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What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?


by @caseyr | 6yr  | 18 comments

What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?

I personally have an external keyboard, and am currently exploring getting a laptop stand, some lumbar support, and a trackball-mouse.

What do you use? How are you balancing health / portability?

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@sukienniko | 1yr

Not sure what โ€˜ergonomicโ€™ means but Nexstand is a lifesaver. That plus a Bluetooth mouse (and keyboard, optionally), because it can get straining on the shoulders/upper back to have your arms elevated to scroll and type constantly.

Something like 20USD on amazon. And no I am not getting paid to promote this thing.

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@brmolin | 1yr

Iโ€™m actually working on a new portable standing desk design to address this issue:

Interested in peopleโ€™s feedback on the design/concept!

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@hoperto | 1yr

To me the real problem is always with the chairs. rented places almost never have ergonomic chairs & most of co-works with the open spaces too.

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@kylethegray | 5yr

I just got the new Roost last month. You can feel a huge difference when using it.

Another great stand I want to recommend is the Aviiq Laptop stand. I use both the Roost and Aviiq regularly, but hereโ€™s a few situations where I like the low-profile Aviiq setup:

If I use my full setup, I usually expect to stay set up for a few hours. It does not take long, and is not particularly difficult. But I donโ€™t find it worth the effort if I only plan on spending an hour or less working somewhere.

Occasionally I find myself in coffee shops that donโ€™t have any power outlets available. Using my mouse and bluetooth keyboard drains the battery very quickly. The Aviiq laptop stand still provides most of the benefits of the roost, but without the necessity of all the peripherals.

Finally I sometimes find myself working at a narrow bar, or small table that canโ€™t fit the extra keyboard. The Aviiq stand does not take up any more space than setting up your laptop on itโ€™s own.

I wrote up a full post on my setup here. http://kylegray.io/ergonomic-digital-nomads/

Hope this helps.

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@dangerdespain | 6yr

The new roost stand is supposed to work with a lot more laptop form factors than the original. The kickstarter is running for a couple more days, I canโ€™t wait to get mine (: An external keyboard and mouse are a must-have- anything to free me up to prop my laptop screen a bit higher!

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@flyonthewall | 6yr

Just backed the new roost, canโ€™t wait to get it.

What kind of lumbar support do you get? I saw this better back kickstarter but that isnโ€™t out yetโ€ฆ What do you use?

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@jcw | 6yr

What portable laptop stands are people using?

Iโ€™d love a roost but only have a Windows laptop and donโ€™t think they fit.

Cheers!

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@jamesschipper | 6yr

I just wrote up a bunch of options on one of my blogs. Mostly because I want that TextBlade something fierce.

At the moment, I try to switch it up a lot to keep from getting stuck in any one position. I alternate between standing and sitting and take lots of dance/stretch breaks, for example.

I carry everything I own when I travel, and donโ€™t check bags. So I need small, but effective.

http://www.livecollarfree.com/digital-nomad-ergonomics/ (Not sure what the link policy is here, but delete this if itโ€™s a no-no, P)

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@acdc | 6yr

I assume you guys donโ€™t travel carryon then?

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@karene | 6yr

Laptop stand, external keyboard, external mouse, bluetooth speaker.

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@mike2381 | 6yr


standup desk, sometimes sitting on a high stool, sometimes standing
minicute right and left mice
logitech k810 keyboard
cosmos keyboard cover
cosmos portable stand
usb fan

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@jamesschipper | 6yr

Whoahโ€ฆwhy two mice? How does that work?

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@mike2381 | 6yr

They both control the one cursor, I just switch from left and right to give my arms a break.

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@jamesschipper | 6yr

Nice! Never heard of that before.

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@nickdanforth | 6yr

Just an external mouse at the moment, but will be picking up a laptop stand + external keyboard sometime in the next couple months.

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@sarab | 6yr

So far only an actual mouse (working with a laptops trackpad would have killed me by now), but looking into the same things you mention, especially lumbar support!

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@poppyjikko | 6yr

Do you travel with it or buy and expand a new one when you move ?

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@caseyr | 6yr

I travel with a small one from Poker. But itโ€™s so-so ergonomically and the delete key got messed up in my luggage, so I just bought a Goldtouch Go keyboard. It folds up for easy transport and tents for ergonomics. Should be getting here in a week or so - will post the outcome.

Also did a ton of research on this yesterday and may write a blog post.

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by @nihilista | 5yr 5 years ago | 20 comments

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