The Best Laptops for Seniors in 2015 – 2016 – The Top Laptops for the Elderly

The best part of being retired is that you get to travel more. You can visit family, see places you always dreamed of visiting, or just travel and meet new people. But you still want to be able to keep in touch with family and friends. You also want to be able to share all the photos and videos you take while on the road.

Laptops offer the ability to stay in touch through email, video chat and social media. They offer more power and speed than tablets but offer the portability that desktops lack. Many of them also have 3D or HD capability that allows you to watch home movies, television shows and cinematic events in style.

Top 10 Laptops for Seniors

1. Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 17.3-Inch 3D Laptop (Black Widow Styling in Diamond-Textured Aluminum)

This laptop is ideal for seniors who like to create videos of their grandkids or maybe watch 3D movies while traveling. This laptop has a hybrid drive, which offers the best of both the solid and conventional hard drive. It is also durable and protects the hard drive when it senses sudden movement—so accidental drops won’t be catastrophic. This model isn’t yet scored at GDGT, but one critic awards it a rating of 7.0. Pricing starts at $1,789.

Pros

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 17.3 in screen

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi  helps to connect to existing networks

  • Blu-ray

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 670 graphics coprocessor for the ultimate visual experience

Cons

  • It is heavier, 7.5 pounds

  • The price tag may be steep for some

  • With all that it can do, the battery life is short

2. ASUS G750JW-DB71 17.3-Inch Laptop (Black)

Seniors who are looking for good sound, excellent graphics and speed will find it with the Asus G750JW. With the large screen, this is another laptop that people can use to watch television and movies while they are traveling, view videos of their grandchildren and more. And with the Ethernet connection, this unit offers the fastest Internet speed currently available for keeping in touch through video chat and social networking. It’s not yet rated at GDGT, but one critic awards it a perfect 10 and one user a 9.0. Pricing starts at $1,399.

Pros

  • 17.3 inch screen

  • Nvidia GTX755M Graphics card for great viewing

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • Dual fans keeps unit cool

  • Enhanced Audio

  • 802.11ac wireless, Gigabit Ethernet controller and Bluetooth 4.0

Cons

  • 9.9 pounds

  • 3.5 hours battery life

  • A lot of machine for those who like to keep technology simple

3. Apple MacBook Air MD761LL/A 

 

Some seniors prefer Apples to PCs. Among laptops, the MacBook Air is an elite machine. It powers up almost instantaneously for inpatient seniors, has 12 hours of battery life for extended use and weighs just one pound.  According to GDGT, the MacBook Air is highly rated by both critics and users. GDGT awards it a near-perfect score of 95. Pricing for the Air starts at $1,234.99.

Pros

  • 13.3″ screen

  • 256 GB hard drive

  • Intel HD Graphics

  • MAC OS X Mountain Lion operating system

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi for fast wireless

  • Thunderbolt technology for fast transfer with peripherals

Cons

  • Many find the Apple price tag too high for a computing system

  • If a user is used to Windows operating systems, the learning curve can be steep

  • All other devices such as desktops, smart phones and tablets have to be able to interact with the Mac

4. Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 

 

The difference between the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air is that the Air goes for speed and less weight, while the Pro goes for computing power. The Pro offers better graphics, faster data transfers, and improved processing and memory speeds than its predecessors. For seniors who want to send and receive rich images and have better functionality with apps like Skype, the MacBook Pro won’t disappoint. GDGT reviews also rate this MacBook product highly and gave it a score of 90. Pricing starts at $1,049.

 

Pros

  • OS X Mountian Lion operating system

  • 13.3″ screen

  • 4.5 pounds

  • 7 hours battery life

  • Built-in HD Camera

  • HD Graphics

  • Thunderbolt Port

Cons

  • The Apple vs PC debate leaves many confused on benefits of Apples

  • Cost is prohibitive to many

  • Powerful computer but may be intimidating to some

5. Acer Aspire V3-571G-9686 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

Seniors who have trouble carrying heavier gadgets may want to take a look at the Acer Aspire. The 15.6″ screen still makes it a good choice for video viewing, but it is only one inch thin and weighs just 5.7 pounds. This is extremely light for a laptop of this size, but it doesn’t sacrifice performances. GDGT offers a favorable rating for this one, giving it a score of 81. Pricing starts at $988.

