Technology can be ... challenging to say the least — particularly for those in the more mature stages of life. Finding the best computer for seniors isn’t as easy as going into an electronics store and choosing the one you like the look of best. There are a lot of technical things to consider when buying a computer, some of which may require some serious research. The good news? We’re going to break it down for you in easy, understandable, bite-sized chunks, and give you our picks for the best senior computers currently on the market. Ready? Let’s go!
What type of computer should I buy?
There are three main computer types to choose from. These are:
- Desktops: Computer desktops are traditional models that are comprised of a tower or base, which holds all of the computer's components, a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. Desktops are made to stay in one place, and as such, are not easily portable.
- Laptop: A laptop is a compact, portable computer with a built-in keyboard and mouse. Most fit inside a purse or briefcase. Despite their small size, many laptops are more advanced and faster than desktops.
- All-in-One Computer (AIO): One of the newest types of computers around, the all-in-one desktop's main computer machinery is built right into its monitor, making the need for a tower obsolete, since you can operate everything right from the screen.
- Tablet: A tablet is a mobile device with a mobile operation system (OS) and a touchscreen display. Though miniature in size, tablets are capable of doing almost anything that a computer can — you can even get a wireless keyboard and mouse should you need to.
What are the best computers for seniors?
There are a few important points to consider when purchasing a beginner-friendly computer that older people can operate with ease.
- Portability: If you travel a lot or work on-the-go, look for a laptop or tablet that can be easily transferred from one place to another.
- Storage space: If you'll be storing a lot of photographs, videos, or even movies on your computer, you’ll want to look for a storage drive size of 500 GB or more. If you just want a computer for daily management of emails, finances, bills, paperwork, and documents, it's best to keep things simple with a memory of 128 to 256 GB or less (you can always buy an external hard drive, or portable storage device, if you find you need more space later on).
- Screen size: If you don’t have a problem with a smaller screen, an 11 or 13-inch compact monitor or laptop screen is a nice size for carrying out your daily computer work. However, if you have poor eyesight as a result of aging, or simply prefer to have an enlarged, easy-to-read monitor, screens can go up to 17 inches for laptops, and a massive 35 or more inches for desktop monitors.
- Random-access memory (RAM): The size of your computer's RAM can make a huge difference to its performance speed. For those who like to keep their technology non-complicated and keep just a few tabs open at a time, a memory of 4 to 6 gigabyte (GB) RAM will do the trick. However, if you need to open many pages at once, you may want to opt for an 8 GB to 16 GB Ram, keeping in mind that the higher the GB RAM, the higher the price.
With all this in mind, we did our research and found 9 of the most user-friendly computers on the market that older shoppers, relatives, or loved ones will delight in. Keep scrolling for FIRST's picks for the best computers for seniors.
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