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Lenovo W550s 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 15.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB Jul 2015
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Four Industry Awards

This portable PC is one of the most awarded by experts in notebook PCs of all the portable PCs of a similar age and spec.

Two expert review sites endorsed this notebook PC. This medium processor core notebook PC received a Hothardware.com "Recommended" award and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Tweaktown.com.

Two more expert review sites both said that this portable PC was good. Computershopper.com gave this laptop a "Good For Business" award and Benchmark.pl gave it a "Good Product" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on nineteen expert reviews from sites including Techradar, PC Mag, computershopper.com and Laptopmag.com the average expert rating of this portable PC is 84 out of 100. The portable PC expert review sites think this notebook PC is one of the better portable PCs of this spec and age.

Owner Reviews Are Average

On average, based on 35 owner reviews the average owner rating of this medium processor core notebook PC is 70%.

Good Battery Life

Some people who bought the product thought it had a good battery life. Expert review site Laptopmag.com rated it 80 out of 100 and said in their review “With a 3-cell battery in front and giant 6-cell battery in back”. Expert website Notebookcheck.net gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their Lenovo W550s review “A generous battery capacity and many typic”. Expert review site Tweaktown.com said in December last year “The Lenovo ThinkPad W550s Mobile Workstation offers good performance with long battery life to handle long days” in their review of this laptop.

Good Size

A number of Lenovo W550s reviewers who purchased the product considered that it was thin. Slashgear.com said “Lenovo has been busy rolling out all manner of flexible, slim” in their Lenovo W550s review. Last year Techradar.com rated this laptop 80 out of 100 and said in their Lenovo W550s review “The W550s provides impressive performance with the added bonus of longer battery life – all in a lighter, thinner body”.

One Lenovo W550s owner who purchased this laptop concluded that it was easy to carry around. Pcmag.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “The Lenovo ThinkPad W550s ($2,734 as tested) is a mobile workstation for those who need high-end performance in a package that's easy to carry and travel with” in their review.

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Easy to Use

One person who reviewed the Lenovo W550s concluded that it was easy to use. Expert review site Tweaktown.com rated this laptop 5 stars and wrote “The ThinkPad W550s Mobile Workstation was a very powerful laptop to use while we had the review unit”.

Robust

One person who purchased the Lenovo W550s considered that it was strong and durable. Laptopmag.com said “The ThinkPad W550s delivers mil-spec durability, powerful Nvidia K620M graphics”.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Lenovo Laptops Have Good Reviews

Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings on average and across all laptops Lenovo is one of the better rated brands.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the Lenovo W550s is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels notebook PC, which is the most common display resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is actually the best display resolution across all laptops of this type and age.

Across similar types of portable PC the worst display resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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Very Long Battery Life

When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the W550s, the Lenovo W550s's battery life of 17.3 hours is one of the longest. Across all the laptops of a comparable spec and age to the W550s the battery lifes range from 2.5h to 24h, and the average battery life is 8.6h.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo W550s supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most portable PCs of this age and type. Most comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the W550s processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz (worst) to 1,866MHz (best).

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo W550s has an SSD storage medium which is better than most laptops of a similar spec and age to it. Most notebook PCs of this type and age 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 actually the best storage medium amongst all portable PCs of this spec and age.

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including the HP Stream 11[plb_2499827_price], the Acer Aspire S7[plb_2830258_price], or the Asus UX303LA[plb_3136892_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo W550s has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the W550s also have a full-size keyboard.

Alternative notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Acer Aspire VN7[plb_2867731_price], or the DELL Inspiron 14 E7440[plb_3015860_price].

Alternative laptops which also have a full-size keyboard that you might want to consider include the DELL Latitude 15[plb_2800157_price].

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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo W550s has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family found on most notebook PCs of this spec and age. The worst processor family of all notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year is AMD E and the best is Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo W550s has a front camera, as do most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the W550s.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a front camera to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the HP Stream 11[plb_2499827_price], and the DELL Inspiron 14 E7440[plb_3015860_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

At 116 watt-hours, the Lenovo W550s has a very big battery capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the W550s. Across all the portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the W550s the battery capacities range from 23Wh to 120Wh, and the average battery capacity is 46Wh.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on laptops that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo W550s has a touch sensitive screen, unlike most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the W550s which do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared all the other notebook PCs with a touch sensitive screen to this laptop and we think the Acer Aspire S7[plb_2830258_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen to this notebook PC and we think the Asus UX301LA[plb_3012206_price] is also worth considering.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The Lenovo W550s is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity laptop.

