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Are your wrists supposed to be touching the desk if you're not using a keyboard tray or a wrist rest?

I have a Logitech G110 keyboard that came with a wrist rest but decided not to use it because it was way too big. So I'm typing with my arms on the desk, but my wrists are not touching the table at all. Is this bad? Maybe I'm weird. I was using the Apple slim keyboard for over a year and I was so used to having my wrist sit on the table since it was such a tiny and slim keyboard.

asked Feb 18 '11 at 03:08

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edited Feb 18 '11 at 03:32

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According to ergonomic studies, the best practices is to not rest your wrists AS you type, but rather, have them float above the keyboard. I'm not sure about having your arms at the table but I do know that having your elbows and arms at the same level as your waist. They say the best way to do this is to use a keyboard pull-out drawer on your desk because it's low enough to do it that way. I rest my wrists on the table in front of my keyboard when I'm typing for a long period but for the most part, they don't rest on anything.


answered Feb 18 '11 at 03:50

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k thanks. This was the answer I was looking for

(Feb 18 '11 at 13:44) Gary Gary's gravatar image

If you want Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, type with your wrists on the desk/table. If you don't want Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, type with your wrists slightly elevated (maybe 2-3 inches above the table/desk).

In your situation, you need to move the keyboard to the edge of your desk. You should not have any part of your arm on the desk when you're typing. That's why in one of my former computer classes, the teacher really stressed having the keyboard at the edge of the desk.

answered Feb 18 '11 at 06:03

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My wrists rest on the wrist rest of my Logitech G19, however. To be honest, as long as you are comfortable (Especially on long typing sessions.) everything should be good. If you feel comfortable typing like that, it isn't bad at all. :)

answered Feb 18 '11 at 03:51

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It's not all about comfort, it's about the right technique. You need to have your wrists above your keyboard (not using an armrest). If you don't, you risk getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

(Feb 18 '11 at 05:58) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

I've heard that the floating wrist method is supposed to be better for preventing RSI. I, on the other hand, experience extreme stress when i try to do that. My wrists and arms rest on the table when I type, and my palms are directly in contact with the palmrest on my laptop or my PC keyboard when I'm typing.

I also sit low behind the keyboard, leaning backward in my chair, looking upward slightly to see the screen when I'm at home. I am the anti-ergonomic, but I'm comfortable when in front of the PC. On the other hand, I do have mild RSI pain in my wrists occasionally, but that's usually after I'm forced to use a keyboard in a situation where I have to type "the right way."

I don't recommend doing what I do - but personally I simply don't see the risks. If I was going to see any MAJOR problems from it, I'd have picked them up sometime in my past 18 years of using computers in some capacity.

answered Feb 18 '11 at 05:24

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