$500 Mac for Grandparents?

sammyman

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I was thinking of buying my elderly parents a mac. They are old, long time computer illiterate PC people.

Should I go for a...

Used intel iMac 24"
Mac Pro less than $500
Refurbished Mac Mini (if they ever come in stock)

I am leaning towards the iMac but a lot of used ones on Craigslist have broken logic boards and power supplies.

The last thing I want to do is to get them a computer that craps out and have them say "See, we told you PC's were better".

What would you do?
 

adam9c1

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May 2, 2012
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Leaning towards iMac.

Camera for Skype or face time...
Less things to disconnect, etc.

Mac Pro overkill horsepower.
 

hallux

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Leaning towards iMac.

Camera for Skype or face time...
Less things to disconnect, etc.

Mac Pro overkill horsepower.
I agree with the iMac, no monitor needed.

The OP likely meant MacBOOK Pro.
 

monokakata

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He might have meant something like an old Mac Pro -- 1,1 or 2,1.

Then they could use whatever they've been using for monitor and KB and mouse.

I'd try to find an older iMac. I too have a broken 24" one. But there must be decent ones out there.
 

firedept

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Lean towards the iMac. Gives them everything they will need and nothing to fuss over. Requires a minimum of space and a 24" is a nice screen size.
 

cocacolakid

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Just get them an iPad, it's easier to use, especially for anyone who is a technophobe. They can do video chats, email, browse, etc.
 

tentales

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I was thinking of buying my elderly parents a mac. They are old, long time computer illiterate PC people.

Should I go for a...

Used intel iMac 24"
Mac Pro less than $500
Refurbished Mac Mini (if they ever come in stock)

I am leaning towards the iMac but a lot of used ones on Craigslist have broken logic boards and power supplies.

The last thing I want to do is to get them a computer that craps out and have them say "See, we told you PC's were better".

What would you do?
Computer illiterates are best served with an iPad unless they have a specific need to require a full on computer.

Alternatively, if they prefer PCs, why teach an old dog new tricks ?
Plenty of decent $500 NEW laptops even with touchscreens around.

However, if you're set on a Mac, sure the iMac is your best bet, but you'll probably have to up the budget to $700 to get a decent piece without PS or LB issues.
 

Meister

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The base mac mini comes for $420 with the edu discount. Use the other $80 to buy an ssd and put it in. Enjoy :)
 

n8mac

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I helped my older parents pick out a $500 24" iMac off ebay to replace their Dell and they love it. They love having the computer built into the monitor saving desk space, and how quiet it is compared to the dell that sounded like a jet engine taking off. They love typing on the Apple keyboard but the Apple mouse didn't go over well because the scroll ball was too small and hard to keep clean, so they went back to the dell mouse. Otherwise it's been great.