16 Apr Typing (Comfortably) On a Tablet
I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I have become one of those gadget girls. You know the ones in Starbucks who whip out their laptop, iPhone and tablet. Well, I am now one of those types that work surrounded by my laptop, iPhone, Samsung tablet and my Nexus. It’s kind of ridiculous, but I have to admit, I love my gadgets. And lately I’ve really been loving my tablets….except when it comes to typing.
And that’s where the dilemma comes in. My laptop is waaaay better for typing (and lately I’v been practicing what I preach and using my laptop kickstand along with a wireless keyboard and magic trackpad to be ergonomically sound) but the laptop is heavy to lug around with me all the time. My tablets are so much more portable and convenient to take with me. And as I have been and continue to migrate documents that I need to the cloud so that I can access and work with them on my tablet, I find that I can use my tablet more and more without access limitations. But actually typing on the tablet can get really uncomfortable really quickly. Typically, one of three things happen:
- If I type with the tablet lying flat, then my hands are happy, but my neck is a mess from being bent forward.
- If I hold the tablet in one hand so that it’s easier to view, then my typing speed is v-e-r-y s-l-o-w since I can only type one-handed and my other hand and arm get tired from holding up the tablet.
- If I prop up the tablet so my neck is comfy, well, then my wrists have to bend back when typing and that’s never a good idea.
So……what’s a gadget girl to do?
Use Plug Ins! It hit me the other day that I didn’t have to suffer with discomfort or give up on typing on my tablets. I simply took the same laptop kickstand that I used for my laptop and found that i could use if for my tablet as well. I also bought a tablet cover that doubles as a tablet stand. I then synced up my keyboard and mouse to the tablet and suddenly typing was a breeze.
Use My Voice! Literally. I have fallen in love with the microphone button on my keyboard and I suggest you do too. Voice command is amazingly accurate and capture the vast majority of what I am “writing”. I now use it when I text too!
So now, I’m one of those gadget girls who is happy while using her devices and works strategically, ergonomically and productively.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
What are your strategies to successfully type on your devices? External Devices? Please let me know by sharing in the comment section!
Here’s to your health!
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