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Lenovo W550s 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB Apr 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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Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Lenovo W550s is a three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the W550s have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Good Brand

Lenovo is one of the better rated laptop brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Lenovo also has good ratings for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

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 portable PC, which is the most common display resolution.

This laptop's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution across all medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the W550s.

The worst display resolution across similar types of laptop is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2.4 gigahertz, the Lenovo W550s has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. The processor clock speeds of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago range from 0.8GHz to 3.3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.2GHz.

If you would prefer a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the Asus UX303UB (2.5GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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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 the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago. In addition, this Lenovo portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year the worst memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz and the best is 1,866MHz.

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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo W550s has a better processor family than most laptops of a similar spec and age to it. This Lenovo laptop has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. The processor family of all notebook PCs of this type and age ranges from AMD E (worst) to Intel Core i7-4xxx (best).

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo W550s has a front camera. Most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year also have a front camera.

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

The hard drive speeds of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year range from 5,400 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,800 RPM. With a hard drive speed of 7,200 revolutions per minute, the Lenovo W550s has one of the faster hard drive speeds amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

The Lenovo W550s is a three USB 3.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the W550s have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

The smallest processor cache of laptops of a similar type and age to the W550s is 1MB and the biggest is 6MB. With a processor cache of 4 megabytes, the Lenovo W550s has one of the bigger processor caches amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The display brightnesss of portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the W550s range from 200 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m². The Lenovo W550s has one of the brighter display brightnesss (300 candellas per square meter) amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many laptops that have been available for around the same time as it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo W550s does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other similar spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the W550s.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on laptops that are a similar age to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo W550s does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other laptops of this age and type also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only Three Battery Cells

The Lenovo W550s is a three battery cell count portable PC. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the W550s have between two and eight battery cells.

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Very Low Speaker Power

With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the Lenovo W550s has one of the lower speaker power amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The average speaker power of laptops of a similar age and type to the W550s is 1.7W.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The Lenovo W550s has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than most laptops of a similar type and age to it. Most laptops of a comparable type and age to it have an 802.11n WiFi standard. Across all laptops of a comparable age and spec to the W550s the worst Wi-Fi standard is IEEE 802.11a and the best is 802.11n.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo W550s

Released Over a Year Ago

This notebook PC was released over a year ago.

Average Internal Memory

The Lenovo W550s has a pretty typical internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the W550s.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Fujitsu Lifebook U745 (£1,183.19) (12GB).

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo W550s has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the W550s.

If this medium processor core notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Lenovo Z70-80 (17.3").

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo W550s has a fairly typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the W550s.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Fujitsu Lifebook U745 (£1,183.19) (512GB).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.2 kilograms, the Lenovo W550s has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year.

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Specification

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Intel VPro Technology
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2 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(11)
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

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550s is an unusual beast of a machine: it's the engineering and CAD laptop for road warriors who put battery life at a premium. The W550s succeeds at that with very long... Read more…

31 March 2015

With more conservative CPU and GPU configurations than last year's ThinkPad W540, the W550s provides impressive performance with the added bonus of longer battery life ? all in a lighter, thinner...

30 March 2015

With more conservative CPU and GPU configurations than last year's ThinkPad W540, the W550s provides impressive performance with the added bonus of longer battery life ? all in a lighter, thinner...

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User Reviews

(5)
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 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 25 October 2015 by Dlang511
Dlang511 would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

I've been testing the W550 machine as a replacement for all my office machines providing laptops to all staff. With all features provided especially the finger print and docking station I couldn't... Read more…

Reviewed 12 October 2015 by Anonymous

I am also not buying it due to the offset keyboard. It should be an option, it's not so hard to make 2 different keyboards. I love my W530...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo k620, lenovo w550, lenovo k620m, lenovo w550s, lenovo i75500, lenovo i75600, lenovo i75600u, lenovo i75500u
Barcodes 00889561473306

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