I am buying a used / new notebook as ive just started Uni this is to get me by until I can afford to buy a Gaming Desktop System early in the new year and then the notebook will still serve my needs as a portable option.
My dad is buying this as a gift so I only have the choice of these 2 below one is brand new never used the other has been used by my sister since new.
The system will be used for the below and nothing more:
Light Downloading Movies / Music
Light Office Use (Excel Word)
Web Browsing – a lot
If I could play a couple of games on MINIMAL settings (WoW Cata & Dawn of War 2) would be a bonus but not “Needed”
Here are the two options
Samsung 300U – Brand New In Box with full warranty (12 months)
Samsung Series 3 300U1A-A01 - P 957 1.2 GHz - 11.6" TFT
27.8 cm x 19.6 cm x 2.8 cm
Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial
Intel Pentium 957 / 1.2 GHz ( Dual-Core )
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM ( 1 x 4 GB )
4 in 1
320 GB - Serial ATA-300 - 5400 rpm
11.6" LED backlight TFT 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
Intel HD Graphics 3000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology
Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0
Integrated - 1.3 Megapixel
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Microsoft Office Preloaded
Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.
1 year warranty
Used MacBook Pro (used since new by my sister had a replacement battery in April from Apple store)
MacBook Pro 13inch Late 2009 model
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8
2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4 GB 1067MHz DDR3 RAM
120 GB Solid State Drive 'OWC Mercury Extreme SSD'
NVIDIA GeForce 94000M 256 MB
13inch Glossy Screen 1280 x 800
I would appreciate any advice and comments as to which would be best suited for my needs?
I'm fairly certain that you'd need at the very least a 512mb graphics card to run wow on minimum specs. Since it's you're sisters maybe ask her if you can try wow out on it first before making your decision? If wow runs on it I'd say the mac hands down. A 1.2GHz processor is A LOT slower than a 2.26GHz. Personally I can't stand macs but if you like them it definitely seems like the better of the two internal spec wise.
Thats what i thought the Mac only has a 128gb hard drive (solid state) but i already have a 500gb external usb hard drive so no real problem there and the only thing ill have installed is the OS 30 gb iTunes and WoW / Dawn of War if they actually play and once i get my gaming rig in the new year it will only be used for a portable browsing and light use system as a portable option
My main reason is that with macs you're paying for the brand. You can get the same specs (if not better) in a windows pc for half the cost. You can't right click with a mac, that just erks me. Also I'm a pretty big gamer and macs don't even compare to windows based pc's when it comes to gaming and graphics cards. Long story short macs are great for work or school but they just aren't for me.
It sounds like the mac your sister has will have plenty of room for what you'd need it for. Between the two options you provided the mac seems like the better choice.
Based on the specs, yes. The mac has a faster processor and dedicated graphics (albeit only 256mb). The only thing that the samsung has that the mac doesn't is a bigger hard drive. Which shouldn't be an issue for light downloads and a couple games. I wouldn't expect to be doing any hardcore raiding in wow with your mac book but for dailies ect. it may be able to get the job done. But lets put it this way, if wow can't run on that mac I highly doubt it would run on that samsung.