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iPad ergonomics

iPad ergonomics
Top half courtesy of Safety & Health, University of Western Australia. Via Sciblogs. Bottom half courtesy Peter Belanger/Macworld.

As the iPad cannibalizes the traditional PC market, more knowledge workers are relying on Apple’s tablet for getting things done. One unfortunate side effect of a tablet-based workstation? Deplorable ergonomics.

Most ergonomic guides recommend you mount your monitor at (or just below) eye level. That’s tough to do with iPad docks currently available.

On the other hand, you could argue that the iPad is ergonomically superior to laptops. With the iPad, it’s at least theoretically possible to raise the screen higher (even if few people do it). A laptop locks the screen at keyboard height.