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PC for 85 year old

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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
Paul & Rayman were so helpful when I bought my PC that I thought I'd try another deal request.
I am looking for a nice new PC for an 85 year old man. He wants to access the internet to keep in touch with what is going on in the world. He wants to email his friends, share photos, and look at some hobbies sites. He doesn't need to download music or films, or play video games. He thinks he can afford around £400 but would be happier if he could spend less.
I have found this one. Is it any good? Or are there better ones available for his money?

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/918224
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
For a basic Pc why not have a look at DELL, i know the they are not everyones cup of tea, but have a look
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/topic.aspx/emea/segments/dhs/odg_special50?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=uk

You can't pick up many national papers, without their latest special offers.

It might be worth looking at the micromart forums.
#2
Wouldn't a laptop be more convenient these days as they are not expensive now. Lots here under £300.
http://www.ebuyer.com/search/?sortfilter=ascend&intStoreID=5&intCatID=10&limit=10&page=1
#3
My dad is 83, he has a laptop & gets on really well with it, he sits in his cumfy chair with a cushioned tray underneath ...... does just about everything you can do on it .................. he is now addicted to the 'hidden objects games' & stays up to the early hours ..... ;-)
#4
Thank you all for your help. Unfortunately I don't understand computer specifications. I need someone to point me in the direction of something suitable.
I will suggest a laptop and see what he says. I think he was thinking of a desktop because he thought laptops were too dear. I'll check.
#5
By the way... I have repped all who have helped me. Your help is appreciated.
#6
Really wouldnt suggest a laptop for anyone who cant afford to throw it away after 18mths and buy another, actual performance on laptops is well below desktop for more money, bang to buck ratio is 1:3 compared to desktops and cost of fault finding/repairs is extremely high.
#7
Christmasshopper
Thank you all for your help. Unfortunately I don't understand computer specifications. I need someone to point me in the direction of something suitable.
I will suggest a laptop and see what he says. I think he was thinking of a desktop because he thought laptops were too dear. I'll check.


Well you're best to get a laptop with a dual-core (e.g. Core2Duo) processor as they are better at multi-tasking than a single core one (e.g. Celeron M). You'll need at least 1GB RAM, preferrably 2GB as Vista hogs a lot of RAM. If it's just for general internet stuff then the graphics aren't that important, note that the onboard graphics chip will use some of your RAM too, this is another good reason to get 2GB instead of 1GB.

From the link that Doogan9 gave you, this one looks like a good deal: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139121 and it comes in at £349.98 delivered if you use Supersaver Delivery.
#8
I got a dell vostro 1000-it is simple to use-is dual core-and cost £327. I also used quidco to order and got around £13 discount. For that I upgraded and included a mouse. I have tried to encourage my dad (78) to have one-wireless is brilliant! and if you are worried about repairs dell do a 3 year warranty and i think it is £79. Oh it has windows vista and I have found it excellent (I dont use it for fancy game-lol) it came with the software installed for my pics (roxio) and was really ready to go out of the box so highly recommended!
Have a look at the dell deals posted on here and you can find discounts and free delivery?
#9
Thank you all for your help. Rep given.
#10
Any more?
#11
If no-one has one on here m8 try your local Freeads at least you can take someone with you to see it's working ok..
imho
#13
Seems like just the job
http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a202/waterloo_lion/th_windows_powered_coffin_2.jpg Its only a joke ;-)
#14
How's his eyesight? If his eyesight is not the best then you might want to consider something with a larger screen, which would tend to lean towards the desktop option, although you'd be able to get a 17" screen on a laptop for about £400. Also, would he be ok with a laptop trackpad instead of an ordinary mouse (I know you can use an ordinary mouse with a laptop, but if he needs to set it up on a desk or table to use it, then he might aswell get a desktop)
#15
Another question for you ChristmasShopper, does he have much experience with computers? I only ask because if he's just recently learnt about them, and is used to using XP, then you might want to consider finding a pc with XP rather than Vista (it will also probably run faster than XP aswell, and would allow for a lower specced pc). Also, I get the impression that neither you nor him know a great deal about pc's, have you thought about what you'll do if (when!) there is a problem, it might be worth looking into how much an extended warranty would cost. If you know somebody with pc knowledge, then they should be able to sort all but the most serious problems with a desktop, even if it means buying new parts, but this is less easy with a laptop. I'm by no means saying this is essential as it can be ridiculously expensive, but it might be worth considering in your situation if it's not too extortionate.
#16
I have never met the man. All I know is that his son is going to set the computer up for him and my friend is going to teach him how to use it. I don't think he has ever had a computer before. My friend asked for my help in finding him a good deal because she doesn't want him to spend more than he needs to.
#17
If he's never used a computer, then I would personally recommend a desktop, if only because the keyboard/mouse is more user friendly than a laptop keyboad and trackpad. You will also be able to keep the budget down. I would also seriously try and find out about his eyesight, if it's not too good, then a bigger screen will allow for bigger text/icons but still allow for plenty of stuff on screen. If I see anything in particular I'll let you know.
#18
Have a look at this bargain from Bigpockets:
http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?lang=&product_id=24759&session=07e54bf70f444f3c47a3eb24fb440e82

