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Lenovo ThinkPad W550 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 15.5" Laptop

2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 8GB Jan 2015
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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has one of the bigger maximum on-board graphics adapter memories (16 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year is 11GB.

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

Most comparable spec laptops that have been around for more than a year have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the ThinkPad W550 which has three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Portable PCs

Lenovo is one of the superior notebook PC manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Lenovo also has good reviews for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2.6 gigahertz, the ThinkPad W550 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad W550. The slowest processor clock speed of similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 is 0.8GHz, the fastest is 3.3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.2GHz.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad W550 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most portable PCs of this age and spec support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this Lenovo notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The memory clock speeds supported by processor of all comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 ranges from 133MHz (worst) to 1,866MHz (best).

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Quite Long Battery Life

The battery lifes of laptops of this age and spec range from 2.5h to 24h. The ThinkPad W550 has a fairly long battery life (12.7 hours) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

Notebook PCs with a longer battery life that might be worth looking at include the LifeBook E754[pl_2812018_price] (13h), or the LifeBook E734[pl_2812017_price] (13h) both from Fujitsu which is also higher rated.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The ThinkPad W550 has a fairly big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. The internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.3GB.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a bigger internal memory then you might want to consider the Lenovo T450s[plb_3046986_price] (12GB), or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_2939901_price] (12GB).

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a better storage medium than most laptops that have been on the market for more than a year. This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to 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.

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

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

If the storage medium of this notebook PC is not good enough for you 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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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The ThinkPad W550 has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family found on most laptops that are a comparable age to it. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 processor families range from AMD E to Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a front camera. Most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad W550 also have a front camera.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.2 gigahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other laptops that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W550. The average maximum turbo frequency of portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 is 2.9GHz.

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L3 Processor Cache

This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Unlike most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W550 which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the ThinkPad W550 has a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550, the ThinkPad W550's maximum internal memory of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest. Medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

With a maximum internal memory (64-bit) of 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550's maximum internal memory (64-bit) is one of the biggest amongst laptops that came out more than a year ago. The smallest maximum internal memory (64-bit) of laptops that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

Most notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 have between 8 and 999 solid-state drive capacity, including the ThinkPad W550 which has 256 solid-state drive capacity.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

Most portable PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports, including the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 which has three USB 3.0 ports.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago that we have assessed, the ThinkPad W550's processor cache of 4 megabytes is one of the biggest. The smallest processor cache of notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550 is 1MB, the biggest is 6MB, and the average processor cache is 3.1MB.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The average display brightness of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year is 270 cd/m². With a display brightness of 315 candellas per square meter, the ThinkPad W550 has one of the brighter display brightnesss amongst similar spec 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 came out around the same time as it.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type which have a full-size keyboard.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of laptops of this spec and age is 550GB, and the total storage capacity range from 16GB to 2TB. The ThinkPad W550 has a quite small total storage capacity (only 256 gigabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The average speaker power of notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad W550 is 1.7W, and the speaker power range from 1W to 4W. With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the ThinkPad W550 has one of the lower speaker power amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The ThinkPad W550 has a better Wi-Fi standard than most laptops of a similar age and type to it. This portable PC has an 802.11a WiFi standard, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it have an 802.11n WiFi standard. Across all portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad W550 the Wi-Fi standard ranges from IEEE 802.11a to 802.11n.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W550

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this laptop was released.

Average Screen Size

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a fairly standard screen size (15.5 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.

If this medium processor core notebook PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HP EliteBook 850 G2[plb_2957141_price] (15.6").

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Average Weight

At 2.3 kilograms, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550.

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Specification

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Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
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
Touch Screen
Touch Technology
Typical Contrast Ratio
Panel Type
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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
Discrete Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
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
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
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
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Depth
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Certificates
Certification
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 20e2, lenovo w550, lenovo w550s, lenovo p230669, lenovo p230669p
Barcodes 00889233148969, 00889233151471, 00889233154601

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