Important features of a computer workstation include an ergonomic desk and chair, a monitor filter, wrist pads and a document holder. Prolonged use of a laptop computer at a workstation may require a docking station or an external keyboard and monitor.
A solid desk is the foundation of a good workstation, and it should have enough room to accommodate work materials and a monitor, keyboard and mouse; the desk chair should be a comfortable height and encourage correct posture. A proper workstation includes an adjustable tray that holds the keyboard and mouse, which helps prevent wrist strain. An anti-glare filter attached to the monitor screen reduces eye strain caused by prolonged use. An ergonomic workstation features a monitor placed an arm's length directly in front of the chair at an appropriate height to minimize any head movements. A document holder set near the monitor reduces the amount of neck movement required for referring to paperwork while typing.
Laptop computers require additional considerations when setting up a workstation because laptops typically don't separate the keyboard and the monitor. Workstations designed for full-time use with a laptop may feature a stable support surface to raise the laptop high enough to bring the screen to eye level. Ideally, a laptop workstation includes peripheral devices that encourage comfortable head and wrist posture.