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Laptop Users, Here are 6 Reasons Why You Should Buy an External Keyboard

25 August 2017 | Jonathan So

You might be asking, “Since laptops already come with built-in keyboards, why should I purposely buy an external keyboard? Wouldn’t it be a waste of money?” Although it might look redundant to purchase an external keyboard for your laptop, there are logical reasons why you should. You might not realise it at first, but having an external keyboard as it provides numerous benefits to you.

Less Heat Under the Fingertips

Your laptop can get pretty hot especially after prolonged continuous usage. As the laptop’s built-in keyboard is placed on top of the internal components, the heat generated will also transfer to the keys and the touchpad as well. This will cause users to experience extreme discomfort while working. On the other hand, external keyboards do not have direct contact with the internal systems, hence they are not exposed to the heat and are great alternatives to solve this problem.

As the laptop’s built-in keyboard is placed on top of the internal components, the heat generated will also transfer to the keys and the touchpad as well.

Reduce Accidental Typing Errors

If you have been using the laptop’s keyboards so far, you will surely encounter a situation whereby your palm accidentally touches the touchpad, sending the cursor to a new spot. You are typing happily and then notice that you are putting text in the wrong spot. Then you will need to stop typing and perform one of the following actions; delete the wrongly-placed text, click on the correct position, and then retype, or highlight the text, Ctrl + X, click on the right place, and Ctrl V. Not only is it frustrating, it also slows you down and causes you to do extra unnecessary work which all of us do not have the time for.

More Distance from the Screen

Work might be important but health should always be prioritised. Experts say that you should keep your distance from a screen, preferably a minimum of 40cm away. But that is not possible if you are using the built-in keyboard. An external keyboard enables you to keep the necessary distance from your laptop which is better for your eyes in the long run.

More Flexible Screen Positioning

When you use computers for a long period of time, you tend to sit in weird positions and unnatural postures. It helps a lot if you can elevate your laptop say 10-20cm from the table to create a better angle between your eyes and the display. By raising your laptop slightly, not only will you be able to sit in an ideal position but it can also prevent you from contracting shoulder pains neck pain. There's a wide selection of laptop stands that can do the job for you.

More Hygienic

Warning: You might be grossed out by what I will mention next. Do you know that a public toilet is more likely to be cleaner than your laptop keyboard? This is because most of us often eat while we are working, leaving stains, crumbs, and bacteria on the device. Cleaning external peripherals is much easier compared to cleaning the laptop itself. If you feel that they are not worth the time cleaning, you can simply throw them away and buy new ones.

Cleaning external peripherals is much easier compared to cleaning the laptop itself

Provides Better Resale Value

Although this has nothing to do with health or hygiene, you feel better when you can resell your laptop at a higher price. One of the aspects that reduces the value of resold keyboards is the shiny stains on the keys of the keyboard and the touchpad. This problem can be solved if you use an external keyboard as all the unsightly stains will be on it instead of on the laptop itself. Hence, a cleaner laptop should be able to fetch a better price when they are sold.

Now that you have read about the benefits that external keyboards offer, wait no longer and get yourself an external keyboard for your laptop!

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