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Actually, I stumbled once on some research seriously exploring, from a medical standpoint, the ergonomics of computer usage - and the laptop turned out to be fabulous, enabling a position with very little strain in extended usage...
...which was nothing like people often use computers, on a ~desk - basically, it was a half-lying position with gently bent knees, all supported by pillows or some such. Edited 2012-08-28 07:47 UTC
Hh, interesting... could be! Laptops are indeed very flexible as far as the posture goes.
But personally I find laptop displays just too small and positioned too low (too close to the keyboard). It is a strain. And a laptop with a extremely big display or external monitor is not really a laptop anymore. Edited 2012-08-28 07:51 UTC
Though the screen size is relative, it being quite close when using a laptop ...plus, in the position I mentioned, it ends up being sort of closer to the height of eye level. :p
I actually have a proper set up chair and desk and never have problems.
Any time I even go near a laptop for a while longer than a quick 10 minutes I already experience discomfort.
So I have some doubts about that, but I do wonder if there is some link.
My guess is, it takes away the biggest advantage that a laptop or tablet or even phone has over a desktop computer. which is: mobility. Edited 2012-08-28 13:55 UTC
Well, research generally tends to trump personal anecdotes and feelings...
(how much of a ~placebo-like effects with those, here, regarding ~workplace layouts? Even more so if somebody has doubts when confronted with info contrary to long-held beliefs - quite a few of cognitive biases manifest themselves in such scenario. And I could quickly dig up some loosely related examples: http://plan9.bell-labs.com/wiki/plan9/Mouse_vs._keyboard/index.html or how, contrary to some people praising trackpoints, actual research suggests that touchpads are superior... http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=18522893 & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointing_stick#Comparison_with_touchpa... - and note that voices supportive of clit are of "subjective opinion" in character; and personally I do like trackpoints, I'm used to the concept, but...)
Anyway, most human dwellings have a ~bed of some kind, so adopting the general position I described, while being portable, shouldn't be much of a problem ;p (OTOH, yeah, overall mobility probably greatly helps by itself, allowing for quite great variability in body positions)