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Lenovo ThinkPad T550

Lenovo ThinkPad T550 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 8GB Jan 2015
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11 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Good Brand

We checked 4,358 user and expert reviews for Lenovo portable PCs and found that on average Lenovo has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Lenovo has good reviews specifically for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

Fairly Long Battery Life

The average battery life of notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkPad T550 is 8.6h, and the battery lifes range from 2.5h to 24h. At 14.8 hours, the ThinkPad T550 has a fairly long battery life compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad T550.

Alternative 14.8h battery life notebook PCs currently available which you might want to consider include cheaper laptops such as the Lenovo ThinkPad T550[plb_2738409_price].

If this notebook PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad W550[plb_2800102_price] (21.8h).

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad T550 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most notebook PCs of this type and age. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most laptops that have been around for a similar time to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz (worst) to 1,866MHz (best).

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo ThinkPad T550 has a better storage medium than most portable PCs that were released more than a year ago. This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most similar spec portable 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 laptop's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium across comparable types of laptop.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including the XPS 13[pl_2705334_price], or the XPS 13[pl_2705334_price] both from DELL or the HP Elitebook 820 G2[plb_2886802_price] which is cheaper; or the Latitude 12 E7240[pl_2962186_price], or the Latitude 12 E7240[pl_2962186_price] both from DELL which has better reviews.

Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth considering include the Toshiba Tecra Z40[plb_2891833_price] (SSD).

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo ThinkPad T550 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year also have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the DELL Latitude 14 E7450[plb_2882106_price] is also worth considering.

There are a number of alternative portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard which you might want to look at including the ThinkPad T550[pl_2823866_price], or the T550[pl_2954049_price] both from Lenovo.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad T550, the ThinkPad T550 has a front camera.

Other laptops which also have a front camera that you might also want to look at include the ThinkPad T550[pl_2823866_price], the T550[pl_2954049_price], or the T450[pl_2966422_price] all from Lenovo.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on portable PCs of this spec and age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The display brightnesss of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad T550 range from 200 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m². With a display brightness of 300 candellas per square meter, the ThinkPad T550 has one of the brighter display brightnesss amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 256 gigabytes, the ThinkPad T550 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year. The average total storage capacity of laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad T550 is 550GB, and the total storage capacity range from 16GB to 2TB.

There are a number of alternative 256GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available that you might also want to look at including cheaper notebook PCs such as the DELL XPS 13[plb_2705334_price].

If this medium processor core notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad T450[plb_2771075_price] (360GB), or the HP EliteBook 840[plb_2822530_price] (500GB) which is also cheaper.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Expensive

We think this notebook PC looks expensive compared to other similar spec notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago. The cheapeast portable PC of a similar age and spec that we found costs £149 and the most expensive costs £3,405.

Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad T550, the ThinkPad T550 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared all the other laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen to this portable PC and we think the Latitude 14 E7450[pl_2882106_price], or the XPS 13 9343[pl_2829100_price] both from DELL or the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_3046926_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Only Three Battery Cells

The ThinkPad T550 is a three battery cell count notebook PC.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the Lenovo ThinkPad T550 has one of the lowest speaker power amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Across all the notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad T550 the speaker power range from 1W to 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad T550

Released Over a Year Ago

Lenovo released the ThinkPad T550 over a year ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.3 gigahertz, the ThinkPad T550 has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad T550.

If this portable PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to look at the ZBook 14 G2[pl_3017135_price] (2.4GHz and cheaper), or the 15[pl_2747148_price] (2.4GHz and cheaper) both from HP or the DELL Inspiron 17 5749[plb_2892460_price] (2.4GHz and cheaper).

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Average Internal Memory

The Lenovo ThinkPad T550 has a pretty standard internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the XPS 15[pl_2529933_price], or the XPS 13[pl_2705334_price] both from DELL or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_2729360_price].

If you would prefer a laptop with a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad T450[plb_2771075_price] (12GB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Screen Size

The ThinkPad T550 has a pretty standard screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad T550.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 15.6" portable PCs currently available including cheaper laptops such as the Inspiron 15 5000[pl_2301459_price], or the XPS 15[pl_2529933_price] both from DELL or the Lenovo ThinkPad T550[plb_2738409_price].

If this medium processor core notebook PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Inspiron 17 5000[pl_2843189_price] (17.3"), or the Inspiron 17 5749[pl_2892460_price] (17.3") both from DELL or the MSI GP72 2QD[plb_3008884_price] (17.3") which is also cheaper.

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Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on laptops of this age and spec.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.1 kilograms, the ThinkPad T550 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for more than a year.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.1kg heavy laptops currently available including the Lenovo ThinkPad T550[plb_2738409_price] which is cheaper.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the DELL Inspiron 15 5000[plb_2301459_price] (2.2kg and cheaper).

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Specification

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Processor Core
Processor Family
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Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
Maximum Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
4G Standard
Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN)
3G Standard
2G Standard
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
VGA Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
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GPS Function
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel TSX-NI Version
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
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Power
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Security
Password Protection
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
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Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Certificates
Certification
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory
Video Compression Format

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 20ck000, lenovo 20ck000x, lenovo 20ck000xu, lenovo 20ck000xuk, apple t55020cknetworkcard101001000gigabitfa, apple t55020cknetworkcard101001000gigabitfas, apple t55020cknetworkcard101001000gigabitfast
Barcodes 00889233161852, 00889233161975, 00889233162088, 00889233165690, 00889233166529, 00889233168202, 00889233168271, 00889233170915, 00889233171110, 04053162940291

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