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Old 11-10-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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Need PC advise.

My parents, mid seventies, finally decided to get PC. Originally I thought to buy new one for me and give them my old one, but alas it is not really working anymore. I'm glad I did not have chance to give it to them So I decided to buy them a new PC. I like Dell, and will probably stick to it, because my work has a discount with them. Obviously my parents do not need anything lose to fancy PC I buy for myself. All they will use it for is SKYPE, Internet, cannot imagine anything else they might need.
So what do you think is a bare minimum I should look for?
Any advise is appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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Old 11-10-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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My parents, mid seventies, finally decided to get PC. Originally I thought to buy new one for me and give them my old one, but alas it is not really working anymore. I'm glad I did not have chance to give it to them So I decided to buy them a new PC. I like Dell, and will probably stick to it, because my work has a discount with them. Obviously my parents do not need anything lose to fancy PC I buy for myself. All they will use it for is SKYPE, Internet, cannot imagine anything else they might need.
So what do you think is a bare minimum I should look for?
Any advise is appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Charlie, maybe all they need is a tablet like an iPad or similar. My SO could not get comfortable with a PC. I gave her an old laptop, then she bought a netbook. She hated them both. She then bought an iPad and loves it! She sends and receives email, shops online, searches websites, is on Facebook and plays Word With Friends games.

It's worth considering and not expensive.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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My thought was an iPad too. However, they may need a PC or an iPhone in order to download apps from iTunes, though I could be wrong, the technology may have changed. That was how it was a few years ago when I first got my iPad.
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My thought was an iPad too. However, they may need a PC or an iPhone in order to download apps from iTunes, though I could be wrong, the technology may have changed. That was how it was a few years ago when I first got my iPad.
We download apps directly onto the iPad.
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They will need a wireless router in the house in order to download apps to the tablet.
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I would definitely recommend a tablet, even though I'm an android fan, and iPad would be a great choice, since they are very user friendly. They no longer need a computer to make them work. A previous generation would be great for them since they don't need bleeding edge tech.

A wifi router can be had for around $20 and would fit their needs perfectly.
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I would definitely recommend a tablet, even though I'm an android fan, and iPad would be a great choice, since they are very user friendly. They no longer need a computer to make them work. A previous generation would be great for them since they don't need bleeding edge tech.

A wifi router can be had for around $20 and would fit their needs perfectly.
I'm wondering if they get the iPad 3G + wifi, would they need a router? It's more expensive, but might be a good idea in the long run. Mine is just wifi enabled.
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Thank you everybody.
iPad will not work, you have to know my father, it will have to be something stationary. Desk top probably would have worked even better. But I will stick to a notebook.
Any ideas about that?
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Thank you everybody.
iPad will not work, you have to know my father, it will have to be something stationary. Desk top probably would have worked even better. But I will stick to a notebook.
Any ideas about that?
Dell is a good company and they have good options for beginners. Katie bought a computer from them for her husband and said their customer service staff helped her pick the right one. Check out the basic, inexpensive models on the website and then give them a call.
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Dell is a good company and they have good options for beginners. Katie bought a computer from them for her husband and said their customer service staff helped her pick the right one. Check out the basic, inexpensive models on the website and then give them a call.
I have no experience with Dell, but this sounds like good advice. I would think that any modern computer would be more than adequate. Good customer support is probably quite important in this case.
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