A lot of complaints from macbook users have been posted all over apple forums regarding the sharp corners of the laptop and the resultant wrist pain. Is it really that big a problem and if it is… what are the solutions?
Well… as a black macbook user for 5 weeks, I can honestly say the problem does exist. During prolonged typing sessions, my wrists do keep hitting the edges of the laptop chassis and trust me… it’s not a nice feeling. After migrating from the white 12″ iBook (which had such a comfy typing layout and rounded corners), one of the first things I noticed on the macbook was the wrist discomfort. The keys being spaced out didn’t add immediate value as well, but that’s a different matter.
The problem is that the laptop chassis edges are SHARP. They almost feel like blades from some angles…… not kidding! Here’s a simple test:- Place your palms on the edge of the laptop (on either sides of the trackpad) and then slowly slide your palm downwards at a 45 degree angle. You’ll think this is the laptop-paper cutter combo model :)
Apple really should’ve polished the build quality on these models. Were they in such a rush to release intel macbooks that they didn’t spend time on ergonomics and usability? Ok so now what. I’m not about to give this macbaby up just because of the chassis feel. So here are some quick-fix solutions……
– Change your typing angle: That’s the cheapest and fastest solution. I’ve noticed that after increasing my chair’s height and allowing my wrists to fall neatly on the sides of the trackpad, it does help matters. The moment, the wrists get bent backwards, the discomfort increases. So try to get used to a slightly different typing position.
– Change your desk level: If the desk level is lower or equal to the level of your chair’s armrests, typing is much more comfortable. You don’t end up bending wrists as much.
– No desk: When I don’t use a desk at all, it actually feels great to type on this laptop. If the laptop is propped on my lap or on the couch its cool…… but obviously this isn’t a long term solution as the heat from underneath the laptop can be too much to handle!
– Padded wrist support: A great product to use is the iLap Laptop stand from Rain Design. They have a 13″ widescreen version which should suffice for the macbook. The best part of the stand is that the ultra soft velvet cushion. I’ve tested it at a local apple showroom and it’s just super. Plus.. the laptop stand itself elevates the laptop at an angle which really forces you to type in an ergonomic position. If you type a lot on any given day… the 50$ for this accessory is really worth it.
Hope this article helps other macbook users out there!