NORMAN — 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
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.
Desktops: If you’re primarily interested in a home desktop computer, the Telikin (telikin.com, 800-230-3881), which has been on the market for more than 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 $699, and the 20-inch LCD touch-screen with 500-gigabytes for $999 — all Telikin computers come with built-in speakers, a Web camera, microphone, wired keyboard and mouse. They even offer “tech buddy” software that your loved ones can download on their computers so they can access your Telikin remotely to help you when needed.
Running on Linux software instead of the standard Windows or Mac OS, the Telikin is also virus-resistant and 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 also is selling the 20-inch Telikin for $999 but have rebranded it as the “WOW! Computer for Seniors.”
Another option to consider is the MyGait Elite Computer (mygait.com, 866-469-4248), which costs $899 plus a $20 monthly service fee. This mouse-operated PC has a 20-inch high-resolution monitor, a large-letter, color-coded keyboard, one-click functionality for all pages, a simple zoom feature that lets you magnify your email or Web page up to 200 percent and an ergonomic trackball mouse that’s easy on the hand and wrist.