our Office Master OM5 Gaming Chair. The OM5 is so advanced that it requires no levers, knobs or manual adjustments. Whatever your position, the chair automatically adjusts while providing continuous lumbar support, and keeping you in an ergonomic posture at all times. Linus was concerned, however, that the chair arm’s slider mechanism did not lock. OM5 designers addressed this issue by adding the MR-65 (arm…

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How to Choose the Right Cylinder for Your Chair

How to Choose the Right Cylinder for Your Chair

Your chair is the most important part of your ergonomic working environment. On average, employees spend 5-6 hours daily in a sitting position, so choosing the right chair is important for your health and comfort. There are several factors to keep in mind when picking your ergonomic chair. However, today’s focus is only about the height of the chair seat. Your legs should always be supported while sitting. Finding the right seat height is the most complicated and most crucial…

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Ergonomics and Work-Related Injuries

Ergonomics and Work-Related Injuries

According to J Paul Lee of the University of California, Davis, work-related injuries cost our economy about $192 billion annually*. There are 23,000 on-the-job injuries in the United States every single day. That’s over 8.5 million injuries annually. This is a huge burden on the economy, employers, individuals and families. And according to a 2000 Senate testimony ◊ of Charles N. Jeffress, Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, $1 of every $3 spent on workers’…

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Elements of Office Ergonomics – V

Elements of Office Ergonomics – V

Part V – Task Lighting The fifth and final post in our series on office ergonomics: Task Lighting. Learn about ergonomic chairs, sit-stand desks, monitor arms, and keyboard trays in our past posts. Q: What is task lighting? A: Task lighting is focused lighting used in a particular area for a specific task for effectiveness and efficiency, like desk lamps. Q: Why is task lighting important? A: Focusing light effectively around computer screens can reduce eyestrain and other visual issues…

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