Here’s the background: several years ago I got my severely tech-phobic 71 year-old father his first computer. It was old at the time, running Windows XP. It didn’t meet the technical requirements to upgrade to Windows 10, and since the end of support for XP has basically turned into a malware collection device. He has implied that he’s looking at a new computer. I’m thinking that a Windows 10 pc is not a good idea, due to, well, Windows 10. He uses his computer basically just for reading / sending email, visiting websites, and occasionally printing things. I’m thinking about a Chrome OS device. Looking at the Chromebox and Chromebase, it appears these devices are very niche-y, and aimed at businesses. Also, these appear to be the neglected stepchildren of the ChromeOS family, and I’m worried about a lack of support etc years from now. So, my questions for all of my worldly and industry-savvy guildies are:
1) Do you have any experience with a 70+ tech-phobic person using a Chromebook? Specifically, I’m worried that the small screen and small keyboard might be a problem. Is it reasonable to just hook it up to larger desktop peripherals?
2) Do you have any experience with a 70+ tech-phobic person using a touchscreen? He still uses one finger to type and doesn’t fully understand the difference between the left mouse button and right mouse button, so will a touchscreen be easier, or just add in another thing that will confuse him?
3) Am I wrong about the Chromebox and Chromebase? Are they a good option for someone like my dad?
4) Are there any other options I haven’t mentioned above? I’m specifically not looking at iOS devices, because I want something that I or one of his friends can help him with, and none of us are familiar with iOS.