Pre-COVID I used to do all of my journaling/writing at a Tim Hortons (Canadian coffee chain) near me. It was the only place I could go to get away from the distractions at home and focus.
Ever since COVID, I've struggled to find a place to journal. My desk is small and just fits my computer, the keyboard (on a keyboard tray) and mouse. The keyboard tray is too low for me to lean down and write on, and there isn't anywhere else in my apartment I can write. No where I can really fit another desk either. I was looking to get a TV tray or something to use but so far, no dice (or they're the cost of a new tiny desk).
Did try writing in bed but again, nothing to write on. The lap desk I have, I'm still leaning down and straining my back. It's a bit frustrating. I'm hoping to find something like a laptop stand (something like this) that I can get in Canada, and then just use it for journaling. My really odd looking setup atm is the lap desk I have, with a cutting board I bought at the dollar store and it's all held together by bungee cords XD I put that on top of a pillow in my lap and it's somewhat of a solid surface without having to lean forward so much.
An adjustable desk thing for $40. It has 3 leg segments that can be adjusted 360 degrees. I use it on my couch to keep my laptop off my lap and to raise it up a little so I don't hunch over. Love it!
Hi there, yeah I did a repaste with Arctic MX-4 2019 Edition and my temps didn't improve either. Actually, the performance got even slightly worse, the paste has been open for almost 2 years so it may have gone bad. My Time Spy bench fell from 8150 to 7900 levels on average, indicating they did an actually good pasting job in the factory.
I did a slight undervolt (it was enabled with a recent BIOS update, you can download it from HP Support Website) of -30mV using Throttlestop and it actually slightly lowered my temps and increased the performance. But it's far from "solving" how hot these laptops get.
LM appears to be the only option to decrease the temps without sacrificing performance but it's too risky imo. Even if it is applied correctly, LM forms an alloy with the heatsink when you first apply it so you have to clean it up 1-2 months after the first application and repaste again. It is too much hassle for me.
I bought a nice multi-angle laptop stand (Something like this) and since the keyboard itself doesn't get too hot anyway, I can play without any issues on the couch and on the bed as well as the table.
Despite the heating, I'm really happy with this laptop and after opening the inside, I appreciate the engineering that went into this even more. I upgraded from the mid-2017 Omen (7700HQ, 1070) and the design has come a looong way since then. I still prefer these "2019 refresh" designs over the 2020 design though, feels like a step backwards.
Might be the WorkEZlaptop stand. If not this is what I use. Very flexible positioning and if you want can get the optional mouse pad.
If you need it to be angled while typing you can get a MOFT stand or similar from amazon. I have MOFT's invisible stand that sticks to the laptop, though mines on the case, and it folds out to two different angles for typing/viewing. I also have one of those adjustable leg lap desks that can be tall or short (there's cheaper ones but mine sold out). I have a bluetooth mechanical keyboard for mine so I can put my Air on the tall setting and type on the table etc. to be comfortable.
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Wow, all those comments on prevention of pressure ulcers aren’t much help when you are already dealing with one, eh? I had one at 9yo, partly due to a sitting obliquity because of scoliosis, partly because I was prescribed a wheelchair with no special seating. I was stuck at home off school (with a visiting teacher for 2 hours 3x/wk) for 6 weeks which felt like years. I’ve had small minor reoccurrences 2-3x (I’m now almost 40) even though I take care of my skin and sit on specialized seating. Some people are more prone because of things like these. My most recent experience of skin breakdown was just because my skin got super dry this year (apparently a hormone thing for women my age).
Here’s what I’d suggest to help you cope:
I’m thinking I might turn this into a toolkit for folks on bedrest for my work (I work for a SCI non profit, I make health resources), so let me know if I missed anything or if you have more questions!