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# 57189 5-Feb-2010 10:13
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My parents are thinking about getting a new computer and suggested maybe a laptop.  I wondered if anyone had suggestions of what they considered the most suitable laptop for "older" people.

They are not that onto it when it comes to computers but are most used to Windows.  A big screen would be a plus I guess, but if the native res is too high, the writing might be a bit small for them?  I've never had much luck with the different settings to try and make the text etc bigger, but maybe it works better than I think?  Otherwise, running at a lower non native res is not really ideal for me, but probably they won't tell the difference.

They won't be doing much on it, so basic specs would be fine.  I just wondered if anyone else has had to do the same thing, and what they picked up, or any advice?

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  # 296341 5-Feb-2010 10:42
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Lenovo notebooks come with the least amount of clutter - hence less to go wrong. They are also pretty good units. I think you can only by them form the Lenovo website in NZ though.

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  # 296344 5-Feb-2010 10:49
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Windows 7
Make text and other items larger or smaller
set it to Medium 125% or even
Larger 150%

It is suboptimal to drop your LCD panel out of native resolution

This will allow you leave native resolution and bump up the size of text and dialogue boxes etc


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  # 296353 5-Feb-2010 11:13
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I've just never found those settings that nice to look at. Maybe I'll give Windows 7 a go at it and see what that looks like. In the end, the folks are probably less picky than me anyway...

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  # 296361 5-Feb-2010 11:30
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Vista is very similar in that regard about DPI, it doesn't scale every dialogue box as neatly as Windows 7 but is still very nice for older eyes

Windows 7 requires log off/logon when you change that setting

Windows Vista requires a reboot

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  # 296404 5-Feb-2010 13:26
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Baseline MacBook would do everything with the least hassle.

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  # 296418 5-Feb-2010 14:20
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It's hard enough helping them on Windows. I don't know anything about Mac! Maybe they won't need my help?

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  # 296424 5-Feb-2010 14:52
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MacBook screens are very small only 13 inch

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