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Which Laptop (choice of 2)

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October 25, 2011 9:17:05 AM

Hi Guys,

Ive just started Uni and im now without any PC at all and I cant afford to get the one I want until the end of January (as I want a gaming laptop so its quite expensive)

In the meantime my dad has told me he is going to buy a ultraportable laptop as he needs one and that I can borrow this until I buy mine at the end of january he has not bought this as yet but is going to get it tomorrow and he has given me the choice of which one he gets as ill be using it for the next few months however it has to be one of these two as he is getting this through work

I need this for:

iTunes
Web Browsing
Social Networking
Bit of downloading movies & music
Light Microsoft Office Use
Streaming Downloaded movies to my TV
Being able to play WoW cata & Dawn of War 2 on minimal setting would be a “BIG BONUS” but not essential

Please could you give me your thoughts and advice on the 2 laptops below as im don’t know a great deal about hardware.

LENOVO IDEAPAD S205

Processor AMD E350 Dual Core (1.6GHz, 1MB Cache )
Screen 11.6" (Lenovo Glare, 1366 x 768 HD, WXGA LED Backlit)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 4GB (DDR3 1066MHZ)
Hard Drive 500GB
Graphics Integrated (AMD Radeon HD 6310M)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network Card 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 5-in-1 card reader (SD/MS/MS-Pro/MMC/SDHC/)
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 ports
Bluetooth Version 2.1
Speakers Integrated Sound System
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
Warranty 12 Months Warranty - Direct with Lenovo
Battery Life 5-6 Hours (Upto 5 Hour Battery Life)
Weight 1-2 Kg (This Model 1.46 Kg)

OR

SAMSUNG 300U

Processor Intel Pentium 957 Dual Core (1.20 GHz, 2MB)
Screen 11.6" (HD, 1366 x 768, WXGA LED)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 4GB (DDR3 1333MHZ)
Hard Drive 320GB
Graphics Integrated (Intel® HD 3000 Graphics with up to 1274MB Shared Memory)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 3-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC,MMC)
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 ports
Bluetooth Bluetooth® 3.0+HS
Speakers Integrated Sound System
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
Warranty 12 Months Samsung Collect & Return Warranty
Battery Life 5-6 Hours (up to 5.5 hours with power management)
Weight 1-2 Kg (This Model 1.29 Kg)

Please advise me on which one?
Thank You

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October 25, 2011 9:34:51 AM

Hi Thanks for your reply.

I made a mistake I took the specifications of the internet before Dad emailed them across just

The Lenovo Idea Pad is a lower version it has only 3gb of ram and a 320gb hard drive the rest is exactly the same.

Would your choice be different now?

Thank You
October 25, 2011 10:33:16 AM

Hi Again thank you for your reply

I have been looking at comparison sites on the internet and from what I have seen the HD 3000 is a better GPU than the HD 6310
Also from the CPU comparison it appears that the Intel Pentium 967 processor is slightly faster than the E - 350

If that’s correct surely the choice should be the Samsung?

Your thoughts would be very much appreciated

Thanks
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October 25, 2011 1:35:52 PM

Hi Werner

Thanks for coming back to me. Thats understood,
Its a shame because the Samsung one looks a hell of a nice little machine it looks similar to a apple in a way

Prices are £369 for the Lenovo and £384 for the Samsung

October 25, 2011 1:41:56 PM

Just a thought if I could borrow a 2010 macbook pro 13 inch

2.4 ghz dual core
4gb ram
250 gb hdd
geforce 320m 256mb ddr 3

Would this be better?

Thanks
October 25, 2011 1:48:30 PM

Thank You for your time and advice much appreciated
!