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Lenovo ThinkPad W550 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 16GB Feb 2015
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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1.7GB and 16GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has one of the bigger maximum on-board graphics adapter memories amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 is a three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Portable PCs

Based on 4,358 user and expert reviews, Lenovo has good ratings for its laptops. Lenovo also has good ratings specifically for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the ThinkPad W550 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels portable PC, which is the most common display resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all laptops that were released more than a year ago.

Across comparable types of notebook PC the worst display resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

Medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 have processor clock speeds of between 0.8GHz and 3.3GHz. The ThinkPad W550 has a fairly fast processor clock speed (2.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad W550.

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Very Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W550 is 6.3GB. With an internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has one of the biggest internal memory amongst portable PCs of this age.

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Very Long Battery Life

Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago have battery lifes of between 2.5h and 24h, and the average battery life is 8.6h. At 17.3 hours, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a very long battery life compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad W550 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Laptops of a similar age and type to the ThinkPad W550 processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz to 1,866MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The ThinkPad W550 has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it. 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.

An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage medium across all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

The worst storage medium across comparable types of notebook PC is HDD.

If you want a portable PC with a better storage medium then you might want to look at the Elitebook 820 G2[pl_2886802_price] (SSD), or the EliteBook 820 G2[pl_2897415_price] (SSD) both from HP.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 have screen sizes of between 11" and 18", and the average screen size is 15".

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 15.6" notebook PCs currently available including the Lenovo B5400[plb_2715847_price] which has better reviews.

If this medium processor core notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Acer Aspire VN7-791G[plb_3000372_price] (17.3") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other portable PCs of this type and age, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a full-size keyboard.

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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family which is better than most laptops of a comparable age and type to it. Most similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. The worst processor family of all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 is AMD E and the best is Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad W550 has a front camera, as do most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

Across all the laptops of this spec and age the battery capacities range from 23Wh to 120Wh, and the average battery capacity is 46Wh. The ThinkPad W550 has one of the biggest battery capacities (116 watt-hours) amongst notebook PCs of this age.

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512 Solid-State Drive Capacity

Most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad W550 have between 8 and 999 solid-state drive capacity, including the ThinkPad W550 which has 512 solid-state drive capacity.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550 is 2.9GHz, and the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.8GHz to 3.7GHz. At 3.2 gigahertz, the ThinkPad W550 has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W550.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most commonly found processor cache on portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

When compared to other comparable spec portable PCs that came out more than a year ago that we have assessed, the maximum internal memory (64-bit) of the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest. The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 is 13GB.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W550, the ThinkPad W550's maximum internal memory of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest. The smallest maximum internal memory of comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

The ThinkPad W550 is a three USB 3.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

With a display brightness of 350 candellas per square meter, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite bright display brightness compared to most of the other laptops that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W550. Across all the notebook PCs that were released one year ago the display brightnesss range from 200 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m².

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

When compared to other laptops of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad W550 that we have checked the processor cache of, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550's processor cache of 4 megabytes is one of the biggest. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 have processor caches of between 1MB and 6MB, and the average processor cache is 3.1MB.

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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 are a comparable age to it.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most laptops of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad W550 do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only Three Battery Cells

The ThinkPad W550 is a three battery cell count laptop. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year have between two and eight battery cells.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The lowest speaker power of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year is 1W, the highest is 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W. With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a fairly low speaker power compared to most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The ThinkPad W550 has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11n WiFi standard found on most medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it. Across all portable PCs of this type and age the Wi-Fi standard ranges from IEEE 802.11a to 802.11n.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

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

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W550

Released Over a Year Ago

This Lenovo portable PC was released over a year ago.

Average Total Storage Capacity

At 512 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a relatively standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the HP ProBook 450[plb_2784001_price] (750GB).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.3 kilograms, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

Other notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the HP ProBook 650[plb_2589709_price] (2.3kg).

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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
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Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
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Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
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Intel Flex Memory Access
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Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
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Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 20e2, lenovo w550, lenovo w550s, lenovo p230668, lenovo p230668p
Barcodes 00889233149232, 00889233154342, 01882844154342

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