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    Wacom Tablet lap vs. table?

    I use my wacom on my table, just because that's how I've gotten use to it. I have seen though that some people place theirs on the their lap. What are the pros/cons to either approach? My tablet is the Intuos3 6x8.

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    When I first got my tablet my initial instinct was to use it in my lap, since it seemed so much more natural to use it like I would a sketchbook. I found that I had much more control keeping it to the side on my desk, though. I'm not sure why.


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    Yeah, slightly off-center to my right is how I use mine. What about an incline? I've done that too, but I could never find a reliable incline to keep under my tablet...I used my daughter's building blocks.

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    Yeah, slightly off-center to my right is how I use mine. What about an incline? I've done that too, but I could never find a reliable incline to keep under my tablet...I used my daughter's building blocks.

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    I'm a lap person, but that's mostly because I'm also a floor person. Usually I eschew chairs and tables and sit cross-legged in front of my computer, and in that position lap is the natural place to put a tablet... At least for me...

    For a while I was at a desk, though, and in that case tablet-on-desk seemed to work better (but at that time I was working with a whacking huge tablet that wouldn't have fit in my lap anyway.)

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    I would love to have a floor set up. A nice low table and one of those Japanese chairs made for sitting on the floor with back support. Unfortunately I don't have the floor space to do that...

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    On my desk, on the edge of my laptop so it's slightly inclined towards me. I guess I feel more comfortable having it as close to the screen as possible.

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    SouMeng,

    That's a nice compromise.

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    Relevant: http://daarken.com/blog/2010/04/04/tunnel-syndrome-x3/

    I had it centered in the middle with an inclination. Now it's closer to my drawing hand side, still inclined. However I've seen many people (in videos) use it without inclination.

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    I use an adjustable tilting laptop stand. I killed my wrists and back with computer work and videogames, so if I don't pay attention to my setup various body parts start to give out.

    It's kind of a weird arrangement, but nothing else I tried worked. Now I'm considering changing it to a standing desk of some sort to save my back and shoulders.

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    vineris,

    Do you have a link to the stand you use? What size is your tablet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkcellar View Post
    vineris,

    Do you have a link to the stand you use? What size is your tablet?
    It looks a lot like this one but I got mine at Staples for cheaper. The tilt can be adjusted with the knob. The only pickle in the ointment is that I have to do weird things with the keyboard and really watch what's going on with the wires. Wireless peripherals would be really awesome to own.

    I have an Intuos 6x8, same as you.

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    I keep my mouse and mousepad on top of my tablet (a 6"x8" Intuos 2)when I am not using it (I don't like the waccom wireless mouse that came with the tablet). It is to the right of my keyboard (I am right-handed) laying flat. This set up dosen't seem to bother me, though it may not perhaps be ergonomic, my posture is more of my problem anyway. I may have started using this set up because I grew up with my parent's using digitizer tablets for AutoCAD, and this is the same placement they had.

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    Hmmm...so no lap users replying yet. I guess they must be a rare lot, or that they don't stay that way for long, like Elwell.

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    I use my wacom on my lap, mostly so i can get the incline that i like to have. Most of the time i sit with my feet up when sketching and having trouble getting things to work, but when i hit that point where the intention becomes all consuming, then im a desk person. when desking it, i like to use something to prop the pad up so im not hunched over.

    I just want to say that posture when sitting, or even standing if we were talking about non digital work(does anyone stand up for digital?) is very important to how i sit at my work station and go a bout working.

    it's probably just me though.

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    Liam Harvey,

    Very interesting anecdote. Thanks for sharing!

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    I have to work with it in my lap because my left shoulder gets very sore resting my left hand on the keyboard out to the left. I went through so much pain for about 2 years before discovering that it didn't hurt to use it in my lap. The dramatic difference in my work immediately when not in pain is phenomenal. Find the comfiest position you can and it is like using cheats in art!

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