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Lenovo E550 2 Core Intel Core I3-5xxx 2GHz 4GB 192GB SSD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I3-5xxx 2GHz 4GB Aug 2015
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13 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on twelve expert reviews from sites including Techradar, notebookcheck.net, notebookcheck.biz and notebookcheck.it the average expert rating of this portable PC is 81%.

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 7 user reviews the average user rating of this Lenovo laptop is 83 out of 100.

Robust

One Lenovo E550 reviewer said in their reviews that the product was well made.

Good Product Quality

One Lenovo E550 owner said that it was good quality. In December last year expert review site Techradar.com mentioned in their review “An adequate display and solid build quality make the E550 surprisingly impressive” and scored it 80 out of 100.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Lenovo Has Good Laptop Reviews

Lenovo is one of the better rated laptop manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Lenovo also has good ratings for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo E550 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most portable PCs of this spec and age. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The worst memory clock speeds supported by processor of all laptops that have been available for a similar time to the E550 is 133MHz and the best is 1,866MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo E550 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most laptops of this type and age. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

This portable PC's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium across all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year.

The worst storage medium amongst comparable types of portable PC is HDD.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Z30t[pl_2984362_price], the Z30[pl_2984377_price], or the Z30t[pl_2984362_price] all from Toshiba.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo E550 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the E550 also have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo E550 has a front camera. Most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the E550 also have a front camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other laptops with a front camera currently available including because of it's better review score, the Toshiba Z30t[plb_2984362_price].

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L3 Processor Cache

This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many portable PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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Six Battery Cells

The Lenovo E550 is a six battery cell count notebook PC.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many portable PCs of this type and age.

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9 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Two Lenovo E550 owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was not good value for money. Techradar.com mentioned in their review of this laptop “Business-class mobile workstations aren't normally great value for money” . Techradar.com also said “This is especially true of Lenovo's ThinkPad line, which usually competes right at the high-end of the market, with a corresponding high cost.”.

One Lenovo E550 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was not cheap. Expert website Notebookcheck.net wrote in their review “Expensive performance boost” .

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Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 850 megahertz, the Lenovo E550 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the E550. Notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the E550 have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 750MHz and 1,300MHz.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 192 gigabytes, the Lenovo E550 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the E550. The average total storage capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago is 550GB, and the total storage capacity range from 16GB to 2TB.

Other 192GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the L450[pl_2932785_price], or the L540[pl_2993337_price] both from Lenovo.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price] (256GB and higher rated), the Acer Travelmate TMP645-S[plb_3003530_price] (256GB and higher rated), or the DELL Inspiron 14 E7440[plb_3015860_price] (256GB and higher rated).

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Only Intel Core I3-5xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo E550 has an Intel Core i3-5xxx processor family which is better than most portable PCs of this type and age. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. The best processor family of all notebook PCs of this type and age is Intel Core i7-4xxx and the worst is AMD E.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the E550, the Lenovo E550 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

Alternative notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might also want to look at include the Acer Aspire S7[plb_2830258_price].

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The Lenovo E550 has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than most laptops of a similar type and age to it. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago have an 802.11n WiFi standard. Notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the E550 WiFi standards range from IEEE 802.11a to 802.11n.

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Thick

With a height of 27 millimeters, the Lenovo E550 is fairly thick compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the E550. The thinnest notebook PC that has been around for a comparable time to the E550 is 11mm thick, the thickest is 2,400mm, and the average height is 27mm.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo E550

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2 gigahertz, the Lenovo E550 has a relatively typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.

There are a number of alternative 2GHz processor clock speed portable PCs currently available that you might want to look at including the Toshiba Z30t[plb_2984362_price] which has better reviews.

If this Lenovo laptop processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price] (2.2GHz and higher rated), or the Lenovo X250[plb_3010221_price] (2.2GHz and higher rated).

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo E550 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the E550.

We compared all the other 15.6" laptops to this notebook PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Acer Aspire VN7[plb_2867731_price], and the DELL Inspiron 15 3542[plb_2985553_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 9 hours, the Lenovo E550 has a fairly standard battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the E550.

We compared all the other 9h battery life laptops to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Latitude 15[pl_2800157_price], and the Latitude 12 7000[pl_2870622_price] both from DELL is also worth considering.

If this portable PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to consider the T450s[pl_3149778_price] (10.16h and higher rated), or the X250[pl_3010221_price] (10.7h and higher rated) both from Lenovo or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price] (14h and higher rated).

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Average Weight

At 2.4 kilograms, the Lenovo E550 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the HP ProBook 650 G1[plb_2940400_price] (2.3kg), or the Lenovo B5400[plb_2715847_price] (2.3kg).

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo E550 has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative 4GB internal memory laptops currently available that you might also want to consider including the DELL Inspiron 15 3542[plb_2985553_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price] (8GB and higher rated), or the Acer Travelmate TMP645-S[plb_3003530_price] (8GB and higher rated).

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Intel Visual Technology
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Expert Reviews

(16)
6 November 2015

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad E550. Test model provided by CampusPoint.At a purchase price of 1000 Euro (~$1100), the top-model in the E550-series can't be considered entry-level any longer and...

10 July 2015

Great CPU and graphics performance for the money, an adequate display and solid build quality make the E550 surprisingly impressive...

Great CPU and graphics performance for the money, an adequate display and solid build quality make the E550 surprisingly impressive...

3 March 2015

No wonder that last year's Lenovo ThinkPad E540 was selling so well, but does its successor live up to the legacy? Well, in some terms yes, but in others ? no. Lenovo kept the same minimalistic...

30 November 2015

Un boost en performance des plus coûteux. Pour sa configuration haut-de-gamme du E550, Lenovo n'a pas fait que retenir un processeur Core i7, une carte graphique Radeon est aussi de la partie.... Read more…

Solid chassis, docking station connector, fast WLAN, responsive keyboard, good performance, low temperature and noise
Smart build quality
Good performance levels
Battery life is impressive
Great keyboard
Dark display with low viewing angle stability, slow hard drive, comperatively high price
12month warranty
No SSD option
Screen is only a TN panel
DisplayPort output would have been nice
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User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 30 May 2015 by Small Town Girl
Small Town Girl would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

I thought I had to have an ASUS to replace my dropped and broken laptop, but I didn't want to spend that much. I did a ton of research and finally determined that the ThinkPad might suit my needs... Read more…

Reviewed 19 November 2015 by Doc
Doc would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

So far so good. trackpad works well, good battery life. Required more software which should have been recommended at the time of purchase...

Reviewed 16 November 2015 by LF
LF would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

Its very good and Processing fast...

Reviewed 9 November 2015 by Leo
(Verified Purchase)

Nice ten-key design, more powerful than E450 E440...

Reviewed 13 July 2015 by Knox tech
Knox tech would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

Use mainly for personal stuff but seems to have pleatny of speed and power...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo i35005, lenovo i35005u
Barcodes 00889800695179, 00889800697838

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