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Suggestions for a new computer??

January 7th, 2016 at 09:33 pm

I am finally ready to get a new computer. I got mine in 2006, my first. I had never used a computer in my life. When I worked, there were no computers.My computer has been telling me that I need to update my browser for over a year, that support has ended for windows 8.
I am not sure what that means, but I did try and get into a new account at Navy Federal Credit Union and I could not get access because my computer is so old.

Any computer suggestions? Remember, I need something really easy and something I am already use to like my Dell computer with a mouse. (No laptop for me)
I am a great grandmother and am really not into the new modern things. I don't have a cell phone or any other kind of devise. I need something really simple to use and understand.
(Maybe this is what my grandparents went thru when automobiles first came on the scene. My grandmother, on my mother's side , was born in 1873. On my father's side, they were even older than that.)

9 Responses to “Suggestions for a new computer??”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Julie, Where would you likely buy a computer? In person? What store?

  2. Ima saver Says:

    WE have a few computer stores here in Blairsville. I guess I would try there first, so they could install it for me. I did see an ad in a magazine for a computer for seniors. It says, all you have to do is plug it in. I like that. I could order from them.

  3. Amber Says:

    I don't know much about computers but if you only use it for little things such as paying a bill, blogging, what about a tablet?

  4. NJDebbie Says:

    How's Your fur baby?

  5. patientsaver Says:

    Well, I started out with a Dell many years ago, and as a result I bought another Dell and I would NOT recommend Dell! I had more problems with their computer. I mean, how many companies sell a product knowing it has "kinks" in it? That's what Dell does. I just tore my hair out with them. Sure, they will offer you 3 or more years of free tech support, but who wants to stay on the phone for hours with someone who speaks broken English with a terrible accent you can barely understand.

    I hope you are not thinking you need a computer just becus the message on the monitor says you need to update your browser. Your browser is the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox or other program you use to browse the Internet with. You can get a free download online and update it like that. If you don't know how to do it, pay your local computer guy $100 or whatever they charge to come to your home and do it for you, and maybe you'll need to add some memory too.

    You might also ask around among your friends and ask them how they like their computer, and if they recommend it, you could even go over and try it out before you commit.

  6. AnotherReader Says:

    Hi Julie:

    The good news is that you can still get a desktop computer. These days, the computer "box" is sold with the keyboard and mouse and the monitor is sold separately. I bought a larger monitor because as I get older, I can't read the screen as easily.

    You will probably want something basic. I recently purchased a Lenovo desktop from Staples on sale for $259.00. It has an Intel i-3 processor, with 4 GB of storage. I bought a 24 inch Samsung monitor to go with it on sale for $100. The new computers come with Windows 10, which takes some adjustment. If you want speakers, they are sold separately as well.

    I would look at the ads on-line to become more familiar with the features. Best Buy and Staples are two good sources of information and pricing. Each company will have several desktops and monitors on sale every week.

    I would not buy a computer "designed for seniors" shown in an ad. That practically guarantees you will pay too much for an outdated model.

    It's free to go to Best Buy and look at all the "toys." Staples does not have much on display.

    Hope this helps.

  7. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    get a lenovo as well. we got best buy black friday for $330 with i5 and lots of Ram. DH put in a solid state HD but you won't need that. He's been looking for 6 months since the summer watching prices. Costco is also a great place for a deal.

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    Lenovo is a good suggestion. For laptops we've bought two Lenovos. Just the best deals and what my dh seems to recommend any more. I can ask him to peruse the best buy ad and see if he had any suggestions. As to something more future proof and also a good value. Sorry, we went out of town and I totally forgot about your question!

  9. MonkeyMama Says:

    My dh says that desk tops aren't particularly branded. You just want to make sure you have at least an i5 processor. As to something that should last a while. We usually shop locally for computers so it's hard to give advice beyond that.

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