How to Choose a New Laptop for the Elderly

Senior typing on laptopWhen it comes to buying a laptop, there are so many steps involved and so many terms that you need to understand that it can be a real challenge.

Many seniors go into a local computer shop or computer retail store and put far too much trust in the so-called expert that works there and end up buying a computer that not only is far more than they will ever need, but is also difficult to use.

In order to ensure that you get the best laptop possible, here are some things that you need to know about buying one.

New or Used?

The first question that you are going to want to answer is whether or not you are willing to consider a used computer. A used laptop is probably going to be cheaper than a new one and you will get more computer for your money. However, if you are not planning to use the computer for much more than email, pictures, and web browsing, then you may want to look at a new one instead. New laptops do come with warranties, for one thing, and while you can’t even get a used laptop much below a hundred dollars, brand-new computers at Walmart can be found for as little as $250.

Windows or Mac?

You also need to decide whether you want to go with a Windows computer or a Macintosh computer – commonly called a Mac or Apple computer. Each of these computers have their distinct advantages and disadvantages and the only way to decide which one will work best for you is to research the subject or approach someone who is knowledgeable about computing that you trust to help you decide.  Stanford University recommends Macs over PCs since they aren’t susceptible to as many viruses and malware as PCs.

High-End or Low-End?

For most people, a low-end computer is going to be all they need. If you’re planning to become a computer superuser and play the latest video games or watch full HD videos, then you may want to consider a high-end computer instead. If you will be using it for digital photography and videos then a nice mid-range laptop should work for your needs according to I/O Techie.

Notebook or Netbook?

You also need to decide whether or not you’re going to get a notebook computer or netbook computer. These are two different types of laptops that are available. Notebook computers are basically full sized laptop computers. They are about the size of two 8 ½” by 11” notebooks set side-by-side. A netbook, on the other hand, is much smaller. Some netbooks even get small enough to where you can hold them in your palm easily. You will have to decide which of these two types of laptops you want.

Which Operating System?

Finally, you need to decide what kind of operating system you want. If you have a Macintosh computer then you’re going to be using one of Apple’s operating systems. On the other hand, if you have a personal computer or PC, then you’re going to be using one of the Windows operating systems most likely. There are a few others out there but those are the two most familiar ones. Google also has an operating system and their own line of laptop computers as well.