Go Computer: Made for Grandma

by Mark R

go-computerIt would appear that someone has finally invented a computer designed for Seniors with the Go Computer. All I can say is: it’s about time!

The Go Computer is designed to be simple and “easy-on-the-eye”. I guess the large typeface keyboard and color-coded keys is what makes it easy for those who are visually impaired. In addition to the big font hardware, the Go Computer runs MyGait software, an Operating System with a large typeface and easy magnifier. Another bonus for seniors is the one click access to the email and web.

You may also note the trackball mouse and the all-in-one architecture. There isn’t really a disk drive tower, but a desktop Eeebox PC on the back of the display.

There are only two things required to make this work: a power outlet and a broadband Internet connection. The latter of that could be difficult for some senior citizens. Believe it or not, I just helped my mother get her Broadband Internet connection set up. Before that, she was using dial-up and AOL for over ten years. Some of you are not liking the sound of that.

So, if you know someone who is in need of a computer like this, you should be able to get it on the Go Computer website for about $799.00.


18 reviews or comments

turn.self.off Says: June 20, 2009 at 6:04 am

Those color coded keys reminds me of the ZX spectrum…

bgates Says: August 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm

I currently have MSNTV-2 connected to my Sony 32″ Flat Screen with great broadband reception. MSNTV is slowly dying on the vine and I am interested in replacing it with the Go Computer. My concern is whether I could hook this up to my Sony TV which allows me to view internet from my easy chair rather than setting at a computer desk. Is this possible & since with the GO System the computer is mounted on the back of the viewing screen would this be a road block? I will appreciate hearing from You. Cheers, bgates

atlana Says: September 7, 2009 at 6:55 am

considering that an Asus EEE netbook (Intel Atom 270, 1 GB ram, 160 GB HDD) is the heart of all this, and that the User Interface is mainly Flash/IE-core based – 800 bucks is pretty much a rip-off!

a netbook for 200-250 USD, good quality keyboard + mouse for 50 USD, 100-250 USD for a 20-24″ monitor, “Internet for Dummies”/”Computer for dummies” boocks for 10 USD each, and iGoogle as startpage. Cheaper, more versatile and no monthly subscription fees. Above all, you’re not being locked-in to a proprietary service.

cellman Says: September 8, 2009 at 6:52 pm

The Go Computer is well worth the money. I have a GO Computer and It has changed my life. I never knew it could be so easy to use a computer……Money well spent!!!

I did not need any fancy computer classes or book for dummies.

Jim Says: October 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I agree with atlana about the price and configuration, but beyond that, look at the top row of keys on the keyboard. Aren’t they F keys? What do you suppose Grandma is going to make of that? This looks like a product that’s been designed pretty much for a niche market like MSN TV. Grandma is still going to need lots of help, and where’s the guarantee that the proprietary service is going to stick around after the sales have bottomed out? Who knows? Maybe MSN will scoop it up.

bgates Says: October 4, 2009 at 9:43 am

Does GO Computer have a Video Out Option so it can be viewed from a Sony Bravia 32″ Flat TV Screen? Tia/bgates

Glenn Condrey Says: October 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I agree with alana…
These things are based on the Eee Pc…I have a 701 sd, I just paid $139 for mine.
If this company is going to target a senior audience, they need to remember that most seniors are on fixed incomes.
$800+ bucks for a computer with a atom prccessor is WAYYYYYY too much.
These folks are better off getting a old version of Linspire installed on a cheapie computer for that kind of money.

concern about the price Says: December 8, 2009 at 9:37 am

I am concerned about the price of GO Computer. Many seniors are on fixed incomes. If you buy this computer, you will also pay $19.95 per month. Yes, it is ripped off.

Nancy Alldredge Says: January 14, 2010 at 7:54 am

Where are the answers to the questions?

Apple Annie Says: February 6, 2010 at 9:28 am

I heard about this computer from my friend, who is not a ‘computer’ person. She asked me a dozen questions I could not answer about the GO COMPUTER, but she also gave me the web address.

One of her main reasons for wanting a computer is to ‘do’ her photographs. I used to take her digital camera picturess off of her camera floppy and put them on a CD. I also would email them to her son, and print copies for her. But my camera’s floppy is stuck inside the slot, so I can’t do hers any more, and my printer is not working as well.

So, my question is: Can she download her photos, and email them to her son and get a printer and print them out without too much trouble using the GO COMPUTER?

Thanks for any information.

z71guy66 Says: March 21, 2010 at 4:19 am

I’m going to get my Mom either an Ipad or a slate HP this year. It’s cheaper than the go computer with more technology and it will be just as simple to use with touch screen. No keyboard and no mouse.

Kevin Says: May 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

This is definitly a rip off for senior citizens. Besides its cheap hardware that they charge 800 for they are charging 20 a month. Basically all it is, is firefox with an easier to use zoom button. You can’t really use anything else but firefox. Recently we cancelled the 20 a month service because my grandma became ill. They basically lock up your computer and when we called they said they would covert it to regular windows. So now we got netbook computer as a desktop?

cecelia fletcher Says: April 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

Have a grandma computer (GO) Very unhappy with it you can not use binary file, also I feel they are controlling your computer. Sorry I did not do more research before buying it. Thank you, Cecelia

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