Choice of Notebooks?

Hi Guys,

Please help me decide which one?

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)
Social Networking
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)


Product Description
Samsung Series 3 300U1A-A01 - P 957 1.2 GHz - 11.6" TFT
Dimensions (WxDxH)
27.8 cm x 19.6 cm x 2.8 cm
1.2 kg
System Type
Built-in Devices
Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial
Intel Pentium 957 / 1.2 GHz ( Dual-Core )
Cache Memory
2 MB
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM ( 1 x 4 GB )
Card Reader
4 in 1
Hard Drive
320 GB - Serial ATA-300 - 5400 rpm
11.6" LED backlight TFT 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
Graphics Controller
Intel HD Graphics 3000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology
Audio Output
Sound card
Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0
Notebook Camera
Integrated - 1.3 Megapixel
Input Device
Keyboard, touchpad
Operating System
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.
Manufacturer Warranty
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?

Thank You
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  1. again , Macbook :P .. why did you recreate this thread ?
  2. Hi Cyber

    Thanks for your reply I was hoping someone would say the macbook they look great!

    I just needed someone to confirm I was making the right choice.

    Out of curiosity do you know if this will play WoW (minimum settings)?

  3. it would , cheers :)
  4. No, the Intel HD 3000 graphics is better than the Geforce Go 9400.

    Also, more games are supported on Window.

    Also, grab the SSD from the Mac as well.

    Why pay for the Mac. It's your sister's. Just take it.
  5. Hmmn this has actually got me wondering as ive been having second thoughts due to the mac being second hand & the fact that ive never really used a mac for anything other than web browsing
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