$500 Mac for Grandparents?

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  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  2. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    Leaning towards iMac.

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

    Mac Pro overkill horsepower.
     
  3. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I agree with the iMac, no monitor needed.

    The OP likely meant MacBOOK Pro.
     
  4. monokakata macrumors 68000

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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.
     
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  6. firedept macrumors 603

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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.
     
  7. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  8. tentales macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  9. Meister Suspended

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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 :)
     
  10. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    How do you get the edu discount if you are not in school ?
     
  11. n8mac macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  12. crzdcolombian macrumors 6502a

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