Pros

  • 15.6 inch screen and NVDIA GeForce GT 640m Graphics

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor

  • Gigabit Ethernet

  • 802.11/b/g/n Wireless

Cons

  • 4.5 hours battery life

  • Windows 8 can be difficult to learn for seniors used to older OSs

  • 5.7 pounds is light for the size but some seniors may find it difficult

6. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 13.3-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook 

 

For seniors who can’t decide whether they want a laptop or a tablet, the Lenovo Yoga series offers the best of both worlds. It has the smaller screen, longer battery life of a tablet, and the keyboard can be tucked away when not needed for video chatting with kids and grandkids. Yet the Yoga also has the faster computing power and additional software typically available in a laptop. At GDGT, the IdeaPad Yoga received a score of 83. Pricing starts at $899.

 

Pros

  • 128 GB Solid-State Drive

  • 13.3″ Screen

  • 8.8 battery life

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 3.3 pounds

  • 802.11bgn wireless

  • 360 degree convertible hings

Cons

  • The laptop-tablet combo may be too sophisticated for seniors who like simplicity

  • Heavier than a tablet

  • While more computing power than a tablet, less than other laptops

7. Dell Inspiron i15z-5592sLV 15.6-Inch Ultrabook

 

The Ultrabooks are the PC’s answer to the Macbook Pro. They are meant to be light, fast and powerful. Dell’s Inspiron Ultrabook definitely fits this description. It has a 32 GB Solid-State Drive, 2GHZ processor and weighs only four pounds, so it’s easy for seniors to transport it from room to room to stay in touch. This specific model isn’t listed at GDGT, but Dell laptops seem to get good scores overall. Pricing starts at $899.

Pros

  • 15.6″ screen

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 802.11bgn wireless

Cons

  • New product; little consumer feedback available on bugs and issues

8. HP Envy DV7T-7300 Intel Core i7-3630QM 

 

If you’re worried about your aging loved one’s security, the HP envy has a fingerprint reader. This reader will only allow predetermined users access to the system, leaving less likelihood for intruders and those with ulterior motives to gain unauthorized access. It also has a Blu-Ray drive and 3 GB graphics, so you can send and view all the photos of grandchildren you want. This Envy model isn’t rated at GDGT, but a number of HP Envy laptops are. Most average scores in the 70’s, with one newer model earning an 85.  Pricing starts at $879.

Pros

  • 1 TB hard drive

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 802.11bgn wireless

  • Blu-Ray Combo drive

  • 17.3″ screen

  • Beats Audio

Cons

  • 5.4 pounds

  • Battery life not listed, often this means it is not long

  • HP have a tendency to run hot, which can shorten the life of the laptop

9. Dell Inspiron i14R5-5743sLV 14-Inch Laptop

 

Dell computers have a long standing reputation for quality, and their laptops are no exception. Seniors making an investment in technology often want something that’s proven to last; the Dell Inspiron fits the bill. They offer good value for the features offered, and customers often rate them highly. The Dell Inspiron is a good machine at a price many can afford. GDGT has ratings for a few similar Dell Inspiron models, but not the 14R. Pricing starts at $699.

Pros

  • 14″ screen

  • 2.5 Ghz processor

  • Intel HD graphics

  • Windows 8 operating system

Cons

  • 5.4 pounds, which may be heavy to some seniors

  • Battery life not listed , means short battery life

  • While processor fast, some say could be faster

10. HP Compaq Presario cq58-bf9wm 15.6-Inch Laptop

  

Seniors who don’t want to spend much on a laptop to stay in touch with distant friends and relatives should take a look at the Compaq. This laptop offers most of the features people are looking for in a laptop at a low price compared to other systems. The CQ58 isn’t listed at GDGT, but you can get an idea of the overall opinion of the Compaq Presario line by checking out reviews of similar laptops. Pricing starts at $599.

Pros

  • 15.6″ HD screen

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • DVD burner

  • 320 GB hard drive

  • HD Webcam

  • 802.11bgn Wireless

  • Good for seniors who need basic functionality

Cons

  • 8 pounds; more difficult for some seniors to carry

  • While good for the beginner, computer savvy seniors may find it too basic

  • Some customers complain about speed, depends on how it is used

 

Buying a new laptop is a large investment and should be considered carefully. Take a look at the features and reviews to determine how each brand fits your aging loved one’s needs and budget. A little research in the beginng will help you to be happy with your investment.

  • david edward

    You have shared useful details, but with that i think one must do not make the assumption that spending a lot on a laptop means it is better. This is certainly not always true.

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  • Peter

    We got my husbands father a beautiful made for seniors laptop from a plus senior computer. It came ready to goright out of the box. He took to it right away which surprised all of us, check it out we were very happy.