Back to Basics: Telekin Computer keeps it simple

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Someone looking for a computer for older family members that is easy to use but has the latest technology may want to consider the Telekin Elite.

    This computer is created by Telekin specifically for senior citizens. The computer is an all-in-one machine with a touchscreen monitor, keyboard, mouse, and stylus.

    A Telekin representative reached out to me, a web producer at THV 11, to review the 20-inch Elite model.

    Initially I thought the computer was heavy to get out of the box, so the user may need help setting it up. But what I enjoyed was how easy getting started was. You just plug in the computer, mouse, keyboard and you're ready to go.

    The touchscreen aspect is great. It's sensitive to the touch so the user doesn't have to push hard. When you use the touchscreen, a mouse will appear as your navigator.

    As soon as you turn the machine on, there is an introductory video explaining the computer. Every program you open, a video will appear to walk you through.

    The screen is big, bright, and easy to read. When I connected to my in-house wi-fi network, it was quick.

    Along the side of the computer is a menu of options the computer has. It's always there so you don't have to go searching for it when you need it.

    Everything is built with "easy" in mind. The icons are big, there is a menu along the left side that is permanent so you can easily change tasks.

    You can add to a calendar, contact list, a look at your local weather through AccuWeather.com, and get the latest news from a Yahoo! News feed (you can change news outlet from a pre-existing list).

    The Internet aspect is functional and easy to use. It is already broken down into genres so it's easy to navigate. There are categories like general, social, games, news, shopping, health, TV/radio, etc. Loading speeds were pretty fast, but the video quality wasn't great and you can't have more than one tab open at a time. The sound quality wasn't perfect, but it was pretty good.

    For those who enjoy playing games, there is a section with games such as solitaire, Black Jack, memory, and Mah Jong.

    The "More" option of the screen includes extras such as a PDF viewer, spreadsheet creator, Kindle reader (use with your own log-in), and document publisher. There is a built-in spell check (no spell check button, but mistakes are highlighted with red line underneath) but the mouse can be used to make changes.

    Some of the cons are that nothing can be downloaded to the computer. If you want a program or an add-on, it's not available. Also you can't right click on something. While this may be an inconvenience for some users who are used to that option, it can also protect the user from downloading a virus or clicking on something they didn't intend to.

    Overall, I was very impressed with the machine. For what it's built for, it's perfect; easy, simple, and ready to go straight out of the box. They are marketing this computer for seniors, but I also think it would be good for people who are disabled. The touchscreen is great for those who can't use the mouse or keyboard, and it's easy to understand.

    The 20" Telikin Elite goes for $999 and the 18.6" Telikin Touch model is $699.

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