updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon June 15, 2009
Apple monitor safety
Australia's Queensland University of Technology has released health-based recommendations for using high-gloss Apple screens, claiming that reflections can lead to users adopting awkward postures, in turn producing injuries. The report takes a fairly negative stance against the glass found in iMacs, MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and also recommends considering a number of factors that could help alleviate or minimize harm. Injury is only a concern however in cases of intense usage, the university suggests.
Proposed solutions include sitting monitors at angles of 90 degrees in relation to overhead lighting. Further adjustments may help, such as cutting out side-lighting from windows. Brightness levels should be set low to reduce contrast, the university adds, and more drastic tactics may involve moving a desk and lowering or removing overhead lights. Should reflections still cause problems, the ultimate solution is said to be finding a different computer or display.