Simplified computers for seniors

Do you know of any home computers that are specifically designed for senior citizens? I would like to get a computer for my 73-year-old mother, but she’s not computer savvy at all.

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Dear Looking,

There are actually several computers on the market today that are designed specifically for older boomers and seniors who want, and need, things simple. Here are some top options to check out.

Telikin: For seniors who have little or no computer experience the new Telikin “touch-screen” computer is a wonderful option. Ready to go right out of the box, this innovative computer comes pre-loaded with simplified software that makes accessing the Web, email, games, video chat, photo sharing, news, weather and more, just a touch of the screen away. And since it runs on Linux software instead of the standard Windows or Mac OS, it’s a virus-free computer too.

The Telikin comes with a sleek 18.6-inch LCD touchscreen (a 20-inch touchscreen will be available in mid to late June), 320-gigabyte hard drive, built-in speakers, webcam, microphone, wired keyboard and mouse, and provides a unique “tech buddy” feature that can help seniors get computer assistance when needed. Priced at $700, (the 20-inch model will retail for $995) Telikin comes with a 60-day trial period, 1-year warranty and free support for the first 60 days. Visit or call 800-230-3881 to learn more.

It’s also worth noting that Telikin has a partnership with firstSTREET (, 800-704-1209), a senior product direct marketing company which is also selling this computer rebranded as the “WOW! Computer for Seniors.”

Senior PCs: Sold through Enablemart (, 888-640-1999), Senior PCs are Hewlett-Packard computers that also come completely set-up and ready use, but depending on your mom’s needs, you’ll have several options to choose from.

If you’re your looking for simplified “goof-proof” operation, the Autopilot desktop is the best model. This PC comes equipped with QualiWorld software that provides one-click solutions for tasks like letter writing, preparing a document, surfing the Internet, sending and reading emails and much more. The Autopilot also comes with OnTimeRx medication and appointment reminding software, Hoyle Crossword and Sudoku puzzles, a high-contrast keyboard, mouse, 17-inch monitor, speakers and a color printer all for $1,125. They also offer this same Autopilot computer in a laptop edition for $1,165.

Or, for seniors with low vision their Vision Plus model may be a better fit. This computer comes pre-configured with everything you need to see your PC, including state-of-the-art screen magnification software, a high-visibility keyboard, and an all-in-one printer/scanner for scanning in books, mail and other reading materials for magnification. It also comes with OnTimeRx medication reminder software, Hoyle Crossword and Sudoku puzzles, a 17-inch monitor, mouse and external speakers. The price: $1,255 for the Vision Plus desktop, or $1,895 for the laptop edition.

Kiwi PC: If you’re looking for something more affordable, the new Linux-powered Kiwi PC for seniors is another option to consider. Priced at just $380, this user-friendly computer provides a simplified navigation system, with oversized tool bar, large icons and text that makes it easier to see and use. Other features include a customizable “Me Menu” that provides quick and easy access to frequently visited websites, e-mail and programs straight from the desktop, a color-coded keyboard, 19-inch monitor, and a toll-free phone support line that’s available 24/7. See, or call 855-255-5494.

Savvy Tip: While it’s not designed specifically for seniors, the Apple iPad2 ($499) is another user-friendly option that has gotten great reviews from older users. See to learn more.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “Today” show.

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Posted by Steve Dreyer on Jun 1 2011. Filed under Seniors. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

9 Comments for “Simplified computers for seniors”

  1. Regarding the WOW! Computer for Seniors – I don't want you to mislead your readers. FirstStreet is selling the WOW! Computer, which is identical to the Telikin computer, for $300 more. The Telikin computer is $700, but FirstStreet sells the WOW! Computer for $1000. If you want to buy a WOW! Computer computer, don't buy it from First Street – buy it from the Telikin website.

    • Your information is completely inaccurate! First Street is selling the 20.6″ black computer for $999.00, Telican is selling it for $99500. The computer Telican is selling for $699.00 is the smaller 18″ white computer. If you’re going to compare First Street to Telican, please ensure that you’re comparing apples to apples (which you’re not). Additionally, the 18″ computer is NOT ‘high definition’ like the 20.6″ is, nor does it have as much memory and the speakers aren’t as good. First Street will also honor a 60-day trial period, 1-year warranty and free support for the first 60 days, plus on both models, AND you can call your salesperson with any questions or concern at any time in the future.

  2. Dawn L

    You also did not put anything in your article about the MyGait Senior Computer. Is there a reason why you omitted it? It was sold by firstStreet before the WOW (or Telikin) and was the first Senior PC they sold. It is really easy to find a senior pc, just go to Google and type in Senior PC. Do the research, it is really worth it!

  3. Al S.

    Does anyone even look at the specs for this "computer"? The ONLY feature worth a hoot is the touch screen. Everything else about it is so bare bones and slow that it looks like it was built from left over 10 year old hardware. All that and it's grossly overpriced and built by a total no name company. This is as blatant a ripoff of seniors as I've seen lately.

  4. Ed T

    Way over priced from First Street for what your getting ! My parents bought this without even researching it ! I'm going to try to get them to send it back ! The idea is good , the performance is sadly lacking !

  5. " Thanks "Ed T 'My wife wanted to get one for me.'Now I can tell here not to.

  6. Ina

    I personally use my computer only for fun: watch movies, social websites, messenger and e mail, but I think that if you have a strong business you need a very per formant computer.

  7. Peter

    We had tried this computer for my father but there were some programs he wanted like quicken and you can' t add anything. We ended up sending it back (they were very nice about it) and went with the A Plus Senior Computer 17.3" laptop model and he loves it.

  8. I teach seniors how to use computers, both as a SeniorNet volunteer, and as a tutoring business. I highly recommend iPads , or other tablets, for seniors. They're are icon driven, easy to use, wireless, and very intuitive.

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