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I have partial sight; what is the best PC for me?

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Jillie0702 Calculating status...
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Apr 6, 2013 11:27 AM

I've heard that Apple Mac is a good option for people with partial sight. Has anyone any suggestions which would be the best computer for me?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,095 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 11:36 AM (in response to Jillie0702)

    A desktop model with a large, high resolution, sharp display monitor. Of the Apple products this would best be the iMac which comes in 21.5" and 27" screens. The latter has an IPS display that can provide a screen resolution up to 2560 x 1440 pixels. This could help with large font sizes to improve the ability to see what is on the display. Or use a lower resolution to provide an overall larger image.

  • Matt Tech Help Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 7:50 PM (in response to Jillie0702)

    Hi

    I am also partial sighted and i use a MacBook Pro 15".

    With all iMac's MacPro's and MacBook Pro's it is posible to change the resolution of the display witch allows everything to be inlarged,

    Like so

     

    This is your default Res (1344 x 840)

    Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 2.21.25 PM.png

     

    Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 2.36.23 PM.png

    The Screenshot Above is res (1152 x 720)

     

    As you can see the screen is inlarged and thiis res is what i use.

     

    You can use (1024 x 640)

     

    Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 2.22.24 PM.png

     

    This is for people with really bad vision it dose relly depend on your eyesight and how bad it is.

     

    Jsut so you know there is also zoom and aswell as voicweover that you can use

    you can change the dock aswell.

    if you do to apple logo in the menu bar you find dock in the list hover over and another list will pop up got to dock prefrences and you will find plenty of options to sute your needs.

     

    sorry its so long

    Hope this helps though

  • panoramaBobl, Bob Thompson2 Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Apr 15, 2013 11:47 AM (in response to Jillie0702)

    There is no one answer but a lot of things you can do if your eyesight is limited;  My eyesight has steadily grown worse over the last 15 years.  I have moved to larger and larger monitors.  I use a multi button mouse that I've programed to zoom in, zoom out, speak selected text, speak text  under the cursor and more.  it really helps to speed things up.  My present monitor is an Apple TV.  It is a television with a 28" screen.  It is a little narrower than a 27" monitor but a full 1" taller.  I like the size and shape.

     

    http://tinyurl.com/cnl43uz

     

    My wife has a  13" macbook. She often has it connected to a second Apple TV television. Any mac is a good choice.  I have a 5 year old macPro and hope to get a new one this year because I make videos, much to the amazement of many.  This computer would be over kill for most users.  The 27" iMac is terrific.  If the screen seems right for you, go with it.  A laptop has a much smaller screen.  You can zoom thins in but if only a few words fill the screen it will be hard to read a page..  The macMini is a great little computer for use with large monitors or one that you may already have..

     

    I use my eyes to navigate windows on my monitor but let voiceover read aloud almost all of the text.

     

    Good luck with whichever model you choose.

     

    bob

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    Apr 15, 2013 12:23 PM (in response to Jillie0702)

    1. Start with a good large screen, like Kappy says.

    2. Then start with Accessibility Applet in System Preferences and click the display icon in the navigation panel:

    set higher contrast

    set larger cursor size

    Then click Zoom and choose a key combination to zoom when you need a zoom.

    3. If that is not enough, choose the Display applet in System preferences, and click Display and then "scaled":

    choose a lower resolution (like Matt said): every step lower enlarge every font on the whole screen.

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