Should I buy my mother an iMac?
September 2, 2009 12:32 AM Subscribe
Should I get my aging, computer-clumsy mother an iMac, or just buy her a bigger screen for her Windows machine?
posted by Joe in Australia to computers & internet (35 answers total)
My mother uses her computer to play bridge, read her email (via Gmail), do her banking, and occasionally write letters. She is really bad at computer hygiene and I've had to clean viruses off her computer more than once - she will click on things that tell her to click them. This scares me, because she also uses her computer to do her banking.
I've suggested getting her an iMac, and she's cool with the idea. A larger screen would be part of the package, and that would definitely help her. The advantages of getting a Mac are that it comes with Applecare and it's less likely she'll install malware. The downside is that she's not great with computers and she might find the learning curve too steep. I know that the cost of an iMac will pay for a lot of computer support - but would that be as good as Applecare for someone who just needs her hand held?
What are people's thoughts on this?