We get it, computers can be hard especially for our loved ones that didn't grow up with them in school. Procomport has put together a list of 3 computers that are guaranteed to be the best laptops for the older crowd of users.
1. Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series - Personal Favorite
The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series of laptops is a personal favorite of ours we love the simple keyboard layout, price, and repair ability. The Inspiron 15 is a 15.6 inch laptop about 5 and a half pounds and has the ability to be upgraded to up to 16gb of RAM.
- Touch Screen Capable
- Really large track pad (Touch Mouse)
- Keyboard lights up for night viewing.
- Crystal Clear screen, large for easy viewing.
- 1TB Drive which is a LOT of storage, no need to worry about running out of space.
- Not the lightest laptop. (4.8lbs)
- No DVD drive built in.
- Lots of plastic, will scratch easily.
- Speaker quality isn't the greatest, not very loud.
- Only 1 year warranty standard.
2. Apple Macbook Air - Nicest of them all.
The Apple MacBook Air is possibly the most elderly friendly laptop of all time. Lightweight, simple to use interface, most reliable, and almost impossible to destroy Apple has once again set the standard for what computing can and should be. At 13 inches and less than 3 pounds out of all the laptops on this list this one is the most portable.
- 12 hour battery life, so you can work and play all day
- Easy to use operating system. It's pretty hard to mess up anything on a Mac.
- Best support available, AppleCare. No need to worry about anything going wrong with the best warranty and support available on any computer for up to 3 years.
- Viruses are very unlikely, Macs are also very secure, you are also able to use your fingerprint as a password.
- Attractive aluminium design, very sturdy and less prone to cracks.
- Not very cheap, 3 years of AppleCare+ is around $250 on top of a base price that's already more expensive than other competitors.
- Very few ports, depending on the model you may only get 1 USB port which limits expand ability without a port replicator.
- Very small keyboard, the trackpad is nice but the keys are rather small and close together.
- The aluminum is prone to scratches.
- Very small hard drive in the standard model so cloud storage is a must.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 - The most fun
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is in our opinion the most fun of the 3 laptops reviewed, it's a 2 in 1 laptop which means you can use it as a standard laptop or a tablet for drawing. It's nearly as light as the Apple MacBook Air has similar amounts of power, and is a bit cheaper making it an all around good pick. The Surface Laptop 2 also runs Windows making it the most compatible in terms of applications and hardware.
- Large easy to use apps with touch screen capability.
- 14 hour battery life
- Full sized USB ports for extra devices and charging.
- Comes in 4 colors (Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt, and Black)
- Has an optional Surface Pen for high precision drawing.
- Keyboard does not light up.
- The Windows 10 Tablet Mode can be annoying to get used to at times.
- You can only get a 1 year warranty which leads us to believe long term reliability is lacking.
- The bezel of the laptop is made up of a suede like material which is prone to getting dirty.
- Repairs are a pain, if necessary require shipping to Microsoft most repair shops won't touch it.
The Bottom Line
The key to making technology less scary for our elderly population is simplicity and functionality, make things that work without any user intervention. These 3 laptops are the best in the business when it comes to simplicity being, there aren't very many moving parts or pieces to worry about going wrong, easy interfaces, and lots of available help if needed. We have generated this list based on experiences of users in real life who don't necessarily need all the bells and whistles you can get from other laptops, they just want it to WORK. The key to bridging the gap in technology between generations is providing a user experience that is the most forgiving and simple enough to where you don't have to constantly ask for help in order to operate.
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