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Lenovo ThinkPad W550 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 15.5" Laptop

2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.6GHz 8GB Jan 2015
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20 Reasons For

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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Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The ThinkPad W550 has one of the bigger maximum on-board graphics adapter memories (16 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1.7GB to 16GB.

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

Most laptops of this age and spec have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Lenovo 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 Laptops

Based on 4,358 user and expert reviews, Lenovo has good reviews for its portable PCs. Lenovo also has good reviews specifically within its medium processor core notebook PCs range compared to other manufacturers.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 range from 0.8GHz to 3.3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.2GHz. At 2.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

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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 most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all notebook PCs of this age and spec the worst memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz and the best is 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 medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as 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.

This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550.

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

If the storage medium of this notebook PC is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Elitebook 820 G2 (£750.00) (SSD), or the EliteBook 820 G2 (£778.63) (SSD) both from HP.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550 range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.3GB. At 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550.

If this medium processor core notebook PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo T450s (12GB), or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745 (£1,210.04) (12GB).

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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 the Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family found on most laptops that are a comparable age to it. Across all notebook PCs of this spec and age the worst processor family 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. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550 also have a front camera.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than a year ago.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

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

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512 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The ThinkPad W550 is a 512 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Unlike most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age 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 came out more than a year ago, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550's maximum internal memory of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest. Across all the comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The maximum internal memory (64-bit) of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 13GB. The maximum internal memory (64-bit) of the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest amongst similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

The ThinkPad W550 is a three USB 3.0 port laptop. Most of the other comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 the display brightnesss range from 200 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m². With a display brightness of 350 candellas per square meter, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has one of the brighter display brightnesss amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W550 the processor caches range from 1MB to 6MB. When compared to other laptops of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad W550 that we have assessed, the processor cache of the ThinkPad W550 of 4 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad W550 does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops that have been on the market for more than a year do have a full-size keyboard.

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Very Low Speaker Power

With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite low speaker power compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550. Portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W550 have speaker power of between 1W and 4W.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The ThinkPad W550 has a better Wi-Fi standard than most comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to it. This portable PC has an 802.11a WiFi standard, whereas most portable PCs that were released one year ago have an 802.11n WiFi standard. The best Wi-Fi standard of all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 is 802.11n and the worst is IEEE 802.11a.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W550

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this medium processor core notebook PC was released.

Average Screen Size

The ThinkPad W550 has a fairly standard screen size (15.5 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

Notebook PCs with a bigger screen size that might also be worth considering include the HP EliteBook 850 G2 (£1,305.30) (15.6").

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 512 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops that came out more than a year ago.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the HP ProBook 450 (750GB).

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Average Weight

The ThinkPad W550 has a relatively standard weight (2.3 kilograms) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the HP ProBook 650 (£450.00) (2.3kg).

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Specification

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Product Type
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Processor
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
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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
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
Island-Style Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
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
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Password Protection
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
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Certificates
Certification
RoHS Compliance
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Energy Star Certified
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Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 20e1, lenovo k620, lenovo w550, lenovo w550s, lenovo k620m, lenovo 20e10005, lenovo 20e10005u, lenovo 20e10005us
Barcodes 00889233147986, 00889233150375

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