Telikin: Easy-to-use Computer for Senior CitizensLast Wednesday evening, my wife and I went to visit a friend of ours who had recently been placed into a care facility nearby. We went to check on her to see how she was doing and if there was anything she needed. She was excited to show us her new-found technology endeavors in which she was surfing the Internet with ease. Though I was supportive in congratulating her and her newly acquired talents, I was more interested in the computer system itself that the care home was using.

I wrote down the brand name of the computer system, which is made by a company called Telikin. On its website, I gleaned the following information about the two models available.

The first model is the Telikin Touch 18″ Touch Screen Computer that features the following:

  • 18.6 inch LCD touch screen
  • Dual core 1.8 GHz processor
  • 2 GB SDRAM
  • 320 GB hard drive
  • 1.3 MP webcam with microphone
  • 4 USB ports
  • 6 in 1 memory card reader
  • Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
  • Built-in speakers
  • Wired keyboard and mouse
  • Price is $699

Telikin: Easy-to-use Computer for Senior Citizens

The second model the company offers is the Telikin Elite 20″ Touch Screen Computer that features:

  • 20″ (16:9), 1600 x 900 touch panel
  • Dual core 1.6 GHz processor
  • 2 GB DDR3 memory
  • 500 GB 3.5 SATA II hard drive
  • Stereo speakers with SRS technology
  • 1.3 MP webcam with microphone
  • 4 USB ports
  • 6 in 1 memory card reader
  • 1 HDMI out
  • Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
  • Built-in speakers
  • Wired keyboard and mouse
  • Price is $999

Telikin: Easy-to-use Computer for Senior Citizens

For the geeks who are reading this article, your first thoughts are most likely similar to mine: We could build the hardware for a lot less than what Telikin is charging. Though this might be true, what Telikin is offering is something more than just hardware and software tossed together. The company is offering a full 60 days of guaranteed satisfaction plus 60 days of VIP support. For those of us who have tried to support our older senior citizens with help over the telephone, this alone is invaluable.

In addition, the folks at Telikin have devised a simple-to-use touch screen system that is based off of Linux, not Windows. The likelihood of the system becoming infected is a lot less, plus it is harder to do something wrong or to install something that could cause havoc on the system. The system is devised to be self-contained and users are discouraged by the way the system is designed to install anything from the Internet. Plus, the user has all of the features normally associated with a standard computer including the following:

  • All-in-one design
  • Virus-resistance
  • Email
  • Video chat
  • Web browsing
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) ready
  • DVD/CD player
  • Games: built-in and online
  • Custom interface + built-in apps
  • Free lifetime updates!
  • Photo viewing through Facebook
  • MS-compatible word processor
  • Calendar with notifications
  • Address book with easy-connect
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Supports HP printers

For six years, I taught computer classes for the community education department at our local junior college. The majority of my students were seniors and I watched as they struggled to learn the basics of the PC and how Windows functioned. I watched as some of the seniors failed to grasp the very basics of using the mouse, which at the time was almost like a death sentence for their future in using a Windows PC.

As I watched the seniors using the Telikin computer, and the ease with which they used the touch screen to access the Internet, I wondered to myself how much simpler this would have been for my senior students. So are the computers from Telikin a guaranteed way for all seniors to use a computer? Of course not. There are always people of all ages who struggle daily using a PC. But I do believe that these types of computers would be beneficial and, with a 60-day guarantee of satisfaction, what would you lose by having a senior try it out?

The computers from Telikin are also available from retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, Radio Shack, and Sears.

What do you think?

Comments, as always, are welcome.

Source: Telikin

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