laptop pain in the neck

Working on a Laptop/Notebook computer for a long time is not recommended, due to the strain it puts on your neck ,shoulders and back

Bad posture and overuse of a laptop can cause many serious health issues which can cause serious side effects as we age. Correct posture is important. You must not spend too much time looking down or up to a monitor or laptop screen. Ideally your eyes should be level with the top of the monitor.

A stand-up desk (see below) is an excellent option and can be used sitting or standing.

laptop-with-monitor1The best solution is to attach your laptop to an (or two) and use a full-sized external mouse and keyboard attached to the USB ports (or built in bluetooth on some models)

Purchasing a second or additional monitor is now a very affordable option with prices as low as $99 for a 20″+ monitor.

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But before purchasing that monitor you need to know what your laptop is capable of connecting to, so take a look around the back and sides of the laptop to see available ports.

Most and Notebooks have either a or a connection but some ultra-thin notebooks may only have a USB port with a HDMI adaptor, or thunderbolt, or the new USB “c” connection.

Most commonly on older Laptops is the VGA connector


On more recent Laptops and Notebooks, this has been replaced with a HDMI connector which will to most recent TVs and


Depending on Which connector you have on your laptop or notebook may force you to choose a particular monitor.

Monitors will support any of the following combinations of input, so be careful that you purchase one to suit your laptops outputs.

Typical monitor connections.

vga and dvi ports on monitor

VGA Connector (left) (right)



HDMI (top) DVI (left) and VGA (right)


Display Port


Thunderbolt and Mini Display Ports


USB “C” Port

Upon plugging in a suitable cable connecting the laptop to the monitor it is likely that there will initially be no picture on the monitor. You may need to select the “input Type” by pushing the button on the monitor. Select VGA, HDMI, DVI or whatever type of connection you are using.


Although it varies from laptop to laptop, some can turn on the external monitor by hitting the Function Key (Fn) plus the F5 key.



On the Toshiba, continually hitting Fn-F5 , skips between the various monitor options including screen duplication and screen extension.


In this example we choose to extend the screen to the external monitor



On 10, right click over the desktop and choose “Display Settings” or via the menu

Settings >> System >> Display

On , a right-click on the desktop and selecting “Screen Resolution” will give you more options on what to display and on which monitor.

How to connect a 2nd monitor to a computer

Extending your computer or laptop to additional external monitors

You can also extended your computer to use two (dual-monitors), three or more by employing any of the following cable splitters or adapters

VGA Splitter Cablesvga-spliiters

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HDMI Splitter Cablesdvi-splitter

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DVI Splitter Cablesusb-dvi-vga

For DVI Splitter Cable Solutions click here


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