Telikin, a Boomer-optimized Touch Screen Computer

Links to cnet review of Telikin by Rich BrownTelikin is a new all-in-one, touch-screen computer optimized for seniors. It forgoes the Microsoft Windows operating system for a custom version of Linux and is billed as “quite possibly the world’s easiest computer.” Telikin comes with several useful software applications pre-installed, so you can just plug it in, connect to the Internet, and you’re ready to go, according to the website, but it still requires someone capable of doing that. It comes in two sizes with a 18.6-inch or 20-inch display and slightly .

After power-on, the system presents a home screen designed for accessibility. Use the mouse, or tap the always-visible sidebar menu with your finger, to access the applications, which include video chat, email, photos, calendar, address book, weather, news, web browsing, games, calculator, CD & DVD player,  file browser, word processor, and common utilities.

Beyond the video tutorial, help is available online by video chat with Telikin tech support or with a friend or family member. At $699 and $999 for the 18.6″ or 20″ models, it’s more expensive than a Windows PC with more features, but the objective of paying more for less is simplification. And while I still prefer an iPad2 for most seniors, some may prefer a desktop PC with larger display. If you’ve had personal experience with Telikin, we’d like to hear from you with a Reply below.

telikin feature comparison

18.6” LCD touch screen 20” LCD Touch Panel
Dual core 1.8GHz processor Dual core 1.6Hz processor
2GB Memory 2GB Memory
320GB hard drive 500GB hard drive
CD/DVD optical drive CD/DVD optical drive
1.3MP webcam with microphone 1.3MP webcam with microphone
4 USB 2.0 ports 4 USB 2.0 ports
6 in 1 memory card reader 6 in 1 memory card reader
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Built-in speakers Stereo speakers with SRS technology
Wired keyboard and mouse Wired keyboard and mouse
1 HDMI out
$699 $999

3:10 minute video intro below (also on YouTube)

6:43 minute video tutorial below (also on YouTube)