Should I use my laptop’s keyboard or buy a separate one?

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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For some, this might seem like a dumb question to ask, but it’s that has a serious basis — if your laptop already comes with a built-in keyboard, should you use a separate one? I proved my sincere opinion below.
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Recently, I have finally bought a wireless keyboard and mouse for my Windows 10, 8 laptops and have been using them for a few days now. The reason why I have bought a separate keyboard for my laptop is because of concerns related to my health. Working for so many hours almost every day in front of my computer is affecting my health because I don’t maintain a healthy posture. And yes, relying on laptop‘s keyboard to write and work is a big cause for that. Let me explain.

Have a look at the pictures from below. As you can see in the first one, your spinal cord is bent mainly because the display is somewhat lower situated than the eyesight, despite the fact that the desktop PC comes with a separate keyboard. Now, the second image illustrates my point much better. By relying to your laptop‘s built-in keyboard to write, your incline your back and keep it like that for hours.

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A separate laptop keyboard improves your health

Now, if you would get a separate keyboard, a wireless one, especially, so that you wouldn’t be tied to a cord, first of all, the distance between the screen and your eyes will be reduced. Secondly, you will now be able to try and adopt a correct spinal cord posture, as your hands won’t be as close to the laptop as they were before. It’s just as simple as that.

Of course, when you are traveling and taking the laptop with you, it might not seem like such a great idea to take an extra keyboard with you, so use the keyboard if you don’t have a desktop PC and your laptop is your main working tool. You will be surprised at how big the effect will be on your health.

Customize your keyboard

And there’s also another major advantage to buying a separate keyboard — you can pick one that really suits your needs. Your built-in laptop keyboard is pretty standard. On the other hand, you can often customize your separate keyboard: you can choose its color (you may purchase a themed keyboard), select a particular key orientation design, and much more.

So, as you can see, a separate keyboard brings at least two important advantages in terms of keeping a healthy posture and choosing your own keyboard design.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2013 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.