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post #1 of 13 Old 08-01-2013, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Headaches from computer use

I knew fluorescent lighting could trigger headaches and migraine because of the flickering, which we don't consciously see. I just learned that desktop computers do the same, altho the laptops don't. Any recommendation for a decent laptop?
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It may look and sound ancient but I have a thinkpad by lenovo..... its amazing! Its survived college, dog grooming school, barn use, and a dog constantly bumping into it and dropping it on the floor or getting a liquid on it!

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Desktops shouldn't so long as you're not using one of those cr@ppy old power-hungry CRT screens. LCD screens for desktop computers are much cheaper these days, because CRTs have practically been phased out. They also last longer and take up much less room, and are generally more adjustable for ergonomic purposes.

Personally, I would get a desktop unless you really needed the mobility offered by a laptop. You can get greater processing power, greater graphics capabilities, more customisability, cheaper and better ergonomics from a desktop computer. The screen is also able to be larger. Desktops are also generally much more indestructible, you can more easily replace parts, and they overheat less.

Whatever you're getting, you need to get a good brand that is easy and cheap to get repaired, and will have at least 3 years of good performance in it. Personally, I would avoid Apple products like the plague - they are very attractive and have some nice features but are very expensive to get repaired unless you are covered under warranty, much more difficult to do DIY repairs, almost impossible to upgrade by shoving in a new processor/graphics card, and every Apple product I have had has died within 2 months after the warranty ended. Also freeze a lot more, and a lot of software still isn't compatible with it (e.g. AutoCAD, most statistical and mathematical software etc).

I have also had horrible experiences with HP, the chosen brand used by my work. Very unreliable, and this was the experience across the organisation. Dells are more reliable and a lot cheaper, but in my experience get very slow with consistent use until they are very frustrating to use at about 2 years of age. Same as Lenovo. By far the best experience I've had with a brand is Toshiba. Have also heard good stuff elsewhere.

Whatever you get, avoid a Celeron processor as they are just not worth it. Slow slow slow, even for basic activities, after a very short time. If you buy a desktop you can get the main parts separate (often a cheaper way of ensuring quality in the areas you want e.g. Better screen or music-quality speakers or ergonomic keyboard) and put them together very easily (just a plug here and a plug there, which you'd have to do with a package anyway).

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I knew fluorescent lighting could trigger headaches and migraine because of the flickering, which we don't consciously see. I just learned that desktop computers do the same, altho the laptops don't. Any recommendation for a decent laptop?
It's the old screens that can cause that for some people. However, a lot of computer use can lead to eye strain which can still cause headaches anyway. It's important to take frequent eye breaks. You also want to be sure that the screen isn't too high or low, or that your chair isn't too high or low, because all that can cause problems too.

If your desktop computer is still working, try getting a monitor upgrade and getting an LCD one. It would be cheaper than buying a whole new system, and that's the same type of screen in laptops.
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My desktop has a 17" flat screen that's about 5 yrs old. The size is fine but now I'm wondering if those too have been upgraded. How would one find this out?
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I still get screen related migraines. Go to the eye doctor and get the fancy computer glasses. I have 20/20 vision but those glasses work to relax my eyes when I'm computering and boom, no more migraines. I have 2 pairs now, love em.
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I'd also recommend going to the Dr. If your eyes were correct, then any kind of screen would be fine.
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I get headaches from looking at the computer screen all day for work-its fuzzy and out of wack a little- I would dim the screen color down a little the brigntness can cause headaches but so can squinting from a not bright enough screen.

Just take a break and look at the tv or even the wall to get your vision back right.
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I still get screen related migraines. Go to the eye doctor and get the fancy computer glasses.
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I've never heard of fancy computer glasses. What is the brand? I might have to get me some of those.
I work in an office on a computer all day and then I'm on here. My doc told me my eyes were starting to atrophy some because I'm almost always focused on the same thing hours on end. She suggested taking a break every 20 minutes and look away from the computer for a bit.

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My desktop has a 17" flat screen that's about 5 yrs old. The size is fine but now I'm wondering if those too have been upgraded. How would one find this out?
my old monitor was a viewsonic widescreen LCD, high def of course. It was like six years old. LOVED IT.

I got a new one a couple months ago. I think they are a little more high def now, and the new one is LED technology, which uses less power than LCD. It was also only like 130 vs the 300 I paid six years ago. ;) As a bonus, its way thinner too.

Highly recommend viewsonic monitors. I used to game, so A LOT of time was spent at the computer, and no headaches.

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