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First off, gotta say this is one of the coolest ideas on a car site I've ever seen! Certainly unique. Thanks Doc for volunteering your expertise.

My question is regarding ergonomics, specifically desk chairs. I've been recently looking at getting one for home, and have looked at the Aeron and Steelcase Leap. These are both rather expensive, and I wanted your opinion on them. I've heard mostly good things about them, but I've also heard they can actually make your back muscles weaker from not using them as much(?). What is the medical opinion on these expensive icons of the dotcom age? Thanks!<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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... and ergonomic keyboards?... I got one at work and when I first started using it, I couldn't stand it, now I HAVE and NEED to buy one for home as I can't even use the regular one anymore. They are sooooo expensive though!
 

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My question is regarding ergonomics, specifically desk chairs. I've been recently looking at getting one for home, and have looked at the Aeron and Steelcase Leap. These are both rather expensive, and I wanted your opinion on them. I've heard mostly good things about them, but I've also heard they can actually make your back muscles weaker from not using them as much(?). What is the medical opinion on these expensive icons of the dotcom age? Thanks!
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Coupe2K,

Ergonomics is a huge topic! It's also very important to have in every work place. I've been receiving emails from Thailand through my web site about the very subject on how to build workstations that are ergonomically correct. That's one of the first thing I did in my office was to set up the front desk to be ergonimically correct.

Checked out the Aeron, don't waste your money unless you have alot of it. It looks cool, but that's it. It's considered an executive chair (la de da chair/status symbol chair).

Steelcase checked them out here's the link to the chair I feel would be the better to choose!
http://www.steelcase.com/servlet/ProductServlet?ACTION=4&CAT_ID=9&CAT_NAME=Seating&TYPE_ID=23&TYPE_NAME=High+Performance&LINE_ID=364

I liked this chair because of the fact you can change the low back height and is very changable overall for different body types. Oh yah, this chair was found in their high performance section, lol (there's even a sonata chair as well!). Not sure what the price is, but I wouldn't spend over $350.00 unless you have money to burn.

FYI: The best way to find a comfortable chair is to go to a store (ex. Staples) that has office chairs and sit in them see what's comfortable to you. Ask them about their fully adjustable chairs as well. If they don't have one tell them you want to sit it one before you purchase it. General they will order it for you to try. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Not to many people buy a car before driving it! Sure cars are a lot more money, but you will be sitting in the chair for longer periods of time on a regular basis.

SilkySpinZ,
You probably should get the same keyboard for home use as well! You could also see about getting a pad that goes in front of the keyboard you now have at home, to elevate your wrists it may help. So you don't have to spend the $$$.

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Thanks Doc! <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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I liked this chair because of the fact you can change the low back height and is very changable overall for different body types.
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This would be the lumbar adjustment, right? I want to know what to ask for when I go shopping. Thanks!

As for mouse/keyboard, I use an Intellimouse Explorer which is great because I have big hands but I still use a normal keyboard. I have an ergonomic model, but I haven't used it much. After I get the chair, I'll give it a try again.

EDIT: I just remembered something. Years ago I was at a computer show and I sat in a split-back chair (vertically split). The two halves rotated to cradle your back. I remember it being comfortable, but I never see them anywhere. I'm assuming it's more of a fad. Here's a pic

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Yes, a chair that allows you to adjust an area for your low back (lumbar) is important. Another one that raises and lowers the back rest of the chair so you can raise or lower it depending on your body size. As far as the split back chair, I've never sat in one, but I'm sure they're comfortable since the bony area (spine) of your back won't have any pressure on it. Good searching for a comfortable yet affordable chair!
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Need a hand purchasing one? I can get the microsoft ergonomic's for $24.

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Need a hand purchasing one? I can get the microsoft ergonomic's for $24.

2000 Red Tiburon SE /w Leather
17" TSW VX-1's /w Toyo Proxes FZ4
Custom CAI, Vibrant Exhaust, Underdrive Pulley
12" Kicker Competitions, Cobalt amps, MTX powered x-over, phoenix gold cap, clarion cd


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YESSSSS! I would REALLY appreciate it. We have a meet on November 3rd and if you can come, can you bring me one?

Or do you know a store where I can get it?

PLEAAAASE?
 
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