Dear Savvy Senior, What computers can you recommend for seniors with very limited computer skills? I am interested in getting one, but at 76, I need one that's designed simplistically for me. -- Inexperienced Senior Dear Inexperienced, There are actually several companies who make and sell computers designed specifically for seniors who have little or no computer experience. Here are some top options to check out.
If you're primarily interested in a home desktop computer, the Telikin (telikin.com, 800-230-3881), which has been on the market for over two years now, is an excellent option.
Ready to go right out of the box, this all-in-one touch-screen computer provides a big button menu that displays all your favorite functions on the screen at all times. By simply touching the menu option of your choice with your finger, you can get instant access to the Web, email, games, video chat, photo sharing, news, weather and more.
Available in two sizes -- the 18-inch LCD touch-screen with a 320- gigabyte hard drive that costs
Running on Linux software instead of the standard Windows or Mac OS, the Telikin is also virus-resistant, comes with a 60-day trial period, a one-year warranty and free tech support.
It's also worth noting that Telikin has a partnership with firstSTREET -- a senior product direct marketing company -- that is also selling the 20-inch Telikin for
Another option to consider is the MyGait Elite Computer (mygait.com, 866-469-4248), which costs
It also comes with a built-in Web camera, DVD/CD player, unlimited storage space, dozens of games and a unique customer service package that guarantees protection against viruses and spam, provides ongoing computer updates, and offers a help line if you ever get stuck or need assistance.
If you're interested in something mobile, there are several new senior-specific tablets on the market you should look into like the Claris Companion (clariscompanion.com, 866-284-4939), which combines a computer, digital picture frame, mobile phone and passive monitoring device into one package.
It has a 10-inch touch screen with huge text and buttons, amplified sound and comes in a thick bamboo frame that's easy to hold on to, plus a stand that props it up.
It also provides simplified access to email, text messaging, the Web, video chat and photos. Along with exercise videos, medication and other reminders, and gives family members the ability to easily monitor you if you need an extra hand. It even lets you or your loved ones personalize the tablet to handle your specific needs and abilities.
The Claris Companion offers a variety of pricing packages that starts at
Another option to consider is the In-Touch Senior Tablet (seniortouchpad.com), which is also a 10-inch tablet that provides simple one-touch, big-button access to the Web, email, text messaging, your calendar, video chat, medication reminders and more. The Senior Tablet cost
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Dear Savvy Senior, What computers can you recommend for seniors with very limited computer skills? I am interested in getting one, but at 76, I need one that's designed simplistically for me. -- Inexperienced Senior
Dear Inexperienced, There are actually several companies who make and sell computers designed specifically for seniors who have little or no computer experience. Here are some top options to check out.