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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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).
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).
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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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 Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
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 Cell Count
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
AC Adapter Included
Energy Star Certified
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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