How to Use a Laptop In the Sun

After the 10-foot snowbanks melted and I could actually see grass, a wonderful weather phenomena happened: warm spring sunshine.

I love the sun. So naturally, nothing seemed more tempting than grabbing my laptop and heading outside to soak up the rays with a beer so I could do some writing.

Well, I couldn’t see a damned thing. The laptop was on and I was squinting away trying to see what I was doing. Fun? No. Productive? Not at all.

I turned to Twitter to ask people for solutions on how to use a laptop in the sun – I mean, hey. Plenty of folk seem to live in warm, sunny places. They must have all the answers to avoid going screen-blind, right? Here’s what they said:

Face the Sun. The most common suggestion to use a laptop in the sun and prevent screen blindness was to sit facing the sun. Angle the laptop and turn up the brightness for your screen display.

Look Cool. Put on a pair of shades while you’re working to help cut down the glare. And sit facing the sun, of course.

Find the Shade. Sit underneath an umbrella, a parasol or a tarp, or find a shady spot where you can work. You might not have figured out how to use a laptop in the sun, but you;re still outdoors and won’t go blind trying to see the screen, either.

Get a Box. Some contraptions in high-tech styles help box in your laptop to cut down glare. An alternative is to find a nice-sized cardboard box, set it on its side and stick your laptop in it to type. Use duct tape to hold together as required, in true Canadian style

Wear Socks. The best answer on how to use a laptop in the sun was to both sit in the sun and be in a dark place at the same time. Voila! This laptop body sock provided the ultimate solution to isolate yourself and your screen from glare. If you have an Aunt Betty, she could even knit you one.

Go Traditional You can use a pen and paper. The downside is that while you’ll see and be able to write in the sun, you’ll probably get hand cramps because you haven’t used a pen to write with in years.

Give Up. Sage advice included realizing that the Sun God is giving you a message. Begone, industrious worker, or revel in the rays. When you really can’t see, call it quits and go have a great day outdoors.

As a matter of fact, I think I will. That beer’s calling me.

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.