Cheapest way to get my parents on the net??

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  1. davidcrofter

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    Hiya folks - what would be the cheapest/easiest way to get my parents (both in their mid 60's) on the internet??

    My mother was thinking of buying a 2nd hand PC/Laptop from Cash Convertors but I quickly talked her out of that idea ...:laugh:

    I am thinking on going for a cheapish Netbook for them - would this be the best option or is there an even better option?? It would really just be for keeping in touch with relatives and browsing the internet so I don't want overkill, just something simple to set up and maintain for them.

    Any pointers as I have always been a desktop/Apple Mac kind of guy and have never even given thought to anything else really.:facepalm:
     
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    Netbooks are neat but I struggle to see the screen properly on my wife's and I'm young(ish) have great eyesight, maybe a regular budget laptop with a decent size screen would be better?

    Netbooks can also be painfully slow.
     
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    Yes I had thought that a netbook might be a tad small for them as they don't exactly know their way around a keyboard to begin with.

    I could always plug a device into the 50" plasma via HDMI and add a wireless keyboard so that might not be too much of a problem though.
     
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    I am now leaning towards an Acer Revo RL70 Nettop - should be ideal and I can install XBMC on it for them and retire the media player perhaps ... looks good for under £200!!
     
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    A chrome book could be perfect for them?
     
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    Either the Acer Aspire 5349 or Lenovo models. They usually have budget notebooks.
     
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    If you're going to plug it into the plasma then I think the nettop supports vesa mounting – but it's worth checking. Assuming the TV is not wall mounted you can use the mounting sockets on the back of the TV to support the PC. I have an Asus eeebox mounted this way and it keeps it nicely out of sight.

    The main advantage of this route over a netbook is for services such as iplayer, skygo etc, the downside is mom being on the net when dad wants to watch the telly.

    Oh, and the first thing you should install software wise is teamviewer http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx that way you can support them remotely from your mac
     
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    Thanks yes the Acer Revo can be Vesa mounted behind the plasma and fits the bill just perfectly.:smashin:
     
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    The less sophisticated the user, the more effortless it has to be. Which is why e.g. Apple is going gangbusters by selling a minimum level of kit that people should actually be using.

    I'd say get them an iPad. A nettop is punishment.
     
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    I 'd agree - the ipad is probably the best bet - they can browse and they'll have no issues in updates, software etc...
     
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    A laptop for me , dont get a netbook as they cant see a whole page of the internet

    Holding is also hard and probally press all the keys at the same time

    A £350 laptop is fine with a HDMI output
     

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