You’d think with all the engineering that goes into computers that they’d be comfortable and easy to use; unfortunately this is not always the case, and it’s not always the fault of the computer manufacturer; in fact, most models and brands give you a lot of options for customizing your PC configuration for your environment and personal preferences. Below are five ways you can customize your PC for optimum efficiency and comfort:
1 – Adjust your keyboard: Because your keyboard is where you input data into your computer, it’s vitally important that you have not only the right keyboard for you, but one that works well with your computer. Remember, if you don’t like the keyboard that came with your computer, you can always order another one, preferably from the same company that makes your computer so that you will be sure the two will work together well.
2 – Adjust your mouse: Your mouse might be the most important peripheral device that you use with your computer; whether it’s actually a touch pad or a mouse, it should work the way you want it to, which means using the software that came with your computer or mouse to adjust how responsive it is and what the buttons or rollers do. Also, if you aren’t comfortable with using a touchpad with your laptop or notebook computer, get yourself an external mouse and something to put it on; they don’t cost much and can mean the difference between hours of hand and finger fatigue versus easy, comfortable computing.
3 – Adjust your screen: There is no good reason to sit staring at a screen that is too dim or too bright for your eyes or the lighting conditions in the room where you use your computer. Every computer has a way to adjust not just brightness, but contrast as well. Use these options whenever you move your computer to a new environment; your eyes will thank you forever after.
4 – Adjust your whole computer: Just as there is no good reason to use a mouse, keyboard and/or monitor that is uncomfortable, there is really no good reason to not make your whole computer itself as comfortable for you as it can possibly be. For example if your desk is too high, maybe you can raise your chair, or if it’s too low, you can do the reverse. Or maybe you need to put your computer on a table instead of a desk. Whatever. The point is that it really makes no sense to put your computer somewhere that is difficult or uncomfortable for you. Also, if you use a laptop or notebook regularly at a desk or table, you might want to consider a docking station or at least an external mouse and keyboard. You might also want to find something to put your laptop on that is higher than the table so that you can look directly at it as you would if it were a desktop monitor, then put and external keyboard down lower on the table where your keyboard would be if it were connected to a desktop. Or in other words, think over how you are using your computer and where, and then make adjustments so that things will be more comfortable for you.
5 – Adjust yourself: While this is not technically an adjustment to your computer, you can do something about how you and where you sit and what you use for your environment. For example if the lighting is bad where you work, you are putting way to much strain on your eyes; similarly, if your chair is uncomfortable or makes you slump, you might be making your back hurt, or worse slowly causing yourself some injury. The same can be said for both your keyboard and mouse. If your keyboard is too high for example, you might be putting your wrists at risk of developing carpel tunnel syndrome, which is something you really don’t want to get.