Which mac for my mom?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by comil, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. comil macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2008

    My mom wants a computer (she is 66). She wants to be able to email and do her store's payroll and accounting on the machine. I want her to have a mac, but she won't spend the money for a new one.

    What are a couple of options of used/refurbished macs that would be able to do light internet cruising, downloading pics, email and an accounting program... and with only a phone line as internet access.

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    First things first, make sure her payroll program will run on a Mac.

    If an external monitor is available I would say go for a nice, used Mac mini. If an external monitor isn't available, and she doesn't want to buy one then just find a used iMac.

    You can probably find older iMacs or minis on Craig's List, or if you're absolutely desperate... ebay.

    Any machine from the last three or four years would do just fine, really. She doesn't need Leopard, so anything with Tiger and you're golden.

    Good luck!
  3. costabunny macrumors 68020


    May 15, 2008
    Weymouth, UK
    I would suggest looking for a used imac G4 - new enough to run most things, but old enough to not cost too much (without knowing your budget its hard to make a reccomendation).

    If its a laptop you want then the G4 is still the one to look for (I personally wouldnt look to the G3 purley in the interests of having this machine last her a while).
  4. comil thread starter macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2008
    Thanks for the quick response!

    My mom doesn't yet have an accounting program. They have always done the books...well... in a book. Do you have any advice?

    I have already cruised around reading about programs, but there are too many positive and negative comments about each one. My parents have a "dime store" with 5 employees. I can't imagine it would take a super fancy program to manage this?.?.

    And, nope, she doesn't have a monitor. I'll check out Craig's list. I am afraid to buy a computer on Ebay...

    Thanks again!


    I was thinking about an imac g4... cause they are cute. Thanks for the advice.

    She is not going to want to spend more than a few hundred dollars... Well actually I'll spend it... she'll be mad about the price... then she'll pay me back. I just want to make sure it behaves itself because she has NO COMPUTER EXPERIENCE, and will not know how to navigate around to solve any sort of problem (like a lock-up).

    Thanks for your quick response.
  5. bsheridan macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008
    If that's all your mom plans to do, you could opt for the asus eee pc and run ubuntu instead. For accounting you could then try GNUCash (free) - also runs on Mac OSX according to the site.
  6. comil thread starter macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2008


    Thanks for the reply.

    Embarrassingly enough, I didn't even know the computer existed, much less that linux was... making new things. I guess I'm not much more computer-savvy than my mom.

  7. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    an EEE is a good idea, but maybe abit small, at 66 i wont want to be looking at a 7" Screen, or 9" or whatever size EEE you get.

    A 15" iMac would be good, but generally the bigger everything appears the better. :p
  8. comil thread starter macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2008

    I agree. The eee screen is too small.

    My 66 year old mom is going to need a 15 or 17 inch screen I think. I also think she'll need a full size keyboard.

    Is the emac good?

  9. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005
    i thought the emac was good when i used it. it does take up a lot of space though. i would agree with other posters that a g4 desktop would work out well for your mama.

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