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Quite Big Cache Memory

Across all the portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year the cache memories range from 1MB to 4MB, and the average cache memory is 3.1MB. At 4 megabytes, the Lenovo W550s has a fairly big cache memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the W550s.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

The average processor cache of notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the W550s is 3.1MB. With a processor cache of 4 megabytes, the Lenovo W550s has one of the bigger processor caches amongst laptops of this age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This laptop has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this type and age.

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2 Reasons Against

Very Low Speaker Power

With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the Lenovo W550s has a fairly low speaker power compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the W550s. The lowest speaker power of laptops of this age and type is 1W and the highest is 4W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

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

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6 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo W550s

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Lenovo released the W550s.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.4 gigahertz, the Lenovo W550s has a pretty average processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 2.4GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available including the Aspire S7[pl_2830258_price], or the Aspire VN7[pl_2867731_price] both from Acer which has better reviews.

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo W550s has a pretty standard internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the W550s.

Other 8GB internal memory laptops currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Toshiba Z30[plb_2984377_price], or the Asus UX303LA[plb_3136892_price].

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Average Screen Size

The Lenovo W550s has a fairly standard screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the W550s.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 15.6" portable PCs currently available including the Acer Aspire VN7[plb_2867731_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

At 2.3 kilograms, the Lenovo W550s has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the W550s.

Laptops with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Acer Aspire VN7[plb_2867731_price] (2.4kg) which is also higher rated.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo W550s has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than a year ago.

Other 256GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Toshiba Z30[plb_2984377_price], or the Acer Aspire S7[plb_2830258_price].

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Specification

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Built-In Microphone
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USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
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Full-Size Keyboard
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Backlit Keyboard
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Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
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Intel Clear Video HD Technology
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Execute Disable Bit
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Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
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Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
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
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Power
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Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology
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Video Compression Format

4 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(25)
15 July 2015

Hothardware.com

This is a good year for creative professionals that are constantly on the go. After watching the corporate world trot around with thin and light notebooks that sport bleeding-edge hardware and... Read more…

6 June 2015

The ThinkPad W550s Mobile Workstation was a very powerful laptop to use while we had the review unit...

Tweaktown.com

21 May 2015

Prioritizing portability over processing power, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s is a mobile workstation that delivers plenty of mobility, but falls behind the competition under more strenuous workloads...

3 May 2015

Designed with the mobile graphics pro in mind, the ThinkPad W550s delivers mil-spec durability, powerful Nvidia K620M graphics and a whopping 15-plus hours of battery life...

While Lenovo's ThinkPad W540 focused on raw computing power, the W550s gives priority to battery life. The result is a 5.5-pound mobile workstation that isn't quite as potent as its predecessor,...

Computershopper.com

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User Reviews

(12)
Reviewed 20 August 2015 by Vince the Environmentalist

Just received my laptop and the first thing I noticed right out of the box was how thin and light this laptop was. On the other hand, when I turned the computer on, the viewing angles were... Read more…

Reviewed 7 December 2015 by WBC NH
WBC NH would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

I am a Java developer. I run multiple databases and application servers on the PC. This thing screams through compiling and running applications. The solid state drive and 16gb of memory was a... Read more…

Reviewed 1 December 2015 by Hernanliendo

Using the laptop for one week and the mail mouse button was jammed :( I was expecting to get a very top quality product, mouse problems one week after the first usage and I found this out :(...

Reviewed 1 December 2015 by Scotte28516
Scotte28516 would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

I bought my first W550s for my home based business in June 2015. Expansion required another, and the choice was a no brainer! This is by far, the best keyboard layout with a right and 10-key, and... Read more…

Reviewed 27 November 2015 by Mexico John

Lenovo perfected the keyboard by 2000AD ... then started changing the keyboard often for the worse. The key surfaces are so polished the fingers easily slide off due to poor digital adhesion.... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 20e2, lenovo w550, lenovo w550s, lenovo p230669, lenovo p230669p
Barcodes 00850800891182, 00889800758492, 00889800836800, 00889800891069, 00889800891106, 00889800891113, 00889800891120, 00889800891137, 00889800891144, 00889800891168, 00889800891175, 00889800891182, 00889800891250, 00889800891342, 04053162943223, 08592978040888

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