What Computer is Best for Senior Citizens?

What Computer is Best for Senior Citizens?

What computer is best for senior citizens?

Many of my clients look at me in shock when I tell them we don't recommend any computers for the elderly. Yes, you read that right. We just don't do it. Why? Because we don't think simply being a senior citizen places you in a separate category as a technology consumer. Here at PC Pro, we aim to find a solution to any problem that comes through the door - and often that solution is to educate and empower our clientele to take control of the technology in their lives. You shouldn't struggle to find a computer that can fit your lifestyle or navigation method, and with PC Pro, you won't. Here's a hint: it's because we can make them all fit your lifestyle!

What I think people really mean to say, when they ask me that question, is one of two things:

  1. How can I save the most money by eliminating features I won't ever use anyway?
  2. What computer has the accessibility, ease of access and navigation features I need now that I don't see, hear, or move around all that well?

I'll address these questions individually. Keep in mind, both of these considerations may be something you care about.

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The Penny Pincher

If your primary concern is not overspending on a machine that you won't be able to use to its full potential, then you're in luck. The entry-level computer market is booming and shows no sign of slowing down. Even better, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner and promise to deliver the deepest discounts yet on sites like NewEgg and TigerDirect. So, what should you buy? Your cheapest option will be a stationary desktop computer, which allows for easy upgrades and cheaper repairs. More expensive are laptops, which provide portability in exchange for repairability and power. Whatever you need, you should look for the following minimum specifications:

Processor: Intel Core i3 or better
Memory/RAM: 4GB (Gigabytes) or more of DDR3 or DDR4 RAM
Hard Drive: 320GB or more, depending on media storage needs
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Graphics: Any NVidia or AMD graphics card

If your computer usage is limited entirely to browsing the Internet and other very basic functions, you could also save a ton of money and hassle by purchasing a special type of laptop called an 'Ultrabook' or 'Chromebook'. These very lightweight laptops are actually so stripped down they don't even have a Windows operating system - they run entirely off of web-based (Google Chrome) apps and utilize the Cloud for file storage and processing. You can pick them up for far less money than traditional laptops, if you don't need all the traditional bells and whistles.

Expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $500 for a quality computer in this category.

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The Voice Activator

Now, if your primary concern is accessibility, ease of access or special navigation features - think voice control, on-screen keyboards, text-to-speech screen readers, and more, the answer is not much more complicated. Modern operating systems, specifically Windows 10, now come with amazing and powerful built-in features. Cortana allows you to do tons of things just by asking for them out loud, or you could dictate entire e-mails using Google Chrome extensions in Gmail. The ease of access center, far evolved from the Windows XP days, is robust and easy to use. With that in mind, we would recommend investing in a slightly better processor or memory/RAM setup if you plan on using a few of these features. You should look for the following minimum specifications:

Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
Memory/RAM: 6GB (Gigabytes) or more of DDR3 or DDR4 RAM
Hard Drive: 320GB or more, depending on media storage needs
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Graphics: Any NVidia or AMD graphics card

Expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $700 for a quality computer in this category.

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Too Much to Take in?

If you are interested in purchasing a new system but don't want to invest the time or energy, or even if you simply don't want to deal with it, give us a call at (719) 345-2345 to schedule an appointment today. We carry refurbished desktops, laptops and Apple Mac computers that can be tailored to your needs and installed in less than an hour at your home or office. Best of all, the price is significantly lower than buying from a retail store - most of our computers are under $200, even with the monitor included!

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