It doesn't come with a monitor but with the money he'd save he'd be able to go for a big monitor should he need one.
#19
Have you considered a second hand PC off ebay?

Most people specify "pick up only" for PC's as they are too difficult to pack and post, so you should be able to get a fairly decent machine for £100.
#20
What about the Elonex Laptop for £100. You can really surprise him with how much it costs
#21
h_360
What about the Elonex Laptop for £100. You can really surprise him with how much it costs


And the fact that he has to scroll sideways on several badly designed websites? Ease of use might take priority over price.

ssabres
Have you considered a second hand PC off ebay?


Second hand seems worth considering, although I'd probably look for specialised refurbishers rather than in the ebay general listings. Minimum specs? Well, a 2Ghz processor with 1GB of ram and windows 2000 or XP should handle viewing photos and the internet with no trouble. Having been recently helping my grandfather with a new bottom of the range laptop (£400) I can say it's definitely too slow for vista, even he was complaining about it. It's an acer Aspire 7520 for reference. (and I wouldn't buy from acer again either)

Some general points to consider if you go for a desktop though:

* Ports on the front of the case. If he's going to use it for photographs then he may want to plug in a digital camera or scanner, likewise if he lives in a flat or terraced house he might want to plug in some headphones.

*Screen. It's probably worth going for a new LCD here, it's the most important part of the computer.

*Is he left-handed? If you don't know then find out, if he is then you don't want him getting a computer with a right-handed mouse.
#22
EndlessWaves
And the fact that he has to scroll sideways on several badly designed websites? Ease of use might take priority over price.



Second hand seems worth considering, although I'd probably look for specialised refurbishers rather than in the ebay general listings. Minimum specs? Well, a 2Ghz processor with 1GB of ram and windows 2000 or XP should handle viewing photos and the internet with no trouble. Having been recently helping my grandfather with a new bottom of the range laptop (£400) I can say it's definitely too slow for vista, even he was complaining about it. It's an acer Aspire 7520 for reference. (and I wouldn't buy from acer again either)

Some general points to consider if you go for a desktop though:

* Ports on the front of the case. If he's going to use it for photographs then he may want to plug in a digital camera or scanner, likewise if he lives in a flat or terraced house he might want to plug in some headphones.

*Screen. It's probably worth going for a new LCD here, it's the most important part of the computer.

*Is he left-handed? If you don't know then find out, if he is then you don't want him getting a computer with a right-handed mouse.


I'm left-handed and had no trouble with using a regular mouse (like a regular person, not flipped to the other side and the setting messed up) so i'd probably say that's not a big problem.

It might also be worth considering buying a monitor seperately to the main uint as it might be cheaper (grab that 22" DVI monitor posted on here for £111 and find a cheap basic unit for ~ £120 easily, done :roll:)

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