Laptop for disabled person

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  1. the ink monitor

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    I need to buy a laptop for my disabled wife so that she can communicate with my daughter and see our first granddaughter "live" via Skype, so speed is a priority as against storage etc.

    My wife has the use of only one arm so am not sure about the touch pad, which I have never been able to get on with either when I have tried one.

    Preferably needs to have a built in camera and speakers, and some research I have made has come up with for example, the Acer Aspire ES1-512 has according to one U.S. review "poor sound and would need external speakers", so that is a bit off-putting.

    Any recommendations would be most welcome as I am by no means an expert in this field, thank you.
     
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    Hi, what sort of budget do you have? There is going to be plenty of choice in any event and different people will give different recommendations, however to know what budget you have in mind will make the choice a little easier.:)
     
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    £200 to £300 :)
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    What price do you think you would need to pay to get one with decent mic. and speakers?
     
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    Hi, the link below is a 'reasonable' laptop that could meet your needs, it has good graphics, Dolby sound with integrated stereo speakers, built in mic and webcam and a decent processor which should make it reasonably quick.
    Buy LENOVO Z50 15.6" Laptop - Black | Free Delivery | Currys
     
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    Generally speech is the most consistent thing to reproduce and even speakers that are poor at things such as music or video can be fine for speech. If you're after similar quality to a phone call then as long as the speakers aren't reviewed as being totally useless then they'll be acceptable.

    In terms of alternate input devices you're looking at trackpoint style controllers on business laptops or touchscreens laptops (ideally with a hinge that allows better ergonomics). Both will cost you a bit more though.
     
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    Thank you. :)
     
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    Thank you again Sparky10 (my nickname by the way!! :D) and having read mostly favourable reviews (my son says they depend on how picky people are, which is true of course) and have just reserved one at Currys for collection tomorrow.

    Will let you know what I think when it is all up and running. :)
     
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    Hi, I am sure that it will be fine, you can always add a mouse if your wife does not get on well with the touch pad, please let me know how your wife gets on with it (from one bright spark to another!:laugh:)
     

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