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Good budget pc for Mom?

by Ken from Chicago / September 14, 2007 8:52 PM PDT

Hi, my mom, retired, is finally taking the plunge and wants to buy a computer (something basic, maybe even refurbished, for CDs, DVDs, books on CD, and can print out stuff--but NOT for internet use) and asked me for advice.

I was thinking along the lines of an HP laptop as being easy to setup (since she's out of state and not the most tech-savy, having had trouble setting up cable, answering machines, vcrs, usually relying on me for such when I was growing up, tho she does have those now), plug in power and cable to a printer.

Would anyone recommend another brand or maybe a desktop?

-- Ken from Chicago

P.S. She's out of state (I think there's a law you have to move south when you retire) so I wouldn't be able to help set it up or troubleshoot it if something went wrong.

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by Nicholas Buenk / September 14, 2007 10:53 PM PDT

Get a second hand mac off ebay. Would be ideal for this task, the most trouble free option, in terms of how much of your time it takes up. Wink

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by indy1333 / September 15, 2007 2:04 AM PDT

A refurbished MacBook or something along those lines would be good for something simple that would work well on the software side. In my experience, however, I've always found that laptops (of any kind) have more hardware issues than desktops do, and for that reason I think a desktop would be better, as long as she's not planning on traveling with the computer. I would suggest a Mac Mini or a lower end Dell Inspiron desktop with XP, not Vista. Since she's not going to be using the internet on the machine, the whole security thing isn't that important.

Happy Shopping,

JP the drummer

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by dmdzine / September 17, 2007 10:15 AM PDT

Yeah, I'd go with a Mac as they are simple and reliable. You get everything built in with minimum hassle, and, if she ever has any problems, the tech support is supposed to be fantastic (I've never used it though, my Mac experience has been trouble free so far). Hope this helps....

P.S. Buy a Mac, but if it has to be windows, definitely go with can still get it on some low end Dells.

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