My mother-in-law is in her 80’s. She has been using computers for a long while, but still, modern technology causes her some confusion. Her laptop was somewhat older and would take it’s time starting up. It was running Windows 10 when it was built for Windows 7. It was sluggish plus the screen was a little too small. She really doesn’t use the computer a lot – she makes doctor’s appointments, orders groceries and check’s email. She was told she really didn’t need a new computer when she didn’t use it that much.
My thought is, even if she doesn’t use the computer that much, it should be user friendly. And, would she use the computer more if it were easier to use?
Is there a perfect computer for an older person, someone in their 60s, 70s, 80s or beyond?
In my opinion, it is a desktop computer. Desktop computers are easier to use. They are plugged into a power source at all times and they have a larger screen and better sound.
I think one of the best types of desktop computers is the all-in-one. These computers come with everything you need to set up – mouse, keyboard and webcam. The monitor is usually larger and touchscreen. And they do not take up a lot of space.
I ended up getting my mother-in-law the HP 23.8″ Touchscreen All-in-One Desktop with a wired keyboard and mouse from Costco. I’m not endorsing HP. In fact, my Costco had the HP and Dell all-in-one for almost the same price (around $650). The deciding factor between the two – the wired keyboard and mouse. The Dell mouse and keyboard had Bluetooth connection. For my mother-in-law, knowing the devices were actually plugged in seemed like one less thing that could go wrong.
If you, or someone you know is looking for a user-friendly computer system, I highly recommend an all-in-one.