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Building a PC or buying laptop for old computer illiterate lady next door

#1ThePHiLsTeRPosted 3/26/2014 7:52:15 PM
I want to get at least pretty reliable PC or laptop for cheapest possible. Like $250 budget?? New only.

PC needs:
Monitor
Mouse/kb
speakers
wireless adapter
dvd drive

Or 15'' Laptop

Does not have to be fast.

If you suggest PC, please suggest parts from places like newegg. Thanks.
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#2SmakkyofacePosted 3/26/2014 8:02:43 PM
laptop would be better for computer illiterate ladies.
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#3JsReznorPosted 3/26/2014 8:07:30 PM
For an old lady, I'd try to get touchscreens integrated into her life. Besides arthritis, finger dexterity goes out the window as you enter late life. If you really wanted to earn your merit badge, enable the ease-of-use features in Windows, and see about speech-to-text software for her.
#4ThePHiLsTeR(Topic Creator)Posted 3/26/2014 8:07:54 PM
Ok could you suggest one?
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#5PhilOnDezPosted 3/26/2014 8:08:32 PM
At that price point I think a chromebook would be the best bet. The intended usage will determine whether that's viable or not though.
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#6ThePHiLsTeR(Topic Creator)Posted 3/26/2014 8:10:33 PM(edited)
Uses:
Email
Web Browsing
Watching movies via dvd/online
Typing word documents

I'm going to teach her basics so she can use it.
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#7ThePHiLsTeR(Topic Creator)Posted 3/26/2014 8:11:46 PM
PhilOnDez posted...
At that price point I think a chromebook would be the best bet. The intended usage will determine whether that's viable or not though.


I'm considering chromebook but im concerned about the OS. I would like win 7 or 8 since it will be more compatible with whatever software is out there.
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#8SmakkyofacePosted 3/26/2014 8:14:16 PM
what is she needing it for? communication to family members? watching movies? gaming? hardcore gaming? mmo? guild management? 3d rendering?
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#9drinkPosted 3/26/2014 8:18:37 PM
I would not suggest touch screen. I work with a lot of old people and touch screens to not mix well with them. If they do not have the dexterity to use a mouse, its unlikely they can accurately press a small icon on a screen.

but every old person is different

Based on my experience, a large screen laptop if they plan on using it around the house or desktop with a large screen if not. Wireless mouse and full size keyboard.
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#10drinkPosted 3/26/2014 8:19:06 PM
Smakkyoface posted...
what is she needing it for? communication to family members? watching movies? gaming? hardcore gaming? mmo? guild management? 3d rendering?


he listed what she is using it for
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