With the ability to be used all around the home –– or even outside –– laptops are ideal devices for older adults. To choose our favorite laptops for seniors, we paid special attention to how well different devices stacked up to the accessibility needs of seniors without skimping on modern features and intuitive designs.
The Macbook Air is a lightweight laptop from Apple that gives you lots of features in a small package. It retails for $999, which means it’s one of the most expensive computers we chose for this list.
The display is beautiful, listed as a 2560 x 1600 screen with True Tone. This is just a fancy way of saying that the screen displays high-definition imagery with accurate colors. This laptop also has upgradable memory, which means that you can choose to have more, or less, storage capacity and processing power if you want to use your laptop for more complex tasks or save money.
Depending on what you use it for, this laptop’s battery life can last up to an impressive 18 hours, especially if you’re watching content on your Apple+ account. The ability to secure your laptop with a fingerprint should also give security-focused users a little peace of mind. Even though the screen is great, the webcam is low quality, making this laptop an awkward pick for users who want to Facetime their family often.
If you’re looking for a 2-in-1 laptop, this is a great choice. “2-in-1” means that the computer can work like a laptop with a keyboard, but you can also flip the screen over and use it with the touch-screen controls like a tablet. Since this computer needed to function as both, weight was a major consideration when we chose the Asus Chromebook because it weighs only 2.5 pounds.
It also features decent performance specs for a Chromebook, though you shouldn’t expect to be able to store a ton of movies and programs on this laptop. It usually comes with around 32 GB of storage space. That’s about a quarter of what you would normally expect, probably less. You may need to buy another storage device if you plan on using this computer for a long time.
At 12 inches, the screen is small but expectedly so for a laptop that doubles as a tablet. We thought the touch screen was responsive, and the keyboard felt spacious despite the laptop’s small size. The battery life is only seven hours on 50 percent screen brightness, so you should expect to be plugged in pretty frequently. For a price of around $323, though, better 2-in-1s are hard to come by.
At $560, the Dell Inspiron 15 is right down the middle of potential budgets for these high-quality laptops. It comes fully equipped with Windows 11, which means you have all the latest security features and updated compatibility for Windows programs.
This laptop is solid, meaning it’s sturdy but also has a high weight compared to some other models (it weighs about 5.2 pounds). Additionally, the screen brightness is not as high as other laptops and the speakers are not as strong either, which can be an issue for people with hearing and vision problems.
However, the screen is a nice size at 15 inches and in full HD with an anti-glare coating. It’s probably the nicest-looking screen we reviewed here. The keyboard is also really comfortable, giving you just enough feedback as well as a spill-resistant guard around the edges. We also found the touch pad comfortable to use, with enough space to spread both hands comfortably on the deck while typing.
The Toshiba Tecra A50-E relies on internal storage to store all your programs. It comes with 256 GB, which is a decent amount for a laptop like this and should satisfy the average user’s needs. It’s powered by a good processor that will let you run multiple applications at once with ease.
The battery on this laptop holds a pretty low charge at five hours of constant use. However, the battery is removable, which is a rare feature in a laptop. This allows you to easily replace the battery when you need to and charge it efficiently.
The audio on this Toshiba Tecra laptop is not as loud as we would have liked for users that are hard of hearing. The price is also a considerable investment at $1,200 or more. But you’re buying performance with this laptop, which is best for users who want to run multiple tasks and take advantage of a higher-performing machine.
The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook is a featherweight laptop at 2.97 pounds. Its 2-in-1 design offers the functionality of a tablet with the sturdiness of a laptop. The screen is 13.3 inches and full HD, which looks great when you’re video chatting or watching movies. Unfortunately, the laptop felt flimsy in general, and some online users reported they needed to use their warranty after the screen cracked. However, for this price, a 2-in-1 is likely going to cut corners somewhere.
Happily, one of the features that didn’t feel like they cut corners on were the speakers. Instead of sticking up on the surface, the speakers face the user for a crisp audio experience that beats out a lot of laptops that are more expensive than this affordable $386.99 computer. A built-in webcam and a good diversity of ports gives you a lot of options. You can use Bluetooth to connect this tablet to your television pretty easily.
The battery life on this laptop is also stellar, with around 10 hours of operation on a full charge. The touch screen is so good that you can buy a digital pen and draw, play games, or use the Lenovo Flex 5 as a tablet. For people who care a lot about cybersecurity, the Flex 5 updates every six weeks with the latest anti-theft software.
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Many modern laptops come with exciting features like 2-in-1 designs that allow you to use them as tablets, modern security features, touch screens, and the latest Windows 11 apps. The prices on these laptops vary according to the features you get. However, all the computers on this list feature quality performance backed up by varying degrees of accessibility.
Figure out what you plan on using your new laptop for to compare the listed features to your needs. For example, if you want a laptop that doubles as a tablet, you’ll probably want to prioritize a low weight and long battery life. But if you want to park the computer on a desk and keep it plugged in, you may want to prioritize performance.
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