Advice please for first laptop for elderly

7and911a

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Hello, all.

Just joined the forum and looking for some advice regarding buying a laptop for my 83y old dad who has never used computer (well, I tried with him long year ago but didn't work) now after my mum death he feels lonely and I thought I would try again.

- Budget needs to be under £300 (as he may never use the machine)
- Screen needs to be large (he is short sighted)
- he has dodgy internet connection so chromebook may not be ideal


For my £300 I can get:

A) HP 250: Pentium Ci5-5200U dual core 2.2GHz 4GB RAM 500GB
B) Lenovo G50-80: Ci3-4005U dual core 1.7GHz, 6GB RAM, 1TB.
C) Lenovo 305-15iby Ideapad: Pentium n3540 quad core 2.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB
D) Toshiba Satellite L50D-B: AMD A8-6410 quad core 2.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB


So the question is which one to go for? I understand for my dad any one of the above will all be fine for him, but which one has potentially less problem (as I live far away from him)

Thank you for your help and I am open for any suggestions and other alternatives
 

jaguarskx

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I would get the HP laptop with the Core i5-5200u CPU. It is by far the most powerful CPU in the listed laptops. The A8-6410 may be a quad core APU (AMD's term for a CPU with integrated graphics), but it is pretty weak. Assuming all 4 cores are being used it would only be about as powerful as a Core i3 CPU.

The basic difference between Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs is that the i5 has Turbo Boost which basically means they have higher clock speeds than i3 CPUs making the i5 more powerful.
 
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